In addition to writing strange fiction, I also write of events that occur in my day to day existence. One such event occurred today:
While performing my duties as a bus driver, a transit personnel trainer boarded my bus. He was here to do a Driver Evaluation on me as I drove, he explained. “Just drive like I’m not even here”, he says.
I express my surprise. 13 years on the job and this is the first time a Driver Evaluation has occurred. I start to drive, but a thought starts brewing in my head.
13 years. Driving in snow, rain, and heat. Through floods and stampedes. 13 years of dealing with buttheads and outright hostile passengers.
WHO THE HELL DOES HE THINK HE IS TO JUDGE ME?
I AM THE GREATEST BUS DRIVER THAT EVER LIVED!
AND ANOTHER THING, HE CAN GO STRAIGHT TO HELL WITH HIS-
“Uh, hey Ellis, I finished your evaluation. You did great! Really impressive driving out there. Good job!” The trainer got off my bus and walked away.
Well, I’m glad I didn’t overreact.