The Bus Nazi

Trip Start Oct 22, 2005
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of United States  , District of Columbia
Tuesday, February 20, 2007

For our last day in New York we walked down to the UN building and took a really interesting tour.  Our guide showed us around the building explaining the different things that take place there and the world changing decisions they make.  One of the interesting things we noticed was that there isn't a no-smoking policy within the building as it is considered it own covenant.  Interesting!  We also sent a few post cards with their own individual UN stamps.  After the tour we walked back to pick up our bags and wandered to the Greyhound bus station where we purchased a ticket from the rudest lady we have ever met.  When Megan mentioned we had YHA cards, which we have used to get a discount every other time we had taken a Greyhound bus in the US, she gave us a sneer and said there were absolutely no discounts.  This didn't seem right and we explained that we could have booked on line and got the discount and had used the card every other time but she was having none of it and wouldn't even check for us.  She just decided she was right and dismissed us.  Obviously the entire State of New York is it's own covenant like the UN building and they can have individual rules for a country wide service.  Or maybe we just managed to find the most annoying lady in New York.
Anyway we had our tickets and found the correct gate and the three of us wandered single file through the narrow gate with Megan holding all three tickets at the back of the pack.  As Rick went through and Carlie pushed through behind, the ticket collector started yelling at them asking for the ticket, before Rick could explain that we were traveling together and that Megan had the tickets she cut him off and yelled again that they needed tickets.  Quickly Megan pushed forward and handed her all three with Rick saying "Settle down!"  "Whew" we thought as we got on "Thank god she was only the ticket collector".  Unfortunately after she had collected all the tickets she climbed into the driver's seat and started the bus.  As she took off she turned on the microphone and proceeded to lecture the busload of passengers on the correct conduct whilst on the bus.  Amongst the long list of do's and don'ts was no talking loudly on a mobile phone.  As she was talking she was also trying to exit the car park and narrowly missed hitting a wall, trying to multitask.  Along the way we found that she really did mean business when she heard someone was talking on a phone, she began pulling off the snowy express way in deference to their loud voice.  She also added to her list of rules along the way when someone took a photo she came over the speaker and told them off.  What a bus Nazi!
Eventually we arrived in Washington DC without having annoyed the driver personally.  We headed to the taxi stand only to find that they do not have metered taxis in Washington DC.  Mindful of being ripped off and knowing that we should only have to pay about $6 USD we left the taxi drivers to it and walked to the train station.  Unfortunately it began pouring with rain and we ended up at the hotel dripping wet but having saved $10 bucks.  Oh well you can't win them all.  The saving grace of the day was finding Popeye's Chicken and Biscuits for dinner and eating a whole box of biscuits to ourselves.  Yum!
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