Bus Buddies

I now have two bus/train commuter pals: one is a counselor at the campus counseling center and the other is a staff member in an academic program across campus.

With the first one, I talk about the Women’s Center at Mizzou, house-hunting, and other such topics.

With the second, I talk about technical writing, our campus’s growing relationship with Chinese universities, the church on our street, the St. Louis sewer system, and, of course, reliquaries.

This morning, my second buddy and I sat across from each other on the bus. I was talking about traveling to Jonesboro for Thanksgiving when another bus rider piped up and started on a rant about the water quality of Jonesboro and surrounding towns. According to this bus rider, the water in Marion once gave him the runs (his words). After departing the bus at the metrolink stop, my buddy and I started talking about the history of the St. Louis sewer system. This, naturally, took a turn towards discussing European reliquaries. Of course, the conversation then drifted over towards This American Life.

I like the random nature of such conversations, but I don’t know if I could sustain it much longer than the duration of our commute. In fact, I plan on catching the later train this evening so that I don’t have to come up with a brilliant chaser to this morning’s conversation.

If I am to keep up on such discussions, I’m going to have start doing more random reading.

Tonight
Knitting Night has been called off so that Soozi can spend more time with her Da. To say the least, these are tough times. Please keep our little knitting pal Soozi and her family in your thoughts.

Next Week
Porkchop and I are going to Jonesboro to visit and cook for my family (mom, dad, brother, sister, sister’s boyfriend, and sister’s boyfriend’s mom). Dinner should be delicious: roasted turkey with sage dressing, honey baked ham, buttermilk mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, maple glazed squash, my mom’s favorite fruit salad, some sort of cranberry dish, and my mom’s pumpkin and chocolate-meringue pies. The day after Thanksgiving, I think we’re all going to the Bill Clinton Library in Little Rock.

Porkchop and I are a bit concerned about being around my sister’s boyfriend. What are appropriate questions and conversations after someone has gone a little bit crazy but is now making their way back to normalcy (however one defines “normal”)?

Anyway….have a wonderful Wednesday.

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