Tuesday, February 11, 2014


Last Saturday walking my dogs while it was still only drizzling, I came across a group of well-off young people departing for a weekend party boarding a chartered bus.

It wasn’t a stretch or prejudice to assume they were well-off. First of all, this was a chartered bus, which meant the people boarding it either (a) worked for a company that paid for their transportation and overnight lodging somewhere or (b) the people boarding pitched in and paid for it themselves. Also, many probably lived in the neighborhood, where the average apartment rent is currently over $2,500 per month.

The mostly-white crowd was boisterous and happy, already having a good time before the bus even departed.

‘Where are you going?’ I asked out loud to the crowd in general.

‘Someplace accessible only by bus,’ a man replied. I laughed.

Alll the faces I saw were young, smiling, enjoying themselves, and why not? This is their moment. They were, at least for this weekend, on top of the world.

Finally, everyone was on board except for the driver.

Before they departed, I noticed the bus was parked outside the MUNI bus stop, instead of inside. Points for that, ExecutivƎ charter bus.

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