Public transport scenes


Yesterday while walking to the tram stop during peak hour I saw traffic banked up four or five cars deep around a roundabout, at every entry point. Nobody was going anywhere, but nobody was honking their horns, either. When I came closer, I could see that a mother duck and her nine ducklings were waddling across the road, and all the cars were cheerfully, patiently, waiting for them to safely pass.

You know when you are talking really loudly over music and then suddenly the music stops and everyone hears you say something and it’s really embarrassing? That happened to a lady at a tram stop in the city today. One minute she was having a perfectly private conversation with the young man next to her, and the next minute two trams rolled away at the same time and all the traffic stopped at the lights and she yelled to just about all of us, “LET’S GO TO A SEX SHOP ON THE WAY HOME.”

On Bourke Street, a busker was playing the didgeridoo to a hip hop backing track. I don’t know if that was culturally appropriate. Is it culturally appropriate? Anyway he was pretty good and the music was pretty catchy, and I think the old woman in front of me thought so too, because she started singing “bap-bap-bap, bap-bap-bap” along with the beat. The old man next to her disagreed. “I’d pay him $50 to shut up!” he said, and the old woman stopped singing. “Yuhumph,” she responded, and I’m guessing that answer was deliberately obtuse. Then, subtly at first but with increasing gusto, she began to nod her head to the music again. “Do you think that music this loud is even legal?” grumbled the old man, and the nodding stopped. “Hmm, it’s loud,” she gave him. The old man huffed and puffed and turned his back on the busker. And then I saw the old woman’s foot begin to tap…


  • Sandra

    How wonderful! I love your observations.
    On Friday morning at around 9.15am I saw a little girl in her school uniform, walking through the long, wet, grass on the side of the road. She was trying to keep up with her mum, who was quickly and purposefully walking ahead of her. It wasn’t until I turned to get a better look that I realised the reason that little girl would be getting a late note that morning, was due to the fact that she and her Mum were saving a turtle from being squashed on the road and delivering him safely back to the water. What better reason for a school late note?

  • Leisa

    I love all these random moments in the city, especially when traffic stops for ducks or, in my case, swans and their cygnets as they cross the road near Albert Park Lake.
    I love buskers and I have seen that man playing his didgeridoo in the city. He’s great. I think his music adds to the atmosphere.
    Life’s too short to be grumpy! :)

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