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Stories by Number

October 18, 2011

On the bus this morning, I realized that numbers are extremely useful in telling a story.  See Exhibit A, below.

74: The amount of times the bus driver honked the horn this morning on the 15 minute trip from my apartment to work.

3: The amount of SUVs the bus tried to run down.  Each SUV incident contributed roughly 6 horn blasts.

2: The amount of vehicles with sirens the bus tried to cut off.


36 Bus
Don’t be fooled – this bus is planning to overtake the car next to it.


And here’s where the numbers tell a story called “The Pecking Order of Vehicles According to the Driver of the 36, Southbound”.    At the bottom of this list are cabs – they’re insane, rarely follow rules of the road, and frequently park at bus stops, presumably trying to woo the public transit folk into their far more convenient cab.  Next are other cars in size order with the smallest car being last.  Pedestrians take the next lowest slot.  The only reason they’re ranked higher than any car is because of the legal fallout and the media frenzy surrounding running over pedestrians.  Rahm has enough to deal with.  Then, buses.  They’re large, in charge, and have the honking abilities of a mother goose in distress (I would imagine).  And at the top of the food chain (no, the bus is not at the top), are vehicles with sirens because, try as the bus might, they just can’t be cut off.

 And here’s Exhibit B:

0: number of pages I’ve read of Gone with the Wind since last updating

0: number of Rhett appearances overall

12: number of times I’ve been frustrated while reading Gone with the Wind


I could go on, but these numbers are telling this story: I should take a break from Gone with the Wind.  So, as of today, I’m temporarily putting it aside and moving to The Road.  Note the use of the word “temporarily”.  I’ll come back to it eventually.  You can hold me to it.

 Until then, though, there are plenty of other Pulitzer books to complete.  Onwards!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Alex J permalink
    October 19, 2011 7:04 am

    I heart your blog! Love from London!

  2. Amanda permalink
    October 21, 2011 10:13 am

    I say never return to Gone with the Wind. It’s over-rated. Spend 5 hrs of your life watching the movie and move on, lol. Plus, you’re not a Southern girl- you owe this book nothing- haha.

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