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  •  Yeah, for sure, (9+ / 0-)

    As someone who was reliant on the public bus system while living in LA, yeah. You have to have a thick skin about crazies.

    I was once riding the bus and a guy riding next to me struck up a conversation. He was a really nice guy who happened to be a Physician's Assistant... a job for which I was studying. He was talking about the best way to get a job as a PA when another guy stepped onto the bus and shouted out loud: "I HATE N****S!!"

    Every white person on the bus froze with an anguished look on his and her face. Oh no, did he just say.... oh no, oh no, oh no...

    The guy I was talking to (who happened to be black) paused for, maybe, a quarter-second. He then laughed and yelled back at the crazy: "Yeah, me too!"

    He then turned back to me. "Anyway, the best PA jobs are at the VA Hospital because any job at the VA is a government job and has full benefits-"

    I still wasn't listening to him. I was still a bit rattled by the crazy. The guy noticed this and laughed again. "Man, that guy really threw you for a loop, didn't he? Sorry about that." (like it was HIS fault) "You just gotta feel sorry for guys like that. They're mentally ill. They say stuff like that because they really hate themselves and don't know how to deal with it."

    He was right, of course.

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