6 Types of People That Ride The Bus

Hey there,

I’m in New York City for meetings with the Executive Committee of Sports, Cardiovascular, and Wellness Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group of the American Dietetic Association (or SCAN for short).

I am so super excited to work with all of the awesome dietitians that are here with me!

Catching a musical on Broadway or doing a little shopping won’t hurt my mood either.

Anyway, I thought I’d do a post that’s a little off topic today.

I don’t ride the bus very often but when I do, I always seem to see the same people, or at least the same types of people.


So here is my list of…

6 types of people that ride the bus

The guy listening to really loud music

This is almost always a male, but he could be anywhere from 8 to 80 years old. He probably has headphones, but you can hear every word to every song he listens to. There is definitely reason to be concerned about his hearing in the future.

The person that made herself at home

She usually sits in the seats just behind the handicapped seats so that she can spread her papers out over 3 seats. She is oblivious to the fact that there are other people who would really like to sit. You suspect she may be staying on the bus for multiple loops, taking advantage of the climate control and free WiFi.

The snorer

Honestly, he might not be snoring, it might be more like a snort or otherwise indescribable guttural sound. Try not to think about it too much.

The person engrossed with his smart phone

You have no ideas what he’s doing on his phone – maybe looking at a map, writing a text message novel, reading the work emails he’s been avoiding for a week, stalking you on Facebook. But either way, he seems to have forgotten he is on a bus and may well miss his stop. He definitely hasn’t even noticed the scary guy.

The scary guy

He might just have a really grumpy expression permanently glued to his face. Or he might be clutching a metal baseball bat. Either way, the thought of getting on his bad side gives you the heebie-jeebies.

The loud talker

She might be talking unnaturally loudly to her friend, just to ensure that no-one on the bus misses out on the important aspects of her love life. Or she might be extremely friendly but unaware of the social cues that would otherwise imply that not everyone wants to her her story about the McDonalds cheeseburger that was missing the cheese.

Are you a bus rider? Did I miss anyone?
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  1. So true!!! Thanks for a Friday morning chuckle!
    Reminds me of so many trips to uni on the bus…

  2. Betsy

     /  June 28, 2013

    You missed the person just trying to survive the bus ride. 😉

  3. There is also the bus rider that refuses to bathe as well as the one who bathes in cheap cologne. Unfortunately, I often wind up sitting next to one of them. Ugh.

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