10.06.2008

Clash of the ACRs

When we first got to the university, we were warned of the ACRs: Alachua County Residents. One of the buses that goes by my house is always full of them. One morning I was annoyed because there were two guys with their bags on seats and women standing. This morning one smelled like his skipped the shower. Two stops after mine, one got on reeking of a days-long alcohol binge sans soap and water. His scent hit the bus before he did. Then he apparently didn't know about the price jump and argued with the bus driver about it.

I don't know what he said.... but she got buck!

"DON'T YOU BE COMIN ON MY BUS TALKIN TO ME LIKE THAT! I DON'T KNOW WHO YOU THINK I AM."

"mumble mumble mumble" I have no idea what he said and he was closer to me than she was.

"WHAT?!!"

*SKKKKKKKKRRRRR*

Bus slams to a stop and doors pop open.

"YOU CAN GET OFF AND THE POLICE OR WHOEVER ELSE CAN COME PICK YOU UP! TALKIN TO ME LIKE THAT! DON'T BE COMIN ON THIS BUS DISRESPECTIN ME!!"

He's silent. She drives off and they're both mumbling. She loudly, him under his breath... two seats away from me. I'm looking around and the 5 other students on the bus all look like their about to wet their pants and praying no one pulls out a weapon. I'm glad my stop is next. I make it off the bus thanking the driver (why?? for scaring the everyone on the bus???) out of habit and because I figure she needs some appreciation in her day. She tells me and the rest of the people who thank her while disembarking "Have a nice day" in the most pleasant of voices. All I could do as I walked to class was shake my head and laugh.... clash of the ACRs.

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16 comments:

The Ink said...

I read this and thought instantly of the scene with Samuel L Jackson and (then) Larry Fishburne in School Daze.


When I was at FAMU we got the same stuff about the Leon Co. folks.

I dont remember the Alachua Co. demos, but are there a goodly number of us down there, cause if so, that whole bit smacks of code language, a la what folk at Penn are always told about West Philly.

Epsilonicus said...

I would have said thank you too as I got off the bus. You did not need her flipping out on you.

Ladynay said...

I was waiting for the part where the driver took her seat beat off and removed the passenger "urban style" LOL!

Opinionated Diva said...

"YOU CAN GET OFF AND THE POLICE OR WHOEVER ELSE CAN COME PICK YOU UP!" LMAO!!!!!

What did she look like? For some reason I keep picturing someone like Mabel King from What's Happening! LOL

jameil1922 said...

ink... i don't understand most of your comment.

epsi... i know right?? lolol.

lady... we were ALL waiting for that!

diva... lolol. nope. she was thin, maybe late 30s, and may have had a jheri curl. (not that i know who mabel king is but i assume some huge lady)

Rashan Jamal said...

LOL - Not days old alcohol binge. Where do the ACRs be coming from? Ain't nothing but the highway down that way.

Sha Boogie said...

My oh my! Reason #4,561 why I clench my pearls while riding the public transport, lol

Desy said...

How the hell did she understand what he was saying? Maybe his breath offended her enough that didn't even need to catch wind of the actual words...lol...

Vdizzle said...

I have a feeling, if a weapon was drawn, it might have come from the driver.

Momisodes said...

Yikes! Sounds like quite an adventure on the bus. The smells? Oh yes. That is one of the major downfalls of taking the trains here.

Darius T. Williams said...

I'm falling out at these bus stories. Look at my blog - I posted a bus story from here in Chicago - and I have pics!

jameil1922 said...

rj... yes. days old. they live anywhere students do, too.

sha... right!?!? the 12 is usually all students but the 1 goes downtown which = trouble, trouble! it's usually heavy on the ACRs.

v... lol. girl it could've gone either way w/those two!

mom... definitely!!

darius... lol. i can't on the bus stories! they're a nightmare!!

Sha Boogie said...

So done with you on #18! Ok, i can't front I have my kids (meaning TWO) names picked out, you got a gang of names! lol

CNEL said...

HaHa I try to thank bus drivers when I take the bus cause as you said they could use some appreciation.

Adei von K said...

ACR!!!!!!

aka: locals. be careful of them everywhere!!

i LOVE that they have an actual acronym!!!

everythingiseverything said...

Local Yokals

I am in tears!