- Posted September 29, 2013 by
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Where is my home?
Waiting for the 15
Riding the bus can be a drag. It takes dedication to use public transit. You have to get ready hours in advance and carefully plan out your schedule in order to get to your destination on time. In the winter, the wait at the bus stop can seem like an eternity, the freezing cold creeps into your bones while you stand shivering and cursing the entire system. The bus can be dirty, maybe the air conditioning doesn't work, or worse maybe the driver loves to crank the heat and keep all the windows closed. You might run into an unruly drunk that makes you uncomfortable. The worst is when there is nowhere to sit, and you have to cram yourself in with the rest of the transit riders, hold on for dear life, and pray that you remembered your deodorant.
If you ride the 15 down any stretch of east or west Colfax in Denver, you are bound to run into at least one of these things on any given day, but it isn't all bad. If you decide to take a more positive outlook you can meet some amazing people and at the very least satisfy your curiosity about your fellow human beings.
I ran into this gentleman waiting for the 15. He was carrying a staff, and his amber colored shades just drew me right in. I approached him and expressed my appreciation for his bejeweled staff and groovy glasses. I took his picture and he said "You do know this is just an old broken shower curtain rod, right?" I laughed when I took a closer look and realized what it was he was actually carrying around. We shared a few laughs, and I made a new friend.
Talking to people on my travails in the streets of Denver was something that I never used to do. I used to put on my headphones, pull my hood up over my head, and look at the ground, lost in thought, oblivious to the world around me. By practicing photography and using public transportation, I vowed to push myself out of my comfort zone and be a little more present in my surroundings. I am happy with the results.
If you're looking for the silver lining when your stuck riding the bus or the light rail through Denver, try seeking out a fellow rider and forming a human connection with them. It may be just a brief moment, or you could make a friend for life.