One day a couple years ago, I was riding the TriMet bus
, line 14, home from school
. I was sitting towards the front
of the bus, next to a rather small woman
that I had seen on the bus before. All through the ride, she would half-say, half-hum
!" in a very high pitch
. My watchband
had recently broken
, so I was lacking a chronometer
that day, and as we approached my stop
, I asked,
"Could you give me the time?"
"No, I'm sorry, I can't do that."
I smiled at her joke, but my smile faded as I realized she was serious.
"No, I can't do that do that. I just can't do that. I can't go around giving out that kind of information."
Luckily, she didn't seem overly offended, and we arrived quickly at my stop. I deemed it best not to ask questions of people who mumble to themselves.