As the streetcar began moving, a man in the back started hollering.
MAN: BUCKLE IN, EVERYBODY! WE’RE MOVING! Hoooooly. Holy MACKEREL.
He subsided after a bit, but every once in awhile –
MAN: WHOO! We’re going FAST!
Until he finally headed down to the doors to wait for the next stop. He spotted a teenage boy.
MAN: Hey. Hi. Hey.
TEEN: Uh… hi.
MAN: Sorry, I’ve been drinking. Don’t tell anybody, eh?
MAN: Let me guess. You’re coming back from school?
MAN: You learning a lot?
TEEN: I guess.
MAN: Good. Good, my friend. Good. [happy sigh] You know what? Only good can come from listening. Remember that.
The man bumped fists with the bemused teenager.
MAN: Peace, man.
TEEN: Yeah. Peace.
MAN: Do good! Do good in school!
He hopped off the bus and went striding down the street, his words trailing off behind him.
MAN: Hooooly. Holy MACKEREL. Ha! What a beautiful day…
Photo Jenny Downing