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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

It’s OK – He Wants Us to Stare

The man at the front of the bus is listening to music.

Look at him up there, all funkified.  Why, that young man is positively alive with rhythm.

Or so he would have us believe.  We have, after all, no idea what’s being piped from his iPod to his head, but whatever it is, he feels it strongly.

And he wants us to know it.

He’s like a metronome, this guy! 

I turn off my own iPod, the better to watch him.

Frankly, one rarely sees this kind of dedication to continual movement outside of toddlerhood, but there he is, head bobbing, lips moving, eyes narrowed in a righteous groove.  In no time, it seems he’s reached the chorus; and I watch as his lips form the same shapes, over and over, picking up speed and, to be honest, a certain fervor.

This chorus, in the right hands, will inspire nations.

As it is, however, it’s inspiring an all-over body twitch.

Grand Master Lip Synch points to the left, points to the right.  Ticking rhythmically, he points to the sky, nodding significantly. 

There’s spiritual involvement here.  He’s sure of that. 

And GMLS wants to give thanks.

Of course, all semi-amusing things must come to an end; and my stop comes before I’ve had my fill of the visual cadence of the man at the front of the bus.

It’s all for the best, really.


There’s been a man dancing to Foreigner on a boom box at the tennis courts near where I normally de-bus, as we in the bus-riding class like to say, and I don’t want to burn out on the local color too quickly.

31 comments:

Shelly said...

People still listen to Foreigner?

Sioux said...

Too bad St. Louis has a lousy busy system. You almost make me want to ride the bus to work every day, so I can get the same kind of daily entertainment you enjoy, Pearl.

Sioux said...

Crapola. BUS system, not "busy" system. ;)

Should Fish More said...
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Should Fish More said...

What would have made it really interesting is if he didn't have ear buds in, just listening to the little voices......

Delores said...

It's so hard to feel the groove and not express it physically.

Indigo Roth said...

What Delores said. I'm breakdancing to some hip hop right now, in fact.

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Daisy said...

He's never frightened or worried. You know he'll always get by. He's got the music in him. :-)

Dawn@Lighten Up! said...

Ok the question here is: What song was he listening to?
And the bigger question is: How does one dance to Foreigner?

joeh said...

Ah yes, the attention guy. At least better than the car guy with windows down who assumes he is entertaining the whole block with stories of Ho's and Bitches!

Who be "Foreigner?"

Pearl said...

Foreigner! Just the best-selling band from the 70s, that's all!

:-)

Seriously. He wears those striped gym socks that come up to the knee, a seriously small pair of shorts, and a terrycloth headband. It's the best thing ever.

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
For visual cadence, just read Pearl...why that little........

YAM xx

savannah said...

If only he'd been singing out loud. Softly, of course. *L* xoxoxo

jenny_o said...

Is Foreigner Guy channeling Richard Simmons, sartorially speaking?

Robbie Grey said...

Foreigner is a band for the ages. I mean Dirty White Boy is so filled with richness and nuance and...

...okay, I'm grasping at straws.

Leenie B said...

Thanks for the very fun visual. Too bad we all can't hang on to that toddler freedom of moving to the beat. We'd be so much happier.

Almost Precious said...

Darn, I had a comment in mind but totally lost it while reading other's comments . . . especially Jenny O's remark about Foreign Guy channeling Richard Simmons. I got a flashback of Richard Simmons and ended up laughing so hard that I think a small aneurysm burst and I completely lost my thread of thought.

Pearl said...

A skinny, mostly bald Richard Simmons would be an accurate description of tennis-court dancer.

My neighborhood. :-) Definitely not a gated community.

Jono said...

Now THAT'S entertainment!

Launna said...

Pearl, you certainly see all kinds of characters on the bus... I thought I saw some interesting people, mine don't compete with yours ... lol :)

Launna said...

Pearl, you certainly see all kinds of characters on the bus... I thought I saw some interesting people, mine don't compete with yours ... lol :)

Gigi said...

Well now that you've painted a picture of the Foreigner Dancing Guy (hereafter referred to as FDG)...you HAVE to share an actual picture.

Slamdunk said...

At least all that dancing is great for physical fitness--no matter what the tune is.

Bossy Betty said...

I love your bus stories!

Jo-Anne Meadows said...

Damn this was another funny post that cracked me up

Cloudia said...

slice of life!




ALOHA from Honolulu
ComfortSpiral
=^..^=

sage said...

I always enjoy public transportation when in cities, for views like this, but think they'd get old if I had a steady diet of it. And I do remember Foreigner, but was more into Steely Dan and ELP and such in the 70s.

sage said...

I always enjoy public transportation when in cities, for views like this, but think they'd get old if I had a steady diet of it. And I do remember Foreigner, but was more into Steely Dan and ELP and such in the 70s.

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

DANCING to Foreigner. I mean, one thing to lip sync, but to DANCE. That's something I'd like to see.

Chicken said...

he's stayin' alive, stayin' alive, uh uh uh uh stain' alivvvee.

liveee....

uhhh.

Just keep him away from the scrumpy