SOMETHING ABOUT BUSSES
I'm stuck on a bus, so: a random bus thought. All over Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, there are these mini-busses called Dolla Dolla (named for their cheapness, I guess). They're everywhere and they all are customized and painted in wild colors and given evocative names like "Super-Man" and "Bridgestone" and "I Love Tokyo." When I was there this summer I saw some with heroic & bad ass names, some just odd. But the one I liked best was called simply "Part of Life." Could there be a more no-bullshit name for a bus? Sardine-can-stuffed Dolla Dollas in dusty Dar or air-conditioned, wi-fi-equipped on leafy Rt 25, that's all a bus ever is to anybody: a part of life.