The #80 crawled down Irving Park late on Saturday
afternoon. Passengers ebbed and flowed on and off, the bus alternately
crowding and spewing riders.
Saturday there was a fairly large contingent of St. Paddy's Day revelers,
conspicuous in their green beads, sweaters and other accessories.
As usual a knot of people crowded around the rear door, including a
quartet of Paddy partiers led by a redhead wearing a green headband. (I
don't make up this stuff.)
As the bus tilted toward overcrowding in the front, the driver announced
over the loudspeaker: "Would the girl in the red hair and green
headband please wave your hand?"
She did as commanded.
"OK, now will you please move all the way to the rear and stop blocking
the exit door?"
She sheepishly exited through that door at the next stop.