1: during one of my many exciting bus stopovers in detroit, an old man began to speak to me. i put my book down and noticed that not only was he obviously blind, but his arthritis-clawed hands clutched a stuffed parrot tightly. he told me about being living in the bus terminal for three days. he told me his parrot was a secret one-way radio. he told me about getting robbed by the police. he used the parrot to call his friend - a security guard.

2: while waiting for the bus in chicago at night, and old man began to speak to me. i put out my cigarette and listened to the wrinkled white-hair as he told me about all the different kinds of pills he would take for recreation. it was very late at night. he told me about his favorites, and a lot about something he called black cadillac. he told me about all kinds of debauchery. we played chess.

3: while waiting for the bus in buffalo at night, a fat black lady began to speak to me. i know you, she said repeatedly. i saw you on jerry springer, she said. i tried to change her mind, but she was very stubborn. i can't recall what she said the episode was about. i borrowed a cigarette from her and we made some jokes and smoked.

4: while riding on the bus at night, a young girl began to speak to me. she told me that she was going to visit her friends where she used to live. she told me that she hated the new place that her family had moved to because it was so polluted, and was glad to be going back to where she used to live. she said it was so bad that laundry would turn dark if you dried it outside. she got off the bus in hammond, indiana.

- Jeremy Evers