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I’m on a bus from Tacoma in Washington, to Seattle. There isn’t much to do on a bus apart from look out the window, and as no one has cleaned the window on this particular bus for what looks to be about five years, I can’t see much. So I am on a bus using my laptop.

Don’t you just hate people who use laptops on buses. Fair enough if you’re on a plane using a laptop, that seems acceptable, but people who use their laptops on buses are just posers aren’t they. I mean if you’re well off enough to own a laptop, then your well off enough to get a cab! Using a laptop in a cab would be acceptable, but hey, not on a bus. On a bus your just showing off, and no one is impressed.

I have an excuse though. It’s the only acceptable ‘bus laptop usage’ excuse I know. See I’m not a local, so the usual rules do not apply. In fact I am not even American, so the entire ‘bus laptop usage’ thing needs to be looked at from an entirely different perspective.

You see in this case it’s okay for me to use a laptop on a bus because I don’t have a magazine or book to read, I can’t take any pictures and, well, I am a tourist. That means I can freely do stupid things and get away with it because I am a just some random tourist and as such I don’t know any better.

Come to think of it I have no idea if it’s a safe to use a laptop on this bus? Let me just subtlety check out the other passengers and see if any of them are potential muggers.

Okay, well there’s a kid over there asleep. No threat from him I think. He’s a bit nerdy looking anyway. Probably a Microsoft Windows guru at the grand old age of fourteen. He’ll go on to… [Click here to continue reading this article at ‘Meanwhile’]