So I was riding the bus and we came to a stop. This elderly man with a cane comes through the side entrance and slowly walks up the eisle. There is no one else on the bus, and he sits right next to me! I was somewhat startled, I mean, he could have sat anywhere and he sits beside me.
I say to him, “There’s another seat over there”, pointing to one of the many empty seats. He speaks to me in a raspy voice, “Is anyone sitting here?” Now how do I answer that? Do I say “no” and risk being called a liar, or “yes”, which can be interpreted in two ways. In any case, he wins. So I kept quiet.
I couldn’t help but glance at his ‘old-fashioned’ clothing and his weathered face, and his foggy eyes.
Then, I got off the bus and went to the public library. I was looking through the stacks and I picked up a book to read when I felt someone looking at me. Indeed someone was, though not the man from the man from the bus. I don’t like to catagorize people, but he looked unsavory. I looked at him and then went back to my book. But I had to look again because he was staring at me!
Now, I was feeling nervous because he was at the other side and I was between the book stacks so I go moved out and looked to see where he was. His eyes were still locked in mine and he began to look confrontational and started to approach me. :eek: I blurted out “Excuse me?” and opened my arms in a non-threatening geasture. I became more nervous and started to walk towards the reference desk while looking back. He began to walk away and I last saw him turn down a hallway.
So can any Dopers make anything of these two encounters. Why did the old man sit right next to me when the bus was empty?
Why was that other man in the library staring at me? I just don’t know what to make of it.