After arduously enduring Ollie’s (reprinted 12 page) essay, published in Wednesday, March 4th’s San Diego Reader entitled “Waste Time. Save Money. Ride the Bus”, I am simply left to wonder, what the hell was his point? Was it that after wasting so much time on the bus, he felt the need to fritter away his readership’s time as well? Nevertheless, I plodded through his mind-numbing account of self indulgent, excessively descriptive, bigoted, humorously failed, and disconnected ramblings about such things as his attention deficit disorder, red underwear worn on the outside, his wearing of a table cloth cape, lesbian neighbors, illicit drug use, et al. Finally (on page three) the author was able to get around to briefly mentioning, the up until then, unapparent topic of his writing: the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System. This, by the way, was only previously evident because of the title and the masthead photo of the author (obviously Photoshopped) sitting atop the tail of an MTS bus. This should have been a clue and now I wish that I could have those ten minutes of my life back. Fully two-thirds of the way into his ramblings, Ollie finally arrived at what I assume was the purpose of his writing or, perhaps he just finally realized that he’d better provide some substance to his article. What followed was a harsh and drastic change in tone which was not for the better (thank goodness for the copy and paste function, right Ollie?) Subsequent, was a dizzying array of demographic comparisons and census reports finalizing with the stunningly obvious observation that La Jolla has a population comprised predominantly of Caucasians and that South East San Diego consists largely of minorities (just brilliant). Then followed this earth shattering conclusion: “even in times of economic hardship, with rocketing gas prices and increased consciousness for the environment, those who can afford to drive instead of use public transportation still do. And that’s the prevailing circumstance and mindset of the bus passengers I spoke with: no car, the bus sucks, but it’s the only alternative.” Seriously, Ollie, did we really need you to tell us that? Your lesbian neighbor probably had it right: “Arguing with a druggie in red underwear and a cape rarely leads anywhere.” Robin Smith San Diego, CA
— March 25, 2009 11:24 p.m.

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