I am a frequent user of MTA buses because there are just some places the subway won’t take you. For example, I’ve found that the best way to get to Queens from Harlem is by the M60, and of course the best ways to get accross town are the crosstown buses. (M66, M72, M86, M96, etc.)
But my trips accross town are usually full of bumps, wide turns, fast braking, and general unpleasantness. I find that this has a lot to do with the driver. Some drivers are ready to run someone over, and others seem more experienced.
The other day I got on the M72 and experienced by far the best driving in my entire 14 month stint in this city. This driver was so good, that for the first time ever I actually realized that it is possible to drive in the city and not risk people’s lives. His turns were impeccable, he didn’t run lights, and his timing was, well, punctual.
Being the part time philosopher that I am, I took this to be an allegory on life in New York City. Sure there are difficult turns, unpredicted events, and hell, it’s a bumpy ride. But if you have the mature sophistication that this driver did, you can overcome life’s hurdles and roll with the punches.