Maybe this is the self-indulgent, self-obsessed, of-no-interest-to-anyone-who-is-not-Dave-Maass post that our editors warned against... whatevs. It's a funny story and I've got a paparazzi shot of Mayor David Coss.
Last Thursday, bent over breathless from the gut-punch of a deadline, I left work early to recover (imagine, if you can, my little
cutting my swollen eyelids at ring side). For various reasons, I'm a bus commuter these days, and perhaps the only ray of sunshine that day was that the
, the one that shoots down the length of Cerrillos, was waiting for me at the downtown depot off Marcy St.
in my earbuds (as much for calm as self-pity), I slogged onto the bus and took my seat. And who did I happen to see? Oh, wait...I already blew the surprise.
Yes, there was Coss holding court in the front of the bus, looking like the picture perfect small cosmo mayor--legs crossed, hat on attache, reading the
(a publication which seems to have civic leaders as its target, core audience).
I pretended to sleep, because, well, I wasn't feeling or looking my best. I was off the clock! I pulled my hood down over my eyes and leaned against the glass, and tried to figure out a way to get past him unnoticed once we arrived at my stop.
It was futile. Our eyes met and we said hi and the mayor asked, politely and carefully:
"So, do you...still work at the Reporter?"
It's at that point I realized how unemployed I looked. A week ago, for giggles, I'd shaved my beard into a curly, pointy mustache-goatee-chops combination, but, being on the gut-punch deadline, I'd failed to maintain it. As such, I was looking like Pierce Brosnan outta
. My hoodie sleeves were frayed (still are), my rolled cargo pant legs soaked with run-off. I was so haggard I was merley.
Yes, I told him, I was just just just you know you know leaving early because I'd been up all night and stuff. I did still have a job, despite my, errr, 3 o' clock beard on the bus.
Where is this story going? Nowhere in particular. It's just a reflection of the economy, the denizens of #2 and a mayor who is very good at being polite.
Also - I want to direct your eyes to the right hand sidebar. Under "Useful Resources" I've posted a
to the Santa Fe Trails bus routes and schedules. Keep it in the back of your mind: you ever need to print out a schedule fast, you'll find it here.