The Alan Sondheim Mail Archive

MTV Music Video Awards & why not to ride Academy buses

So we're walking back and we're crossing Dean Street and
the light's in our favor and it's red for the cars and
buses and this Academy bus full of people pulls up to the
stop lines and we're crossing and the driver starts
inching into the crosswalk and almost hits up and I yell
at him to stop and he starts coming on faster and almost
hits Azure and me and the others and Azure slaps the
front of the bus and yells stop and I slap the front of
the bus and it speeds up into the cross walk and we get
out of the way and I punch the bus door screaming what
the hell are you doing and the door opens and the driver
starts to get out and head towards me and a woman in the
bus gets up to see what's going on and we're all yelling
at the driver that he almost killed us and there have
been accidents and people injured a lot on the corner
and then this old guy with an accent chimes in that the
driver had the right to pull the bus into the crosswalk
and we were all at fault and at this point I'm screaming
at him too and people are watching and Azure and I go
upstairs with Tom to bring stuff down and Leslie's now
talking to the bystanders who side with us and I keep
thinking this is just like the incident a few months
ago almost - imagine this time a huge bus challenging
pedestrians in the crosswalk, inching forward at first
then coming on - what was the point of all that? He
almost hit all of us, the light was red, the bus was
lurching - this kind of agro everywhere in the area
around the arena - my word to the wise is don't ride
Academy buses unless you don't mind running down
pedestrians once in a while or for that matter if you
don't mind breaking the law - we've seen lots of people
hurt on this corner, Dean and Fifth, and on Fifth and
Flatbush and on Dean and Flatbush (you can figure out
the geometry here), lots of ambulances, everyone on
edge. I did get some good swearing in and it almost
became an incident but we ran upstairs and I played my
shakuhachi; then we went over to T and L's place and
watched the awards and no one was wrecked but for the
life of me I can't understand watching Justin Timberlake
and twenty minutes of that really drove me out of my
mind -

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