The Driver’s Best Friend

The Driver’s Best Friend is a close relative to the Chatty Kathy. Usually male, the DBF doesn’t just sit close to the driver, he actually stands slightly closer than the usual conventions of personal space allow. He rides the bus astride the “no passengers past this line while bus is in motion” line and directly in front of the eye level “Do not distract the driver” sign.The one sided conversation is loud enough to reach the back of the bus, the DBF holding forth on such matters as religion and politics, with the occasional foray into out of date current events.

The driver is always assumed to hold the same views as the DBF, and if the driver happens to respond with the exact opposite views suddenly the DBF will agree as though he did all along. I wonder if this effectively captive audience is DBF’s only social contact in life?


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