Monday, September 22, 2008

No Air, No Air...

::Tell me how I'm supposed to breathe
With no air
Can't live, can't breathe
With no air
That's how I feel
Whenever you aint there
No air, no air...::

:: became the anthem of a bus-full of commuters travelling from Papine to Crossroads/Downtown this evening.

Packed to capacity, the bus was an acrid mixture of human odour, and stifling body heat. You could feel the steamy vapour rising off the hot tar on the road, squeezing between closely-packed cars on the traffic-jammed route, seeping into the bus, inspiring sticky trickles of sweat down blouse-backs, on necks, on foreheads and behind ears; little beads of sweat on arms and legs and above lips; stuffy, hot air taking a slow choke-hold on every-one's lungs...

When the radio started to play Jordin Sparks and Chris Brown's 'No Air', the whole bus lustily sang along, directing their words at the driver...

"Driver, gi we some breeze nuh!" One irate passenger said, to many shouts of agreement: "Yes, AC, driver, AC!"

The driver, not missing a beat, took up a huge, flat notebook and started to fan. With a little smile, a shrug and eyes pleading understanding, he turned to his audience and sang, "No air, no air..."

The bus exploded with laughter.

15 comments:

Ruthibelle said...

A quick wit can do a world of good... sometimes :)

kalonje said...

Yes sah, that driver smart

Stunner said...

Thank God fi mi car! Mi nuh inna dat!

Jamaican Dawta said...

LOL! That driver is sharp. A real clincher.

Ruthibelle said...

I know right... the man stop a potential protest and wholeaps a cussing and misery with that response!

Will said...

rofl... seriously... only in JA... first time i ever saw a preacher having church on a bus was in JA... he picked up collection too... hilarious...

Long said...

Love that anecdote! The right word, the right response, delivered in just the right way.

Ruthibelle said...

Chuh Will, that is common place business in Jamaica...

And Long, talk about common sense! :)

Stephen Bess said...

*Smile* Nice little story. It sounds like a funny commercial skit. Nice blog.

Jdid said...

lol

laroper18 said...

Priceless!

Pepper said...

brings me back to high school

ESTEBAN AGOSTO REID said...

The experience sounds like The Middle Passage revisited.ESTEBAN AGOSTO REID

owen said...

I hate that song with a passion. people just gotta over-play everything :(

Guyana-Gyal said...

Hahaha, the things that happen in ram-jam packed buses.....