October 17th, 2016
By Kevin Salvador
SERIES: ON THE BUS
These faces are the many muses I've encountered while riding the public transportation systems from Gardena to Pasadena.
PART 1: OLD MEXICAN MAN WEARING FANCY COWBOY BOOTS AND A SLICKED MUSTACHE
It was around 5 in the morning. I had caught the gold line heading northeast-- a nice warm morning, It might have been summer, now that I remember. To my left sat an old Mexican man, He was dressed to impress. He couldn’t have been more than 60, I wondered if he was someone still trying to keep his youth? Or maybe he thought this is what rich men wear? My mind ran through all sorts of possibilities…. Then again, I wasn’t all to eager to ask him about his life story. His shirt was freshly ironed, tucked in and buttoned up to the top. He was wearing a bolo tie that was in style with Los Tejanos, or norteños (Texan or northerner). He was neatly tucked away into a pair of fitted Levis and on his feet he wore fancy cowboy boots.
Oh yeah. I almost forgot.
He had a slicked mustache.
I nodded my head in respect.
10/19/2016 02:49:10 pm
Keep the descriptions coming! I love this brief, yet insightful look at those who take the train! I think the wondering can be even more fun than the knowing! :-)
10/24/2016 05:57:55 pm
It’s always better to observe different people while riding a public transportation instead of just using your smartphones. You can learn a lot from just one person and it’s also a good way of boosting your imaginations.
10/27/2016 12:09:11 pm
This was amusing to read because it reminded me when I use to take the bus back home from when I was in highschool this old man I use to see always wearing some type of costume accessory.
10/27/2016 01:12:14 pm
This was very intriguing to read because I automatically pictured Emiliano Zapata. I too have seen an individual on the train dressed like that there were moments where i looked at him and reminisced on relatives
10/27/2016 01:40:28 pm
Every time I hear the words fancy cowboy boots I instantly think about my uncle; he wears that kind of attire. It also reminds me of this man I used to see on the bus and walking Pasadena streets that would wear cowboy boots, a large hat and basically Mariachi band attire. I think he was a part of one, but this all happened sunset into night time.
10/27/2016 03:55:03 pm
Reading about people's reactions and thoughts toward people with different appearance is interesting. People judge each other with appearance, races and outfits.
10/31/2016 01:06:47 pm
It's the description given towards the man that makes the story so intense. The way the descriptions given in the man is so specific as if you had nothing else to do but it's funny though. Good Job on the story.
10/31/2016 11:08:47 pm
This is one reason to take public transit. Driving is quite convenient and much faster in most cases, but the experience is mostly detached. I had a period of time when public transportation was the only way I traveled, and those days were filled with introspection, observation and thought. Though there were times that I wished I had not taken the bus (dingy, smelly, loud people). Pro and cons, I guess.
11/2/2016 01:57:36 pm
The societal view of materialism shifted over the years. What is considered rich and poor changes constantly.
11/3/2016 03:51:38 pm
I've always wondered if I was the only one who tries to complete portraits of strangers as I see them pass by, even when I'm just driving in my car next to their's. The little details that you give are the ones that are the most telling, both about you and the old Mexican man. Also, I think the fact that you didn't end up asking him about his life story gives our imagination more room to play with the varying story lines and the mystery makes it all the more intriguing.
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