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Before I become an international celebrity for my stellar interpretation of ancient blood lust, I think it’s appropriate to take a look back at my humble beginnings in the spotlight.

At the tender age of 18, I was plucked out of my life as an ordinary UVIC student and thrust into the limelight of fame that is the “BC Transit Bus Girl”.

I won’t lie to you and say that the transition to a province-wide transportation celebrity was easy. I was no longer a face in a sea of disgruntled left-wing students. I was now a recognizable face, a bus legend in the making. Immediately, my new celebrity ‘status’ changed my simple ways. I was constantly cornered in the university hallways and hassled for autographs.

“Hey! Aren’t you the girl… (looks at bus guide).. on the bus guide? Oh yah!! (holds guide up to my face) Yah, that’s definitely you! (pause) Did you know you were on the bus guide? Ha ha”

All this newly found fame and fortune took its toll on me. Taking the bus to school everyday became a painful experience. Oh the shame I felt when I stood at the bus stop waiting for the No. 4. I could feel the piercing stares of the passengers as I walked the long squeaky path to the end of the bus where I could shield my face from their mockery. I took to wearing a lot of large sunglasses and sun hats that year. ‘Blending’ was my key objective.

But how was I to blend or be at peace in my inner temple when people considered me the “Ambassador of BC Transit”.

“Hey Bus Girl! When does the Number 14 arrive?”
“What bus do I take to get to Tillicum Mall?”
“공항에게 나를 데려가십시요?”

I don’t know. I don’t work for BC transit. I’m just a student here like you. I don’t speak Chinese. The problems didn’t stop there. I was also blamed for inconsistencies in transportation scheduling and fare increases.

“Hey Bus Girl! Why is the bus always late?”
“This bus smells funny”
“$1.75! Doesn’t the government have enough of my money! And you expect me to pay 25cents to look at your stupid face” (Me: “The bus guide is free”) “Whatever.”

The worst was when the buses went on strike and people threw food in my hair.

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9 Comments

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    Heather
    December 19, 2006 at 9:41 PM

    I always wanted to be the bus guide girl.

    Thank you for making me feel less badly about it.

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    iPhone forum
    July 14, 2007 at 3:04 PM

    nice site.

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    Zaiaku
    July 14, 2007 at 5:41 PM

    LOL There’s tnothing wrong with it. Not sure why anyone would be embarressed about it.

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    Lisa Bettany
    July 14, 2007 at 5:58 PM

    checked out your site… WOW. awesome robot.

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    15 seconds with Lisa pumpin’ gas into her sweet ride « they mostly come out at night… mostly
    October 4, 2007 at 3:22 AM

    […] i felt kinda nervous about my wee little car during the test because if you fail to pass the emissions test you have 2 lovely choices: (1) send your car to a mechanic and make it more environmentally friendly (cost is approx $600… yikes); (2) send your car to the scrap heap and take the bus (boo public transit. i’ve been scarred ever since being BC Transit Bus girl for a year.) […]

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    My brain is so famous. | MostlyLisa.com
    July 7, 2008 at 9:45 PM

    […] Don’t even talk to me about the legacy of the BC Transit Bus Guide Girl. PPS. I have a HUGE & famousbrain. I’ll out think all of yous! Seriously, quiz me on […]

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    Chris
    July 7, 2008 at 10:04 PM

    SO DISSAPPOINTED. BC Transit waited a few years too many to implement the service here. :’-(

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    chi
    July 9, 2008 at 2:06 PM

    well thats actually korean you’ve got written there, not chinese.

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    Mostly Lisa
    July 9, 2008 at 7:42 PM

    @chi — that’s the joke. get it?

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