Absolutely true story.
The scene: The bus. Evening rush hour.
One older woman sitting directly in front of me. She seems a little weird, but not in any sort of dangerous-looking way. But when I sat down, I thought for a second that she was going to try to talk to me. Which would've sucked. We'll call her "WW" for "Weird Woman."
Across the row, a young man with an ipod in his hand, earbuds in his ears. (Yes, I like the word "earbuds," it's funny.) We'll call him "IM" for "Ipod Man."
WW: Is that an ipod that you have there?
IM: What? (Taking the earbuds out of his ears) Oh, yeah.
WW: Do you know if those are compatible with PCs?
IM: I think they are.
WW: I thought ipods are for Macs only.
IM: No. I'm pretty sure that they're PC compatible. I mean, I dont' know if this one is, I have a Mac. Maybe they make Mac ipods and PC ipods, but I have friends who have PCs and they have ipods...
WW: No, they probably have MP3 players.
IM: (Finally getting up and walking toward the exit.) "MP3" is what the technology is called. Ipod is one brand of MP3 player. But there are other brands.
WW: No, MP3 is one brand name, MP3s are for PCs. Ipods are for Macs.
IM: Ok, well, nice talking to you. Gotta go! (Getting off the bus.)
Three immediate questions come to mind. First, if she knew SO MUCH about ipods, why did she ask? Just to school him? Second, how much did that guy regret taking his headphones off, rather than just pretending he couldn't hear her? And finally, how many blocks early did he get off the bus just to end the conversation?
Poor guy, I just kept imagining that he walked 20 blocks home in the dark, just because he was dumb enough to take out his earbuds.