#TheCommuter: When Shifty met Snickers (featuring Times R Strange by Fog City Mavericks)

Editors note: this video and accompanying blog entry is compiled from footage that is either public domain or was filmed by the blogger in public. The entire piece is satirical and is not meant to suggest that either of these men did anything other than doze on a bus. 

Anyone who is out and about on MUNI before 7am on a Sunday is either really healthy or really sick. 

I board the 28 bus at 6:50am and roll down Park Presidio towards the Sandcastle Center for a long Sunday shift. 

Shifty is already on the bus. He seems to be very itchy and uncomfortable in his skin. He has a Walgreens' shopping basket which is filled with old magazines, mismatched flip-flops, and a clock radio. 

Snickers boards the bus a few stops later and tests out a few different seats-- uncomfortably wiggling in and out of each-- before settling on a seat at the back of the bus, directly behind Shifty. Shifty is starting to doze off. I grab 90  seconds of footage on my iPhone as discreetly as possible. I realize later that Snickers was staring directly into the lens on my phone for most of it. My bad, Snicks. 

After I stop rolling, Shifty wakes up.

He turns around and makes brief and bleary eye contact with Snickers.

Shiffy Shif closes his eyes to go back to sleep, but Snickerdoodles is electrified by the fleeting spark of company, and the following exchange takes place.

SNICKERS

Hey brother... whachu doing?

SHIFTY

(barely opens one eye) Sleepin'. 

SNICKERS

It's not time to sleep man. 

SHIFTY

...

SNICKERS

Get up, son. We're gonna set the whole world on fire.

SHIFTY

What?

SNICKERS

Today is the day that everything changes for me. And for you too. It all starts now.

SHIFTY

What are you talking about? 

SNICKERS

You like Ribs? I got some ribs here. (Snickers pulls a greasy brown paper bag from his pocket and stats to unfold it) Have some ribs.

SHIFTY

Nah.

SNICKERS

It all starts today my brother. 

SHIFTY 

What does?

SNICKERS

You want to come to my crib? I got some cheeseburgers. They're frozen, all you gotta do is put them in the oven. 

SHIFTY

....

SNICKERS

Today's the day. You gotta eat.

SHIFTY

OK. (Shifty and Snickers exit the bus.)

 Later that night, I'm listening to Fog City Mavericks while filtering through the small collection of sketches, notes, photos, and videos that I accumulate in the course of a day. Times R Strange comes on and I start wondering how things turned out for Shifty and Snickers. I wonder if everything changed for them today. I wonder what kind of great adventures they might have gotten into. I wonder how those cheeseburgers were.

Huge thanks to Fog City Mavericks for letting us use Times R Strange off of their latest album, Savage Sessions.


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