Tonight I had to take the Rail Bus home from work because the trains were shut down for trackwork. This resulted in a longer than average wait to get on a bus, and so I found myself finally boarding around 1130pm, a clear 90 minutes after I had left work.
I stepped onto the bus with my iPod on, ready to find any empty seat and wait to get to my stop - and the closest one was the First Seat on the left right behind the door. It's a single seat, and I knew I'd have it all to myself. I climbed in.
That's when I looked around. The bus was clean, and dimly lit, with royal blue accents that seemed almost deep neon - the kind of Blue Lights on the runways at airports. Then I felt it.
I was sitting directly under an air conditioning vent.
It wasn't blowing directly on me, more of an Area of Effect kind of blast, but it was cool nonetheless. It stopped me in my tracks and I just settled into the seat, letting the cool hit my face and my arms and my neck, chilling me from head to toe. I felt my skin get cool, and all of the stress of the day dissolved immediately.
It reminded me of the apartment I had in Walnut Creek, where I kept the thermostat at 63 degrees all day long, and when I got home from work it was frigid and welcoming and just cleared my head of any stress I had at all. I could rest and relax and not have to worry about anything.
I haven't had this kind of clarity of thought in a long time, and between the comfort of the plush blue seat and the blast of the chilled air around me, I considered staying on the bus for a full cycle until I came to my stop again, just to enjoy the moment.
Instead, reason got the better of me and I realized how very tired I was, and I got off at my stop, preparing for the walk home and the night I'd have in my warm apartment.
But I sat there until all the other people got off, breathing deeply and feeling the cool on my skin. Rising from my single seat, I thanked the bus driver and reluctantly stepped off the bus. I rubbed my arms and felt that chill until the warm humid air rushed it away some minutes later.