Thursday, October 27, 2011

Sleeping in Bus Terminal



Today's picture was taken in 1943, and it shows a woman sleeping in a bus station in Chicago, Illinois. I have never slept in a bus station, but I have slept in airports. By airport standards, this couch looks very comfy. In airports you just have chairs, and have to scoot down in the chair far enough to rest your head on the backrest. Not comfortable at all. Have any of you slept in a bus station or airport?

14 comments:

  1. I have never slept in a bus terminal. I have slept in airports and it is no fun.

    Once, ages ago, about thirty two years, when we had no kids, in January, I accompanied my husband on a business trip to Tampa, Florida, for a few days. When we were scheduled to depart, there was a fabulous nor'easter that blanketed the east coast with snow. Every airport from Atlanta was closed. The airline paid for our meals, hotel accommodations and transportation to the hotel and back.

    My how things have changed. A few years ago, eight, I think, my husband was flying back from Pensacola, he arrived at the airport and waited , about an hour before the flight Airtran cancelled the flight. No explanations, no vouchers or accomidations were given. (It wasn't the weather). Just a wait for the next flight to Baltimore which was twenty four hours later.

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  2. Airports today purposely have bench seats made so it is impractical to lie across them without dislocating your spine.

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  3. Hey, I see you might be getting some rain today, at least you can hope for it.

    I have only ridden on a Greyhound bus one time. It was the station in Seattle. I had arrived early for my bus (I always like to get to departures early). It was night time (early December), but no way was I even going to think about getting an sleep. That was about the filthiest public building I have ever been inside of in my life. There were bums sleeping on the floor in the waiting room, and in the rest room. There were women taking men into the rest rooms (both the men's and women's). The floor had trash all over it along with vomit. The back part of the waiting area smelled like urine. Even though it was kind of cold out, it didn't take me long to deiced to go out side and wait for my bus to be boarded. I figured I could catch some sleep on the bus, but I told you about that store a few days ago.

    I don't fly much, but never had a waiting problem. Most of my flights were fairly close on the timing. My wife has had more than one cancellation on her flights. The Airline use to take care of you with vouchers, but not anymore. Some of the cancellation were for "mechanical reasons"!!! And she had to wait for the next flight, but for some reason even the next flight was not a full plane. You would think if they had to stack up two flights into one plane, that second plane would be full to the max

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  4. I fell asleep in a bus station once and missed my bus. Wound up hitchhiking a ride to my final destination. Got there late, First Sergeant gave me a week extra duty to compensate for my falling asleep. Wonderful times...

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  5. I am a USAF military brat, 23y years, and have slept many a time in airports, bus stations, train stations, tarmacs and boatyards. I always found the bus stations to be calming, listening to the buses belch and hearing the footsteps and murmur of voices as they boarded was a nice sound to doze off too. Thanks for the nice memory :)

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  6. Nowadays that woman in the picture would wake up to learn her shoes and suitcase were stolen.

    John

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  7. Early 60's I crossed the country by Greyhound from Fort Ord CA to northern ME. Can't remember if I slept in the stations but I slept a lot on the bus. I enjoyed it and met some interesting people. My first ^^ by a Gay man, it was physically terminated by an elbow to the rib cage.

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  8. Have not, so far as I can recall, slept in a bus station or airport, but did sleep in Union Station in Chicago once about thirty years ago. Last time I rode an intercity bus was about 20 years ago and at that time the stations were dirty and smelly. It would be nice if (the country, the bus company, society in general) got its act together and cleaned up things like that...

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  9. Like Michael, I fell asleep in the waiting area for a flight to Washington,D.C. from Dallas- Fort Worth Airport. There were many other people waiting with me, but none of them woke me up when they called our flight so I woke up, finally, to and empty waiting area.

    Not surprisingly, there were no more flights that night so I had to get a room and leave the next morning. The real problem was that I was supposed to be giving my talk in Washington at same time we left the ground in DFW. It was a long time before I was invited back to the annual meeting of highway officials.

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  10. Oh. My. Gosh.

    I love your blog! I got here from Sandra's blogroll, and I'm glad I did.

    Look forwad to future updates!

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  11. I've slept in airports in London, Manama, and San Francisco. None were comfortable, but I never had trouble sleeping.

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  12. I either missed train week or can't wait for the next train week but I have a sweet story about riding a train during WWII. My In-laws were stationed in Texas maybe (was there Army Air Corp in Texas),anyway place doesn't matter and as the time came for the birth of their first child, my MIL came home to Iowa and to her Mama for that event. LaRene stayed with her folks and then when the babe was a month old, she, babe and her mother rode the train back to where her husband was stationed. There were soldiers on the train and my MIL and her mother were treated royally. Soldiers were interested in the baby and helped and made sure that the women were well cared for. My pretty young MIL might have taken it all for granted but I heard the story from her mother. Gramma Toni was just full of complements for all the soldiers and she remembered that memorable trip until she died.

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  13. Traveled. By bus in the 60's,70's and80's.. I you didn't have much money, it the best way to go. Met a lot of interesting people. Sat up one night from Albuquerque, to LA just telling this blind guy all I was seeing. Mabe me appreciate my eyes. I never noticed the filth, most of the time it was reasonable. Food was usually fair. Was accosted by a gay in LA. Hit him square in the mouth for touching my Junk. Shipping by bus was the best, they didn't care what it was and was cheap. I'd still like to take bus trip. I really enjoy leaving the driving to them.

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  14. Took a 12 hour bus ride from Ohio to Norfolk, VA. Was a naive 19 yr. old single gal. Changed seat at first rest stop to avoid anticipated trouble with male seat mate (still had 10 hrs. to go)and placed myself with a group of kids my own age. We stopped at every single log cabin post office on the way. Fascinated passing through the Appalachian Mtns. area. Long trip. Happy to finally arrive. Happy to be close to the ocean. Loved the adventure and was a little wiser for the experience.

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