Is public transport the new way to meet eligible single men?
A new romance may have kicked off right under my nose this week. It was the world of bus travel for me, while the car was with the mechanic. I was on the bus heading home from work to put the fire on and settle in for the evening. A woman in her late 20s clambers on, laden down with shopping bags. She doesn’t have enough money for the fare and is about to hop off. The next passenger, a friendly, pleasant-looking man of similar age, comes to the rescue with a shiny gold coin. She is grateful. It leads to them sitting together and merrily chatting. They hop off the bus at the same stop and walk down the road together. Did he get the girl? I’d love to know. It could turn into a story to tell the grandchildren. Walking into a cold winter night isn’t quite as good as walking off into the sunset, but it’s close. Why do these things never happen to me? I’ve caught plenty of buses in my day but not once has it resulted in a potential date. Bus travel might not be the most glamorous way to travel, but it’s environmentally and economically sound. I now see a new advantage – the chance to meet charming, chivalrous men. I’ll be keeping my eyes peeled next time the big yellow bus pulls up. Winter Festival opens this week – it might be a good time to be single. Enjoy. ■ Queenstown’s Single Girl is looking for true love. Advice and potential candidates should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.