Is pub­lic trans­port the new way to meet el­i­gi­ble sin­gle men?

Central Otago Mirror - - OPINION -

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 mir­

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