Thursday, June 27, 2013
Tales of Danger & Adventure on the X2
The Washington Post and NBC4 covered the story of a woman who assaulted the driver of an X2 bus, and the driver who hit here back. If you ride the X2 with any regularity you probably have all kinds of interesting stories. For those who are unfamiliar with the route, the X2 bus originates at the Minnesota Avenue Metro station, turns onto Benning Road (which becomes H Street), and continues to 16th & H Street NW. It's a long straight shot, and among the most popular bus routes in the District. It also runs almost all night long, taking only a short break in the very wee hours. I can say that I have ridden the bus to and from work. I have caught that first 4:30am bus, and I have absolutely ridden the late night 2am bus (it's a great way to get home from Chinatown).
Though most rides are uneventful, I've seen homeless men holding their 40ozs aloft while swaying and singing/shouting like drunken sailors. I've seen people smoke on the bus, and done an early morning doubletake when I spied a man with a full skull tattoo...on his FACE. I've seen fights, met angry New Black Panthers, heard my share of amateur rappers, and watched people consume and disgard all manner of food. I even once saw a man board an X2 bus in Chinatown carrying a truck door. But my own stories tend to pale in comparison to some of the ones I've heard from friends and readers. I thought perhaps it might be fun for people to share some of their best tales here. It's fine to tell stories from other bus lines too, just make sure you indicate the bus.