A Mt. Washington man, tired of the noise created by buses on his street, has parked his car, legally, in such a way that the buses can no longer access the bus stop near his home and therefore the Port Authority had to remove the street from the bus route.
The result is the man is happy, and the elderly residing in the senior citizens high-rise nearby now have to walk up to Grandview Avenue, walkers, oxygen tanks and all, to reach the nearest bus stop.
The man, named George Janusz, has lived in his home since 1982 and says that he’s complained about the noise the buses make when idling, and he also has a problem if they DON’T idle because that means they have to shut off their engines and starting them back up sounds like a “jet taking off.”
“I am the victim. I am not the bad guy,” said Mr. Janusz, who … said he sympathizes with the senior citizens.
Aw. That’s nice. Sympathy. [Golf clap].
My thoughts and questions on this:
1. How long have the buses been running up that way, if Mr. Janusz lived there since 1982? Why is it now a problem? Did they just not run up there before or did they get louder or did he just become difficult? I’m seriously asking.
2. I have no idea how loud a bus engine idling is, but if it’s loud enough to be bothersome to a person inside a house, that sucks. I also have no idea if a bus driver starting up the engine of a bus is as loud as a jet engine. I’m guessing … it’s not. Either way, like I told David Conrad (BOOM! goes the dropped name) when he was captive in my SUV of dusty momdork doom and we talked about the possibility of the wholesalers being removed from the Strip to cut down on truck noise, I believe that people should not live in the city if they don’t want city noises. The city = loud. The suburbs and the country = quiet until the motorcycles or roosters kick in. Just my opinion. I’m not saying a city should be so loud you can’t sleep, I’m just saying expect city noises in the city, that’s all.
3. This is a classic case of the part thinking itself more important than the whole. Sure, Mr. Janusz is happy now, but the residents of the high-rise are trekking up a hill to catch their bus. Thank goodness Mr. Janusz is sympathetic to the elderly and will work with the city to find a way that he can be comfortable with the bus service being restored to the street.
Mr. Janusz said restoring service wouldn’t sit well with him, even if the buses don’t lay over outside his house.
“I like it the way it is,” he said.
Oh, well, we must keep Mr. Janusz happy and ONLY Mr. Janusz, then. Screw everybody else. Mr. Janusz likes it this way. Suck that oxygen, Grandma, and start hiking.
He is the next Annoying Burgher for his “me is more important than all of you” attitude and for his “I have a car and I don’t need to take the bus, so screw you old people who don’t have cars” attitude. His crown is in the mail and by crown I mean a pair of shorts with a bullseye on the seat so the Karma Boomerang will have good aim when it circles back around.
You weren’t the bad guy, Mr. Janusz, but you became him.