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Eavesdropping, people watching, and the bus was on-time, too

Eavesdropping, people watching, and the bus was on-time, too

The prevalence of the smartphone means that Americans hear a lot of one-sided conversation. On Friday, aboard an MTA bus, I overheard a young woman with a bun in her hair and an iPhone at her ear say the following: “No, he did not. No, he did not. He did not. He didn’t. Oh, God, no.”

And she started laughing, almost uncontrollably.

I was tempted to lean forward and ask what was so funny but decided just to enjoy her giddy laughter. It was the start of the holiday weekend, sunny and 67, April in February, and the Baltimoreans on the bus seemed to be in a good mood for a change.

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