As I Sat On The Bus (#21)


George Packard, roving reporter, had been derogated the task (derogated being a cross between denigrated and de-regulated), of writing the Bumbastories entry for the As I Sat On The Bus Invitational. Yes, every week Bumbastories writes a story that begins with the phrase As I Sat On The Bus, and asks all readers, followers, and bloggers to send in their own happy, mass transportation compositions via the Comments section. Hence the following entry by George Packard into this great, weekly fictioneers Invitational.


George Packard sat on the bus and considered what great and fine contribution he could possibly bring to the world. As an individual, George was IMG_0999striving to live his life in such a way that the world – even the people after him –  would not be sorry that he had existed. Perhaps he could even help a bit. What then could he, George Packard, bring to the table? As the roving reporter for Bumbastories and this week’s delegated (OK, not derogated) AISOTB writer, George wondered where to begin.

Surely the Golden Proportion is somewhere near the top of any list of fine and noble subjects, thought George as he sat on the bus. George had already written some earlier Bumbastories posts about the golden proportion, phi and phi. Readers could check out the golden proportion posts on the Search option.

Today George Packard would simply introduce and conclude his introduction to phi with the following:

The universality and beauty of the proportion are evident. The phi proportion expressed geometrically is images-1

7 thoughts on “As I Sat On The Bus (#21)

  1. And you thought I’ll hide under the bed just because it’s halloween and skip this – no such luck.

    As I Sat On The Bus, I too thought what great deeds I would be remembered for? I know, I’ll walk across the street and buy a hamburger for lunch. I shall walk the talk:

    1. I might be President, but I’m humble
    2. My government is shut down but my action will help one small business owner
    3. I know the Secret Service will sweep the area, bring out the gunships and armoured cars and spend all them taxpayers’ money – but hey, I’m President remember
    4. I know it would probably be the most expensive hamburger in the history of mankind – but hey, I’m President remember
    5. I can’t possibly have a goffer pick up my laundry, wash my tea cups and replace the toilet roll next to the gold plated pedestal – what do you think I am – some pompous eastern potentate – I’m President, one of you, remember
    6. I could start a war or two – Nah! That’s so pedestrian – and I’m riding a bus 🙂

    Yup, that’s what I’ll do today – walk across the street and buy lunch in a paper bag. I’m not poor Georgie – remembered for holding a book upside down and pretending to read to children in a kindergarten.

    1. Good one . How was the hamburger. Ever read Amos Oz? He’s a very fine writer. I’m currently reading his “Fima”, who is a politically involved writer (like Oz), who, as fantasy prime minister, summons fantasy meetings of the Israeli Cabinet whenever the muse strikes him.

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