IMG_1013Yes brave bloggers and other miscreants, welcome to this week’s As I Sat On the Bus Invitational. All are invited of course. However, the sole condition (call it a prompt) is to begin the shpiel with As I Sat On the Bus or something close to it. Anything approximating a municipal bus somewhere in the text – and that includes all forms of mass transportation – is more than acceptable. Bumbastories again presents this week the celebrated George Packard, who tells of a very unexciting, but fairly pleasant, visit to the public library. Accompanying music is yesterday’s Key To The Highway, one of George’s travelling songs.

As I sat on the sunny park bench

In front of me the fountain gurgling

The turtles still in the water

I listened as the chimes of the water fell and then crescendoed

The deep and gentle warmth of the sun

Made its way through meIMG_1006

Several of the turtles had already crawled up the steep ledge of the pool

To sun themselves

The morning sun rising in the southern sky

It was a clear day in Los Angeles. George Packard was setting out for the library. He rode the bus of course.

As George Packard sat in the library he read about Kepler and Copernicus. A biography of Kepler was interesting. A book called

Johannes Kepler and the New Astronomy by James Voelkel, Oxford University Press, 1999 call no. 520.92K3855VO

Also George peeked at On The Shoulders of Giants, Stephen Hawking’s 1,264 page tome.

Hawking wrote of five giants:

Copernicus (1473 – 1543)

Galileo Galilei (1564 – 1642)

Johannes Kepler (1571 – 1630)IMG_1013

Sir Isaac Newton (1643 – 1727)


Albert Einstein (1879 – 1955)

Just five giants. (Hawking inexplicably omits Willie Mays)