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The Man In The White Silk Scarf

February 9th, 2013 · 4 Comments


Patrick and I were heading home on the bus the other evening during rush hour and as everyone knows, during rush hour you get nowhere fast!  Cars were bumper to bumper,  a chorus of horns were honking just for the sake of making noise, but surprisingly our bus was not that crowded.


As we inched our way up the rue de Rivoli nearing the Louvre, an older gentleman got on the bus who looked like he had never been on a public bus before in his life.  If anything, he looked like he was use to having his personal chauffeur drive him around the city.  He was dressed in a cashmere overcoat and he wore a white silk scarf thrown around his neck like he was Snoopy the Red Baron.  His shoes were as shiny as any well kept limo, but it was more than that.  It was his presence, his aura that made him look out of place in his surroundings.


I even said to Patrick as he made his way to where we were seated near the back of the bus, “He looks like he should be getting out of a limo in front of the Crillon instead of on the bus.”

The gentleman sat down, but he was agitated as we slowly inched our way down the avenue.  About ten minutes later, the guy gets up and he says loudly to the bus driver, “Si vous plaît!”

The bus driver looks at him from his rear view mirror and the guy says, “Could you drive faster, please.  I’m in a hurry and I’m late for a rendez-vous!”

Everyone on the bus burst out laughing!  A guy behind us said, “If he’s in a hurry, he should’ve taken a taxis not a bus.”

Another guy added, “It’s bumper to bumper, where does he want the driver to go?”

More laughter.

A lady seated next to us said, “What, he thinks the bus driver is his chauffeur?!”

People were snickering and Patrick got in on the conversation.  “Come on bus driver, rev up your whirly blades and let’s hover over all this traffic!”

That gave everyone a good laugh.

The poor guy was really out of his element, but he made the day for everyone else on the bus.  Laughter is contagious and this man had the whole bus laughing as we moved further along.  It was funny not because his request was so outrageous, but because the guy was serious in asking for the bus driver to move it along!  This man was use to getting what he wanted!


Not that night, however!  About 20 minutes later we finally made it to the Place de la Concorde and sure enough the gentleman gets off the bus in front of the Hôtel de Crillon where a bunch of limos are parked and the beautiful jet set people are dressed in their finest for a gala evening.


The back door of the bus opens and this gentleman stands on the platform before he steps off the bus like he’s stepping off of his own private jet.  He waves his arms at a group of people standing in front of the luxury hotel.  “Voilà, I’m here!” he yells.  The look on his friends faces seeing him come off of a public bus gave everyone on the bus another round of laughter!

Maya Muses:  I’m sure he’ll be telling everyone he knows how he happened to take (God forbid) public transportation because his limo broke down, but I don’t think he realizes what fun he brought to all of us on the bus that evening that otherwise would have been just another ride home! 

(Thank you, whoever you are!)

Photo Credits: Flickr, Worthpoint and Google Images

Tags: HaHaHa! · Paris - Paname

4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Pam // Feb 10, 2013 at 9:40 pm

    LOL. It takes all kinds to make this world! Thanks for sharing.

  • 2 Lynn // Feb 11, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    It certainly does! It’s been almost a week that this happened and still when I think about that man, it makes me laugh!

  • 3 Harriet // Feb 12, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    What’s fascinating is how some people have such presence!

    This is definitely a Paris memory that you’ll be talking about for some time to come. Thanks for sharing.

  • 4 Lynn // Feb 13, 2013 at 8:34 am

    So true! Like class, you either have it or you don’t. As the saying goes, “Money can’t buy you class.” Well this guy had both!

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