The 2:20 No. 43 bus was crowded this afternoon.
I was aware that someone had sat down next to me. But I wasn't in the mood to visit, so I kept reading a news story on my phone.
Eventually, I looked up and realized my seatmate was someone I know slightly -- Richard Rush, the former Spokane city councilman.
We didn't talk much about his close loss in the recent election. And to the extent that we did, he didn't seem bitter. Though it's always hard to tell about these things. I know I would find it difficult to be gracious.
Mostly we talked about Spokane's late-arriving winter, walking vs. riding a bike and about the South, where both of us have extended family.
I know there are people who can't stand Rush. Once on a www.spokesman.com story about a bicyclist being killed in a traffic accident, a classy anonymous commenter said it was too bad Rush hadn't been the victim.
But I admire someone who gets involved in public life and doesn't just sit around pissing and moaning with his friends.
There are all kinds of losers in our society. But not winning an election doesn't necessarily make you one of them.