On Aug. 12, I made the fateful decision to ride Augusta's bus system. Little did I know that it would be hazardous to my health.
After waiting in 103-degree-heat-index weather, the bus arrived at the uncovered bus stop. Upon boarding the bus, I took my seat and began to drink from a water bottle to quench my heat-induced thirst. As I hydrated to recover from the stultifying heat, I was told by the bus driver that I was not allowed to drink water on the bus.
I explained to her that there was a heat advisory and a heat index of 103. This use of reason was swiftly rejected by the driver, and she reiterated to me that drinking water on the bus was against the rules.
I sheepishly put the lid on my life-sustaining bottle of water, and began to wonder if a commonsense exception to the rule might be in order for days when temperatures near 100 degrees.