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Any Bus Ride on AC Transit

AC Transit is kind of like a meteor shower or a surprise party or a traveling circus: You never know quite when it'll show up, but when it does, it's damn good entertainment. Laughably unreliable schedule notwithstanding (and besides the fact that it's greener than driving, cheaper than BART, and faster than walking), AC Transit is worth taking simply for its alternately hilarious, horrifying, and head-scratching people-watching. After all, public transportation is the great equalizer, and if we're talking subcultures, these Belgian beauties host the full spectrum of East Bay archetypes, all crammed together in one place. Though any seasoned rider will tell you that AC is chock-full of crazy 24 hours a day, there's a noticeable method to the madness: During the day, you tend to get your crackheads, your conspiracy theorists, your gossiping high-school kids, your Cal students, your senior citizens, and your guitar-playing hippies — generally anyone who wouldn't have a nine-to-five. In the late afternoon and evening, newspaper-reading professionals fill the seats, and later at night, the crowd is a little sketchier and decidedly drunker. No matter when you go, though, it's certain to be some of the best voyeurism $2 can buy.

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