Two M10s arrived together this morning and I hopped the second one because I'm no fool. Second buses are historically empty and this was no different: besides the driver and me there was another MTA employee and one passenger. The other passenger got off at 81st and I rode all the way to Columbus Circle in perfect silence (well, I'm also not a psychopath, I was listening to Pop Culture Happy Hour's fall film preview the whole time). This entire event was a real departure from last week, when the rear of the bus was filled with hordes of terrible parents and worse children who exhibited zero understanding of interior volume control. Guess which scenario I prefer.