The time: 9:35 on an early December morning
The place: The BX40 bus going eastbound on Tremont Avenue
The player: A heavy-set, middle-aged African-American man with a cane
[His cellphone rings. The ringtone is the "voulez-vous couchez avec moi" refrain from "Lady Marmalade"]
Man with cane, brightly: "Hey, baby!"