A man and a woman sit next to each other on the top deck of the bus. They are both staring out the window in silence.
WOMAN: Why do cars have sunroofs?
MAN: So you can feel like you’re outside as you drive.
WOMAN: No, convertibles aren’t for me. Not my cup of tea. It’s like sitting in a bath.
MAN: Each to their own.
WOMAN: I’d rather have a bike. Then you’re really outside.
MAN: But you can’t go as fast.
WOMAN: It’s not about speed. It’s about how it feels. It’s the wind at your feet.
MAN: A matter of taste I suppose.
WOMAN: Minestrone for lunch? With that crusty white bread?
MAN: I’d prefer pea and ham.
WOMAN: We’ll have to stop at the shops. We don’t have that at home. Can you not have minestrone instead?
MAN: I guess it all tastes the same.
WOMAN: Do you love me still?
MAN: I’m not sure anymore.
WOMAN: Isn’t this our stop? Ring the bell will you dear. We don’t want to miss it.
MAN: It wouldn’t be so bad.
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