Latin America in the modern age: LAMA.
Some character studies from the morning bus ride:
1. Girl wearing yellow Chucks Taylors, blue zip-up sweatshirt, t-shirt silkscreened with a neon skyline and "DALLAS", jeans that are slit an inch on both sides. She's wearing a plain chain necklace, no makeup, hair pulled back, glasses. Beside her, a bag slumps with frayed edges, decorated with blue and tan cats. She's playing a PSP with the grimace of either angst or severe concentration. She holds a purple Starbucks mug between her thighs.
2. Woman in her mid-twenties wearing a black blazer, gemstone necklace, dark wash jeans, black boots with silver piping. Shiny hair the color of honey. Mauve lipstick. A small purple purse is slung over her shoulder. She's reading a book. Near the end of the bus ride, she pulls a banana out of the purse, puts the book in, then places the banana on top – it doesn't seem like there's room for anything else.
3. Native American middle-aged couple, embracing each other. Woman: baby blue sweatsuit with an embroidered feather on the pants, gray and black sneakers, tie-dyed shirt, turquoise ring. Man: skinnier than his wife, pale jeans, cream button-up shirt, leather jacket, brown loafers. Both are wearing caps. Hers says "NATIVE PRIDE." His says "BUICK."