Ranters: Stout fiftyish man in black suit and straw hat; slender fortyish woman in dark tracksuit

Location: 81 bus headed south on Figeuora

Time: 11:15 p.m., Thursday

Does Rant Include Advice on Who You Should and Should Not Fuck With? Yes, Michael Jackson.

Topics Covered:

The responsibilities of anesthesiologists, death as a windfall, the difference between God and anesthesiologists, men who cry, the tricky practical considerations that go into a Michael Jackson Halloween costume, that skin-whitening disease, the purposefulness of seemingly vain and ill-considered behavior.

The Rant:

Man: He locked Michael down in sleep, and he didn't wake him up. That's the problem. He gave him the anesthesia – Latoya was saying this – he gave him the anesthesia and then he didn't bring him back.

Woman: He shouldn't have been doing it.

Man: Everybody's got their own habits. It's not his fault. If he's got an addiction problem, the doctors still got to wake him up. Why else have a doctor there?

Woman: That's what makes me suspicious. He's worth more dead than alive. How do we know somebody didn't —

Man: God put Adam to sleep and fashioned woman from his rib. But then God woke him up.

Woman: They're making more money off of that mother. I heard 270 million dollars.

Man: That's what LaToya was saying.

Woman: We saw all them Africans on TV. Grown men crying. I don't know what they were saying. I don't care.

Man: I know what they were saying. Everybody loved Michael. The good thinf out of this, is people have stopped messing with him, now. People respect him, now, like they should.

Woman: Every boy in America dressed out as Michael that year. I saw one woman, a black woman, she dressed up her son and painted his face white. Someone should whoop her ass.

Man: He went white because of that disease he got, vitiligo universalis. He wore the one glove, too, because of it. Everything about him, there's a reason with Michael. It's not just some crazy like people say.

[Woman looks skeptical.]

Man: Everything he did, like the tank he slept in, he had to do that because of the disease.

[Woman shakes her head. Man laughs.]

Man: He shouldn't have changed his nose, though.

LA Weekly