Friday, January 22, 2010

Overheard - Two for the Price of One

Today was a fun filled day of circuses and bowling. Both unrelated trips, but both producing their equivalent of hyperactive excitable children. A large group of Pre-K babies got to go see the circus at a local venue. Of course this morning, most of the babies were already hyped up for the field trip and really excited. This of course left them on a permanent sugar buzz from all the cotton candy, sugar, and excitement throughout the day of lions, tigers, and bears - Oh My! This little gem came from the afternoon route.

I often have the opportunity to sit and listen to Pre-K babies interact with each other while waiting for the larger kids to come out of their school. Often these children love to "tattle" on each other and most simply call me "Ms. Bus Driver". This exchange happened today while waiting:

Pre-K Girl 1: Ms. RegularDriversName! Ms. RegularDriversName! Ms. RegularDriversName!

Pre-K Girl 2(to #1): Ms. RegularDriversName is not here today!

Pre-K Girl 1(with attitude): So,she can change her name to Ms. RegularDriversName.

Apparently according to Girl 1 - I can magically change my name at will! AMAZING!


I did not get to go to the circus. I did get to take the 7th graders bowling. This trip was a reward for good behavior. As always with trips, lots of random and unexplainable things happen. This happened on the bus en route to the bowling alley:

7th Grade Boy(standing up randomly): When I say Hillshire!, You say Farm!

7th Grade Boy(continuing after a pause): HILLSHIRE!

Whole Bus(including myself and the teachers): FARM! GO MEAT!

Complete with pumping arms in air victoriously.

Yes. It was a good ride.

The Bus Driver

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Overheard - Transit Edition

Driving an elderly woman home.

Miss Elderly: Miss Bus Driver, You know what I'm gonna do when I get home?

Me: No, what are you going to do.

Miss Elderly: Well, first I'm going to take out my false teeth, then I'm gonna cut my TV on, then I'm gonna strip.

Me: .........

Monday, January 11, 2010

I won't tell if you won't!

After a long winter break, I've compiled a list of things I've learned while working odd hours.

1. Walmart carts roll in the back of a bus when they are not secured.

2. Walmart carts that roll, but are filled with groceries, will NOT tip over, just simply slam into the walls of the bus uninhibited making loud noises.

3. The wheelchair lift will malfunction when you least expect it and at the most inopportune times.

4. When it is raining, the optimal time for loading people that are wheelchair bound is when it is pouring rain. Contrarily, the second you sit in the drivers seat after getting soaked is when the rain will stop.

5. Old people are great!

The fifth item on the list deserves a story.

There once was this old cranky man who lived alone, but traveled somewhere different every day for lunch/breakfast. Well as of recently he has not been taking his daily jaunts into town, so imagine my surprise when he showed up on my schedule one day for transit. I show up at his house, and he hobbles out with a cane and a very large clunky boot on his foot. (Apparently he's had foot surgery of some sort.)

Anyhow, he gets on the bus and after the usual friendly banter, we're off to his destination. About halfway through the ride, he tells me about how he's basically been a prisoner in his own home because he's supposed to be staying there and keeping his leg elevated. He also complains that his daughter is not bringing him all the milk that he wanted to drink. The man is elderly and very set in his ways.

He then informs me that his daughter doesn't know about his lunch trip, but that she'd be in church until noon, and he's "Just GOT to get out of the house!" So I said to him, "I won't tell if you won't! But we gotta get you home before your daughter comes over to find you missing!" He just laughed and grinned. He returned home with a belly full and a very happy demeanor.

Fast forward to later in the week, his daughter called while I was sitting in the office demanding to know if we took her father out to eat over the weekend.


The Bus Driver

Friday, January 1, 2010

Merry Christmas and Happy New Years

Hello to EVERYONE out there in Blog land!!!!

I've been largely silent as of recently because I've been working a lot. Hopefully 2010 will have many more stories and anecdotes to share. May your new year be happy healthy and prosperous.

Looking To The Future,

The Bus Driver