Archive for June, 2004

An End-of-Year Follow-Up

Monday, June 7th, 2004

Bah. It's only been two weekdays with no work, and I'm already completely hating it. This summer will suck unless I find something else fun to occupy my time.

Anyway… I thought of a few more amusing things that happened to me that I'm not too sure I ever commented about on here.

  • A while back, I was driving my bus to my first stop in the morning (so it was still quite dark out) when I heard a loud whack as something hit the windshield. A few seconds later, I noticed something rolling around on the hood of the bus, towards the air vents. I looked at it a little closer… someone had apparently thrown a chocolate egg at the bus. And not just a plain chocolate egg, either… this one was wrapped up in some Santa Claus-themed foil. I would love to know what motivated someone to launch such a projectile at my bus, but alas… I will never know.
  • On the very last day of school, a very odd thing happened to me. I had already dropped off my last student, and was on my way back to the lot. I turned down a short street that I drive down at least twice a day to loop back around, since the entrance is on a one-way street. At least half of the buses at the lot go down this street every day. I got about 200 feet down, and felt my bus slow down slightly, heard a bit of a noise, then a loud SNAP as a utility line went flying across the street. Evidently, the cable company had run a new line, and didn't bother to check to see how low it was compared to the road. So as I drove under, my roof vent snagged on it and ripped it down. Oops.

School’s Out! (For summer)

Thursday, June 3rd, 2004

Yesterday was the last day of school for my kids, and the last day of work for me until August, and I am sad. I already miss work, and cannot wait to go back in the fall. The three kids that rode my bus home yesterday were asking me if I was going to be back in the fall, and my favorite kid even said “I'm gonna miss you guys” to me and my monitor when he got off. Hopefully, I'll be able to get the same route in the fall. I really like driving it, and I really like the kids. It is completely stress-free. And from what I understand, the principal at the school really liked that I had no problems on the bus, too. In the morning yesterday, only one kid got on my bus on the entire route. So when I dropped him off at the school, the principal got on my bus and patted me on the back saying, “Only one? Thank you so much!”

In the afternoon, I was looking for one of the other monitors that I usually drive out to the school, so I went into the office. Right as I walked in the door, the skipper who is also serving as dispatcher this week called me over. Since I was in such a good mood, and it was my last day and all, I skipped across the room to her. The safety supervisor, who was sitting nearby doing some paperwork, looked up at me and said, “What the hell was that?”

While I was standing there talking to the one skipper, one of the other skippers yells from across the room, “There's a cicada on your back!” I just glanced around and said, “Oh well.” since I don't really care, and they don't bother me. She then came across the room with her fly swatter and started attacking the cicada. The routing supervisor just looked at her and said, “Get the hell out of here.” I love how much people freak out over the things. They do nothing other than sit on you. They can't bite, sting, or otherwise hurt you. Silly people.

So I guess it will probably be a while before I post again, and it will certainly be a while before I go to the ice cream stand with a school bus. August cannot come soon enough!

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