Monday, October 24, 2011

Crowded Bus



I have been enjoying reading your Bus Memories the last few days. Most of the memories have been about school buses. I am sure some of you have ridden the Greyhound Buses. Maybe you can share some of those stories today.

This picture was taken in 1943. It shows a crowded bus. The bus was going from Memphis to Chattanooga. It looks like some people had to stand as the bus was too crowded for everyone to get a seat. Looks like the men were polite enough to allow the ladies to have the seats.

20 comments:

  1. Yes, I remember riding the bus from Valesco to Emory, back in the early 40's. My Dad worked for Dow Chemical at Freeport. When a hurricane was in the forecast, my mom would pack us up and head to grandma's. It was an all day trip.

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  2. And it looks like they let the serviceman sit also.

    My weird experience on a Greyhound bus was on a bus from Seattle to North Dakota.
    We left Seattle after dark and just about as soon as the bus left town, a group of guys had taken over the rear of the bus and started drinking booze. They started to get louder and louder, and even started to harass some of the women on the bus.
    Farther down the line we had a short lay over, and the first thing those guys did was head for the nearest bar to get more booze.
    When it was time to board the bus again, I told the driver I wasn't going to get back on the bus if those party animals were also allowed to board. That was when I found out it is against the law to drink on a bus. The person who cleaned the bus during our stop over spoke up then and said he had found a bunch of beer cans and booze bottle in the back of the bus. So the bus driver along with other bus personal searched the riders and would not let them back on the bus.
    I was able to get some sleep after that, and the women thanked me for stand up for what I thought was right.

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  3. I missed this weekends convo. about the school bus. I rode it from 1st to 12th grade. Congregating at the bus stop with your friends was a fun way to start the morning. I'll admit, some kids weren't very well behaved on the bus. A few times the bus driver stopped the bus next to a police cruiser and invited the cop in to yell at us. I'm not proud to admit this but if you failed to do your homework the night before you could get things done quick on the bus with a little help from a friend. Riding to away football games in a caravan of buses with "Stoughton High School Black Knights" emblazened on the sides of the buses was always a source of pride. We usually got our butts kicked in football but we were the most spirited kids. Showing up at games screaming and yelling. Back in those days, (70's) we had the team buses, the band buses, and student fan buses. Now a days my daughter's H.S. charges $10 per week to ride the bus to school, so we car pool.

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  4. I'm sure these people just got through singing the song from the Flintstones and are trying to think of which jaunty tune they'll belt out next! What an angry looking bunch!

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  5. Men were gentlemen back in those days (although the lady in the front kind of reminds me of my missus when I forget to take out the garbage).
    I've been on city buses many times and I'll tell ya what: a lot of the young punk males will NOT give their seat to an old lady. Sometimes if there is a pretty young girl hopping on they will, but of course they are only trying to impress her adn get a date....why are they all so self serving anymore!
    I know one thing, if my old man ever caught me not giving a seat to any female or not holding a door, he would place a shiner on my eye and maybe on the other one for good measure!!!
    Whatever happened to good old fashioned chivalry---and morals???!!!! Dang!!!
    Keep up the good work, young man. I know for a fact that if you and many of the other commentators on OPD were in a similar position they would give their seat to a female--whatever her age!!!!

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  6. Good for you, "Mean Old Man". I'm 76 years old and I would will open doors and offer my seat to those (male or female) that I feel need it. Reguardless of age. And I might add, I'm a lady.

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  7. Jim, Thats's too funny. Next song... "100 Bottles of Beer on the Wall". It's like they are thinking, "just get me off of this stinking bus"! I'm sure the woman in the front is a lovely person but in this photo she looks like she is going to scratch somebody's eye balls out.
    Amen, M.O.M. You hit the nail on the head. Not only are you showing that you are a gentleman but it gives you a great feeling inside when your nice. Give up your seat! You just have to, case closed.

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  8. I used to take the Greyhound from Syracuse airport to
    Canton NY. The trip would take the main highway with one scheduled stop at the Greyhound depot in Messina. One time a driver went onto side roads. Where the heck is this guy going? On a dirt road he picked up some ladies with grocery bags and dropped them off at their house.

    John

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  9. M. O. M.
    Yes, there seems to be a lack of manners now days.
    I'm retired, but if I go through a door and some one is coming, I will hold the door open for them. It is surprising how many don't say thank you, and then give me a dirty look when I say "Your Welcome" just to let them know they should have said thank you.

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  10. DADD,
    I hear ya about the "no thank-you's" but the times you do get a thank-you is worth it. The other day, I held the door for a lady coming into the store. She said in a thick southern accent, "My aren't you a darling, thank-you very much sir". I was beaming all morning.

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  11. Always a pleasure reading your comments Mean Old Man

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  12. They are a grim looking lot. I wonder how long they were on the bus.

    When I was in college I used to ride a Greyhound bus From Laurel,Md. to Armagh, Pa. to visit my Grandmother. The rides were usually uneventful, but once a refugee, (I think they were called Boat People) from Viet Nam sat beside me and asked me if I spoke French, well I took it for three years in high school and a year in college, so I gave it a try. We managed to converse somehow. We both found it amusing.

    Some people still open doors for others and are polite, but many are not.

    I remember when I was pregnant with my first in 1979, people always opened doors, gave up seats, carried things, gave up places in line especially during the last month or so of pregnancy.

    My last was born in 2002. The changes were startling. Don't get me wrong. I wasn't looking for the royal treatment, but a nine months plus woman can only stand for so long.

    I think that manners and thoughtfulness simply are not taught anymore. A result of feminism.

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  13. DADD, you should visit Texas. The big cities are just that and the people there behave according to the model you describe. But a great percentage of Texas is rural and there, the men treat the women as ladies. The men are friendly to each other, too.

    I'll bet this is true to most rural states, but it seems to be a way of life for us. I hope it doesn't slip away like so many pleasant things of our youth.

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  14. Actually that woman up front has the look of "I wonder if that was my stop that I just mised"

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  15. I am an old lady but still offer my seat on bus or metro to anyone that I feel needs the seat more than I do and hold doors open for anyone that comes in behind me. Old habits....

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  16. Had another look at the picture and wonder what's up on this bus. The person in front of the 'front' lady, on the left, seems to be directing a flash light at the lady who is turning her head. Who could she be?

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  17. the lady up front? that was the look on my husband's face when we arrived in Mission, Texas 18 - 20 hours after leaving Iowa. It was Easter time; folks were going home for the holiday. By the time we got to southern Texas, the bus was PACKED! Standing room only, just like your photo. You couldn't have gotten down the aisle to the bathroom if you had tried -- and I wasn't going to try! lol My husband let me know that that was HIS last bus trip. Ever! I called it an adventure. On the way home, we drove my FIL's van, taking the snowbird home so only had the one-way trip.

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  18. they look like they're being kidnapped...

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  19. Took a Greyhound from Ft L Wood, MO to Ft Benning, GA in 1984. I was in charge of moving 4 troops. One too many for the express so we took a local from Evansville, IN to Chatanooga, TN then an express to Ft Benning. Also rode the bus from the end of the DC metro to Ft Belvoir, VA where I found a wallet with $200 in it and was chased by 5 hoods tying to steal it from me.

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  20. It's so amazing, that such a photo can be taken, some stranger faces shown and remembered, by complete coincidence.

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