Sunday, October 23, 2011
I certainly enjoyed all the comments and discussion yesterday. It appears that most of the memories are centered around School Buses. So, I will give you another picture of an old school bus, and hope your stories and memories continue again today.
I did not ride the bus to school, but was in band and other extracurricular activities, so went on lots of bus trips. I read one comment yesterday from recumbent conspiracy theorist reminiscing about kids sitting on the back of the bus so they could chew tobacco without the driver seeing. Where I went to school there was no rule against kids chewing tobacco on the bus, or if there were rules they were not enforced. So, on every trip you would have a number of students chewing or dipping on the bus. On one particularly long and hot trip, all the side windows on the bus were open and we were driving down the highway. The kid in the front seat was dipping Copenhagen the whole way. He finally reached the point that his spit cup was completely full. Not understanding the subtleties of wind dynamics in a bus at full speed going down the highway with the windows open, he simply stuck his cup out the window and dumped it. Any of you that have traveled much with the windows down know that whatever goes out the front seat window comes right back into the back seats. So, when he dumped his cup out the window, all the contents came back into the bus through the other windows and sprayed everyone behind him with the contents of his cup. It was only the driver who prevented this young man from being beaten to a bloody pulp that day. Luckily the driver was in front of the kid, and did not get sprayed. Otherwise I feel the young man would not have lived through that day.