I'm pretty sure I just witnessed my worst nightmare.
A few hours ago I drove down to the Minneapolis Greyhound bus station to pick up my 15 year-old from his trip to visit his friend in Souix Falls, SD. Because the bus was delayed, I had to wait in the terminal for about 40 minutes. Of course the first thing I wanted to know was how a bus could be delayed in the first place. It's not like they had to wait on the tarmac while the 15 busses in front of them had to be cleared for departure.
Anyway, while I was waiting, there was a line of about 100 people waiting to board a sold-out bus for Chicago. Included in this mob of people were about 5 infants, 10 toddlers and 15 or so other rowdy kids who were running around screaming their heads off. The only thing I could think of the whole time is - holy crap, now I know what a trip from Hell would be like!
Yikes - nine hours crammed into a sardine can on wheels full of Satan's little minions! I shudder just thinking about it. My only hope for these poor people is that the bus driver was able to secretly release some chloroform through the A/C vents and knock them all out.
The ironic thing is, my wife and I just had a conversation 2 days ago about the possibility of my whole family taking the bus to KY for my nephew's wedding in October. And we would have actually considered it had the cost been cheaper than driving our own car.
All I can say is, it's a good thing it wasn't a good enough deal for us to go through with it. Because after tonight? I would SO have cancelled those tickets.