Friday, July 14, 2006

Bussed a Move

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.


Anonymous said...

We took a bus trip a few years ago with all of the kids. It will be a cold day in hell before I step on another bus.

Anonymous said...

Kinda freaks me out that they make you wear seat belts on airplanes, like that's going to help when you smash into the ground. But busses, naw, we don't need seat belts.

Jeff and Charli Lee said...

ashley - Yeah but if it was a cold day in hell then I guess you'd be on the right bus anyway.

linda - So true! I've always wondered why they don't at least require seatbelts on school busses.

Waya said...

After 187 times each way "are we there yet?" and "when are we going to get there?" and "how come it's taken so long?" on our once a month trip to see Grandma in NJ (4.5 hrs)...I'd rather go through childbirth again!!

Anonymous said...

No Way
No How
Uh Uh

Made three trips on a charter bus. Never again. Not without being shitfaced first, anyway.

Jeff and Charli Lee said...

waya - Just hopefully not while you're riding on the bus!

chanakin - So, three strikes and then you're out - cold!

Anonymous said...

What a fun blog you have here! I noticed your name on a comment on Emma's blog cause I love harmonica and think Bruce is the greatest harmonica player ever and you had him listed as a musician you like! Very good taste in music!

Jeff and Charli Lee said...

Hey thanks Barbara and welcome!

Yes, we do have a good time here. Please stop by again and again and again...

yoo hoo said...

A bus to Kentucky, that's like a recipe for hell on wheels. Imagine if you will every stop between start and stop and the people you seeing getting on the go to Kentucky. Isn't the Kentucky motto, "We're the ok state"?
ps live there for a very short while.