[background: I'm in this program in my school that requires riding a bus twenty minutes to the local branch of the community college where me and the rest of the group (seniors from the 3 high schools in our county) take classes so that when we graduate high school, we already have our associates degree. nifty, huh? now enjoy this lovely story]
just for the record, my school system is really stupid.
90% chance of "wintry mix" = no school. remember that next time. kthxbai.
after a complete waste of a day, the three of us from my high school boarded the bus and set out.
I live amongst the blue ridge mountains, so the road was curvy and it was starting to get slushy.
hence the snow chains.
after about five minutes, we hear a snap and then this obnoxious SLAP! SLAP! SLAP!
we pull over to the side of the road and our bus driver gets off to check the tires.
one of the snow chains has snapped, great.
she radios another bus which was already in our area to come pick us up and take us the rest of the way to school, and we prepare to wait. and wait.
at this point I should mention that both Adam and Alden (the two other seniors with me) had gone out to lunch, and drunk 32 ounces of soda.
eventually Adam decides he can't take it anymore, and asks if he can step into the woods to...ahem..."relieve himself".
bus driver: Nope, sorry.
adam: What? Why not?
bus driver: I'd have to radio it in and ask permission.
adam: *blank stare*
bus: if someone drove by and saw the bus sitting here and you standing over in the woods, I could get in big trouble for letting you off the bus!
adam: *blank stare*
BD: Hey...did you get on here with a cup?
BD: well, pour it out...and you can stand right outside the bus and go in that.
adam: um...okay (I think he was getting pretty desperate at this point)
sadly for adam, a cop decides to pick that moment to pull up. BD frantically tells adam to get back in his seat while she explains to the popo in the unmarked car why we're chillin on the side of the road .
she just couldn't seem to keep her mouth shut about adam's little problem, so they come up with the plan for us three girls (me, alden, and BD) to go to the back of the bus while mr. policeman escorted adam to the woods.
adam just looked at her and said "no thanks, I'll hold it."
I think the possibility of the cop being a closet pedobear was too great of a risk for him. even if his bladder was about to explode.
we were then informed that we should probably drive up the road a little to where there is a small parking lot we can pull off into.
a minute of slow, up-hill driving in a bus that feels like its about to fall apart any minute seems a lot longer than it really is, just so you know.
we finally reach this little run down old mechanic shop and pull in. it was a really sketch place and I wondered how this was safer than just sitting on the side of the road (I took a picture of it on my phone before I remembered I can't connect it to my computer...fail).
I happened to glance out the window and I see a hippie-looking dude with these giant cable-cutter things walking towards us and almost flipped out...then I realized he was a bus maintenance dude who came to fix the snow chains.
by now its pouring down freezing rain...and I'm starting to think I'll miss my ride home.
finally our replacement bus arrives and we hurry to cross the street and get on...
...only to see its almost packed with bridge school* kids and other slackers who go to a local vocational school.
we spent the rest of the ride listening to their constant cussing and immaturity while the bus driver yelled at them to "Shut up, already!!"
What a wondrous day.
*A place where "troubled" kids go to sit in one room the entire day to do their school work, they get sent there when they screw up really bad- the final step before they get expelled. I once met a ten year old kid who had to go there because he brought a gun to school to trade his friend for an iPod touch. You hear that, Apple? You're making kids into delinquents!