So, this week, I thought I would share some totally "Random Topics" I have been involved in over the last week or two, much like in Week 7... Random Thoughts, when I touched on several subjects.
A week or so ago, while at work, a Bus Driver was out for the afternoon run. I filled in for him. In the afternoon, your first pick up is at the Elementary School for Kindergarten through 3rd Graders to take them home. I was parked and waiting for the kids to come out and come on board. As they start filtering out and making their way to my bus, it's funny watching their facial expressions as they start to board the bus and they see a "different" driver. They are programmed, so to speak, that their bus is in a certain spot each day and that's where they go. And when they see a different driver on what they thought was their bus, they are confused a bit, and they back up and look at the Route number on the side of the bus to make sure they have the right bus. Some of the kids recognize me, others don't. A little Kindergartner boy came on the bus that I had never seen, did not know, and he did not know me. He took his seat in the first row, as Kindergartner's all sit up in the front of the bus. About a minute later, while others are still coming on board, this same little Kindergartner slides up beside me and he is just bawling, his lips quivering, and I asked him what was wrong... With tears streaming down his face and through those quivering lips, he told me that I did not know where he lived, cause I was a "new" driver and that I would not find his house (and I guess he thought he would never see his parents again). I had to laugh a little as I assured him that I knew where he lived and that I would get him home to see his parents. He did not believe me and just kept crying. As I pulled up to his house several minutes later, he got off the bus very quickly and jumped into his Dad's hands, who was standing there waiting. I don't think he liked me... On the other hand:
The very next day, another Driver was out and I had to fill in for her afternoon Route at the same school. Same scenario as I was sitting in the bus waiting for the kids to come out and board the bus. As they are coming on, a little 1st Grader boy comes on the bus. Again, I had never seen him before, did not know him at all. I'm sitting there in my driver's seat, he walks onto the bus, sees me, and comes straight over to me with a little smile on his face, gives me a hug, and plants a kiss on my cheek. I'm thinking: What's up with that??? I just said, "Hey Buddy." He walked back to his seat. Go figure. I think he liked me. I guess he really liked having a different Driver. For whatever reason, two totally different feelings from two different kids.
And just for grins, because it was so cute... On Monday of this week, I did a "ride along" to help out a Driver with his Elementary Kids, who had gotten a bit wild, if you will. I was just gonna help him "rein them back in." As we left the school and headed toward taking them to their stops, a little Kindergartner turns back to me and says, "Hey, Jackson has to go." I told the both of them that we can't stop now, just hold on and we'll be home in a few minutes. About a minute later, the same little boy turns around and says, "Jackson really has to go." I just said to "hang on." Well, about a minute or two later, the same little boy turns around and says, "Too late, Jackson went." I started walking toward where they were sitting and I could see a tee-tiny "water trail" making its way up front on the floor. I just had to smile. I asked Jackson if he was OK and he said, "Yeah." Ha!!!
|The other one would soon follow... :-(|
I proceed to bowl in my "broken" shoes since it was my turn. As if things could not get any worse... A gutter ball!!! And then off to the front desk for a "rental" pair of shoes: Grrrrrrrrrrrr!!! While everybody else is doing quite nicely, Munchkin included, I am "bringing up the rear."
|Donna with almost "perfect" form that netted her a few Strikes!!!|
|Munchkin with her own form, looking pretty good...|
|Some of the "Gang" looking on with "wild" anticipation... As you can clearly see.|
|Scooter, Kristen, & Jude (Law) appear to be having fun...|
We paid for one hour. As the clock wound down, being last on the list, I did not even get to attempt my final 10th frame. That's how my day went. Donna had a few strikes, Munchkin threw an 8 or a 9 consecutively four or five times. Our Son-n-Law, Stephen, said he had his best day ever. Go figure. I truly think I had my worst day ever, including not even finishing. BUT, we had FUN!!! And that's all that counts... And then, it was off to Steak 'n Shake. You just can't ever go wrong with a burger and a shake.
|For all you "Pulp Fiction" freaks, they serve a "Royal Burger with Cheese"|
|Waiting outside for our table: John & "Sambo" with a "Photo-Bomb" by Donna...|
|Stephen & Lauren|
|Stephen & Munchkin|
|More Scooter (Steven), Kristen, & my man Jude (Law)|
|And the "Leaders of the Pack," My Woman & Myself...|
Recipe's: Speaking of food, this week, I tried another Pinterest recipe I found and Holy Smokes, did it bring a smile... I love cooking Asian Dishes in the Wok. Enough said... from Rainy Day Gal, Beef With Broccoli was easy to make, had a great flavor, tasted awesome, and I think you should give it a try. If you can't find Flank Steak, I would suggest Flat Iron Steak. I bet you find your smile.
Music: So, in listening to my Pandora this week, I have heard the Rolling Stones quite a bit. I could pick any number of songs and be happy with my selection, but one that stands out for me, one that I really get into, is Can't You Hear Me Knocking, which I hope you will give a listen to. A really cool song.
Sadly, there is no Puzzle Update. Just been too busy
Market Watch: This week, more "back-sliding" as Facebook slipped to 27.28 yesterday, continuing a recent, ever so slight, nose-dive. The Market as a whole, slipped as well to below 13,900.
The End: Another week in the books. I Thank You very much and appreciate you taking the time each week to drop in at Slu's World. I hope to see you back next week.
Be safe, be smart, and always smile... It's "Happy Friday"
adios... vaya con dios