Daily Archive for January 28th, 2009

The Worst Bus Driver In The World

Monday evening I caught the 5:15 bus back to Simsbury.  I didn’t recognize the driver as I got on, but that in itself isn’t too unusual.  By the time we were on the main road out of downtown Hartford, it was apparant that something was not right.  The driver had already made several blatent traffic errors and his driving was erratic.  Approaching an intersection, he suddenly slammed on the brakes.  Again, not too out of the ordinary.  I’ve had other drivers do this before when something unexpected occurred.  A block later, he slammed them on again.  I was not in a good position for this one.  I had leaned down to put my book back in my bag (I’d finished it) when he slammed them on the 2nd time.  I went flying head/shoulder first into one of the metal hand-hold bars between seats.  Ouch!

By the time we’d gotten out of the city and we about to make the turn onto the road to Simsbury, we were all getting worried.  That’s when the real shock came as he almost missed the turn and again slammed on the brakes (we were all ready this time) and stopped in the middle of the intersection.  He then threw the bus in reverse (on a main road mind you) and without checking behind him, backed up to make the turn.  We could clearly hear all of the car horns behind us.

Headed down the next road, we were going approximately 70mph in a 25 zone.  At the next turn, I thought for sure he was going to tip the bus over as we took it going WAY too fast.  By the time we reached the next major intersection, we were all afraid for our lives.  He paid no attention (at first) to the red light and then slammed on the brakes a little too late and skidded into the middle of the intersection.  Cars we trying to get around us and we heard many honks.  After the light turned green, he then decided to make sure we were stopped as we didn’t get going until it was almost red again.  At this point, one of the passengers at the front of the bus got up to ask him if he was ok.  From where I was sitting, he sounded belligerent, and said he was fine.  The passenger pressed him, but all he did was jam down on the gas which forced the passenger back into his seat.

To get back into Simsbury, we have to drive over Talcott “mountain”.  Coming down from the peak is a semi-steep descent and you can get going pretty fast in your vehicle.  For us passengers, this was our final moment of terror as we saw vehicles going in the opposite direction pulling over to get out of the bus’s way.  We did make it to the park and ride without any major accidents, but I think he hit the little shack you can wait in when he pulled up to it.

Tuesday morning I made sure to send a letter of complaint to the bus management, but what was really interesting was that I found out that at least 5 people called the police on him.  From what I hear, the police were waiting for him at the next stop in downtown Simsbury.

Craziness huh?  I’m waiting to get in to the doc to see if my back is ok.

Kevin Smith

Saturday evening, Janet and I went to see Kevin Smith in Hartford.  Sharron had decided she wasn’t too interested in seeing him, so Janet and I went.  I’d bought the tickets a few months ago and got pretty good seats.  I think we were in row J, right in the middle, so we could see him very clearly.  It was a great show.  For those not in the know, he has no prepared material and what he talks about is driven completely off of audience questions.  This apparently works very well.  :-)

The show lasted 3 hours, from 7:45 until 10:45.  Really, I think we all could have stood to have it last even longer.  It was great.  We laughed a lot.  Kevin does appear to suffer from some low self esteem as he talked about his small penis quite a bit, but he sure can talk about his life and experiences very well.

My only real complaint was that the show lagged in the middle.  This was not Kevin’s fault in the slightest.  Instead, it was the audience’s fault.  The people asking the questions slowly degenerated into people asking him for his autograph, or for a hug, or a handshake, or a lip imprint, etc.  It got annoying pretty fast.  2 people even asked if they could come up on stage and just hang out with him…and he said yes.  That’s pretty gracious of him, but come ON people!

At the end of the night, it was definitely $45 (per ticket) well spent and both Janet and I agreed that we’d be willing to go again.  Good show!  :-)