School Buses, Nice Guys, and Billboards…

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I think I have a few complaints today that we can all get behind.


I’m not bothered by school buses in general. I don’t mind so much, that they’re slow and make numerous stops whenever I have to get somewhere in a hurry. (…like McDonald’s to get an Egg McMuffin before they switch over to the lunch menu, or Curves to get a good spot in the back for Zumba, etc.) But I digress….

The thing that annoys me is when the school bus pulls up to the railroad track, almost ON the track, and opens the door to see if a train is coming. Really? Who’s the genius behind this safety measure? Wouldn’t it seem safer to hurry through the railroad crossing, trusting instead, the flashing railroad arms? It just seems that if a train were coming, that the bus would be sucked in to the wind tunnel vortex created by the speeding locomotive, and with the door open like that? Well, somebody could get hurt. Hey, if the railroad arms are good enough for regular civilian cars then it should be good enough for a bus load of children. Right?

Is it just me or does this look unsafe?


This is the guy who lets 10 cars cut in front of him during a green light when he has 30 cars behind him who’ve been waiting patiently to get through the intersection. Yeah, you know this guy. He’s the very same one who lets the person with one or two items cut to the front of the line at the grocery store check out. Now, don’t get me wrong, these actions wouldn’t be bad if his “nice guy” routine was a solo venture, if he was alone in line or if there were no other cars behind him. Then, by all means, feel free to let the masses jump in front of you. But when you inconvenience other people in the process, well, you’re not a good-deed-doer, you’re just annoying. Who put you in charge? (I won’t mention that when it’s me that he’s letting through, I don’t really have a problem with Mr. Nice Guy. It’s only when I’m on the flip side of his Robin Hood act, that I get angry.)

Also, notice that I never described this person as a woman. Women don’t have the same need to direct traffic that men do. It’s not in our DNA.


Billboards are ugly. Even with a picture of a rolling meadow or bouquet of flowers on them, they’re still unsightly. These giant advertisements that block a portion of the sky make me mad. I’ll go out of my way to avoid whatever it is they’re selling. They have the reverse of the desired effect on me. I bet the marketing people don’t take that sort of high level reverse psychology into consideration when they create these ads, huh? And I’m guessing I’m not alone. Just so you know, I refuse to visit the Harrah’s Resort and Casino in Joliet, Illinois, eat Dinty Moore Beef Stew or use as my realtor. EVER! And I’m sure as hell not going to the Tractor Charity and Road Show!

Is this really necessary?

While doing my Billboard research I just discovered that in Hawaii, Billboards are illegal! Good for Hawaii! Hawaiians have got it going on, don’t they?