Gut Rumbles

December 09, 2006

The School Bus

Originally published January 18, 2005

I rode a Bluebird bus to school every day from 5th grade all the way through high school. I enjoyed doing it because it was a rolling social club. I sat with my friends in the morning and we chattered like chipmunks. It was a great way to start the day.

I didn't ride the bus home a lot, because I was usually playing some kind of ball after school, but when I did, I liked that, too. I got kicked off the bus twice for fighting (that bastard had it coming to him the first time--- nobody else would stand up to him--- and the second time, the other guy hit me first--- but I kinda asked for that one.) It didn't matter. I was a football player at Jenkins High School. I could stand on the side of the road, hang my thumb in the air and beat the bus to school every day.

The school bus was a great flirt-parlor, too. If I saw a girl I liked, I managed to sit beside her and strike up a conversation. If things went well after that, I ended up with a date. That wasn't always a good idea, because sometimes we just didn't hit it off on that date and I couldn't sit beside her anymore. (Damn! Try to grope her titty ONE TIME and she thinks you're a masher!)

I was riding home from the grocery store the other day and I got behind a school bus. These were probably middle-school students, but nothing has changed. The reprobates still sit in the back seat and I had three of them shooting me The Bird every time the bus stopped. I gave 'em the finger back once and they fell out laughing. Little shits. I knew exactly what they were thinking.

If you never rode a bus to school, you missed something special.


I was unaware that Rob is no longer physically with us. Being a fairly new reader, I did wonder why these were reposts and I had not yet read back to June. Damn, what a character that I was never blessed to meet. Thanks for keeping his wry humor alive!

Posted by: NoMas on December 9, 2006 03:09 PM

It's a labor of love and a pleasure to do, I assure you... *smile*

Oh, and I just blogrolled you too.

Posted by: Stevie on December 9, 2006 04:31 PM

Hi Stevie!'
Thanks for finding and posting great stuff regularly, I thought/thnk I have read them all, and then you come up with something new or new to me ,or a gem I forgot about it. Still new.
I am no great literary critic, but I do know at least one thing: Rob was as skilled a writer as Lewis Grizzard, Dave Barry and others. So, here;s my suggestion: A book, With pages. Perhaps the beginninng should be a preface or eulogy written by his fans; then all of his writings, listed chronologically, followed by an epilogue written by his daugter or closest friend(s). I love reading blogs as much as anyone. But, I also enjoy getting into bed and reading a book. I do it every night. More intimate than a computer. I would certainly buy Gut Rumbles. (pretend that's italicized). Plus, it could make some cash for his kids. I know Rob well enough to kow that he made sure that anything to his son was to be put in trust until he reached 18.
Just an idea, but a damned good one I think, one I'm sure others have expressed.

Posted by: pensat on December 9, 2006 09:24 PM


I told Rob more than once that he was every bit as good as Lewis, whom I also loved.

And, that book idea... oh yeah.
I've though that from day one.
Tell you what... when Paul (and I) get all the archives cleaned up and restored, I'll buy a printer, if I have to, and print it out myself.

I'd love to be able to read every single post, in order, from day one again...

Posted by: Stevie on December 10, 2006 12:13 AM
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