Thursday, March 1, 2018

Bus Stop


I was back at the adult transition center, and of course we ended up at the mall.

This was a different class than the one I'd covered previously. These students were a bit more high functioning than the other class.

Outside the mall, we waited at the bus stop. I noted the signs. There were four different bus lines that stopped in this one spot: one for the city we were in, two for neighboring larger cities, and one for the neighboring county. (If you know the area, that all four lines met here would make sense.)

I have a car. I don't normally take the bus. So, while I knew what color bus ours was, I had no idea which route we were on.

When a bus that was the right color stopped, I didn't know if it was ours. I asked the students as if I knew the answer and I was just testing them,"Is this our bus?"

Nope, it wasn't. Our bus showed up a short time later.

(There was also an instructional aide with us, so it wasn't like I was doing this solo. But she was a ways away, and I wanted to know if we needed to move just yet. The students didn't appear to care one way or the other.)

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  1. This reminds me, I need to take my broken sandal to the cobbler at our local mall. Heh... Be well!

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    1. A cobbler in a mall. Wow. Our malls are all retail shops.

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  2. NYC buses are fairly easy to figure out. But on Long island, the buses are run by the county, and the schedules and stops are way too confusing. I'm glad I have a car.

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    1. Me too. Apparently, there are apps for buses now. I bet that makes them easier to figure out.

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  3. It's been so long since I took a bus, I'd have no idea.

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  4. Heh, never let them see that you don't know the answer :)

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  5. Yup, never let them see you sweat! I would be no use.

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  6. Eek! So glad to not have been you in this situation. I always get so confused with metro systems. Like you, I only ever drive anywhere, so my biggest concern is trying to understand the gps. And if you mess up with that, at least 1) it will redirect you and 2) you don't have a group of kids relying on you to get them where they are going.

    On a different note, I'm a little surprised that the school system allows you all to use the metro. I would think that would be an additional liability on the school and that they would prefer you take a bus. Then again, I live in an area where metro use is frowned on (only the poor use it … and millenials) and most places are difficult to get to without a car. I'm sure kids metroing together is much more common closer to big cities.

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    1. They are buses :)

      The whole point of these excursions is to make these students self reliant. They need to know how to navigate the bus system. I'm sure they've signed permission slips and such so the school isn't liable.

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  7. I'm glad I have a car and don't have to rely on a bus system. But it is good for those who don't drive. Not that I ever go anywhere!

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    1. Yeah, I'm lost when it comes to taking the bus.

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  8. Smooth. lol That could definitely be confusing so many coming through one spot.

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