The other day I was driving to work, and it took me at least twenty minutes longer than it should have. As usual. The reason is a really scary phenomenon that's growing in my neighborhood: Good parents. These are the people who crowd their SUV's around every street corner, with their children inside, waiting for the school bus.

It creates a traffic jam. Just as bad, when the school bus arrives, it takes extra time for the parents to open the car doors, kiss their youngins good bye, and wave to them as they shamble off to another day of school.

It sounds like a good idea to keep the kids in from the cold and the rain and even severe sunshine.

Last week I saw about a dozen SUV's at one corner, and the as the kids emerged, each had to get an emotional good bye from mommy that backed up traffic a good couple of blocks. Then the parents came out, and waved, putting on a display like they were waving goodbye to folks headed off to a year at war. Not a day at a school a good half mile away. So stop behaving as though you're at the docks and watching troop ships sail off into a salvo of torpedoes.

You think it's important, as the world is full of cold, rain, severe sunshine and a molester behind every tree. Plus, there just be one kid around here without the privilege of being embarrassed by overprotective adults on a daily basis.

I suspect if this had been the fashion when I was in elementary school, I would have grown into an even more disturbed, rage-filled malcontent than I am now. It's one thing to be traumatized by cold, rain, and severe sunshine, but it was quite another to be embarrassed by overprotective parents. In my day any kid escorted to and from the bus stop by mommy or daddy would have been elected as the Mayor of Fairyland Forest.

As for all those molesters hiding behind trees, don't worry about them, overprotective mommy and daddy. From what I see every morning, you bred a race of fat, ugly dumbass mutants, and nobody would want to molest them. Your spawn is enough to drive Michael Jackson to healthy relationships with adult women.

So folks, get off the street, take your SUV's with you, and get the hell out of my way when I want to get to work. Besides, if you really loved your mutants, you'd realize that cold, snow, and all that godawful harmful sunshine is preferable to embarrassment that you inflict.

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Comment by Mark H. Walker on February 14, 2009 at 5:28am
Uh, have you guys seen the female archer? Now SHE is worth discussing.
Comment by Jim Werbaneth on February 13, 2009 at 10:49pm
I'd rather die quickly in a car crash than spend years listening to a tribe of pansy ass liberals telling me that I can't get tanked on vodka, then practice my drunk driving in a stolen car through a school zone while dialing random strangers on my cell phone to complain about those damned kids.
Comment by Lance Runolfsson on February 13, 2009 at 5:51pm
"Like what? Losing your only child to a freakin' driver under the influence of a cell phone? "
Actually I was thinking more along the lines of having ones eyes spooned and a blow torch run in ones mouth. Then having ones spine broken on top of it. No reason not to take precautions though.

Wouldn't mind be killed outright and swiftly in a car accident vs begin on dialysis for several years going bankrupt and then dieing. OTH having some knuckle head on a cell total my truck that I'm going to be under compensated for. That I got issues with, I'm only 100k miles into a motor that should last another 100k miles.
Comment by Jim Werbaneth on February 13, 2009 at 12:48pm
Did I mention too that the next time one of damn kids lets his ball go in my yard, I'm keeping it? And no Halloween candy for anyone!
Comment by Jim Werbaneth on February 13, 2009 at 11:07am
I firmly believe in the laws against not passing a school bus. That has never been a problem with me, and I'll sit there and wait until the bus driver gets the little darlings onto the bus and turns off the red lights. It's a pretty good law, and enforced rather stringently around here, so I have the extra motivation of keeping my license and not paying a big fine.

My problem is with the overprotective parents who think that there's nobody else on the road except for them, their kids and the school bus. Many park illegally, sometimes facing the wrong direction against traffic, right at the corner, under a stop sign, and impede all traffic and visibility for that matter while others are trying to get around them. It's worse than a fat lady on a scooter in a narrow supermarket aisle. Then they hold up the bus, and keep those lights flashing forever, while they have yet another emotional farewell.

It's extremely inconsiderate and actually goes against safety.
Comment by Bill Wood on February 13, 2009 at 7:07am
...and if we can take steps to prevent accidents and stupidity, we should.

"And getting killed is far from the worst thing that can happen to anybody. "

Like what? Losing your only child to a freakin' driver under the influence of a cell phone?
Comment by Lance Runolfsson on February 13, 2009 at 6:55am
Just be thankful you don't live in Oregon. The kids here get door to door service. The bus stops at each house flashing lights go on and you are not allowed to pass on either side. I walked to school two freaking miles in first and second grade. I walked different distance the remaining school years, often because it was actually faster than taking the bus. People can die no matter what they are doing. Some people die taking a freaking bath. When your number is up its up. And getting killed is far from the worst thing that can happen to anybody.
Comment by Bill Wood on February 13, 2009 at 6:34am
Well, one kid killed or kidnapped justifies the actions.

A 16 yr old son; only child, was killed around here 2 weeks ago as a 60 yr old lady blew through traffic while on her cellphone, ignored the stopped bus, and hit him.

It was a cold day - he was the only child of 4 at that stop that day who was standing outside in the cold - he darts to the bus and died. The other kids waited from their homes while the bus stopped.


This past monday, I witnessed a nimrod pull out of a gas station driveway right in front of a stopped bus, and hooked left so as to be in opposite direction of the bus. He stopped, well into the zone of 'don't go there' and wa moving through a zone of bus stopped. Just so he could avoid waiting for the bus and line of cars to pass before he got out of that driveway. PISSED ME OFF!

I waited, and when everyone was back in motion, I pulled over right in front of the guy, stopped him, got out of my car, and told off the fucker. He tried to justify, and I told him I did not care what his reasons were. A bus is stopped, it is a freeze zone, and I reminded him if the dead kid in our area. I held him up for about 5 minutes. He told me to 'Bite his Ass'. OK. Fine. I now have your license plate number, how does you ass feel now.

A bus is stopped to pick up school kids - freeze, wait, and be patient.

Everything else is just bullshit.
Comment by Andreas Ludwig on February 13, 2009 at 4:47am
Jim driving to work...

LOL...great Jim, let out, let it all out ;-)

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