August 11, 2005

Lessons of the School Bus

Posted by Arcane Gazebo at August 11, 2005 7:11 PM

Becky at Learning Curves rode the geekiest school buses ever. Here's what I learned on the school bus:

Elementary school: This was my introduction to the Hobbesian state of nature. Sort of an immersion program in that regard. The younger and weaker kids, trapped on the bus with no refuge or higher authority to call on, were captive toys for the budding sadists to kick around. Fortunately, one eventually gets old enough to be passed over in favor of smaller targets. Ah, the innocence of youth.

Middle School: I found myself on a relatively far-flung but unpopulated route during this period, and it became dedicated reading time. I learned that the quality of the Dune series falls off extremely rapidly, and that one could spend quite a long time working through Anne McCaffrey's countless thousands of Pern novels. The bits of either series that I have retained in memory seem mostly to be sex scenes.

High School: One can bypass the intrigues of high school politics and annoy the shit out of people by reverting to a younger mindset and breaking into a rousing round of "99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall" during long bus trips. The true joy, however, is seeing the horror of your audience when you reach the end of the song and promptly being counting up again from zero.

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You could always just lose count in the middle or sing a rousing rendition of "\infty bottles of beer on the wall."

Posted by: Mason | August 11, 2005 10:54 PM

I was about to say the same thing, but I much prefer it as, "aleph-null bottles of beer on the wall..."

The song officially ends when violence ensues.

Heh, "ensues."

Posted by: Lemming | August 11, 2005 11:41 PM

I still remember high school math team kim mckeneon face when we started counting back up on bottles of beer. Definatly priceless

Posted by: shellock | August 15, 2005 9:44 AM
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