Thursday, August 21, 2014


I was driving the bus into downtown St. Paul the other day when a very loud helicopter flew over my head. I was very close to a hospital and assumed it was a medical helicopter so I didn't think much about it. Then I heard another one. That got my attention. It was super loud. It flew over my bus and shocked me... it was a Black Hawk military helicopter! It flew really low and swerved between a couple tall buildings. 

I got to my layover and stood outside watching as a bunch of these huge, loud Black Hawks full of  fully armed military personnel flew between buildings and hovered over the intersections. People gathered and we all took pictures and speculated on what was going on. It was only then that I realized how hilariously stupid some people are.

One lady was panic stricken as she said " Those are Russian Military helicopters!!!" Yeah. Sure. They  snuck over here and got into the middle of the downtown of a major metropolitan area totally undetected. Because...???? 

Some other people seemed to be growing concerned. I have to admit, it was a scary sight. To think of WHY they were doing this and the mental visions that pop up if they were to be really needed here. Scary stuff. I told them it was obviously some training maneuvers. No shots fired. No bombers in sight. No loud speaker announcements. There were a couple other rational people there that agreed with me so, me being me, I decided to mess with them. I said "It's obvious. Looks like Minneapolis and St. Paul are going to war and Minneapolis is about to win." 

I thought that was pretty funny, then this other guy showed up. I think he is the guy that the makers of the movie Dumb and Dumber based their movie on. Could actually be the star of the sequel... Dumbest. He said....sit down for this one...wait. Stand up so you can fall down laughing. He stood there with a serious matter-of-fact look on his face and said "They are checking for carbon monoxide." Luckily, before I busted out laughing, I noticed he was SERIOUS! I said "Really? Where did you hear that?" He said, "My friend is in the Army and he told me they were going to be doing this." Holding back my laughter (NOT an easy task for me!) I asked him "So what are they going to do if they find some?"  "They will rope off a big area." I had to stop. I was going to ask him if they would bring in big fans. I decided this guy was missing some marbles so I'd leave him alone. I just said "Oh. Wow" and walked away.

REALLY???????????? This guy actually believed they had numerous Black Hawk helicopters filled with Black Ops with guns and check for carbon monoxide????? What? Centerpoint Energy was busy? I laughed for two days.


Anonymous Nicky said...

Jeanne, I would like to say that I am SO happy you've started posting again! About a year ago I met a bus driver in my own area who actually changed my life...She was so upbeat and happy, and would always tell awesome and funny stories from her own job. She gave me something to look forward to everyday, and she made me rethink my own life and how I thought about the world. She really was the person who inspired me to try being more outgoing so I could try to brighten people's days too, and she made me realize that it doesn't take any particular job to do great things. Since then she's been assigned to different routes, so I rarely see her, if at all...I was sad when this happened, of course, but your stories definitely helped a lot! When I found your blog I was so happy to find out there were even more awesome bus drivers out there and no shortage of stories!(At one point I wasn't sure if your book had been published yet so I tried looking it up to no avail) Just remember, people like you really do make a difference in the world!

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jeanne, I used to ride the bus all the time (mostly Uptown / Downtown). I don't remember how I heard about your blog but I just finished reading all the way through. You are LOL HILARIOUS! I could so picture some of this happening. I've had a bus driver belting out show tunes and weaving down Hennepin (VERY scary) one time and another had a drunk fall into the seat next to me and lean on me. Needless to say, I moved seats. THANK YOU for bringing humor and humanity back into what can be very dehumanizing experiences. You make it so fun I'm hoping you post more (or at least the name of your book).

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