Saturday, March 29, 2008

Adventues in bus driving by Mr. B..........

I love this job.  It fulfills three of the major food groups.
 
You are needed by someone.
You are doing service.
You get to see  bright young students on your big yellow bus twice a day.
 
My biggest mistake of the week: At each student stop you are supposed to put the park brake on, put the transmission in neutral, and keep your foot on the service brake. This is so if something happened to the driver during a stop the bus doesn't go rolling down the road with a load of students. I haven't been following this procedure at every stop. On one of the stops that I did do it this week instead of putting the transmission in neutral I put in in reverse. The transmission gear selectors are three push buttons next to each other on the dash. As I released the park brake the bus started going backwards. Not impressive to anyone who is watching........Mr. B......

Friday, March 28, 2008

FW: Job Market 2009

video

You have to see this one.  Dad


From: sidney madsen <sidneymadsen@hotmail.com>
To: Candice Madsen <cmadsen@ksl.com>, Dave Weed <dweed@azmesalaw.com>, Errol and Elaine Bagley <eebagley@hotmail.com>, "jasonbagley@mac.com"<jasonbagley@mac.com>, Joanne and Paul Fillmore <pandjfillmore@cox.net>,lynnette Richter <gizmorichter@cox.net>, Marjean Archibald<m.archibald@comcast.net>, Melody Stapley <stanker@cox.net>, Rachel Waite<rachwaite@hotmail.com>, Ralph Spilsbury <rspilsbury@cox.net>, Robert Ray<robertray_2000@yahoo.com>, Roman madsen <romanmadsen@gmail.com>
Subject: FW: Job Market 2009
Date: Fri, 28 Mar 2008 18:19:26 +0000


Honestly I try not to forward to many of these but this one just caught me, Perhaps because it cuts so close to home!
Sidney



Subject: FW: Job Market 2009
Date: Fri, 28 Mar 2008 09:57:13 -0700
From: bmadsen@amerifirstloan.com
To: sidneymadsen@hotmail.com

Sid, thought you might enjoy. bk

 

-----Original Message-----
From: Willis, Judy
Sent: Friday, March 28, 2008 9:54 AM
To: Bowlby, Garrett; Bowlby, Eric; Bowlby, Ken; Wetch, Pepper; Peters, Mary Lou; Parks, Ann; Peterson, Shad; Bowman, Todd; Bogle, Mike; Madsen, Bryan; Bowlby, Shane; Bolster, Rita; Caplette, Kim; King, Tonia; Bolster, Rita; Ashby, Sherry; Tavares, Stefanie; Schreur, Hunter; Willis, Craig; carrie fulghum; Cash, Debbie; Conger, Shelba
Subject: Job Market 2009

 

Funny!!!

 

 



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Sunday, March 23, 2008

Mr. B the Bus Driver



Dear Friends,

Back in Dec. when I was released from the stake presidency the Arizona housing boom bottomed out at the same time. I thought this would be a good time to take a sabadical from the construction field and just wait for it to come back. It always has in the past. We had our homes and vehicles paid for and my social security and rental incomes in theory would sustain us.

I began semi-filling my days with semi-important things and without two or three nights at the stake center life took on a whole different tone. This worked out for about five weeks when I soon discovered that I seriously needed something each day to do and someone to report to.

My life has had plenty of service to the church but very little to the community. I started looking. The school system is always searching for bus drivers so I looked into that. Low pay,high turn over, and a chance to drive a 40 ft. bus twice a day in rush hour traffic. I'm thinking "This is the job for me".

The rest is history, Errol

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Re: FW: bus pictures

Dad, I see that the district does not have a problem with you taking the bus on personal trips.  Do you think you can get it for the family reunion?  The per person miles per gallon will be better than a minivan.

Jarom

On Sat, Mar 15, 2008 at 8:44 AM, Errol Bagley <eebagley@hotmail.com> wrote:




From: Ashley Bagley <ashleybagley@hotmail.com>
To: Elaine Bagley <eebagley@hotmail.com>
Subject: bus pictures
Date: Sat, 15 Mar 2008 07:12:31 -0700



 


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Re: Adventures in bus driving ------ by Mr. "B"

Leave it to the gifted kids to tell you they are uncomfortable.  If it had been one of the bus routes from hell, they would have said "DUDE!"  Have fun!

Jean

On Fri, Mar 14, 2008 at 10:51 PM, Errol Bagley <eebagley@hotmail.com> wrote:
Well it finally happened. After weeks of safety and first aid classes--sexual harrasment and student management classes---- learning every part of a 40 ft. bus as if you were looking at it with an ex-ray machine----  learning to drive this bohemoth in rush hour traffic two times a day---traffic law and all the things that you could be held accountable for in a lawsuit--- learning to deal with angry parents, angry principals, and angry students---- I have job for $12.50 an Hr.
 
They gave me a route the first day. There are lots for routes that are called the routes from hell to the schools of last chance. Being the lowest on the senerority list your fear is that you will get one of these to start with. I did not. My route, at least for now is the gifted children to the high performers academy.
 
The current driver was with me for the first trip. As the students got on the bus they ask me who I was. Standing near the drivers seat I thought should have been a clue.------- I told them that  I was a driver in training and that was why the training wheels were on the bus---Hadn't they noticed? I then added that I didn't know too much but I did know how to get to Flaggstaff and I thought that I could get the bus though the drive though at Jack-In-The-Box if they wanted to stop. One of the boys looked at me and said "I am not feeling too comforable about all this". They did take their seats and I got them home allright.
 
The next morning was a bit of a panic as I was on my own. I had covered the first four stops and there weren't  students at any of them. I  was starting to wondered how I was going to explain to dispatch that there weren't and kids on my route and maybe I was in Flaggstaff. Finally at the fifth stop there were three students. I asked anxiously "Where was everyone at the the first four stops"? They told me that there usually is no-one at those stops. I'm starting to feel  better .
 
The former driver introduced me as Mr. "B" so I guess that will be my bus name. Sorry to bother you with all these facts but this is all pretty new to this 64 year old.
 
Love, Dad

FW: bus pictures




From: Ashley Bagley <ashleybagley@hotmail.com>
To: Elaine Bagley <eebagley@hotmail.com>
Subject: bus pictures
Date: Sat, 15 Mar 2008 07:12:31 -0700



 


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Friday, March 14, 2008

Adventures in bus driving ------ by Mr. "B"

Well it finally happened. After weeks of safety and first aid classes--sexual harrasment and student management classes---- learning every part of a 40 ft. bus as if you were looking at it with an ex-ray machine----  learning to drive this bohemoth in rush hour traffic two times a day---traffic law and all the things that you could be held accountable for in a lawsuit--- learning to deal with angry parents, angry principals, and angry students---- I have job for $12.50 an Hr.
 
They gave me a route the first day. There are lots for routes that are called the routes from hell to the schools of last chance. Being the lowest on the senerority list your fear is that you will get one of these to start with. I did not. My route, at least for now is the gifted children to the high performers academy.
 
The current driver was with me for the first trip. As the students got on the bus they ask me who I was. Standing near the drivers seat I thought should have been a clue.------- I told them that  I was a driver in training and that was why the training wheels were on the bus---Hadn't they noticed? I then added that I didn't know too much but I did know how to get to Flaggstaff and I thought that I could get the bus though the drive though at Jack-In-The-Box if they wanted to stop. One of the boys looked at me and said "I am not feeling too comforable about all this". They did take their seats and I got them home allright.
 
The next morning was a bit of a panic as I was on my own. I had covered the first four stops and there weren't  students at any of them. I  was starting to wondered how I was going to explain to dispatch that there weren't and kids on my route and maybe I was in Flaggstaff. Finally at the fifth stop there were three students. I asked anxiously "Where was everyone at the the first four stops"? They told me that there usually is no-one at those stops. I'm starting to feel  better .
 
The former driver introduced me as Mr. "B" so I guess that will be my bus name. Sorry to bother you with all these facts but this is all pretty new to this 64 year old.
 
Love, Dad

Friday, March 7, 2008

Reflections

Dear Family.
 
In one month I will be 64 years old.  My Dad died when he was 65.  My Mom died when she was
 
73. Dad probably did not die of natural causes . He had a knee injury that had caused flibaitios or
 
blood clots below the knee and the danger is that the clots break loose and go to the heart or
 
brain. That is only speculation. He did die with his boots on. He had been doing some tractor
 
work that morning and they found him on the tractor. He had been a healthy hardy man all of his life except for getting hepititis once.
 
 Mom had had open heart surgery some 12 years before she died and she was probably due for
 
some more repairs if she had chosen to. I found her peacefully laying in her bed. She had died the night before. She had told me that she wanted to die in a dignified manner. I would say that she got her wish. She had come over about a week before she died and told us that she was so mad. She had had a dream the night before and dad had come for her but he did not take her. Apparently he came back the next week.
 
Now if you think all this talk about death makes you think you will be getting your vast inheritance soon forget it. I feel great. I have gone back to school and I will be driving a school bus soon with 40-60 lovely school kids on it.
 
By the way, I am looking for a nickname as a bus driver. Kids like to know your name but Errol is so often misunderstood and so rare I am looking for an appropriate new one. Any ideas??
 
Love, Dad