Our new bus

5 Sep

was purchased on Monday afternoon, and looks exactly like this:

http://belpom.deviantart.com/art/Chevrolet-Astro-Custom-189758933

Well, kind off.  Without the customisation.  But with blue stripes.  It’s like this one:

http://www.conceptcarz.com/view/photo/2452,1072/2000-Chevrolet-Astro_photo.aspx

but not as clean and shiny.  It seats 8, has a 4.3l engine (!!!!) and it’s automatic.  So, I’ve never driven an automatic and I’m in the horrors about driving on the wrong side of the road.  We went out last night for our first family outing.   The atmosphere was tense, and I turned into the backseat driver from hell. “Keep right, keep right, why are you in this lane, keep right, watch that car, the lights are red, oh no, sorry, ours are green, keep on the right, how do we turn left?, don’t hit that parked car, keep on the right”.  I fell out of the van at the first stop, forgetting I needed to climb up steps into it.  I fell in a very graceful and elegant manner, but still, a bit embarrassing.

We trundled into the sports centre and registered the three boys for soccer, then headed to the library, which opens till 9pm.  Unbelievable.  We had acquired an extra body, Jay, who had travelled to Saskatoon on Friday night to start work with Michael next Monday.  He’s 22, from Waterford, and the boys are suffering from a serious case of hero-worship.  Unfortunately, he supports Manchester United, but as my sons are all traitors and turncoats, they also support that team, so they hung on his every word and dragged him all over the soccer centre.  The bus was completely full once we picked him up, so we were like the Brady Bunch travelling around, with me muttering my commentary and the kids all yelling questions at Jay.  Rebecca was sitting beside him, singing “It’s raining, it’s pouring….” over and over again, and Michael was trying to work out the lights, the wipers, the heater…..I think Jay was really pleased that we had invited him along on our trip.  He’s a sweetie.

http://www.saskatoonsoccer.com/html/soccer_centre.html

http://www.saskatoonlibrary.ca/node/450

This picture was taken in Kinsmen Park on Monday, which was Labour Day here.  Scott and Jenna, our landlords, had taken us all there in two cars, then Jenna and I abandoned the men and the kids, and went shopping for the last of the school supplies.

3 Responses to “Our new bus”

  1. Emily somerville September 5, 2012 at 1:35 pm #

    Babs

    First rule of driving on the right side of the road. BREATH.
    Second rule of driving on the right side of the road. Always sing the following to the tune of Eric Idol famous song….”always drive on the right side of the road…dee dum, dee dum…. (in case you haven’t guessed its the tune of “always look on the bright side of life.”)
    Third rule of driving on the right side is REMEMBER the FIRST rule.
    Automatics are brilliant.
    You’ll love it. I’m really miss my van. Sniff sniff. Okay enough I’m going to lay down in a darkened room – you lucky puppy.!!!

    Em

    Ps Beware of low flying owls.

    • cibnr September 5, 2012 at 7:14 pm #

      Hey babe! I can get the breathing all right. And the hysterical commentary. It’s the lever thingy and the foot brake and the three- and four-way intersections that have me in a hoop. I’m going to avoid getting behind the wheel till Saturday and then find a very large empty car park. Walmart at 2am, methinks. How are things with you? Missed a Skype call from you. Catch up at the weekend?

      • Emily somerville September 6, 2012 at 9:59 am #

        Yep a chin wag would be great. Otherwise you can practice using a saucepan lid for the steering wheel, the wooden spoon for the lever thingy and the kitchen table to visualise the road. The kids can be the traffic with sound effects.
        There its simple!!

        Sun is out at the moment!!!

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