Flash Fiction #69

Disney Dumb

PHOTO PROMPT © Ron Pruitt

UPS AND DOWNS

This was Bernie’s first day of driving tourists to Disney World. They were slow boarding, and wanted him to hurry so they’d have a whole day there, but Bernie kept to the speed limit.

What’s that guy in the aisle seat doing?…..
What Epcot turnoff?
Damn!
How far to the next interchange?

There’s a turnaround spot.
Police and emergency vehicles only.
This is an emergency.
Nobody coming?….
Slow down.
Turn into the depression.
Front wheels down – now rear wheels dipping.
Front wheels rising…..

Crunch!  All wheels off the ground??!  Stuck!  😯

They’re going to miss the Mouse. Is Wal-Mart hiring?

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The above ‘Fiction’ is based on a real-life situation I observed some years ago, while driving toward Orlando. I cannot begin to guess how a trained bus driver could miss something as large and well marked as Disney World, or what would lead him to attempt a U-turn through an unpaved median on a divided highway.  Aside from the stranded bus, and 50 angry, disappointed tourists, I could see a career change.

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Go to Rochelle’s Addicted to Purple site and use her Wednesday photo as a prompt to write a complete 100 word story.

 

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28 thoughts on “Flash Fiction #69

  1. BrainRants says:

    Nothing like a high-centered passenger bus.

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  2. A group pf people totally oblivious to the ride of life, distracted by the shiny things entertainment offers. Nice commentary.

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  3. Jim Wheeler says:

    “Honey, I got your text message this morning. Unfortunately, it came at a busy time.” 😉

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  4. Hahaha! Good story, tightly narrated! Glad to know it was what you observed, and not what you experienced first-hand!

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  5. Well it could have been worse. Like off a cliff. Not a good day for that bus driver though. 🙂

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    • Archon's Den says:

      He might wish it had been a cliff by the time it’s all over. Angry tourists, suing for a ruined vacation, mobile crane/heavy-duty tow truck, damage to the bus, roads crew to shut down at least one lane of I-4, police safety presence….D’you want fries with that? 😳

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      • Well I think I was thinking of the passengers. It is worse when people go off a cliff. I think I read about that happening in Mexico on a narrow mountain road. Sued for ruined vacation, ha, what a bunch of spoiled sports. 🙂

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  6. I feel sorry for him, but I have seen bus drivers doing some crazy things trying to correct things.

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    • Archon's Den says:

      I rode a bus on a driver’s first day on the route. Instead of turning onto a main feeder road, he turned into a subdivision. Instead of backing up a 100 meters, he elected to proceed around a narrow crescent – tight corners, on-street parking. I thought I was going to have to walk the last kilometer home. 😯

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  7. gahlearner says:

    What a horrible experience for the passengers–but I had to chuckle about the clueless bus driver. Good thing you weren’t one of the passengers.

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  8. ansumani says:

    Tight narration. Sometimes facts are stranger than fiction. Good one.

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  9. Susan Langer says:

    Good job with your narrative. Those buses should know the route like the back of their hand. Poor passengers. 🙂

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    • Archon's Den says:

      There was a lot of ‘happening’ to fit into a 100-word story. It’s not so much that he missed Disney, it’s how he risked turning back. I might try it with an empty bus, but folks in Florida carry guns. 😯

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  10. Dale says:

    What a dumbass! Sorry… but seriously, people going to Disney are NOT going to be pleased by a side-tracked driver! (I know I wouldn’t…)

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  11. rogershipp says:

    Yep!!! Some days are better than others! Well done!

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  12. What a mess. That sounds like the kind of bus I might be on if I went to Disney World. That was a tragedy for everyone, driver and passengers. It made a good story though. Well done. 🙂 — Suzanne

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  13. Wait. Wasn’t that one of the new rides at Disney.
    The Distracted Driver?
    🙂
    Randy

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