There’s something to be said about progress.
There’s also something to be said about tradition.
Neither of these statements applies to the classic American yellow school bus.
Such thoughts crossed my mind as I was stuck behind one for several blocks the other day. I wondered if any improvements technology and quality have been made since the days I used to ride in one—a time at which the model had been around for years. From my vantage point, I could spot none. It looked like one that I had been forced to endure in my youth and have spotted on subsequent trips to this country.
I keep hearing US politicians claim that nothing is too good for the children of the country. I guess that this concern does not extend to school buses.
I am happy that my children were not submitted to such a daily transportation ordeal. No bus trip is a great experience, but I trust German technology and frequent inspections.
NB. The title is taken from an episode of Dharma & Greg, in which a school bus plays a major role (and reveals no change for the ones I remember from my youth).
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.