Today wasn't the best of days.
The morning started off on a sour note. Max decided to help himself to six cupcakes that were left cooling on the counter overnight, despite all of the training we had done to prevent countersurfing. Looks like I'll have to do it all over again. And then there was another article in the paper which annoyed me (the governor in Wisconsin tearing apart unions as Phase 1, and then giving the education budget a huge slash as Phase 2 since the teachers lost a lot of bargaining power as part of Phase 1).
After that, the day got much better. I played some Minecraft, watched a few awesome/silly movies on YouTube...and then I decided I wanted my own Minecraft server. Downloaded the package, started reading the documentation, and learned that Minecraft's multiplayer just simply won't work on Mac OS 10.4.11. Guess what operating system I'm using?
On a plus note, the single-player mode runs flawlessly. After a brief period of not running at all, it's back 100%, and without crashing my computer every half-hour!
Eventually, the clock struck 11:00, and as my usual routine, I left for school. Got to the bus stop early, recognized the driver, and was spot on with my plan of arriving 15-20 minutes early so I could ask the professor some questions before the lecture began.
At a stop roughly one-third of the way to school, two people in wheelchairs came on the bus. I personally feel that one of them should have been walking, as there was nothing physically wrong with her aside from being grossly overweight (she demonstrated her ability to walk later), but whatever. As the bus was pulling away from the stop, there was a horrific crunch and a clang, and the driver put on the brakes. After a moment of confusion, it became obvious what had happened.
A ramp had been extended from the bus to allow the people in wheelchairs to get on. This ramp had not been retracted afterwards, and had met either a sign or the curb, or both, once the bus had gotten underway.
This ramp was now independent from the bus and laying in the gutter.
This meant that there was no practical method to get the two individuals in wheelchairs off of the bus.
This also meant that there was no method to get people in wheelchairs who were not in the bus into the bus.
This meant the bus was immediately out of service and a crew had to be dispatched to pick it up. Meaning, everyone currently in the bus wasn't going anywhere until the next bus on the same route showed up, maybe in 15-20 minutes.
That's an acceptable delay, I thought to myself. I should still have enough time once the other bus gets here. I'll be cutting it close, but I should be on time for the lecture about the test...that...we're...having...today...
And when it rains, it pours.
The other bus wasn't too long. 15 or 20 minutes behind the one I was in, which meant that I could just barely make it to class...if everything else was optimum. Sadly, it wasn't. Wheelchair lady ate up a good 5 minutes doing...something getting on the second bus (she had stood up and walked without help to the front of the first bus to look at the broken ramp), and as soon as the next stop was in sight, I realized that I was completely screwed over by circumstances beyond my control. Because of the bus I was on having mechanical failure, there was no bus ahead of the one I was on to collect passengers. That meant a lot of loading and unloading, and a cramped bus, at least until the transfer center 4 stops before school.
The end result is me dashing across campus to only be a glorious 15 minutes late for class. Amazingly, I showed up while the tests were still being handed out. In a giant lecture hall. And I sit in the front half (assigned seating).
Have I ever mentioned that I'm easily embarrassed?
After apologizing to the teacher, getting my test, digging out a scanatron and getting to my seat, I'm not in the best mental condition to take an exam. After a moment of relaxation, I notice something.
The person sitting next to me is using her cell phone.
Specifically, the person next to me is hiding her cell phone partially under her test and looking at what appears to be notes.
I smell a cheater.
It's the teacher's problem now. Have fun being expelled. I feel slightly mean about it, but I feel that someone else would've noticed sooner or later. You had it coming, now reap your reward.
After class, two people were at the intersection before the bus stop when the bus came by. One person dodged traffic while the other waited for the light to change before running to the bus. Guess who didn't get to watch the bus pull away just before they reached the door? It wasn't the person who just finished a Political Science exam.
And now here I am with a Minecraft server running and no way to play on it. If today was such an...interesting day, what'll happen tomorrow? Oh yeah...I know! MONTY PYTHON!
I fart in your general direction.
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