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Some Girls Made the Cheerleader Squad. Me, I Hit a Bus...

Earlier this morning I read a post by Carie Shapiro.  Apparently, Carie has been having some "issues" with some inconsiderate car drivers in her Dallas hometown... and shared some ideas.

Carie's post rang a bell in my brain... and brought back a memory to me from my own high school days.

I can remember very well taking Driver's Ed during my Junior Year in High School.  Oh, yes... I can remember it well. 

Why do I say this with such certainty ?  Because one day... while driving, with the Catholic Nun... the Driver's Ed teacher... sitting right next to me (at the Catholic School I attended)... I actually hit the rear end of a city bus.

Yes... with the Instructor next to me, and three other students in the back seat.  Now, I must admit, I didn't hit it very hard... just kinda sorta "nudged" it... but still... it was enough of a nudge to make me instantly famous throughout my entire high school.

Some girls made the cheerleader squad.  Me, I hit a bus.  Ah... those were the days.

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Comment balloon 44 commentsKaren Anne Stone • July 28 2012 10:22AM


Too funny, Karen Anne.  I remember taking driver's ed the summer before my junior year.  I was the first and last in my car to try parallel parking.  I got confused with the whole reverse thing and while trying to back in, I turned the wheel in the wrong direction and knocked over a parking meter.  My instructor was mortified and so shaken that no one else in my car was allowed to try parallel parking on the street, only with cones in the parking lot, for the remainder of the class.

Posted by J. Douglas Hall (PalmerHouse Properties, LLC) over 8 years ago

J Douglas:  Ahhh yes.  More stories of all the "special" things did in high school.  I don't even remember trying to learn to parallel park.  Maybe I was even worse at that ?  LOL.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 8 years ago

Karen Anne:  SO very glad to see you writing!  And I'm thinking we could probably write an award-winning book of short stories if we gathered all of AR member's memories regarding this issue.  Maybe I'm on to something ... and you just started it off???  Let's see what happens when this is Featured  ... hopefully many add their own stories ...

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Posted by Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi, 708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience (NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656) over 8 years ago
Those were the days. My dad tried to teach me how to drive my brothers VW. The only problem was my dad didn't know how to drive a stick either. We spent a lot of time going in circles in first gear until my mom rescued me. Couldn't hit a bus on that lesson if I tried.
Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 8 years ago

Hello Karen Anne --- was that famous or infamous?  Either way, this is a great story that I am certain has been remembered beyond you by most of the student body at that time.      

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 over 8 years ago

Oh my gosh!  That might have scarred me for life back in high school days!  Though I did have an unfortunate backing up in the driveway incident that involved me not realizing that while I was paying attention to the back end of the car, the front end was swinging right into the pole supporting my brother's basketball hoop - oops!  Only a "little" dent - really!  :)

Posted by Nancy Conner, Olympia/Thurston County WA over 8 years ago

I am happy to say I've never rear ended a bus or anything else.  Now going in reverse... TOTALLY different story.  I have backed into telephone poles, trees, cars, and yes... all those things have an s on the end on purpose. LOL  My new car (that I just bought in June) has a back up camera.  So hopefully I'm good now.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) over 8 years ago

Oh dear...that's so funny. I can actually picture this so clearly. Hope you are driving better these days.

Posted by Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner, Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395 (Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395) over 8 years ago

Karen Anne, We tend to remember those tramatic occurences of our youth and thank goodness we can laugh and smile about them now. Back then they weren't near that funny.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties, The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730 (Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070) over 8 years ago

So Karen..... you were a little Bad A$$... hmmm  I know we would have been great high school friends!

Posted by Sussie Sutton, David Tracy Real Estate for Buyers & Sellers (David Tracy Real Estate) over 8 years ago

Thanks for the mention, Karen!  As I said in my response to your comment on my post ... why just be a cheerleader when you can be the coolest kid in school for hitting a city bus while driving with your Driver's Education teacher :)

Posted by Carie Shapiro (North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate) over 8 years ago

OMG were you embarrassed or what?   .....and I can imagine the instructors look when you hit that bus!  Instant celebrity! Everybody knew Karen Anne!  Still smiling - great story.  I rememer my first day of drivers ed. My Mom picked me up and said....ok go ahead and drive home.  Ahhhhh I had never driven before but somehow she thought I should drive. She had a small sporty car and honestly I'm surprised I  didn't run into anything.

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRS CRB, Phoenix Broker, 602-380-4886 (HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000) over 8 years ago

Karen Anne, well I know you weren't laughing then, but you sure got a laugh out of me now.  Kids can be brutal and I know that's the sort of thing that will follow you had to happen in high school with a nun next to you no less...I bet that experience toughened you up a bit.

Posted by Nick T Pappas, Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource (Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, @HomesBirmingham & Providence Property Mgmnt, LLC Huntsville AL) over 8 years ago

Karen Anne - Like most "high schoolers" I know I took drivers' ed (it was half of the class completed by the "other" education!) Since I received my license when I was 16, but you couldn't take the class until your junior year .. it was mostly pro forma.  There was more discussion about  the sex education program ... both in and out of school!  Thanks for sharing and I love the picture ... she reminds me of someone  ... oh yes, my fifth-grade teacher ... who obviously made a considerable impression on me!

Posted by Jack Mossman - The Nines Team at Keller Williams in Stockton, The Nines Team at Keller Williams in Stockton (The Nines Team At Keller Williams) over 8 years ago

Gosh, those high school memories are terrific!  Glad it was just a nudge.

Posted by Ralph Janisch ABR CRS Broker, Selling Northwest Houston to good people like you! (Janisch & Co.) over 8 years ago

I have no memory of drivers can that be?  It must have been so traumatic that I've blocked it out.  LOL!

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) over 8 years ago

Ah, the memories from high school! My cousin, who is MEGA smart, got a car for his birthday and proudly drove the car to school that morning. Later at the dinner table my aunt asks him where his car is....he left it at the school and took the bus home, lol! Nothing like remembering our goofy mistakes to take us back and make us smile a bit!

Posted by Shannon Milligan, Richmond VA Real Estate Agent/Associate Broker, RVA Home Team - Winning with Integrity. (RVA Home Team) over 8 years ago

Hi Karen~

Ah...high school....I am SO glad to be done!  Don't we all have some great stories...although you certainly have one of the better ones!
Paula Swayne

Posted by Paula Swayne, Realtor-Land Park, East Sac & Curtis Park -Dunniga (Dunnigan, Realtors, Sacramento (916) 425-9715) over 8 years ago

High School.. a distant memory.. where does the time go.. but this story is truly has LOL quality!!

Posted by Janis Borgueta, LIC RE Salesperson (Key Properties of the Hudson Valley ) over 8 years ago

Quite memorable Karen Anne with the bus. I think we all have our driver ed stories. I was yanked out of the car doing the backward figure eight. Instructor didn't like me. Also going 85 mph in a brand new car instructor said, "Gary, uh watch your speed." LOL.

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) over 8 years ago

If I had a Nun in the seat next to me I would have hit a building.  Catholic High School too, all girl and no drivers ed.  Because I lived in the Bronx I didn't learn how to drive until my late twenties.  The day of my test I wore a mini skirt so short I could have been arrested and prayed for a male tester. :) I passed.  I'm still a terrible driver.

Posted by Liz Wallace, Broker C21 Sherlock Homes, Rockville Centre, LI, N (Century 21 Sherlock Homes) over 8 years ago

The problem was not yours. City buses, like Mini Coopers, are sometimes too small to see until it's too late.

Posted by Michael O'Donnell, GRI, ePRO, Accessible Homes (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Arizona Properties) over 8 years ago

Karen Anne, I think one way or another we all have the "hitting the bus moment".LOL. Mine: I was working for an oil company and was responsible for international shipments. I sent the ship to the wrong harbor!!! Seriously. I was famous too, needless to say.

I can laugh about that now, back then (I was 23 ) I did not think it was that funny.

Posted by Susanna Haynie, Colorado Springs Realtor GRI CNE MCNE ePro MRP (CO-RE Group, LLC -Real estate sales and services) over 8 years ago

Karen Anne - I had to laugh out loud!  this sounds like something I would have done!

Thanks for dropping by my post - and YES we are still getting our boots on every Friday!  Thanks for remembering!  Have a great evening.

Posted by Louise Thaxton NMLS 69996, Military Mtg Specialist - 866-960-9115 VA FHA USDA (Fairway Independent Mortgage Corp Louisiana NMLS#2289 Equal Housing Lender) over 8 years ago

I laughed at this too.  

I remember my boyfriend teaching me to drive a stick shift in his corvette.  He took me to a graveyard to learn.  That way no other cars or live people around.  I really think it was mostly so his car wouldn't get damaged.

Posted by Debbie Cook, Silver Spring and Takoma Park Maryland Real Estate (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc) over 8 years ago brought back my own memory of learning to drive. The first day I had to turn a corner, and I almost took out the stop sign at the corner as I went up and over the curb, across the homeowners lawn and down the other side of  the curb. My teacher and the other students were mortified. So was I. But that time has passed, and now it's just a story to tell and laugh about.

I wish we could get more teenagers to realize that difficult times pass, and become our history to share with others...and perhaps these experiences also become something to laugh about later. Teenagers carry around such baggage.

Posted by Debbie Laity, Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO (Cedaredge Land Company) over 8 years ago

LOL, Karen Anne. You just made me remember a time that I borrowed my Dad's car shortly after getting my driver's license at an early age from taking Drivers Education in the 9th grade. I offered to give some kids a ride home from church after choir practice one Wednesday night, and since the car wouldn't start. We had to push it down the hill to get it started, and off came one of the doors on the way down the hill. That was dangerous, scary, and hilarious all at the same time. 


Posted by Jerry Newman, Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation (Brown Realty, 210-789-4216, over 8 years ago

It doesn't really matter how you became a celebrity - just that you did. Love the old stories.

Posted by Jill Sackler, LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate (Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500) over 8 years ago

LOL Karen Anne! This is a funny memory of learning to drive! I can see it now!

Posted by Rose King, Friendswood / Pearland / Houston Bay Area (David Tracy Real Estate) over 8 years ago

OMG Karen... I am actually laughing out loud.  No wait!  I'm busting a gut laughing.  I can't get the visual outta my head!  Perfect way to end a stressful day.... :)

Posted by John McCormack, CRS, Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me! (Albuquerque Homes Realty) over 8 years ago

Good morning Karen Anne,  Why is it, the days we want to forget are the ones we always remember the most!?  :)

Posted by Ricki Eichler McCallum, Broker,GRI,ABR, e-Pro, TAHS (CastNet Realty) over 8 years ago

I can just imagine you at drivers ed, I had Sister Jochum next to me. No, I didn't hit a bus but I struggled with my parking. It seems that the better drivers became cheerleaders in my school as well. Did you get the ruler across your knuckles after hitting the bus?

Posted by Sun City Grand Homes Surprise AZ Real Estate Leolinda Bowers Designated Broker Leolinda Realty, Sun City Grand in Surprise Arizona (Leolinda Realty) over 8 years ago

Karen Anne, Just another thing that at the time you probably though it was the end of the world, but now, twenty years later, you can look back at it and smile.

Posted by Wayne Johnson, San Antonio REALTOR, San Antonio Homes For Sale (Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper REALTORS®) over 8 years ago

Hey Karen, Hope you had a great day and are looking forward to a restful evening. I say this at 11pm.  We both should be in bed.... Sleep is way over rated when your a Realtor® a blogging one that is :) 

Posted by John McCormack, CRS, Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me! (Albuquerque Homes Realty) over 8 years ago

Thanks for sharing your story.

Have an outstanding week with your camera in hand.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) over 8 years ago

We all seem to have our own claimed to fame. I rear ended a police car and the photo was in my high school annual. We didn't have YouTube back then just bad luck... 

Posted by Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS, South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker! (Fathom Realty Washington LLC) over 8 years ago

Karen ... Well, we have all been there!  I was runner up for every "queen" and never won once!  Those were the days!  Great Post!

Posted by Lisa Wetzel, CDPE, SFR (RE/MAX Realty Affiliates) over 8 years ago

Lisa:  I just took a peek at your picture.  (I had to go to your RE/MAX website to find you.  You hide yourself well.)

Heck, a series of second-place finishes for Homecoming Queen, and other miscellaneous "queen-ships" would put you in the Queen's Hall of Fame.  Queens never hit busses.  Prolly because they have someone else "driving their carriages."  Good for you.

And... thank you for your kind words.

By the way, Lisa.  I have just subscribed to your blog.  I invite you to subscribe to mine.


Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 8 years ago

KarenAnne, I remember when I first started driving my brother was in the car with me.  I remember passing a car, then with my right signal on moved to the right lane....boy my brother yelled at me.  I should have waited and moved over as the guy almost hit me from behind...unknown to me of course :)  I've never forgotten this and ALWAYS watch before moving into the next lane to be sure I have enough space to move over.

Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate over 8 years ago

Hi Karen Anne,

This is too funny and I hope the nuns gave you a passing grade as they can be strict. It brought back some funny memories of high school for me just reading your post. Have a great Sunday.

Posted by Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor, (909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning (Sun Lakes Realty) over 8 years ago

                   Hello Karen Anne ,

I remember my driving learning days. i have done a few things, hitting the pavement, forgetting to stop at stop sign. I guess i was just lucky to pass the test.                                                                                      

Posted by Rafeeq Ahmed, Customer Satisfaction (Islamic Banker, UIF, 682-500-4615) over 8 years ago

lol.. thanks for that story...  I needed the chuckle tonight... I never took drivers ed.. sounds like it didn't do very much for you... hahaha

Posted by Sheila Newton Team Anderson & Greenville SC, Selling the Upstate since 1989 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - C. Dan Joyner) over 8 years ago
Karen, I'm sure everyone still remembers that one and can laugh about it. I mean, there was a nun in the car! Cheerleading simply pales by comparison! :-)
Posted by Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living (Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!) over 8 years ago

Karen Anne, I taught Drivers Education for 13 summers and it was actually the community ADULTS who were the danger when we were driving.  It was always scary making a left turn at a traffic light while waiting in the intersection for the light to change for two reasons:

1.  Some students would ask, "Do I have to wait on the oncoming cars?"

2.  It was a game of chicken when the light turned red because some drivers would hit the accelerator way behind the intersection and run the red light BIG TIME!!!!.  Very helpless for us all being trapped in the middle of the intersection trying to anticipate what the idiot oncoming drivers would do!!!

Your touching the bumper of the bus  had to be traumatizing at the time for you at the time.   Believe me, Karen Anne,  it was a very minor thing in retrospect other than  gaining you instant notoriety at school!   In my prime I would spend EIGHT hours a day in the car teaching Drivers Ed!  I know I couldn't sit that long now!!!            BW

Posted by Sharon & Bruce Walter, West Lafayette homes for sale (Keller Williams Realty Lafayette, IN) over 8 years ago