Soon It Will Go Public

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This is it.  The poster that could bring me into a totally new phase in my life.  These couple of words “Welcome: Ann & Jim Scott; Hosts”  could mean I lose my job.  You would think I would have to do more than stand up and talk in order to get fired, but not so in the extra sensitive world of Medical Marijuana and its stigma.

Being a school bus driver I get drug tested randomly and that is how it should be.  I have no problem with that.  Test me all day any day and I will not test positive for anything other than caffeine (which is also a drug, by the way).  Ok on the weekends I might test for alcohol but only if I am not working.

However because I favor the use of marijuana to; help people with pain, insomnia, appetite, mood, possibly curing their cancer, and improve their quality of life I might be a threat to the students. I might try to get them to smoke dope.

Couldn’t be further from the truth. I actually do not endorse teenagers using any kind of drugs recreationally.  A bit hypocritical reciting the do as I say not as I did mantra, but studies have shown that heavy smoking in teenagers does lower their IQ.  They have enough going against them these days without knowingly creating more hurdles to jump. I will turn a student in if I catch them smoking on my bus.  They will not now or ever hear me talking about marijuana.  Still I could be fired just because.

Knowing this will not make me back down from this cause.  It is important to get the information out to sick people. People who have resigned themselves to living with pain. People who live with a closet full of pharmaceutical drugs that do more harm than good. People who think they have no options.  It’s time to break the silence, show people the truth, and offer them support.

Cannabis is a plant…A truly amazing beneficial plant…fear it no more.

 

 

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All-Star Worcester Parents Lay Siege To School Bus, Beat Up Bus Driver, Then Write Magnificent Things On Facebook

Because I have been slacking off again and not writing here I have chosen to cheat and reblog something.
As some of you know I drive a school bus and have had some very scary things happen during the last 18 years. If I had been the driver in this incident, I don’t think there is anything that could make me get back in a bus and drive again.
Turtleboysports I don’t know who you are, but you show some wonderful examples of the cesspool Worcester has become. I was born there, as was most of my family. My parents moved us out way back in the 70’s when I was a kid. In 2000 my husband, two sons, and I had to move not far from where this incident took place. In 2004 we packed up and got the hell out of Dodge. You know it’s time to leave when the sound of drive by shootings doesn’t bother you.

As for driving the bus, it gets harder and harder each year to go back. the kids will drive you crazy, but it’s the parents that scare the beJesus out of me.

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So Maybe It Is STRESS!

A few weeks ago I went to the doctor because I hurt all over.  (except for the area of my left shoulder to my neck which was numb.)  I never did see the doctor, I saw a nurse practitioner who told me it was all stress.  B.S. I claimed, I was not under any stress at the time.  I agreed to see an osteopathic doctor for therapy just to see if it helped.  I can’t tell you yet because I couldn’t even get an appointment until the 11th, but I am hoping it does something.

The closer I get to return to work day the worse I feel.  Seriously!

I have already started losing sleep and as much as I would love to pass the blame onto my husband who has been up during the middle of the night again, I can’t.  Even when the house is dark and quiet my brain is going a mile a minute.  I can’t sleep because I just don’t want to go back there.

Every summer I always feel a little bit of not wanting to return to work. After all it’s still warm and sunny at the end of August. There are still plenty of days left to enjoy the outdoors.  Who wants to be in bed before dark and stuck in a hot bus during the day? Certainly not me, but the reality of a full paycheck vs unemployment usually makes up for the sadness.  It’s not this time.  In fact it’s not even giving up the beautiful warm days that is bothering me.  It’s the job, the restrictions, the new rules and regulations, and the feeling of being under a microscope that is bothering me.  I feel like people with ankle bracelets have fewer restrictions than I do.  That’s a bit of a stretch, but you catch my drift.

Massachusetts has implemented the fingerprinting this year.  All teachers, school staff, school bus drivers, and everyone who works with children need to provide their fingerprints to supposedly Homeland Security.  If I believed Homeland Security knew what they were doing I would feel a little more comfortable.  If they were going to an agency whose job was to protect children, and THEY knew what they were doing, I would feel more comfortable, but everyone seems to have a different answer as to who is getting our fingerprints and who will have access to them.  We have no say in any of this.  Once we hand our prints over we have no say in who actually has access to them in the future. That just does not sit right with me.  My gut is telling me this is not a good thing.  Yet there is no way around it if I go back to driving a school bus.

I am working towards something else for the future and what was going to be today’s post, Transitions, will explain where I’m headed.  For now though it is all about volunteering and that won’t pay the bills.  If only a paying opportunity, that allowed me to work toward my goal, would fall out of the sky I would be ever so grateful.  It does seem that the job I loved so much in the past is making me sick in the present. It is sure to kill me in the future.

 

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