Thursday, April 3, 2008

The Cummer Bus

It's not what you think. Really and for true, there's a Cummer Ave. in Toronto, and the Number 42 Cummer bus services that route. If you don't believe me...



... here's the route map. And a link to the Toronto Transit Commission's website, from whence I obtained the route map. You can see it on the drop-down menu under "Select Route". And who in their right mind would select any other route? I'm just sayin'...

I had a lot of fun on the Cummer bus. No, not that kind of fun. It's public transit, for heaven's sake! What kind of girl do you think I am?

The bus services a street that's mainly residential, with a high school half-way along. In between the subway station and the high school, the bus is full. Between the high school and the industrial park where the route loops and turns back, the bus is usually empty. Except, when I used to work there, for me.

I worked in a building surrounded by acres of parking lots. I'm pretty sure I was the only one in the entire building who didn't drive. But it was cool, because that meant that me and the bus driver had that bus all to ourselves.

No, not like that . I told you to keep your minds out of the gutter!

In between the high school and my stop were blocks and blocks of residential streets, twisting, turning, and very bumpy. I purposefully sat at the very back, over the wheels. Since there were no passengers wanting to get on or off, the driver would put the pedal to the metal and that bus would go as fast as a twenty-two-ton bus can go, which is surprisingly fast, let me tell you.

Of course there's negligible suspension on a public bus. When we went over bumps and potholes, I got quite a ride. I spent most of it with my butt flying up off the seat, going "Wheeeeee!" and "Woooohoooo!" and "Ow!" (when I landed). After a day of trying to appear demure and professional, it was a totally awesome way to blow off steam.

I was always resentful when we pulled up at the high school, and around ten thousand obnoxious teenagers pushed on to spoil my ride.

13 comments:

Warped Mind of Ron said...

LOL... sounds like you know how to have a good time being serviced by the Cummer bus. What?! Did I say something wrong? Now if you will excuse me I have to catch the "Multiple Orgasm" bus that runs in front of my work.

Nilsa S. said...

I love your take on your commute. A little humor never hurt anyone. If only I worked somewhere I could take public transportation. And I guess, technically, I could to where I work now. Only, it'd involve no less than 2 buses, one train and at least a mile walk. No thanks to the 2 hour commute!

unsigned said...

I want teens on the Cummer Bus! I want to drive the Cummer bus! I'd tell everyone I'm a cummer man!

jameil1922 said...

lol. buses are SCA.RY when they're going fast!!

Keera Ann Fox said...

What kind of girl do you think I am?

The kind that can write a whole blog post about a *snicker* Cummer bus.

keep your minds out of the gutter!

Well, excuse me, but where else would a Cummer bus be when stopped?

my butt flying up off the seat, going "Wheeeeee!" and "Woooohoooo!" and "Ow!"

Honestly. Now whose mind is in the gutter?

Leighann said...

Alright, I'll admit it, the title to this post sent my mind straight back into the gutter!

Can you ever forgive me?

Going to finish reading now....

Aurora said...

Heh heh... I never thought of it that way at all!

What about the Queen car? surely that's got to be good for some Innuendo?

whatigotsofar said...

Blow off steam on the Cummer bus...

Yeah, sure...

But seriously, I spent my early years in that neighbourhood. I know Cummer very well.

1218Blog said...

Okay you want me to keep my mind out of the gutter but then you say this...

"When we went over bumps and potholes, I got quite a ride. I spent most of it with my butt flying up off the seat, going "Wheeeeee!" and "Woooohoooo!" and "Ow!" (when I landed)."

Come on, LOL! You are asking for it. LOL!

Sparkling Red said...

Ron: Are you trying to tell me that you have a "Multiple Orgasm Ave." in your town? Because you're going to have to produce a route map, or I'm not buying it.
(I can see the potential for a very interesting route map...)

Nilsa: Commuting by public transit isn't always reasonable. In this particular job, my journey was 1 and a quarter hours each way. That's why I was desperate to make it fun in any possible way!

Unsigned: If you live in Toronto, you could potentially apply for that job and have your dream come true!

Jameil: Yup, once they get going, you don't want to get in their way.

Keera: I couldn't resist. It must be spring fever, causing me to deviate from my more reserved standards of decency!

Leighann: Nope, I'll never forgive you. ;-)

Aurora: If the Queen car passed through the Church and Wellesley area, it'd be a goldmine. :-)

Whatigotsofar: How old were you when you realized that Cummer Ave. had some... grown-up implications?

1218blog: I admit nothing. And I have an angelic face. If you could see me, you'd believe that I am entirely innocent. ;-)

R.E.H. said...

That bus ride reminds me of New York - that is how it is over there... really fast and really bumpy. Last time I rode a bus there I actually hit my head on the roof once!

About what kind of girl we (I) think you are... an adventurous one? ;)

whatigotsofar said...

Late teens, years after I moved up to the Hill.

Jenski said...

Is there any chance it's not pronounced the way it's spelled? Like COOOOmer? No? It's like an unfortunate last name, only you don't have to feel bad about laughing at it and making dirty jokes!