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A local news station is doing a series on the DC area’s “rush hour rebels.” who do whatever they can to beat the traffic.

http://www.news8.net/news/stories/0210/704037.html?ref=n8

“A national report last year named Washington traffic congestion the second worst in the country–only L.A. is worse — and we’ve seen enough traffic reports to know we spend an average of 62 hours a year stuck in delays.”

http://www.news8.net/news/stories/0210/704044.html?ref=n8

“HOV violators are nothing new, but people are astounded by the sheer audacity of it all. Just last week in New Jersey, a woman was ticketed for driving with a mannequin in the front seat. Many drivers say they’ve seen even worse.

Leesburg commuter David Clark says he’s “seen teddy bears, balloons with hats.”

It’s hilarious to see what people do just to shave a few minutes off the commute! I’m so glad I do not have to deal with a long commute to get to work or have to drive a long distance in the school bus (like some of my collegues do.) I don’t think I could take it everyday!

I’m with the folks who take an alternate route. If I can avoid sitting in traffic, I will. But sometimes, that’s not possible, and patience has to come into play. It’s not worth it, in my opinion, to put yourself at risk for an accident to go to work if you can take a day off. Some people just need to sit still for a little while and chill out. But, people are still being bold in this weather and many accidents are happening because of it.

I will try to keep up with the series so I can post the links here.

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6 For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
7 Of the increase of His government and peace
There will be no end,
Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom,
To order it and establish it with judgment and justice
From that time forward, even forever.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.-Isaiah 9:6-7

9 In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. 10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. -1 John 4:9-10

Have a blessed day and remember the real reason for this day!

After the historical inauguration, folks are leaving town. I had to encounter minor congestion driving into work this morning on New York Ave. going into DC(around 6am) and going back to work from my short break (around 11am.)

Also, since I get off work early every Wednesday (my school has a half day) I ran into more congestion on the Baltimore Washington Parkway.

I was not here for the events yesterday. I was in Jacksonville, FL for a wedding. It was actually on Saturday, but I decided to stay until yesterday (it was a cheaper flight) and I watched the some of it on CNN. I saw on TV how  a local metro station was packed with people. I had sympathy for those folks who actually had to go to work and got caught up in the midst of it.

Today, we had no water for the bathrooms in the employee trailer. So, we had use of two or three bathrooms for over 100+ women! They eventually shuttled those who had to use the bathroom to another bus lot. But according to one of my co-workers, the facility should’ve been shut down.  I did see some people doing work with the plumbing, and it’ll be interesting to see what will happen tomorrow. I thought they did good to get new toilets, but some of my fellow co-workers are still abusing the bathroom privileges with their trifling selves! LOL

Lastly, it’s amazing to me the fascination that my kids (on the bus) have with violent video games. They speak of shooting and killing people, blowing up people, running over people, etc. It makes me wonder why some of them are so violent and ready to fight at the drop of a dime. I wonder what these parents are allowing them to indulge their minds in and do they really care about the outcome?

Woo-hooo!!!

My vacation officially started on yesterday evening at around 4:30pm! I look forward to all the vacations, days off, that come. I try to take advantage of them.

The last couple of weeks with my new group of children has been interesting. It’s been better than I thought. It’s a blessing to have a ‘united front’ (two people who are working together on the same page). I’m speaking of myself and my attendant.  I know how it is like to work with someone who has a different approach on discipline.

Part of my job as a bus driver is to back up the attendant in the area of discipline (while the kids are riding on the bus). I have worked with some bus attendants who don’t really care about how the kids act and in times past figured that “they should be old enough to know better.” Huh? As long as they are on the bus (they are on there for a purpose…), you are supposed to ‘do your job.’

So, it’s most definitely a blessing to work with my attendant now. Since we are both believers, we work together well. There is a peace on the bus because she does her part and if she needs my help, I can back her up. It’s not just all me.

So, with that said, Have a Merry Christmas!

“A Savior has been born to you; He is Christ the Lord.” (Luke 2:11)

Jesus’ sinless life, willing death and powerful resurrection paid the ransom for our lives.

This is the truth the apostles preached: “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)

This is the truth of Christmas.” (This is taken from an email devotional).

God Bless!

Having worked at DCPS Transportation for many years, I’ve seen many people come and go. I’ve also noticed an attitude of “I’m going to do what I want to do, despite of what the superviors say or despite what the qualifications of my job are.”

I admit, I have struggled with going to work since my route was taken away. I know that I would be at the mercy of God and of the supervisor as to what I’d be doing, where I would be going and who I would be working with that day.

It’s super frustrating to walk around a huge bus lot, in the cold, trying to find a bus and the bus ending up parked in a place you least expected, as well as wondering where to go and if some of the kids on your list are riding or not riding (for some reason, the children who are not riding get left on the roster.)

I thank God for showing me His grace. A few of the times I had my attendant ride with me as well as decent routes. My supervisor has been praising me (a rare thing coming from her) for getting the kids to school on time. I thank God for the maps that are supplied to us so that we can get to these kids houses (even though sometimes they are inaccurate!) It could be worse. I have battled a few days with coming into work, and I’ve felt discouraged. But, I’ve perserved by the grace of God. It’s been tough and I still have a few more days until the bidding day. I just pray for strength at night and in the morning to face the daily grind.

Sometimes it’s hard for me to remember Ephesians 6:5-6

5 Bondservants, be obedient to those who are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in sincerity of heart, as to Christ; 6 not with eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, 7 with goodwill doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men, 8 knowing that whatever good anyone does, he will receive the same from the Lord, whether he is a slave or free.

I honestly admit that I have not been obedient with “sincerity of heart.” I’ve been dragging into work with a sad countenance. I’ve been feeling low because things are not the way I like. I’m not in control of what is going on (where I’m going, usually the same kids and places everyday.)

I’m not the type to like a change everyday, even though everyday is unpredictable. But despite this change that has occured, I still need to have in the forefront of my mind to “do the will of God from my heart.”  I know this job is the will of God for me now and I need to do my best “with goodwill” knowing “I’m serving the Lord and not men.”

I have to also remember that  if I do good, I will receive good from the Lord (v.8). It’s hard to remember this in the midst of a rowdy work environment where the co-workers disrespect each other and are looking out for themselves (and I admit I can flow in this attitude at times), it’s hard to remember. I pray the Lord will pierce my heart so I can remember this when I step foot in my job daily.

Also, I see a lot of my co-workers who barely do their job. Attendants that don’t get off the bus, don’t pay attention to the kids, leave children on their buses, because they are not paying attention and they are on the phone or sitting in the front of the bus talking to their driver. I see drivers that are on the cell phone (while driving), drive recklessly (even cutting me off while in the street) taking illegal turns, speeding in the parking lot and parking their buses carelessly, and above all are always complaining about money (they want more!) I wonder where this mentality comes from?

It’s aggrevating and disappointing to see. I pray that God will strengthen me and I will be more of a light there at my job. It’s extremely hard when I’m in the minority (and I don’t mean black because we are the majority! lol)