We didn't ever ask the boys about their first solo megabus trip last week. We were concerned about safety and timing, but not so much the experience of the trip. So at dinner, I finally asked, "What was the bus like?" Got an earful. My 2 teenage sons were seated across from 4 year old Diamond and her elderly grandma. For the 2 1/2 bus ride Diamond did not listen to her grandma, it was "Diamond! Get back here!" "Diamond, stop running in the isles!' "Diamond, do not touch those buttons!" "Diamond
stop climbing over the seats." "Diamond! Diamond! Diamond!" I thought when I dropped the boys off to begin with something was a little fishy. There were so many people waiting for a 10:30am bus. Mostly college age kids with backpacks and laptops, the usual patrons. I have never seen a suit on a megabus. But this time there were like triple the people waiting. The seat by Diamond and her grandma was occupied by a student who was working on his lap top the whole trip and not paying attention to Diamond. He was working away. The announcement came over the loud speaker that the bus would be arriving at 30th Street in Phila in 15 more minutes. The serious student heard this, took off his earphones and said aloud, "Where is this bus going?" My son told him Philadelphia. He said, "I thought it was going to the University of Pittsburgh!" Soon the rest of the bus heard his mom on his cell phone, "WHAT? Philadelphia! How the hell did you end up there?" The kid was as shocked as the mom and had no plans for Philadelphia. The Indian man sitting in front of Diamond turned around and gave the kid $50 and told him to get a ticket to Pittsburgh as soon as they got into Phila. The kid said "I can't take your money." The man said "Take it." The kid said, " I can't just take your money." The man insisted and the kid said "Thank you thank you so much." And then the whole bus heard the kid call his mom back and tell her what happened, because he had to talk over Diamond's grandma.