I was a senior in high school. It was a misty, drizzling rain kind of morning. Like most school days my buddies and I arrived a little early so we could back into a good parking space. It was where we could see the cars and buses coming in to drop off students.
The new school building was prepared for days like this. They built two lanes to go under the covering to let riders out of the cars and buses.
Well, wouldn’t you know it. The ‘brightest‘ kid in school drove his new car to school. The ‘book smart’ guy, also a senior was strutting around like a bantam hen. He was in his new car with three girls he brought to school. Not a problem until he decides to use the lane reserved for buses.
So you have these buses lining up behind him waiting for his riders to get out. Course, you have to know this guy was the perfect gentleman. He pulls up, cuts the car off, goes around to open the door for the ladies. Precious huh?
Still just a minor delay for the buses and all those students. Ah, not really. Poor guy had car trouble. He couldn’t get the thing started. No matter what he did, the car just would not start.
By now the rain had become a steady soaking. The assistant principle was getting a bit agitated. He was responsible for seeing to it that everything ran smoothly. The guy is now frantic and pops the hood. The assistant principle takes a look. Everything seems fine. By now several minutes had gone by. Students were getting restless. The bell for start of school was soon approaching.
Finally, from my car, my buddies and I could see the assistant principle motion for the high IQ, honor student to get out of the car so he could try to start it. As quickly as the assistant principle got in and made a quick glance, you could see him take the gear lever on the steering wheel column and put it in “Park.”
A turn of the switch and she fired right up. Mr. Scholar jumps in the car and drives away. My buddies and I just laughed at all the folks who got wet and the guy ‘who makes his parents proud because he is a honor student‘ learn a valuable “common sense” lesson.
Always put your car in ‘Park’ when you turn off the ignition.
Oh the value of common sense!
Until next time,