On Monday, I left at 4 in the afternoon with Mary Erin in charge of Annika and Eva at home, and Esther still in her Tae Kwon Do class, with Ross soon to bring her home. I walked down our street and caught the dolmus (small public mini-bus). As soon as he took off, I realized I had a madman as a driver. He was FLYING. I could not even get the money out of my purse safely so I just hung on. A very nice covered lady stood and gave me her seat. I have NEVER in my years here had a dolmus ride like that. On the first stretch, he almost rear-ended 3 cars, then he swung into the turn. We should have lined up behind the 15 cars in front of us, but instead he bypassed them all as they waited at the stop light, using the oncoming lane to pass, nudged his way into the front of the stop light line, then flew thru the intersection in front of everyone. I thought how glad I was my kids weren't on the bus! At that point, I thought, "I need to get off this bus." But my only alternative was to get off on a major highway and try to catch another bus there, another dangerous thing to do. So I stayed on it. While on the ride, he ran red lights, swerved in and out of traffic, yelled at all the passengers to find out where they wanted off ahead of time. It was clear he was not going to go the route, he was going to just drop us where we wanted and take shortcuts. As we passed police cars, he yelled at those standing to sit down, so he would not be pulled over for filling his bus too full. Well my 30-45 min. normal bus ride was 10 minutes flat. I was talking to Ross on the phone just before I got on, then called and said, "Guess what...I am here." He could not believe it! I laughingly called a friend and said, "Well if that dolmus ride doesn't put me in labor, nothing will!" I took another short bus ride to my clinic and was a full 30 min. early b/c of that driver!
So, I taxied back to the bus station and hopped on my dolmus and wouldn't you know I had 4 contractions on the way home! They stopped some time during the night, but I would have had a good laugh if I was right and that bus ride started it all! And to think, it was only $1.50 and just down the street all along.