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Help! I'm locked in the bus ...
By By Jill Meier
Challenger editor

February 06. 2013 9:46AM
You’ve heard tales of how a youngster gets left behind at a rest stop while on a family vacation. Miles down the road the family discovers “Little Johnny” is missing, so they turn around to claim the kid, who probably has cried his eyes dry by then. And it’s probable the little guy will have “issues” the next time the family takes to the road.

While I didn’t get forgotten at a rest stop, I did get left behind on the Chamber’s recent trip to Pierre on the bus. Actually, I wasn’t left behind – I was locked in and there was no way out.

On our return trip home, as we’ve done the past six trips, the Brandon entourage stops in White Lake for a bite to eat and beverage to quench our thirst. Both are compliments of Harry Buck. From past experience, I know that every woman on the bus will be making a mad dash for the restroom, so I decided to “out-fox” them this year, and use the facilities in our bus.

Turns out, I wasn’t so clever.

As I came out of the "outhouse on wheels," imagine my surprise that it was empty – completely empty – and there was no way out.

I tried pushing the doors open.

No luck.

I tried to unlock the door’s mechanism.

No luck.

It was then I discovered the bus was still running and there were all sorts of buttons lit up like a Christmas tree, but I certainly wasn’t about to touch anyone of them.

So I resorted to modern technology: My cell phone. Thank goodness, I was fortunate to have a few of the people’s numbers on the trip on my speed dial.

“Karin,” I sheepishly said when she answered. “Could you have the bus driver come out and unlock the bus?”

She obliged but wasn’t going to keep my predicament a secret by any means.

As I walked into the quaint Main Street establishment, my fellow travelers greeted me with a healthy round of “embarrassing” applause.

I’ll let you know that I didn’t shed a tear that day – thanks to modern day technology – but it’s possible that I may have “issues” the next time the Chamber takes to the road.
Pizza FYI
It seems Brandon pizza lovers are patronizing the three local pizza businesses that offer delivery services pretty equally. In our non-scientific online poll in which 181 votes were cast, Pizza Ranch received 35.9 percent of the vote; Pizza Hut claimed 33.1 percent, and Casey’s has 30.9 percent of the vote.
Community organization needs
This week’s needs at the Brandon Area Food Pantry are pancake mix, syrup, paper plates, napkins, paper towels, laundry detergent, peanut butter, jelly and fruit juices. The BAFP continues to have an ample supply of canned vegetables. Before donating, please check the expiration date, as expired food items cannot be distributed. Monetary donations are always appreciated.

The BAFP is located at 406 Main Ave., and is open from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. To donate to the food pantry or for more information, call 582-7001.

The Brandon Lions Club also wants your aluminum cans. Proceeds from the sale of aluminum funds requests to the Club for vision and hearing impairment needs.
The Lions Club collection shed is located in the Sunshine Foods parking lot.

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