I was too cheap to pay $110 to catch a taxi to my sisters from Seatac this morning after flying in from Anchorage. I walked down to the area where you can catch a public bus and wait for my trip south. There waiting as well was a very petite young lady, her name was Dede.
I missed my bus. The bus was 10 minutes early. I am on my way to school as a respiratory therapist, and always arrive an hour early. I do that in case I miss a bus. I just missed my bus.
She asked me if I wanted her to tell me how long until my bus arrived. Why not, so out comes her Iphone and within a few minutes I know that I have 18 minutes to wait. How I was going to spend the next 18 minutes was not much of a mystery. I was going to listen to Dede.
I am 22, but I will turn 23 on April 1st. I was 3 months premature when I was born at Ft Lewis Army base. They did not have real good equipment back then to deal with Preemies at Ft Lewis. I was a preemie.
I am on my way to Pima. It is a school for respiratory therapist. They did not accept any of my credits from my 4 years at a bible college. My bible college was the equivalent of the University of Washington of bible colleges. I graduated with an Associate Degree in Biblical Studies, Psychology, and Nursing. I was not able to get in to a nursing school to complete my nursing degree.
While at the Bible College I was the highest ranked student employee on the entire campus. I was the head checker in the cafeteria. No one ate until I was able to verify they had money on their account.
Once Obama landed at my school in his helicopter, the school lied to the students. They said it was just for practice. I knew better and was able to get in through the back door of the cafeteria, because of my job as checker. I saw him
I don’t like Obama. There are only 3 students on campus who voted for Obama. One admitted right after voting she knew it was a mistake. I hope he does not get reelected, that could be bad.
I have $85,000 in loans from the bible college, and Pima will not accept any of my credits. They said it would be too hard for me, that I would not be able to keep up.
I have celiac disease. Do you know what that is? I can’t eat wheat or dairy, that is lactose intolerance, and I am allergic to a lot of medications. I also have stage 4 asthma, and ADHD.
Some people ask why my mom does not drive me to school. She does not work, but having 2 special needs kids. I am special needs and my brother is special needs. He is 12 and my parents adopted him after having him as a foster child. He is a lot of work. He has black holes in his brain. If he gets over stimulated he will forget to use the bathroom. We are trying to break him of that, but it still happens. I use to baby sit him, when I was his age. He is a lot of work and people just don’t understand how busy my mom is, with 2 special need kids. That is why she cannot drive me to work.
My dad has worked at the same job his entire life. He started as a mechanic on diesel engines on piling hammers. He is now in management. He has been told that he is best diesel mechanic in the country. I believe that. He works all the time.
That is your bus coming, not the front one but the one just behind it.
Thanks Dede, I have enjoyed talking to you.
Maybe I will see you again sometime, but I would have to miss my bus again. Ok see you…………………………..
I met Dede about 5 years ago and wrote this encounter down as best I could recall. I know that I missed some details. They were coming fast. The 18 minutes flew by. I just found this on my computer and thought I would share it with you. I hope Dede is doing well.