Saturday, October 20, 2018

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - How Did You Get to School?

Calling all Genea-Musings Fans: 

 It's Saturday Night again - 

time for some more Genealogy Fun!!


Here is your assignment if you choose to play along (cue the Mission Impossible music, please!):

1)  How did you get to your school(s) through high school?


2)  Tell us in your own blog post, in a comment to this post, or on Facebook or Google+.  Please leave a comment on this post with a link to your post.

Here's mine:

Like most students in San Diego, I went to three schools in my time as a student before high school graduation - Elementary school (grades K-6), Junior High (grades 7-9), and High School (grades 10-12).


I think my mother walked me the 8 blocks on 30th Street downhill to Brooklyn Elementary School my first two years at school, and probably walked again to pick me up after school.  I don't remember.  By the time I was 7 or 8, I walked to school by myself or with friends.  For 4th to 6th grade, I'm sure that I rode my bicycle down and back.  The blocks were relatively short and it was no more than 10 minutes each way.

When I went to Theodore Roosevelt Junior High (Park Blvd and Upas - about 3 miles away), I rode the school bus to school every morning.  It was a special city bus just for Roosevelt.  The stop was at 30th and Ivy on our block.  In 8th grade, I had a problem with bullies on the bus ride home, so I quit riding the school bus home.  So I went "the other way" - down Park Blvd to Broadway (on the 7 Route) and then east on Broadway to 30th and Ivy (on the 2 Route).  This worked out pretty well because I could stop at the downtown San Diego Library and read or study.  I was a bookworm.

In 10th Grade, I went to San Diego High School at Park Blvd and Russ Blvd near downtown San Diego.  I rode the city bus Route 2 down and back, usually getting off at 12th and Broadway and walking the five blocks to the school.  I continued to frequently go to the library to read and study before going home, and visited the magazine reading room every week to check on the Billboard Top 100 songs.   I knew the bus schedules well, and occasionally walked the three miles home from school along the bus route.  I figured that if I made it to the halfway point (about 28th and B Street), that I didn't need to spend the dime fare for the rest of the way.

I will add my college travel too.  I started San Diego State University in September 1961, and took the bus all the way from my block to the college.  I took the Route 2 north to El Cajon Blvd, the E route east to College Avenue, and the S route north to the college.  By the time I was a Junior, I was trying to schedule my classes for three days a week so as to save the time and money.  I don't think I rode with any other student these 4.5 years.  

I even took the bus to my two summer jobs (Point Loma and La Mesa) and my first permanent job in La Mesa.  I had to walk over a mile to get to the work site and back to the bus stop.

I did not have a car until after I graduated from college.  My father had the only car, and my mother didn't drive, and I don't recall my father ever offering to drive me or actually picking me up from school.  I finally got my first car - a 1962 Chevrolet Impala - in late 1966 after taking driving lessons from a company.   Finally, I had some freedom at age 23.  Heh.

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6 comments:

Lisa Gorrell said...

Walking was the main theme! https://mytrailsintothepast.blogspot.com/2018/10/saturday-night-genealogy-fun-how-did.html

Janice Sellers said...

Here's mine, with several more than three schools.

http://www.ancestraldiscoveries.com/2018/10/saturday-night-genealogy-fun-how-did.html

Lois Willis said...

Here's mine.
https://loiswillis.blog/2018/10/21/sunday-afternoon-genealogy-fun-how-did-you-get-to-school/

Linda Stufflebean said...

Foot power! https://emptybranchesonthefamilytree.com/2018/10/saturday-night-genealogy-fun-16/

Nancy said...

The same schools at different times and mostly walking to school. Thanks for suggesting the fun, Randy. https://nancysfamilyhistoryblog.blogspot.com/2018/10/walking-to-school-riding-school-bus.html

Nancy Ward Remling said...

Here's mine complete with a picture of the unconventional "bus" a classmate said was mine one day.

https://remlinggenealogy.blogspot.com/2018/10/saturday-challenge-how-did-i-get-to.html