My mate was a confident young fellow. He would always be thinking of the next thing to experiment with when we were kids and could often be found searching magazines for cool ideas.
His supreme confidence nearly undid him, and the unwitting driver of a bus, one winter’s evening in Invercargill in the 60s. He said to us young hangers-on we needed to shake things up a bit. After the movies one night we were waiting at the bus stop and he knew we had 30 minutes to kill. He got a funny smile on his face and said he would be back in a minute. We wondered what madness was being cooked up in his brain this time, but all went quiet. We were in a bus stop which had part of its roof hanging out over the road. We were idly sitting, waiting, guessing what he was up to when a car approached the bus stop. Just as it was coming under the canopy, a naked body flew through the air in the direction of the oncoming vehicle into its lights, then just as suddenly disappeared. The driver, who was taken aback at my mate’s appendages flailing through the air at him, swerved dramatically and sped on.
We fell about laughing both in horror and glee and looked up to see him readying himself in the roof’s rafters for the next vehicle. Two more cars went by with similar outcomes then oncoming lights signaled a third. We were ready for the fun and frivolity now; we were getting into the ‘swing’ of things and he readied himself. At the right moment he swung with all his might into the path of the car – but - it was a bus. The bus driver must have had reactions like lightning because he stopped on a sixpence and saved my mate’s life. The ‘swinger’ got such a fright, he let go and ended up on the roof of the bus. Needless to say, the ensuing commotion was frightening for all concerned, but hilarious in retrospect.
He had a bit more confidence than was good for him, but the tragedy in this life is the number of students who are not confident at school and therefore, struggle to learn and engage in life.
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