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My ride on the Other Bus in Nashville

Deborah Kimmett

Deborah Kimmett

I am on the other bus in Nashville – the bus that most of the working class ride.
I take it because it cost $2.00 as opposed to $20. It’s the bus that tourists don’t use. With blonde hair, I stand out.

The bus driver says in that lovely Southern drawl, “Ma’am the tour bus is coming along in a minute.”

I say, “No, it’s okay. I can take this  bus.”

I make my way down the aisle and take a seat toward the back. At the next stop, three loud teenage girls get on.  They are wearing school uniforms and flop down on the seat ahead of me. One young caramel skinned girl looks back at me and then does a second take and says,

“Hello ma’am. You know this is not the tour bus.”

” Thanks, I am okay.”

A small wiry black man looks at me and laughs, “Ma’am, you know…
I interrupt him.
“Yes I know.”
He laughs and says, “Oh I get it. Are you European? You have that British European air.”
“Oh no. Sorry. I’m from Canada,” I say, swinging my dramatic Pashmina scarf around my European neck.
He seems to relax.
“Canada. I love you Canadians. You people got it going on.”
“I like Nashville. ”
“It’s okay. This isn’t home. I am from Louisiana. I am from the Bayou. I love to cook Cajun,” he says.
“What kind of Cajun food do you cook?”
“Oh, are pancakes Cajun?”
“No. Pancakes are just pancakes.”
“No, I mean. Like, what do you add to them that makes them Cajun?”
“I am Cajun. I make pancakes. That makes them Cajun pancakes.”
“Oh.” I smile, that too big a smile, that I give.
He is Southern. Hospitality is in the DNA, so he feels the pressure to come up with something to make me feel welcome.
“I do sometimes add nutmeg.”
“Well that sounds delicious, I say a little too quickly. ” I have added cinnamon.”
“No. No. Cinnamon is bitter.”
“Do you find that?”
“Nutmeg is good. It’s a confusing taste in the mouth.”
And then for the next hour, we talk about war, and guns and how it’s ruining his country. The bus driver pulls up to a stop and looks at me in the rear -view window.
“Ma’am I think you want that bus.” Then he nods to the bus stop. I stand and smile at my travelling companion. A pamphlet for the Grand Ole’ Opry falls out of my shoulder bag and he reaches down and picks it up. As he hands it to me, he whispers, ” M’am, Do you want to get a drink?”

“Oh my. No. Sorry, I mean that’s sweet of you, but I’m going to see Vince Gill. But, thanks. Sorry.”

“That’s okay ma’am,” he laughs. “I don’t beg no woman.”

As I get off the other  bus I look in a clothing shop and see a sign in the corner of the window that says ” We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone.” I squint up into Nashville’s blazing afternoon sun and see that I’m standing at the corner of Broadway and Rosa Parks Blvd.


CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS  for Deborah’s new show: Nov. 12 in Napanee  for the “Laughter is the Best Medicine” Tour.

Mixing hope and humour this night will put a smile on your face and hope in your heart.
Nov 12th, 2015 @ 7:30 pm.
The Napanee Lion’s Hall. $25

Address: 57 County Road 8, Greater Napanee, ON K7R 3E6

Join Kimmett’s co-host of the podcast The Hope For Today Cafe, Robert Hawke as well as the amazingly talented Kim Pollard for a night of hilarity, hope and high notes. Click to visit the Cafe on Facebook:


–  Deborah Kimmett is a Second City veteran, a regular performer on CBC’s radio and television show “The Debaters” and a sought-after motivativational speaker. She engages her audiences with stories and killer humour that ignite, inspire and energize. Visit her web site at


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About the Author: Deborah Kimmett is not just a funny face. She knows a thing or two about life. Whether on the stage, or in the conference room, this witty and wise woman knows laughing matters. With her hilarious stories and interactive exercises she ignites, inspires and offers strategies for success. Side Effects: You might get your sense of humor back. Visit her at or on youtube at

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  1. Thanks so much Sue, for putting this up for me.

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