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DisneyKevin
05-19-2012, 04:40 PM
First....let me start by telling you that I am fine......really....I'm okay.

Now the story.

We were in Monaco / Monte Carlo yesterday and walking through a park on our way from a shopping area to the casino (the James Bond casino).

As I'm walking (and using a cane because my knee hurts), a bus makes a turn into the street where I'm walking along the edge.

The driver sees me. I'm almost seven feet tall and wearing an orange shirt.

Instead of waiting, he keeps coming, but has cut the corner so tight that there is no room for me. I didnt even have time to get on the curb.

He bumped me hard enough that he knocked me down. Luckily, there happened to be a patch of very soft grass that softened my fall.

To add insult to the whole thing.....he got of his bus and yelled at me in Monaco-ese (or French). I was too shocked to notice.

He cursed me out and never even asked if I were ok.

It kinda ruined the rest of the time we were in Monaco.

I was scared and mad and we just wanted to get out.

Again....I'm not hurt.......but I was hit by a bus in Monaco.

More later.

lttlmc3
05-19-2012, 04:46 PM
AMAZING! No matter where you are for the rest of your life, you have to tell that story to everyone. Only don't actually tell that story. When someone is giving you a sob story that really isn't a sob story, you should just look at them and say "Ummmm, were you ever hit by a bus in Monaco? Because I was. Now shut your whining." And that's it. No more explanation.
Also, you should sue Monaco. Tell them you want jewels.

mazdabug
05-19-2012, 04:50 PM
Wow that was a rude response. :crazy2:
Hope you are Kevinpixiedust:

k5jmh
05-19-2012, 04:50 PM
Holy Crap!

Kevin's list of travel lowlights -

Pick Pockets
Cobblestones
Dude shaving in the sauna
Bus running him over...

lttlmc3
05-19-2012, 05:01 PM
Wow that was a rude response. :crazy2:
Hope you are Kevinpixiedust:

Nah, Kevin knows me pretty well. He knows I would be lost if anything happened to him. It's exactly the response he would expect from me. But just in case anyone thinks otherwise, I am VERY glad Kevin is not hurt in anyway, and shame on that driver!

apurplebrat
05-19-2012, 05:14 PM
WOW Kevin that is so awful.
Sending you lots of pixie dustpixiedust:
We miss you. See you soon!

WaltD4Me
05-19-2012, 05:16 PM
Also, you should sue Monaco. Tell them you want jewels.

Yes, you definitely should. Tell them you want jewels or maybe a casino.

Sooooooooooooooooooooooo glad to hear you are okay. :hug:

OKW Lover
05-19-2012, 05:18 PM
If you have to be hit by a bus, then I suppose it is good that you were in Monaco. :drive:

Seriously, glad you are OK.

jcb
05-19-2012, 05:28 PM
he got of his bus and yelled at me in Monaco-ese (or French)

Part of me really hopes you yelled back at him in Floridian but I'm mainly glad you are OK.

kbelle8995
05-19-2012, 05:38 PM
I'm glad you're okay. Proof that idiots are equal the world over.

But seriously I'm glad you're alright. Don't let that jerk ruin the rest of your trip. Looking forward to your safe return.:goodvibes

lttlmc3
05-19-2012, 05:39 PM
Part of me really hopes you yelled back at him in Floridian but I'm mainly glad you are OK.

Forget Floridian! I hope you yelled back at him in Jersey!

kbelle8995
05-19-2012, 05:42 PM
Part of me really hopes you yelled back at him in Floridian but I'm mainly glad you are OK.

If you yell at him in Floridian you better put a Y'all in there. I do. Why don't Y'all watch where you are going?

mdvlprof
05-19-2012, 06:02 PM
Forget Floridian! I hope you yelled back at him in Jersey!

:thumbsup2

Seriously, glad you're okay, Kevin.

Cyrano
05-19-2012, 06:05 PM
Pedestrians in Europe are target practice for road users ;)

Not making light of your situation Kevin, just sadly an observation where even now I run across the road while in Europe.

Hope that you enjoyed the rest of your trip as this was something you were really looking forward too :goodvibes

KristEn87
05-19-2012, 06:17 PM
First off SO glad you are okay Kevin!

Second, what a story to tell!

JWren1234
05-19-2012, 06:29 PM
I'm very glad that you are okay!

Looking forward to seeing you very soon!

Jason

wdwscout
05-19-2012, 07:03 PM
OMG!!! I am so glad you were not hurt.
Be careful out there!! :drive:

Forget Floridian! I hope you yelled back at him in Jersey!

Only John & Pete can yell in Jersey.
Kevin should have yelled back in "Albanian" :goodvibes

chirurgeon
05-19-2012, 07:11 PM
Kevin, I'm so glad you weren't hurt. Stupid bus driver (family board, can't type what I really want to call him) I hope you have had a good time before this and a fantastic time after this.

Kim

Kimberle
05-19-2012, 07:42 PM
Oh my goodness! I'm glad you are OK.

skunkvette
05-19-2012, 07:57 PM
Kevin,

Glad you are ok.

You should have yelled at the driver with your "outside" voice!

Could you please save some of this excitement for next week?

Looking forward to seeing you, please take care.

Frank and Cathy

hockeymomNS
05-19-2012, 07:58 PM
Oh gosh Kevin........I'm so glad that you are ok.
:lovestruc

pxlbarrel
05-19-2012, 08:13 PM
Wow .... you really ARE Superman!! ::yes::

Glad you're ok. I think I've discovered that the only place where pedestrians have the right of way is in North America. Everywhere else, you're just extra bonus points in the arcade game. :drive:

PinkBudgie
05-19-2012, 08:48 PM
Wow, that is so scary! The only thing worse would be having to go to a hospital over there! Glad you are ok!

From the travel shows I've watched on tv, it seems like the rule is for drivers in the far parts of the world to drive crazy then get out and yell at each other in an accident. Sometimes money changes hands on the spot. Maybe he expected you to yell back at him and ask for money? :confused3

stitchlover
05-19-2012, 09:04 PM
So glad that you're okay!

Mndisneygirl
05-19-2012, 09:11 PM
What a crazy awful experience!! Sorry it ruined Monaco for you. I hope that nothing else bad happens on your trip!
So glad that you are okay. :hug:

Sarabi's Cubs
05-19-2012, 10:00 PM
So glad you're ok! Sounds like a spa treatment is in order!!!

Laurie

hbg4
05-19-2012, 10:12 PM
First....let me start by telling you that I am fine......really....I'm okay.

Again....I'm not hurt.......but I was hit by a bus in Monaco.

More later.

Glad to hear that you missed a near disaster. That driver's behavior was inexcusable.:drive:
If it were me I would have faked unconsciousness - I wonder if he still would have yelled.
Did you finally get to the James Bond casino?

buckeev
05-19-2012, 10:24 PM
Sooooo...why did DisneyKevin cross the road?

Because..( insert response here )


Glad you weren't hurt DK!

SaraMc
05-19-2012, 10:39 PM
Oh Kevin! Sending Pixie dust, hope your doing ok.

Justin Jett
05-20-2012, 12:19 AM
Glad you are okay, my friend. Love you lots.

Tink rules
05-20-2012, 03:20 AM
Where Kevin's involved... there's always a story...

Glad you're ok... I'd sue - for the whole place... it's only about a sq. mile... :thumbsup2

mermaids1960
05-20-2012, 03:59 AM
:hug: What a way to treat a visitor, wish you well

dbrn
05-20-2012, 04:39 AM
AMAZING! No matter where you are for the rest of your life, you have to tell that story to everyone. Only don't actually tell that story. When someone is giving you a sob story that really isn't a sob story, you should just look at them and say "Ummmm, were you ever hit by a bus in Monaco? Because I was. Now shut your whining." And that's it. No more explanation.
Also, you should sue Monaco. Tell them you want jewels.

:rotfl2:

mikelan6
05-20-2012, 06:46 AM
Glad you're ok. Why didn't John beat up the bus driver! ;)

disneyholic family
05-20-2012, 07:04 AM
First....let me start by telling you that I am fine......really....I'm okay.

Now the story.

We were in Monaco / Monte Carlo yesterday and walking through a park on our way from a shopping area to the casino (the James Bond casino).

As I'm walking (and using a cane because my knee hurts), a bus makes a turn into the street where I'm walking along the edge.

The driver sees me. I'm almost seven feet tall and wearing an orange shirt.

Instead of waiting, he keeps coming, but has cut the corner so tight that there is no room for me. I didnt even have time to get on the curb.

He bumped me hard enough that he knocked me down. Luckily, there happened to be a patch of very soft grass that softened my fall.

To add insult to the whole thing.....he got of his bus and yelled at me in Monaco-ese (or French). I was too shocked to notice.

He cursed me out and never even asked if I were ok.

It kinda ruined the rest of the time we were in Monaco.

I was scared and mad and we just wanted to get out.

Again....I'm not hurt.......but I was hit by a bus in Monaco.

More later.

Kevin! Thank God you're ok!!!!!!!!!!
when i think what the possible outcomes might have been!!
i can't believe they're as rude in Monaco as in France. I had thought they'd be different there! Getting out of the bus and yelling at you. That's what would happen in France.
but thank god you're ok!!!!!! i'm so sorry! How frightening that must have been. I can't even imagine!!


Pedestrians in Europe are target practice for road users ;)

Not making light of your situation Kevin, just sadly an observation where even now I run across the road while in Europe.

Hope that you enjoyed the rest of your trip as this was something you were really looking forward too :goodvibes


this is so true....we saw a little boy hit hard by a mercedes as we all were crossing the street in Paris..
the little boy was in front of us and we were all crossing on our light...
the mercedes came whipping around a corner and plowed the boy into the air....we were so shocked....there was a mass of people crossing....a group in front of us....and then a big group with us, and the boy was sort of in the middle of the two groups..
and again, we had the walk sign....
and this beautiful black mercedes just mowed him down....well not down, as i said, he flew into the air....shocking....
europe is indeed a dangerous place for pedestrians....but i didn't realize that monaco was part of that....i thought people were more refined and polite there.....guess i was wrong!

Take care Kevin!! :hug:

Dismom+two
05-20-2012, 08:54 AM
I guess in Monaco you need to stay out of the damn road. :lmao:

Sorry to hear that happened to you and so glad you're okay!

starwood
05-20-2012, 09:05 AM
:scared1:I hope you got the number of the bus and are going to report this guy. He's definitely a menace.

DSNYDREAMER
05-20-2012, 09:10 AM
I am happy, ecstatic, relieved that you are okay!!!

I would also like to Thank You...always working hard to get good stories for our amusement! I know it may not be amusing yet, but I am sure it will be by the time you retell it to us!

It is only 4 more days until we get there, please stay safe!!

safetymom
05-20-2012, 09:16 AM
Glad to hear you are OK. Stay safe.

SamSam
05-20-2012, 10:24 AM
I am so glad you're okay! Hopefully you won't be stiff and sore later.

Fantasia Sam
05-20-2012, 01:13 PM
Holy Cow Kevin! Glad you are OK {hug}

Who knew there were drivers out there worse than in Florida ;) ;) OK cheap shot seriously we all know that those European drivers are mad and it seems incredibly rude!!! This is a good message to all of us heading on one of the Med cruises next year to be really careful of crossing the road.

Hope you do feel OK Kevin and this hasn't ruined the whole of your trip.

auroralark
05-20-2012, 01:34 PM
Wow. That is awful. I'm glad you're okay.

stenogoddess
05-20-2012, 02:14 PM
Massive hugs Kevin! You know, you are not required to have every single bad experience in Europe in order to warn the rest of us. You can just tell us to watch out for buses or pickpockets without having to do all of this extra work. Though your attention to detail is obviously appreciated! :hug: See you soon!

DeltaDiamond001
05-20-2012, 02:40 PM
I'm so glad to hear you're okay! :goodvibes

I hope someone saw and gave that bus driver a piece of their mind. If I was there, I would be in Monaco jail enjoying beluga and Dom right now... :mad:

Kristina
05-20-2012, 02:55 PM
Oh my!! I'm so glad you're okay and that there was some nice grass for you to land on. Stupid stupid idiot bus driver, that makes me sooo mad! Maybe he was really frightened which made him yell, but that would be no excuse even so :mad:.

roomthreeseventeen
05-20-2012, 07:07 PM
Holy crap, I'm so sorry that happened, and very, very glad you are safe.

Love to you and John.

hockeymomNS
05-20-2012, 07:20 PM
How are you feeling today Kevin???
Any lingering aches and pains?

LionKingRules84
05-20-2012, 07:22 PM
Wow, so glad you are ok! Certainly not a story anyone wants to have happen to them.

I got hit by a bus once but I was, thankfully to some degree, in a car at the time. I can tell it in detail some other time but it had a happy ending at least.

Hope the rest of your trip is uneventful!

mytripsandraces
05-20-2012, 09:23 PM
I'm glad you're okay! Just a heads-up, though - you may feel it more tomorrow than you do today. Trust me, I know.

HollyMac71
05-21-2012, 12:11 AM
I am so glad you are ok!!

NitroStitch
05-21-2012, 12:15 AM
OMG! I'm so glad you're okay! I really hope you don't end up with any lingering pain and hope you will be able to enjoy the rest of your trip despite being hit by the bus. :grouphug: What an awful way to start a trip. So sorry!

We'd probably like to track the bus driver down and give him a few lessons in etiquette and driving... :rolleyes1

DisneyKevin
05-21-2012, 02:23 AM
Thank you for all of the good thoughts and wishes.

There are no lingering issues as I truly was not hurt.

It scared the daylights out of me and made me very angry...but I think I was most angered by his attitude.

Other than that, we are having a fantastic time.

After our cruise ended yesterday (and trust me....we have a LOT of stuff to tell you about the NCL cruise ship), we spent the day in Barcelona with a private car and tour guide......lots to talk about there as well. Barcelona was a surprise....but the details will have to wait.

Last night we flew from Barcelona to Madrid and the from Madrid to Milan.

It's 8:15 here now and we're supposed to meet Matt for breakfast and then take the train to Lake Como. The bad news is that it's 50 degrees and raining like a son of a gun. Not sure the plans will stay the same.

Thanks again for worrying about me. Other than a slight head cold....We are both just fine.

As Michelle has pointed out.....I got a really good story out of this. How many people can say that they were hit by the one of Monaco's Royal Family's busses in front of the Casino?

Off to figure out what to do in Miln in rain.

More later.....now that We have real Internet!:thumbsup2

disneyholic family
05-21-2012, 03:00 AM
Thank you for all of the good thoughts and wishes.

There are no lingering issues as I truly was not hurt.

It scared the daylights out of me and made me very angry...but I think I was most angered by his attitude.

Other than that, we are having a fantastic time.

After our cruise ended yesterday (and trust me....we have a LOT of stuff to tell you about the NCL cruise ship), we spent the day in Barcelona with a private car and tour guide......lots to talk about there as well. Barcelona was a surprise....but the details will have to wait.

Last night we flew from Barcelona to Madrid and the from Madrid to Milan.

It's 8:15 here now and we're supposed to meet Matt for breakfast and then take the train to Lake Como. The bad news is that it's 50 degrees and raining like a son of a gun. Not sure the plans will stay the same.

Thanks again for worrying about me. Other than a slight head cold....We are both just fine.

As Michelle has pointed out.....I got a really good story out of this. How many people can say that they were hit by the one of Monaco's Royal Family's busses in front of the Casino?

Off to figure out what to do in Miln in rain.

More later.....now that We have real Internet!:thumbsup2

i'm so glad to hear you're ok Kevin!!!
have a wonderful time in Italy!!
last time i was at Lake Como i was 7 years old!!! (50 years ago :eek: :eek:) I'm guessing it's changed some since then! :)

i'm looking forward to hearing your trip report (NCL, barcelona, monaco, italy, etc.)!!

Joshua_me
05-21-2012, 03:21 AM
Sweet Holy Hoo-Ha ! :eek:

I swear, Kevin, you remain the unluckiest, "lucky traveler" I've ever "met" !

I'm glad there are no serious lingering problems, but it seems to me now would be a good week to take up drinking.

I kid. :laughing:

...Just glad you're Okay. :hug:

Virtucomp
05-21-2012, 07:15 AM
Wow, The important thing is that your not hurt. I look forward to hearing the podcast about the "good" parts of the trip. Hopefully this did not ruin the entire trip.

It is amazing how safety is such a priority in the USA but in other countries the pedestrian is considered responsible for their own actions. I can't imagine a bus driver in the USA getting away with hitting a pedestrian. There would be procedures changed and laws put in place. Maybe extra safety devices mandated on all busses.

roomthreeseventeen
05-21-2012, 08:20 AM
Milan in the rain sounds like a good song hook. I may steal it.

Cyrano
05-21-2012, 08:29 AM
Glad to hear that you are A okay Kevin :good vibes

Looking forward to hearing all about your trip, especially the Barcelona surprise :)

SamSam
05-21-2012, 10:10 AM
Thanks for the update. Glad to hear that there are no lingering effects.:goodvibes

Really looking forward to your trip reports.

lugnut33
05-21-2012, 10:36 AM
Hey, not everybody can afford to get hit by a bus in Monaco. You're so lucky. I'd just be happy to get hit by a pizza delivery bike in San Francisco.




Glad you're OK and having a great time (besides the bus incident).

Halloweenqueen
05-21-2012, 11:34 AM
Glad to hear you are okay.

Westerners are fortunate to live in a pedestrian friendly environment. I've been lecturing my kids how important it is to be careful when crossing streets in China. The cars, buses, and bikes rule the road!

WaltD4Me
05-21-2012, 12:10 PM
Thank you for the update! I was thinking the same...sometimes you don't realize your injuries until the next day. Glad to hear all is hunky dorey. :)

The trip sounds so exotic and world traveler....

"Last night we flew from Barcelona to Madrid and the from Madrid to Milan."

Cherinva
05-21-2012, 01:54 PM
Holy crap!!!! I'm off the boards for just a few days and this is the first thing I see....First, I'm glad that you are ok....the drivers action is terrible....I hope that you were able to report his bad behavor.

I look forward to hearing about your trip.

Phoenixblue
05-21-2012, 02:13 PM
Yikes! Glad you are ok!
Take care and have an amazing trip . . . even in the rain! :goodvibes

DisneyKevin
05-21-2012, 03:08 PM
Today was a quiet day. We walked around in the rain ABD window shopped.

Tomorrow I a busy day.

We are taking a tour of Milan and viewing The Last Supper.

After that, we're taking a train to Lake Como and then a boat ride up the lake (down the lake?).

And then Wednesday, we take the train to Rome and meet the rest of the ABDers

More later.

daneenm
05-21-2012, 03:29 PM
Wow, see what happens when I take a weekend off from reading the boards?!?!?! So glad you are OK and moving on to enjoy the rest of your trip.

Mary Jo
05-21-2012, 03:51 PM
Thanks for all the updates, Kevin. I enjoy your stories, but sorry you almost got really harmed in the creation of one.

Tink rules
05-21-2012, 03:59 PM
Lake Como.

As Michelle has pointed out.....I got a really good story out of this. How many people can say that they were hit by the one of Monaco's Royal Family's busses in front of the Casino?



Lake Como??? Don't know if George is at his Villa this week...

& I swear... someday I'm traveling with you guys... I'm just gonna hope I'M not the story!!!

smcabee
05-21-2012, 04:08 PM
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This one Time in Monaco!! Glad your Ok man.

crazydisneyman
05-22-2012, 04:01 PM
Glad to hear your okay. Have a safe rest of oyur trip.

chaoscent
05-22-2012, 10:58 PM
You are certainly "living the dream", with great stories to tell. :goodvibes Glad you are fine. Too bad you didn't get a jewel or two for your injury (at least of pride) and insults from the bus driver. Enjoly the rest of your trip. Penny

sayhello
05-23-2012, 03:54 AM
Yipes! How scary is that? A friend of mine, his wife was hit and killed by a bus in Paris! I'm so glad you're OK.

Sayhello

BriarRosie
05-23-2012, 01:57 PM
Holy Crap!

Kevin's list of travel lowlights -

Pick Pockets
Cobblestones
Dude shaving in the sauna
Bus running him over...

:rotfl2: My favorite was hearing "PICKPOCKET!" being yelled by Kevin. I'm glad that the thieves didn't actually get his stuff. And now this? Oy, Kevin. You're never going to have any boring stories!

Of course, you are forgetting that Kevin and John are also treated like royalty in other countries. They get to ride to the front of Buckingham Palace (after holding the Queen's eggs, of course), and ride around Disneyland Paris in a van. Which only happened to one other DLP guest, Mariah Carey. Oh, and box seats at the theater. I almost forgot that one. ;)

And Kevin:

I'm glad you weren't hurt! :scared1:

princessluvsapirate
05-23-2012, 09:15 PM
Wow .I am glad u are ok .

Tink rules
05-24-2012, 04:02 PM
:rotfl2: My favorite was hearing "PICKPOCKET!" being yelled by Kevin. I'm glad that the thieves didn't actually get his stuff. And now this? Oy, Kevin. You're never going to have any boring stories!

Of course, you are forgetting that Kevin and John are also treated like royalty in other countries. They get to ride to the front of Buckingham Palace (after holding the Queen's eggs, of course), and ride around Disneyland Paris in a van. Which only happened to one other DLP guest, Mariah Carey. Oh, and box seats at the theater. I almost forgot that one. ;)

And Kevin:

I'm glad you weren't hurt! :scared1:

He needs to write a book... :thumbsup2

Mr. Plutes
05-25-2012, 05:48 AM
One, I'm glad your ok Kevin. Two, if we every walk the streets of NYC one day. Please keep your distance. You have a black cloud over you Charlie Brown :)
But most important you're fine.

dana1003
05-25-2012, 09:51 AM
AMAZING! No matter where you are for the rest of your life, you have to tell that story to everyone. Only don't actually tell that story. When someone is giving you a sob story that really isn't a sob story, you should just look at them and say "Ummmm, were you ever hit by a bus in Monaco? Because I was. Now shut your whining." And that's it. No more explanation.
Also, you should sue Monaco. Tell them you want jewels.
Freaking hilarious! Good answer hahaaha

MonkeyPants
05-25-2012, 12:46 PM
DAMN! that is crazy, glad you are okay