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(Note: Ideas and opinions expressed in this blog are not necessarily shared by the transit agency I work for. This is simply an expression of free speech while describing the work bus operators perform.) I have been (and called) many things in this life. Most of all, I'm a writer who happens to drive a bus. In May of '13 I thought it would be fun to write about my job. As a direct result of this blog, I published a book in November of 2017 called "JUST DRIVE - Life in the Bus Lane" that is available on Amazon. I write to provide insight as to what it's like on a bus... From The Driver Side. Thank you for reading!

Sunday, June 13, 2021

600,000 Hits and Still Growing Friends




Thank you very much for reading.

650 posts. Over a million words read in over 20 nations worldwide. A book. New friends and possibilities. It all began as a simple writing exercise. It became a habit I’m apparently unable to leave behind. 

Habits can be suffocating. I’m hoping this blog can adapt in style and energy, but lately the writing is stale. Posts often sound repetitive. I have tried to stop writing here before only to have another topic pop up as I drive my bus. Still, I am buoyed by your comments of support. Mostly, I write to give YOU a voice, the countless thousands who do this job with little appreciation through thousands of dedicated hours in the seat every day.  

Whenever I contemplate ending this blog, too many issues cancel the decision. There are still many roadblocks to overcome. My solution is limiting future posts to issues upon which I cannot honorably ignore. To produce consecutive series on Maintenance, Dispatch, Road Supes and Rail still resonate, if my fellow union brothers and sisters will help me. I desire to help those whose job is a vital role in any transit-powered economy. It's a far cry from what this blog's original intent was.

While the jury deliberates upon whether this blog is just a stepping stone to joys yet to be found, there is still work to be done here. I hope some of you decide to chronicle your own experiences behind the wheel. Each of US have many stories to relate.

My delight has been to find several other transit voices, those who echo my own initial excitement as I began this career. It's a writer's dream to reach others at the farthest ends of these fingers' touch. I enjoy my new friend Bruce Whalley in Australia, who rode with me in '19 with his wife upon their visit to Portland. My life is enriched by Constant Readers Ken and Helen Coates of Newcastle Upon Tyne, England; they met us during our 2019 Scotland Adventure, after having made their acquaintance on holiday at the Oregon Coast a few years earlier.

A very inspiring and friend I have yet to meet in person, Tommy Transit, taught me how to creatively acknowledge those who ride my bus. My friend and fellow author Billy Alsheimer in Rhode Island, has been working on his dream of producing a television series about bus operators, one I prod him about often. My fellow blogger Robert in Florida (BusTropical is awesome!) is someone I exchange postcards  with and has long supported this blog; someday I hope to ride his Florida roll.

To you countless others who have reached out to me the past eight years, or asked me to sign my book for you... priceless memories I will never forget, thank you ALL for giving me constant and overwhelming joy!

Thanks again. This blog has been the most rewarding experience I’ve known as a writer. It's definitely one of the highlights of this wonderful life. I’m honored you have allowed me this podium. If I’m lucky, I’ll step up from it as an improved artist to a wider audience. One can only hope, eh?

Peace, y’all.

db



10 comments:

  1. Roll on, carry on, step on board the wave of the future past.

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  2. The glory of having your own blog is THERE ARE NO DEADLINES. (Other than the self-imposed ones.) It's there if you need it, and going nowhere if you don't. The hardest part for me is just sitting down to write. I'm always writing in my head. Roll on, deodorant, roll on! (Autofill and weed, couldn't resist.)

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    1. No deadlines, indeed. But my bus, as you know, rolls on time 94% no matter what obstacles confound me.

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  3. As a blogger I can tell you that your blog has been spectacular. So much superior to my own. Never stop writing. I've read every post you have ever made.

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    1. Thank you Al M! Ever since I began writing you have been one of my most dedicated supporters, and I am humbled by this fact. I have always appreciated your support and constant encouragement. Looking forward to another of our online "live" chats.

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  4. Enjoy reading your blog and often find myself saying “me too” or “yes!” You are the voice of all the Ralph Kramdens.

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    1. Thank you Janet! Funny you should mention Ralph... a friend of mine is working to produce a TV show about bus drivers, a dream we BOTH share! Maybe someday I'll be honored to help produce/act/write for it! Stay tuned...

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  5. Happy to support other drivers who have something to say. Hope you continue it as you see fit. We will always encounter obstacles and detours, but we find a way to continue on the journey. Of course, there are countless ways to share your stories and concerns, so don't feel stuck in a rut. Thanks for your support as well, and for taking time to keep snail mail alive. You always have a spot reserved on my ride. Next stop: Life.

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  6. Awesome! Keep on rolling! Hopefully, I'll be able to make my way out to Portland and ride your ride while I'm out and about videoing the buses and rails!

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