Do you remember the Chappelle Show skit, called the 3 Dave’s? Well, this is very similar. But it’s the bus driver addition! It took a few years, but I’ve realized, driving is apart of my being. It’s instrumental in shaping me into who I am.
When I’m behind the wheel I feel I am the best driver in America — dare say the world. Driving a bus is the one thing I’m borderline arrogant about. However you have to be on your toes, it’s pure multitasking, decision making, and so much more going on than what the average passenger sees.
Along the way I’ve learned patience, mastered the art of small talk, and I have met some cool people along the way. I want to share a bit about “The Dave” with those who don’t know my background:
Circa 2011. Have no clue what I was “pondering” but now that I think about it, those were good times. I drove for Foothill Transit in Pomona,Ca. That’s in Los Angeles County for those of you too lazy to Google.
I remember driving these Orion buses. Some had that get up & go power! Some did 10 mph up hills. This pic in particular was back when I used to park across the street from the staples center, and chill before express routes.
Don’t let the smooth taste fool you, these broke down plenty. When they worked, they were excellent, but when things went wrong…. you see it.
Oh Yes, this is when I got into one of the Bay Area transportation heavyweights. My VTA days were fun. This is from the top of 2015.
This was by far the most fun I had driving a bus! 60 feet of awesome! Pushing that boy from San Jose to Palo Alto.
Current year, 2017. I’ve found myself way out in Detroit,MI.
Early morning, pushing that 34 Gratiot. From downtown to the East Side.
Thank you for reading. Try to remember your driver isn’t a robot, and has a name. They’re a human. Shout out to all my bus drivers, coach operators, train operators, and everybody pushing over 26! ✌🏿