Gutless Bald Driver (Translink BC)

*This was also posted on one of my other blogs: TheStatisticalAssassin.com.

Criticism about a professional’s performance shouldn’t be restricted only to athletes. Recently, a drunken passenger challenged the driver on the #16 bus to drink something out of his bottle, but the driver declined and said he loved his job. They started talking and the driver said he made $31 an hour driving the bus.

Now, if that’s accurate, we will refer to bus drivers as professionals too, given the hourly wage they make.

I’m going to criticize a certain bald brown bus driver in Surrey, BC, Canada. A driver of the #320 bus, he’s rude and inconsiderate, and this is based on the two occasions I’ve witnessed him. Now, if it was just once, then maybe it’s nothing. But twice is more than enough to suggest this is his normal behaviour.

Personally, December weather in Vancouver or Surrey, BC, is nothing for me. It doesn’t bother me. I’ve lived in Fort McMurray before where the temperatures could routinely get down to the minus-40’s. So, Vancouver weather is nothing. But of course, others disagree. They complain when it rains and when it’s 5 degrees. Many Vancouverites think it’s cold.

This is at Surrey Central bus loop, where it’s the last stop for people getting off/first stop for people getting on. There are senior citizens waiting to get on at this stop.

This brown driver would pull into the stop, let the passengers get off, and then he himself would get off – and close front door shut so nobody could get on. Then, without saying a word, he would wander off (presumably to go to the drivers’ washroom/break room). Meanwhile, the people who were lining up would stand there – again, many of them would act like they were cold, ie. shivering, etc. For me, it’s not cold because it isn’t. But again, for others, it’s a different story.

Anyway, the driver wouldn’t show up again until a couple minutes late (ie. after the bus was to depart). Then he would slowly get on the bus, close the door again, get into his seat, buckle up, and THEN let people on.

Selfish and unnecessary. For one thing, as mentioned, those waiting in line are cold. Second, he’s late.

Other drivers would let people get on, which is the common sense/decent thing to do, even if those drivers aren’t physically on the bus for the duration of the waiting time before the bus was supposed to depart.

Both times, Mister Jerk Bald Brown Driver proved to be inconsiderate. What can I say? He’s a jerk, a jackass… Gutless. Fortunately for the folks who rely on public transit on a regular basis, not every driver out there is the same as this gutless idiot.

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Have you gotten a Christmas gift for the sports lover in your family?

Well, Christmas is a couple of weeks away, so have you bought a gift yet for the sports lover in your family?

If not, then why not one of these two books?

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The hockey book is about the Boston-Montreal rivalry from 1988-1994, when the Bruins won five of the six series played between the two clubs, ending a streak of 18 consecutive playoff series losses to the Canadiens. Click to purchase this book here.

The baseball book is a biography of Tom Candiotti, the former knuckleball pitcher who pitched in the 1980s and 1990s. Candiotti won 151 major-league games and this book highlights his career. You can purchase this book here.

Get them for the sports lover in your family! 🙂

TSN1040 appearance (Oct. 13, 2017)

Here’s an appearance I made on Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, as a guest on Rob Fai’s Canadians Gameday radio program on TSN1040 Vancouver. I come on at the 41-minute mark.

The mystery of the green helmet… solved….

Looks like I was a sucker during my first two years working at Nat Bailey Stadium as I wore a certain green helmet… The truth about this came out in a broadcast on June 20, 2017, when the sight of a security guard wearing a red helmet made broadcaster Rob Fai remember that story:

Tales from the classroom #006

So, I teach kids.  I teach teenagers. I also teach adults.

Now, as a teacher and instructor, I come across all types of students. Some are just assholes.

Just last week, I encountered one such student. Now, we’re talking about an adult class, where you’d expect people would be mature.

Not the one student that I had to deal with. This individual did poorly on the final test – and when I was approached and asked why the score was low, I explained the answer in detail.

This person couldn’t handle it, and started talking about other students’ scores. To be professional, I gave encouragement and stated that it’s not about comparing yourself to others; it’s comparing yourself to your own performance from before. As long as you’ve progressed, you’ve done a good job – don’t worry about the score.

This asshole didn’t care – basically this individual is someone who just overestimates their own ability by trashing other students. Totally unacceptable and unreasonable the way this asshole chose to deal with the situation after consulting with me.

It’s just another reminder: Hey, there’ll always be assholes in your classes – even adult classes where you expect people to be mature. I guess for some people, you’re not going to change their opinion even though their thinking is flawed.

It is what it is.