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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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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.

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.

Tales from the classroom #005

So, last week I was at this school substituting for Teacher X, who was away for two days. I substituted for this Teacher X on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Teacher X returned on Thursday. Then, on Friday, I was called in to substitute for Teacher Y.

Anyway, at lunchtime on Friday, Teacher X and I were sitting next to each other in the teachers’ room. We were having a small conversation. Then, a student from Teacher X’s class came into the room and asked me a question that he didn’t understand from the textbook – even though his teacher, Teacher X, was sitting right there with me!!!

I thought it was awkward, but I answered the question and the student was satisfied because he understood my explanation. But after the student left, I kept apologizing to Teacher X because it was so awkward! The student should have asked his teacher, not the substitute who just happened to be there that day!

Tales from the ballpark & classroom

So, minor-league baseball season is over. For the last 11 weeks, I’ve been juggling my time at the ballpark and in the classroom.

Amazingly, for each of the last 11 weeks, I’ve been asked to go in to substitute for various teachers at the same school. 11 straight weeks! During those times, I’ve subbed for A. #1, A. #2, C., D., M., R. #1, S., and R. #2. …. So, basically, I’ve subbed for all levels of ESL as well as Advanced, SSP, UCPP, TESOL, TYCP, and IELTS… pretty much everything. Sometimes during those 11 consecutive weeks, I went in for three straight days or just once a week, but the streak has lasted 11 weeks so far.

And, 10 times, I was in the classroom at 9 a.m. and then had to be at the ballpark by 12:10 p.m. for that night’s baseball game, often not getting home until 11:30 p.m. Those 10 days, in particular, were long days. But baseball is finally over.

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I’m proud of myself for remaining calm and positive at all times. There were multiple times when I was yelled at, but I remained positive and did my work. During those situations I always kept a smile on my face and had a positive attitude. It’s hard to do that. But I’m proud of being able to do it during those especially tough times. I strongly believe it’s important to always remain calm and positive, and work to solve problems instead of creating them. Sure, there were frustrating moments here and there… but I’m very proud of the work that I was able to achieve despite those unpleasant times.

We’ll see what next week brings.

UPDATE: Sept. 10, 2016 – As it turned out, in the 11 weeks of baseball, I was called in at least once in each of those 11 weeks to be a substitute. Naturally, the streak ended at 11 weeks as I was not called in for a 12th consecutive week. So, the streak ended at 11 weeks – when I had no more baseball obligation. Also, as it turned out, I will not be brought back to the school as a regular teacher.