The truth is I never really fit into the Trimet culture, I was definitely Trimet counter culture.
Being treated as chattel as a number and not a human being is not something that I take well to. I knew immediately after undergoing the brutal 'line training' that full time here was not something I would ever be, the brutality of driving a bus for 12 hours is not something I imagined even existed!
I maintained my sanity and my individuality through my blogging and writing.
Before the blogs I was writing short stories about my experiences.
Then for years I was a major contributor to the TRIMET OPERATORS YAHOO GROUP.
But I went off on my own after several years on the Yahoo group.
Being part of the media gave my time at Trimet value and gave me a voice, even a small voice is better than no voice.
Of course I immensely enjoyed so many of the passengers, it was them that gave the work some meaning.
The fellowship of many of my brother/sister operators was a joy, so many great operators. (and some not so great)
It all changed for me when Mcfarlane took over, and finally I started hating being a bus driver at Trimet.
When I was hauled into the office over a bogus complaint (which I could prove) and told by a middle manager that "I make myself a target" forced into mindless needless voice announcements because a "trimet spy" might be there is when I developed complete contempt for Trimet, they lie, they distort, they do it to their employees and they do it too the public. There is no better example of lack of transparency that Trimet Transit District. I follow the bus news from around the country and the world and believe me, TRIMET functions in a world of its own when it comes to secrecy. Fred Hansen was successful at turning himself into a "guru"? It was all propaganda and distortion. There is nothing in Portland that stands out internationally in the transit world.
|Fred in Australia-Mr Hero|
I don't want to be associated with an organization that operates like that. I'll take the golden health benefits "till death do us part" (as the liar Mcfarlane says) and go my way.
So my one day full time will NOT BE ME WORKING AT TRIMET.
I AM DONE- WAS DONE ON THE WEEKDAY 67.
Funny, I do not miss it at all, which surprises me, I actually thought I would. Instead I am in heaven knowing that I will never again have to listen to those idiots that call themselves managers lecturing me about bullshit. And never be in a situation where my life literally hangs in the balance of my job. It's brutally dangerous to be a bus driver, Mcfarlane has no clue when he whines about our health care while he hires six figure executives all with golden parachutes.
They have no idea what a good bus driver actually is or what he does.
Adios Trimet, thanks for the tiny pension and the health care, we'll see how long that lasts with that cutthroat Mcfarlane in charge being fully supported by that board of sock puppets and the weak kneed Judas Kitzhaber. The man is a soulless government bureaucrat, existing on dollars that he never actually earned himself.