Tuesday, March 24, 2009

I have been accepted at the place I applied to live

A shared living situation. I am going into it agter having lived alone without room mates for almost 20 years. It's the economy and my ability to bring in more money than I am able to get at this time in my life. At least I have a job and I hate saying that because it is what employers have said or possibly Republicans. It is to bad that we get to this place where we need to be just grateful that we are working. All who desire to work, well there should be jobs for everyone and all jobs should have value that allows us to have a quality of living that is way above poverty! That's what I dislike about that saying, because generally many people who I have heard say that had no idea what it is like to be working poor!

I guess this is a gratitude list....

Trying to figure out how I fit in and still am trying to understand how to adapt and adjust to where I fit in and just live my life without butting my head so many times against the wave that is breaking over me. I am grateful that I am cognizant and continuing to question and seek the answers.

I am grateful for the life I have, grateful for my dog and cat. I am grateful that I have a new place to move to and am grateful that I am still capable of earning a living. I am grateful that I have a few close friends and that my sister Margaret is living nearby in Portland and that we communicate regularly.

I was thinking of writing something else, but then wrote a friend on face book about another friend that had a large influence on me concerning gratitude.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Here's a driving story, short I hope I can keep it that way!

Exiting our bus yard on NE Columbia Blvd. is often a real challenge because it is a 3 lane road. One lane in each direction and a two way left turn lane. Before coming to the yard in either direction are yellow diamond signs showing a school bus and an arrow, to warn other drivers that school buses could be in the area, turning onto and off of the roadway in the next couple of hundred feet. The posted speed there is 40 however most of the traffic goes between 35 and 55 mph.

When we pull the school bus out of the driveway, we need to encroach into the two way left turn lane for a few moments to safely complete the turn onto Columbia. We do a hook turn there and are soon back into our West bound traffic lane. Friday while leaving the yard, I was looking both East and West alternately waiting for a break in the traffic so that I could pull out onto the roadway in to the West, that's a right turn. I am looking to the West to make sure there is no one in the middle lane since I need that space to complete my turn. Everything is clear to the left, clear to the right and I get my bus moving. I'm in the center lane with the bus heading into the West bound traffic lane and suddenly a red car is speeding towards me in the center lane! Where did this car come from? Oh, I get it! It was in the East bound traffic lane when the driver decided she needed to pass the slower traffic! That's what happened. She had to quickly veer back into her traffic lane when confronted by the bus! I reacted quickly too, by carefully applying my brakes and was able to slow down from 10 mph to stopped soon enough for her to get back into her lane without colliding with me. As I looked in my mirror upon proceeding in a West bound direction, I saw the famous American Bird appearing out of her drivers window! I had no response to that but to shake my head and continue on my journey.

These kind of scenes happen multiple times per day to each and every professional driver on the road. Sometimes their are tradgic results, but most times nothing bad happens. If more non professional drivers could witness these types of near misses. Well, I just don't think that they would be capable of changing their patterns of behavior enough to make a difference. 30 thousand pounds at any speed is still like driving your car into a brick wall! Once again, here is that picture reminder of what it means to collide with a bus. This avoidable accident happened because the driver thought he could cross traffic in front of the bus which was traveling at about 28 mph. Unfortunately the car driver miscalculated and was struck by the bus and the first responders had to cut the roof off the car to remove him and his passenger.

Car pushed into pole by bus!

Here is a good story on Alternet with Eliot Spitzer, remember him?

AIG Story!
Check out this story. And we thought Eliot Spitzer the former Governor of New York State just got caught with hookers. It seems that political blackmail is alive and well in the United States. At least we seem to be beyond political assassinations!