Jenna and I got on the more crowded bus this morning but I took the less crowded one back to the house. I was actually the only passenger for the first three lights. And I was thinking that UTA really missed out for not hiring Roland as one of their drivers.
He may have only applied that one time. I don’t know if it even resulted with an interview or not. Roland is a great driver. I doubt he would be intimidated by the size of the bus. He is a master behind the wheel in all kinds of weather. He has exceptional people skills. And I believe he enjoys driving.
Not me. I remember taking the bus one time – cold wet snowy day. I got talking to the driver about my job and searching for another. He said that UTA was hiring drivers. I reminded him that I was taking the bus so that I didn’t have to drive. Besides driving a station wagon was actually the biggest vehicle I wanted to go. The bus is what? Five times the size – maybe ten. My driving skills and a monster vehicle? No thank you.
My family was friends with a UTA employee. He had a charming personality and most of his passengers were comfortable with his over friendliness. He was in a high senior position when UTA brought in TRAX and so had the option of driving the train instead of the bus. I remember him telling me that driving the train freaked him out and he wanted nothing to do with it.
He has since retired and moved away. I don’t know where he is living at present. I had heard from some of his family members that he has dementia. I wonder if they had to put him in an assisted living program like we did with mom. I wonder what stage he is in.
I have posted some opinions on public transportation before. But not with Roland in mind. I know he would do well driving busses. But he’s now sixty. I don’t think UTA would hire him. Their loss.