Friday, June 24, 2016

Women are teaming up to fight sexual harassment in public

Had I been asked to speak, I would have said something like …

by Anonymous

Let me start by saying funerals make me uncomfortable.  I’m never sure whether the words I offer bereaved family members are sufficiently adequate to bring any comfort in the aftermath of a death.  Such was the case today, June 23, when I attended services for retired GO Transit driver Garnet "Garney" Thompson.

The visitation and memorial service were lovely.  There were memory boards with photographs of Garney and his family through the years, as well as his achievements as a driver with GO Transit.  One of the photos — of a much younger Garney — touched me.  Why?  Because he wore the same facial expression that ended a discussion on my last trip with him.

During that trip last autumn, Garney told me of his desire to retire.  He told me he'd been in the saddle long enough — forty-one years total with TTC, Gray Coach, and GO Transit.  He related to me not only his first trip with GO Transit, but also the genesis of Bus Ops.

I reciprocated by beginning to share with Garney my first trip with him from Burlington to St. Catharines one sunny Sunday afternoon in June 2011, but before I got very far, he cut me off with a terse "I don't work weekends!" 

Undaunted, I continued my tale.  I related to Garney details of that day — details that only he would know.  I finished with, "Are you certain you've never worked on a weekend?"

As we came to a stop at a red traffic light, Garney cocked his head in my direction, and gave a sly smile — the same facial expression he had in the photo positioned in the lower right corner of the first memory board.  I winked in return.  No more was said on the matter.

My lasting memory of Garney is that he had a kind heart.  I'm sorry I didn't get a chance to toast him and congratulate him on his retirement.

This Sunday marks the fifth anniversary of the day I first met Garney.  May he rest in peace.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

What a disgusting human being

Someone made a video montage of New Yorkers missing subway trains (some actually do catch them)

Came for a fight - got owned

Two women boarded my bus last night after - judging by their conversation - spending some time at a visitation at a nearby funeral home. Whoever died was young, and predeceased by a parent. Lots of comments about how she is with her father now. God will take care of her ... and other sentiments made by those who have faith in the afterlife and Heaven.

Enter asshole chainsmoker (ACS) in the cut-off jeans. He starts mumbling at first and then gets louder as the women's conversation continues. Eventually he pipes up asking them to "shut up about Jesus and God" and "all the other lies about where people go when they die".

These ladies weren't talking loudly. I could hear them because they were directly behind me. ACS was in a seat directly beside them. One of the women told him to mind his own business and suggested his mother would be ashamed of him if she heard how he talked to a complete stranger. He fires back with "my mom fucking taught me to speak my mind."

The woman would have none of it. She pulls out her phone and asks ACS for his mother's phone number so she can call her herself and discuss the situation. ACS tells her she's crazy. She tells him he needs to "grow a pair and man up to his lies." At the front of the bus, you could see the driver slowly lean over searching for her bag of popcorn.

He mumbles something and tells them he doesn't need to listen to them anymore. Both women suggest he take another bus. He just rolls his eyes and tells them to call Jesus. Weak. He exited the bus before me.

When I got off at my stop I told the women I thought they handled ACS beautifully. They both laughed and one mentioned she's a retired high school teacher - this was nothing, she says.

No doubt.

Is the surprise a fine? Polkaroo should know better

Presented without comment (NSFW!!!)

... So many questions ... #gotrain #whatisinyourpants

A video posted by Lauren M. Peterson (@filmgeek06) on

Ewwwww - seriously? Come on...

Great night on public transit!!! #etiquettefail #gotrain

A photo posted by Paul Hague (@paulroyhague) on

What could this be for? #gotransit #lakeshorewest

A photo posted by Kevin Stolz (@kevin.stolz.262) on

A trifecta of footriders - because it's morning time and they can

Dixie chick fans bring all the chunks

Via text message this morning:
Here's one for ya! Last night on the train home from the Jays game, we were unlucky enough to be sitting near a group of 16 year old girls, who were super drunk from the Dixie Chicks concert. One of them tried to run to the bathroom to puke, but it was locked and she threw up all over the stairs and by the doors. Instead of helping her, her friends all took pictures, videos, etc and one of the other passengers on the train called them out on it and there was quite a few verbal slings back & forth all the way to Oshawa. 
2 hrs

Monday, June 20, 2016


Metrolinx finds a work around and announces new stations and new train service for a LSE extension to Bowmanville

Ontario is working with CP Rail on infrastructure and service planning for the extension. A portion of GO service on that Lakeshore East line would use CP’s existing corridor north of Hwy. 401. “The building of an overpass over 401 will be the biggest piece of construction,” explained Minister Del Duca.