The second part of my interview with Mark and Pam!
Pam’s a lifelong Portland bus rider who started riding the bus when she was just a little kid. In this episode she reflects on her bus riding history, and also shares a story about a bus supercreep. You guys are gonna love her.
Oh, and my other cat makes a surprise appearance in this episode.
I had the nicest conversation with my uncle Mark, a 25-year TriMet veteran. He operated the bus, the light rail, and even the street car (back when it was a trolley).
He started driving in 1982, when things were pretty different in Portland.
This episode is actually two parts – the first half is my uncle, the second half is his girlfriend Pam. Pam is a lifelong Portland resident and also worked at TriMet for many years. Stay tuned for her episode next week.
I’ve been a devoted Portland transit rider since 2010, when I moved back to Oregon from the south.
I LOVE taking public transportation, but sometimes it’s a struggle. Mostly because there are some riders who really don’t give a shit about bus etiquette.
I care deeply about bus etiquette.
Over the years I’ve collected some fun, outrageous, infuriating and confusing transit stories. I love sharing them with fellow riders as well as friends and colleagues who shy away from public transportation. (My family is real sick of me talking about the bus at dinner.)
I thought it would be fun to start collecting and sharing stories from aaaalllllll over the world. I know Portland is actually pretty tame compared to other cities and I wanna hear that juicy shit.
So, I’m launching a podcast – Today on the Bus. I’ll share a couple of my own stories, have some special guests share their stories and, hopefully, I can share yours too.
If you want to hear your story read out loud, email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. If writing it out for me to read just won’t do it justice, leave me a message here: 971-319-1706. I’ll play your story on the show!
Can’t wait to get this party started. I’m in the process of compiling stories so expect to see the first episode sometime the week of April 3!