One summer night while returning a bus from route, I noticed what apeared to be fireflies on the shoulder. In this part of Colorado there are no fireflies. Being in the wrong lane to stop, I got on the radio and called Levis (the route driver coming in behind me) to ask him to check out what had caught my eye. A few minutes later Levis called to say he had passed the point where I had seen the fireflies and he saw nothing. Not convinced, after I had signed out I jumped into my car and headed out to satisfy my curiousity. When I had gotton to the point of Hwy 287 and Fossil Creek, I pulled a "U" turn and pulled up on the shoulder to have a better look. I got out of the car and sure enough, the shoulder was a mass of little flashing lights. Turns out all the little flashing lights were'nt fireflies at all, they were promotional pins for Jose Cuervo Tequila that obviously were left on top of someone's car when they drove away. I picked up a number of the pins and left the rest flashing there on the shoulder.
End of The Road
Yup, I finally did it, I no longer drive busses for Fort Collins. I like driving busses but I like my time off too. With Split shifts (work in the morning, a space then work in the afternoon) and mid-day to late shifts (10:45 in the morning to 7:34 in the afternoon) I just had no useable blocks of time to get things done at home. It was ok when I could work an early shift and leave the afternoon open to get things done or work nights so I could have a good portion of the day to catch up. As time went by, I just got further and further behind. The whole issue came to a point when I realized how poorly I was starting to treat my family. By the time I realized what was going on, the only thing I could think of to correct things at home was to quit my job. There are days I wish I was still driving buses, there are also those days I wish I had just asked to reduce my hours but what's done is done. I still ride the busses and talk to the drivers but it's just not the same.
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