There’s a transfer on in Bakersfield to relocate the venerable Greyhound Bus Depot from its longtime downtown location to a different website, and exchange it with a four-story condo complicated.
Bob Value, himself a venerable Bakersfield icon who wrote for the Bakersfield Californian for a few years and is now at Channel 17, penned a paen to the outdated station just lately that rekindled recollections of driving buses over time.
My earliest recollections have been within the 1940s throughout The Huge Conflict after we have been urged to keep away from driving.
These have been additionally my worst recollections of driving buses.
We lived in Riverdale, close to Fresno, and each Friday for a 12 months or extra Mother and I rode the Greyhound commuter bus to Fresno, the place I’d go to my orthodontist, who would cinch-up my braces for an additional painful weekend.
Then we might have lunch and see a film or one thing else to kill time for the return bus.
We rode the bus as a result of we didn’t have a automobile.
One Friday Mother took us to a movie show that was presenting a reside afternoon present of some variety.
Which turned out to be borderline obscene for these days.
Whereas Mother was embarrassed I, sadly, was method too younger to know what I missed.
We rode so many buses in these years that we generally complained that one thing “smells like a Greyhound bus depot.”
After we have been dwelling in Riverdale, and earlier than that in Madera, we traveled by prepare to go to Mother’s kinfolk in Bakersfield.
The trains have been fantastic in comparison with the buses. Even at their busy peak years of service throughout the battle, they have been clear, had diners and, on the Santa Fe, have been the primary true “excessive pace trains,” touring at as much as 110 mph.
The Southern Pacific trains weren’t as quick, however they have been streamlined and comfy.
My brother Mike, Mother and I as soon as rode from Madera to Bakersfield within the ladies’s “lounge,” on the SP’s San Joaquin Daylight due to the scarcity of seating throughout the battle.
Passenger vehicles had males’s and ladies’s bogs, with the ladies’s together with rather more room and leather-based sofas whereas the lads’s have been the dimensions of a telephone sales space.
Again in these days people endured hardships that they’d sue over if even instructed nowadays, at a time when their buddies and kinfolk have been giving their lives in far-off wars beneath horrible situations and draft dodgers have been thought-about unpatriotic pariahs.
After we moved to Arvin in 1947, we rode the Arvin Line buses to Bakersfield, which have been falling aside, rather a lot just like the Antelope Valley Excessive Faculty buses our era rode from Mojave to Lancaster within the early 1950s, besides after we hitchhiked or caught a experience with a fellow pupil who owned a automobile.
I rode buses was after I was within the Military at Fort Ord from 1959 to ’61. Brother Mike was at San Jose State and I might spend the weekend with him and revel in an edible meal. I did specify that I’d not eat at a cafeteria, which he later understood when he was within the Air Power. Which had higher meals than the Military.
My final busing expertise was after I served on the California Honest Political Practices Fee within the late 1990s.
I rode Amtrak from Bakersfield to Stockton and took a bus to Sacramento till Amtrak added a by way of prepare to the state capitol.
My solely issues driving the bus have been the filthy Stockton station and a ultra-religious driver who tried to transform anybody who sat up entrance on his bus. Happily, he didn’t final lengthy.
Mojave is a busy bus city with some 50 or extra coaches visiting each enterprise day.
A brand new terminal is meant to be accomplished someday earlier than the tip of this century.
Now we have a well being care downside on this nation that’s attributable to politics. Our mess of insurance coverage corporations and different gamers causes pointless delays and prices for sufferers with all ranges of wants.
I visited an area hospital just lately for blood exams for an annual bodily.
Together with the wait, I spent most of an hour for a five-minute process that included a urine pattern. Some 20 minutes was spent checking my Medicare and personal insurance coverage at a hospital I’ve visited for greater than 20 years,
I don’t blame the hospital. Our downside is a two-party adversarial governing system during which the lawmakers’ objective is staying in workplace slightly than serving the folks they instantly re-discover each two or 4 years.
We desperately want a system during which everybody from beginning carries a digital card that instantly connects them to a nationwide database, and the place and lifesaving is extra essential than privateness which isn’t compromised within the many different nations with these sorts of recent programs.
The nations which have such programs take pleasure in them as a result of they’ve leaders who actually put their public tasks earlier than their private careers slightly than blaming their shortcomings on the opposite occasion whose leaders they demonize.
As I’ve famous earlier than, that’s why we pay an excessive amount of for medicine, amongst different issues.
And spend a lot time shuffling paper.
I maintain seeing people questioning the variety of deaths from COVID-19, insinuating that the figures are being fudged.
Reality: Each time somebody is born or dies on this nation, a beginning or dying certificates is issued, just like the one I acquired when my spouse Billye handed in January.
These paperwork are official and have to be despatched to Social Safety and insurers. Anybody making an attempt to faux them can find yourself in jail.
These phony claims originate from folks from our president on down who can not appear to grasp that COVID-19 is a medical and scientific scenario slightly than a political challenge and that their false claims are unnecessarily costing human lives.