I have been a driver for the Blue Line bus line, for almost thirty years. I could have retired five years ago but I just wasn’t ready to give up the open road. I have spent my whole life going from city to city and the idea of spending the rest of my life sitting on a porch watching the wind blow seems awful. Anyway I get a week off for every week I work so I have plenty of time for my lovely wife and my children and my grandchildren. I have 15 grandchildren if you can believe it. To be honest with you, I can’t even name them all but I know them all by face. My wife gets on me more and more about retiring but she knows that driving is my passion so I think more than anything; she just does it to bug me. I hear too many stories from other people we know who have retired and now they don’t have anything to do and they just about go crazy. It is just like my father told me, “stay busy and you will stay well” It is simple but sound advice and so far it has done me well.
I was awarded the gold seal of excellence four years ago, for all my outstanding service. I have never been in an accident and I have never missed a day of work in my live, except for when I had brain surgery in the 80’s but even then I was only absent for a few weeks and then I was right back on the road. The Blue Line has been good to me and I am a man with almost no complaints. I will say this however; driving a bus causes you to suffer from chronic back pain. It is not because I am an old man either, because I have been having problems with my back every since my first year on the job. It is almost unavoidable when you spend 12 to 16 hours a day sitting in a seat and you have all your muscles tense too, because driving a bus takes a great deal of concentration and focus.
I have tried everything in the book to remedy my problem. I tried to use a pillow to sit on; I took pills for the pain and I even had back pain surgery once but the problem is all the driving aggravates the back. The best cure of them all is when I have my week off and my wife runs me a hot bath with tea oil in it, that helps relax the back and the mind.
Maybe my wife is right and it is time for me to retire and rest. I know my back has been asking me for a rest for a long time now. I just hope that once I am not driving buses, I don’t get bored like so many other people my age. I guess if that happens I could always just hope in the car and take a little trip of my own.