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    Spending time with the family. I've been a fan of buses ever since growing up, riding tranist in Victoria.. I think I fell in love with buses when the drivers first let me change the destination sign..

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  1. mcooknell

    Where were you on September 11, 2001?

    I remember this day clearly. I was getting ready to leave for school - I was in the Heavy Duty/Commercial Transport ELTT course at Camosun College - and had just turned on BCTV Morning News. I remember them saying that there was a "possible terrorist attack" because a plane hit one of the towers. I remember thinking to myself, "Why do they think it's a terrorist attack? Maybe it's a freak accident." Then they cut to the live feed from New York moments before the second plane hit the second tower..... At school that day, obviously, that's the only thing that people were concerned about. We discussed it in class, all the TVs on campus were tuned into news stations. Everyone had their opinions on why it happened. Some people felt that the US foreign policies brought it on. Others felt that the US was untouchable. Either way, the events that day sparked discussions and debates. Obviously, none of us knew that day, how much the events of that day would change our everyday lives.
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    Greyhound in the news

    Got ya covered, Mr. Airwolf. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/greyhound-bus-flips-hixon-bc-1.3403917
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    Celebrity Death Thread

    Brian Bedford passed away at 80 on January 13. Best known for Disney's Robin Hood http://www.mirror.co.uk/tv/tv-news/brian-bedford-dead-voice-robin-7182388
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    Stupid commercials...

    This one drives me nuts. I have no idea what Emmanuel Brush did to her, but you don't need to tell the world that you're never going back to him. This one's just plain annoying... I think it's the bad dubbing, where it doesn't even look like the actors are talking, that I hate the most. Any Swiffer commercial. I've sat around my house complaining how dirty it is and not once has anybody rang my doorbell and dropped off a big box of Swiffer stuff. This Febreze commercial. I don't know why there's lingerie odors in the bathroom, but I know my wife's lingerie doesn't stink and leave odors in the bathroom. Maybe you need a doctor instead of febreze.
  5. mcooknell

    Universal Coach Line

    From the pictures that I've seen, I'd guess that the windshields and the centre post were cut out for extrication, but I would say everything else was from the collision, simply because I didn't see a ton of glass on the road in the video. But also, you can see the side windows opened in the video. I'd almost think they'd get as many people as they could out that way. Of course, that's speculation. Does it really matter what year of coach it is and what modifications it has had?
  6. What the hell did I just read?? Should I drive my car around with my hood open when I have my A/C running constantly and because it's hot out?? Why aren't motorcoaches running around with their engine doors open?? Some common sense when commenting should be required.
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    NHL Discussion

    The Oilers finally fired Eakins!! Maybe they'll get a coach that shows some sort emotion that the team can build on. This was the last picture taken of Eakins as coach.
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    Pacific Coach Lines

    http://www.timescolonist.com/news/local/new-bus-terminal-should-be-downtown-victoria-tourism-officials-say-1.1616676
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    Peeves in everyday life...

    Welcome to the world of public transit!! What are the road conditions like?? Traffic volume? Passenger volume?? There's many factors to why your bus is always "late". It's not unacceptable, it's life.
  10. mcooknell

    New Home for Greyhound Edmonton??

    Really?? A former car dealer is an ideal place for a bus station?? I would think that a building that's actually built to be a bus station would be an ideal place for a bus station. But, hey, what do I know?
  11. mcooknell

    New Home for Greyhound Edmonton??

    Company lawyer Jim Murphy warned if the rezoning application was turned down, it would become costly to buy land elsewhere. “If we don’t get this rezoning today, any other site that would do the job would immediately be rendered too expensive.” This quote from the article makes me laugh. They knew was coming 2 1/2 years ago (according to the article), yet they are still dragging their feet. They need to understand that the world does not revolve around them. If I were the city, I would tell them to suffer and let them pick up/drop off on the side of the road. In all honesty, if the city has to build a bus station, should be exclusively for Greyhounds use??
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    Pacific Western Transportation

    It's one of the ex-TraveLynx units. I think the scheme looks good on the 4505s.
  13. mcooknell

    Peeves in everyday life...

    These two statements right here. First off, the world is not made for your visual pleasure. People wear what they are comfortable in. The hard reality is, people come in all different body types. If you don't like what they are wearing, advert your eyes. You have no right to bitch about someone that is wearing something that they are comfortable wearing. Secondly, my son does the exact same thing as you described. As many times as I encourage him to use the stalls, when you have to go, you have to go. Is it appropriate? Far from it. But lots of younger kids may find it somewhat difficult to just pull out their member and pee. As in, they might end up peeing on themselves. Again, don't like it, don't look. I've seen senior citizens doing that in public washrooms before. Do I complain? No. Advert your eyes and go about your business.
  14. mcooknell

    New Home for Greyhound Edmonton??

    If it was that easy, I'm sure they would do it. However, the last time I checked, the building next door isn't up for sale and you can't just throw money at a someone and say "I own your property, I'm going to tear it down and build what I want." When I left Greyhound, their maintenance facility was up for sale, however, looking at the real estate company's website, I couldn't find the ad, so I'm not 100% sure on the status of ownership on the building so maybe something has been in the works? Here's a link to the location on Google maps. https://www.google.ca/maps/place/12521+123+St+NW/@53.5814344,-113.5329837,392m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m2!3m1!1s0x53a0238d9c04e233:0xf99d76ae9beed8da You'll see that there isn't much room on the property itself to build another building and expanding south doesn't really add much room to build and expanding towards the east isn't possible due to the CN yard.
  15. mcooknell

    New Home for Greyhound Edmonton??

    If you have seen inside the maintenance facility, I don't see it being possible, and there really isn't much room around the building when it's all said and done. Where would the passenger waiting area be?? Major renovations would be required, and they would loose maintenance space. And let's not forget GCX, where would they end up if they used the garage space as a terminal?? The site simply isn't big enough to accommodate all 3. With all that said, I do like Vancouver's set up, maybe they can come up with something like that. You could have a main terminal with ticket sales, as well as restaurants, and gift shops with doors that lead to a loading platform. But what about in the meantime? It's kind of a shame, as they did know that this was coming, and seemingly are scrambling at the "last minute".
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