Bus Driver Jim has been an eclectic computer programmer and photographer since the early seventies. A recent twenty year stint in the transportation industry has earned him the handle and this blog is a documentary of his life and travels.
I sure am proud of this young man. At the age of 24 he’s put together quite a nice life. During a time when the economy is teetering, jobs and money are scarce, and politics in this country are stupid, my son decides to buy a house and get married.
The house is great, I’ve been there. He’s an auto body tech and the shop on his property is so big it swallows the vintage Corvette sitting in the corner.
Today he’s having family, friends and co-workers over for his first 4th of July bash, and he sent me some quick pictures. Might as well share them:
It started last night. I asked Riley what I could do to help out with the wedding. He said “I need six flasks, one for each bridegroom”. He wanted to put Jack Daniels in them.
So, I started out this morning in Riley’s other jeep, to see some old haunts, take some pictures and get up into Seattle to find some flasks.
I grabbed some 7-11 coffee and hit the Green River. An old favorite, still great.
Then I headed to the Des Moines pier. I needed to see and smell the ocean. Ahhh…
As I was heading to the mall to catch a 150 bus to Seattle, smoke started coming out of the Jeeps engine compartment. I checked it out, found nothing, but decided to take the vehicle home. Plans had changed…
After parking the jeep I hoofed it a mile to the nearest bus stop and started a weird bus trip that ended up at the Westfield Mall at 2pm. Too late for Seattle, especially on a Friday, so I hung at the mall.
Visited BusDriver Jim’s for a while :-)
Finally headed back to Kent to see my old friends at the Chinese restaurant. Ooops…
But I scored the flasks at the last minute in a smoke shop on the hill. The guy offered me six bucks a piece for six nine dollar flasks. Sweet!
My son Riley had a very influential teacher in elementary school (sadly I can’t remember his name). Riley dropped by and visited him one day, while in high school. The teacher recognized his love of cars, and recommended Wyotech as a career option.
Wyotech is the premiere trade school in the United States, which teaches people how to rebuild automobiles that have been damaged in accidents, back to original condition.
Riley chose this option and made an amazing journey down to Laramie, Wyoming after high school, mastered the Wyotech courses, and returned home to Kent, Washington. Considering how many college grads are unemployed, it was a great decision.
He has evolved into a skilled craftsman and is now working for one of the best autobody shops in Washington. Here is Riley’s latest project, a mangled Jeep, restored to new.
This career choice also allowed him to achieve his dream of buying a great house with a nice big shop, to work on his vehicles. Not bad for a 24 year old! I’m a proud dad…
Riley’s got a great job. They lay a mangled wreck in his lap, and tell him to fix it.
So what’s he do? He lounges around the shop for two weeks, smoking cigars, drinking whiskey, and surfing the internet for old Jeeps to fix up, and sell.
When the deadline arrives, he uses his Magic Wand and Presto! On top of that, they pay him a bunch of money to do this. Sweet :-)
Update: Just got off the phone with Riley, and he was saying this should have been a total. The technical things he had to go through to get this car back to spec, are amazing. It seems to me like it’s harder than creating the car in the first place. And, no cigars or booze consumed. Very proud of my boy, he took a hit on this one…
Diesel is Riley and Jess’s big dog. They’re currently wrapping up the construction of a backyard kennel for this very cool guy. I met him on the last trip to Kent, WA. and he’s a great dog. A new fence is being built, along with the dog house.