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How Do You Respond When Asked, "Why did you buy a bus?&

 
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Which type of bus would you like to own, if you don't already have one?
New Look/Fishbowl
37%
 37%  [ 3 ]
Old Look
37%
 37%  [ 3 ]
RTS
12%
 12%  [ 1 ]
Blue Bird
0%
 0%  [ 0 ]
Orion
0%
 0%  [ 0 ]
New Flyer
12%
 12%  [ 1 ]
Crown
0%
 0%  [ 0 ]
Gillig Phantom
0%
 0%  [ 0 ]
GM Buffalo (or similar)
0%
 0%  [ 0 ]
Scenicruiser
0%
 0%  [ 0 ]
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BigLarry



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 09, 2009 12:20 pm    Post subject: How Do You Respond When Asked, "Why did you buy a bus?& Reply with quote

I own a 1983 New Look which I keep in my office parking lot. Whenever I tell somebody that I own it, they invariably ask "why?" After getting tired of giving long answers regarding my life-long love of New Look and Old Look buses, which I rode in Brooklyn, New York the entire time I was growing up, I decided on this standard response: "I didn't have a happy childhood, so I'm trying to have one now." I'm 51.

What do the rest of you bus owners say to people who ask you the same question?

Big Larry
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MarkW
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 10, 2009 2:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

As some of the people here know, I own 3 buses.

When people ask why, I usually say that some people like old cars. I like old buses.
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shortlineMCI



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 10, 2009 11:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I totally agree with Mark. I bought my bus becuase of sentimental reasons. I rode on one of a particular model since it was delivered new and when I heard they were being destroyed my heart broke.

So what do I tell them? I just want the rare opportunity to own a tangible peice of my childhood.

Hey Mark you dork! call me! LOL!!!
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Mr. Linsky
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 10, 2009 3:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Unfortunately, there is no option entitled 'NONE' in the above survey because that's the one I would have checked!

This, in no way, diminishes my interest and love for old buses (and especially GM Old Looks), and it's not to say that I wouldn't like to have one except that not only would I get thrown off the block where I live but divorce papers would be awaiting me at my front door!

I mean, I had a tough enough time convincing my wife to allow me to have a beautiful chromium plated Johnson model 'D' farebox as a lamp in my den!

In all seriousness though, at 71 I think I'm too old to have a real bus to play with, and the expenses associated with such an endeavor (even for me!) would be prohibitive.

So, I'll stick with my few pieces of memorabilia that I pick up on eBay, my great collection of photos and the memories I have of actually driving Old Looks for Green Line.

Mr. Linsky - Green Bus Lines, Inc., Jamaica, NY
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BigLarry



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 10, 2009 6:20 pm    Post subject: Owning a Bus Reply with quote

My ex-wife said to me, "It's either me or that bus!"

Me, my bus, and my new wife are all very happy together.

Big Larry
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Hart Bus



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 11, 2009 1:18 pm    Post subject: Re: Owning a Bus Reply with quote

BigLarry wrote:
My ex-wife said to me, "It's either me or that bus!"

Me, my bus, and my new wife are all very happy together.

Big Larry
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Hello Larry---(what a lousy show that was). Perhaps you could have arranged to give her all the collections in the fare box as alimony.

While I wish I had the skill to do simple repairs, I would love to keep it on a 70 foot driveway in front of my house. Don't know about zoning laws in Huntington as it pertains to Campers or Motorhomes as I would register and insure that vehicle.

When people ask me why I love buses and subways. I tell them that I grew up in Queens. My mom didn't have the funds to buy a car, so everywhere I (we) went was by bus and subway. Therefore, they were my first love, rather than cars and trucks. If you don't like it or think its strange, I just shrug my shoulders and think that "it's your problem, not mine!"

Of course should I ever buy a bus, guess who'd be first in line clamoring for a ride !
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