Saturday, September 03, 2005

Buses, buses ... right there, but not a one to drive

Where will all the buses be? Long term planning.
Where will all the buses be? Long time ago.
Where will all the buses be?
The city can use them, every one.
It's what we have learned. It's what we have learned.

... (cue: hurricane) ...

Where have all the buses gone? Long time planning.
Where have all the buses gone? Long time ago.
Where have all the buses gone?
The city didn't use them, ev'ry one.
When will they ever learn? When will they ever learn?

Junkyard Blog has the scoop on the buses. They went nowhere, and now that they are sitting in engine high water, they won't be for used for this disaster. Then scroll up to here to find out what could have happened if they had spent a lot of time planning ahead ... oh wait, they did.

Update: Note that one of those 'initiate and adapt' people I wrote about here, took heroic (and, therefore, risky) action and got into trouble for it after delivering a bus full of people to Houston. Jabbar Gibson is a hero and ought to receive cheers from more than just his riders.

Here's the end of this KRGVTV account:

Authorities eventually allowed the renegade passengers inside the dome. But the 18-year-old who ensured their safety could find himself in a world of trouble for stealing the school bus.

"I dont care if I get blamed for it ," Gibson said, "as long as I saved my people."

Sixty legally chartered buses were expected to arrive in Houston throughout the night. Thousands of people will be calling the Astrodome "home," at least for now.
(Damn straight, Jabbar. You tell them.) The sad thing how this was characterized and it points to one of the reasons why there are so many problems -- attitude. Even in the KRGVTV account they note, "Sixty legally chartered buses were expected ...." WTF?


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