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Re: “The Buses From Hell

I REALLY had a good laugh when I saw the name "Rick Fernandez", as being at the top of AC Transit food chain. It all makes perfect sense! I knew & worked for this incompetent bully back in the day some 20 + years ago, when he was first starting to work his way up the NJ Transit Management ladder. His specialty was firing as many people as he could on an almost daily basis; mainly Veterans, people with "conservative viewpoints", and the working Man in general (for whom he had nothing but contempt & disdain for). Unfortunately, I happened to fall into all of the above categories, but he never got the satisfaction of firing me. His successor eventually did that, but at least that poor guy had no choice in the matter, and he actually felt badly about doing it. Thank God my life improved tremendously after that episode! Anyway-though what I'm about to say would probably be considered as hearsay evidence in a Court of Law-I remember an odd conversation I had with him one day. It was early in his Supervisory career; before our friendship went down the toilet. He'd had this obsession with wanting to travel to/see Europe. Nothing much odd or wrong with that in & of itself, I guess. But what made me think that "there's something wrong with this guy", is how he would gleefully (almost child-like) boast that he'd do it THIS TIME without spending a single dime of his own money. When I asked him how he planned to do it (Example: Marry a rich Woman, maybe?), he giggled & told me he'd do it by working his way up the NJ Transit ladder. Okay...and from there? He planned to get himself into "a position of power" by being the guy who makes the deals to buy Buses from foreign countries. Flash forward to the present. European junkets? Foreign Bus purchases over American Bus purchases? Perhaps even a little "gift" from the kind folks at Van Hool for "facilitating this brilliant coup?" Was he ambitious? Was he psychic? Who knows, & except for the Taxpayers, who cares? So here I am all these years later, I'm reading this article, & I'm saying to myself " all makes perfect sense!

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Posted by theguesswho on 07/04/2010 at 7:06 PM

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