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We're skating to year's end...

TIME IS RUNNING SHORT FOR ONE OLD RED BUS! Sure, we're still holding a family dream about our own One Old Green Bus, but we're very concerned over the fate of Barton Transport #512. It's not far from Chicago and $2,200.00 and some love will save it from being scrapped. Please consider saving this wonderful bus. Click here for details...

You can always tell when the end of December is upon us with several naturally occurring phenomena... The days start (thankfully) getting longer... and colder with the approach of REAL winter here in Canada... there's less wildlife flittering about... snow is more common... and the buzz is all about awards shows and "Year End Perspectives".

I really only intend to do ONE bloggish "re-hash" in the foreseeable future (I'm going through to pick out my favourite "Blog Your Blessing" to re-do this Sunday,) but looking about the interwebs, I can't help but notice so many of the large websites and news sites already popping up with their "TOP" (this or that) "OF 2007" bits and pieces... allowing us all to get that lovely nostalgic feeling about the last twelve months.

I don't want to re-link or re-hash too much about what's happened here... because like the getting way too repetitive tagline that WAS going on almost all my "Busly Saturday" posts, there's just not a whole lot to talk about when it comes to matters busly on this here blog.

This COULD be seen as a bit of a bummer... but I don't think it is... realistically, I really did like it when Sharon said our dream was an anticipated adventure and yeah, in some ways, getting there may indeed be half the fun.

Actually, I am looking forward to one day telling you all about our work on restoration... our travels... and all the REAL goodly stuff that should happen once we have a bus... but for now, we are enjoying this odd ride... if for nothing else, for the creative juices it's managed to have flow.

One thing that SHOULD be seen within the next little while here is an idea to raise funds that is a kinda hybrid from a suggestion by Candy Minx that I think might fly VERY well and be actually VERY good for not only us, but those who participate in the venture. It's requiring a lot of server-side work first, though... so it's under wraps until launch-time.

...but I go through the posts of this year... starting out with the horrid and low paying gig I had to do until April... and where I am now... and where I believe we will be within the next twelve months... and all I can say about 2007 is was an improvement from 2006... and 2008 looks to be an improvement on this year.

That's pretty positive stuff.

Will 2008 be "The Year of The Bus"?

I'll be 120% honest with you... with the exception of a few momentary bits of blindingly optimistic light, I knew that 2007 would NOT really be the year that the dream came true...

I am, however, VERY optimistic about 2008... but I get the feeling it won't be the year of THE bus... but the year of "A" bus... in other words, not our beloved RLH 3 which is THE "Old Green Bus"... but we'll end up with another one.

This MIGHT sound depressing or defeatist... but here's my two lines of thinking...

  • It's more of a fiscal reality to find another bus... closer to home and not as expensive in either initial purchase or repairs.
  • Right now, although RLH 3 is undeniably special to us, the real goal is now proving something to our kids... that a whacky dream, tossed into the universe, might come true... and as much as Sue and myself hold RLH 3 VERY dear to our hearts, it's more important to make sure that the larger picture is seen... and that an old double-decker arrives to prove to the young'uns that, indeed, anything is possible. Truth to tell, they will only see the old bus... it wouldn't compute that it isn't "THE" bus to them... and they will see it as a perfect victory.

So, on those thoughts, we will STILL hope for RLH 3 and it will still be the main "thrust", we will also keep those options open.

I guess the other sad thing I have to admit is that the older kids know we're a bit looney... the youngest one has an inkling, but still finds our... um... "eccentricities" appealing... and at the age of twelve, I have probably only one year to either make her believe in miracles a little... or, as they say on these interwebs... show nothing more than this endeavour of ours as an...

Okay, I was just looking for a way to work that image in...

I doubt it will be THAT traumatic, but hey, it would be great to ignite a little magic...

Anyway, we will maintain... and for the here and now, 2008 will start off pretty much like 2007... but we maintain hope.

Who knows? Maybe we WILL get "Our" Old Green Bus... it's out in the universe... let's see what happens this coming year!



Please, if you have a few minutes...

Click Here to read about the dream itself and why it's so important...


Click Here to read about how this is more than one person's dream... but a whole family's...


Click Here for one of our ideas to help raise money for our dream...


Click Here for another idea to help us raise the funds for our dream...


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Please help us make this dream a reality and save a piece of history!



Comment from: Penelope Anne [Visitor] Email ·
Never stop dreaming and yu will be amazed that you can keep the magic alive for the kids...we have done it with the boys who are 15 & 14.
Just an fyi you have been relocated in the blogosphere to the PROUD PAPAS Blogroll now.
PermalinkPermalink 12/28/07 @ 20:01
Comment from: admin [Member] Email ·
Hey Penelope Anne... Thanks for the add to the links... and we'll keep plugging away!
PermalinkPermalink 12/28/07 @ 21:28
Comment from: CyberCelt [Visitor] Email ·
May 2008 be the Year of the Bus. I would suggest you put TopSpot on your blog. I put them on my blogs as larks, but have made some $$.

All the best to you and yours.
PermalinkPermalink 12/28/07 @ 23:23
Comment from: admin [Member] Email ·
Thanks CyberCelt... All the best to you folks as well! (...and I'll look into "TopSpot"!)
PermalinkPermalink 12/29/07 @ 19:11

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This blog was started in April of 2006... during a very bad time for me and my family when money was very tight and life was very hard.

We maintained a happier outlook on life by fantasizing... talking about what we would do when times were better... and as Sue and myself are Anglophiles, England factored greatly into our "plans".

During these bad times, while looking at news items which, at the time included items about London removing their venerable old Routemasters, I came across one photo of an old green bus... and somehow, my whole family adopted it. It became very much "our bus". (Details about "our bus" are available by clicking here.)

Like most of you, I'd heard about the fellow who'd made a million dollars selling tiny ads online... and the fellow who did trades and turned a paper clip into a house... so I thought, since we couldn't make our bus actually into "our bus" (well beyond our means,) I'd try an "online" appeal... to make the focused item of our hopes into a tangible thing in our lives...

More specifically, in a burst of adult/juvenile optimism, I had hoped to show the youngest member of the family, who at the time was still very youthful and impressionable, that dreams really could become reality if you hope and, more importantly, try.

Well, I'm pretty sure you figured it out... we had limited succes in this venture... and the youngest has now reached an age where she is more traditionally "teenaged" cynical than much else about the world, which isn't a dreadful thing... but there's a "good news" portion to this... our personal situation with money is better, life has improved, and some people really liked my rambling here... so, I decided to keep things going... Yes, I will "give up" on asking for help on a bus... and have to give up on even trying as hard to get the bus through online means... and yes, be far more realistic... but I don't mind this "turn" of things as I actually enjoy venting, trying my hand at humour, and generally keeping on online presence outside my usual things.

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