Over the last week, I've spent many hours updating and upgrading this website — installing a new Wordpress theme (called "Magazine Pro" from Studio Press), tweaking its appearance, functionality, and information, etc., aimed at making the site easier and more pleasant to use, entertaining and educating us (the podcasts), and getting us ready to go back to work. This site i … [Read more...] about Website Updates
Surviving in an uncertain world … motorcoach operators are suddenly, virtually without warning, navigating in a new world — and not from the driver’s seat. In episode #23 of the EightWheels Across America podcast, Sean O’Meara and I discuss the new reality and what the future might look like from this viewpoint. But first, several drivers post their messages of encouragement for … [Read more...] about An Uncertain Future for Motorcoach Operators
You may have noticed a new feature at the top of the column to the right of each page on this website. You can now easily send a voicemail message to me of up to 90 seconds right from your computer or even from your cell phone in some cases. Just click the graphic below or the link at the top right column of any page. Clicking the link will take you to the SpeakPipe app. … [Read more...] about Send Me Voicemail!
A Discussion with Barry Howell of Minnesota Coaches, Inc. Professionalism includes a variety of personal qualities and behaviors that demonstrate a commitment to effective performance in a given job. Commitment and confidence, responsibility and dependability, honesty and ethics, and appearance and professional presence are central professional characteristics. In Episode … [Read more...] about What Is a Professional Motorcoach Operator?
Joining me today in Episode #21 of the EightWheels Across America podcast, from his home in Hoboken, NJ, is Mr. Bill Vila. Bill is a long-time motorcoach operator who has spent most of his driving life in and around New York City, driving everything from black limos to transit buses to motorcoaches. Here is our fascinating conversation about driving in New York City. Listen in … [Read more...] about Driving in New York City: An Interview with Bill Vila
Collecting model buses is a passion for many motorcoach drivers. For Episode #20 I recently had the privilege of talking to one driver, Theodore Campbell from Sumpter, South Carolina, who not only collects and modifies coaches, but also builds sets on which to display and photograph them, not unlike a model railroader, but with buses. Listen in on our phone call. Links … [Read more...] about Model Bus Collecting: An Interview with Theodore Campbell
Episode #19 of the EightWheels Across America podcast is a conversation with Sean O'Meara, a motorcoach operator based near Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. We discuss protecting your health (includes an update on my fall in September), to building a new motorcoach company, bringing new (younger) drivers into the industry, and more. … [Read more...] about Protecting Your Health, Growing Your Business…An Unscripted Conversation with Sean O’Meara