Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Introducing Shoooooooooooes!

I randomly ended up with a pair of Red Sox tickets tonight (in the company suite, no less, so free food and booze...and who says no to that?!?), and on my way home the T was packed. I let the first three trains go past while I read my book, and by the time the fourth one came along I decided there was enough room for me right next to the drivers nook. So in I climbed! The T was still shoulder to shoulder, and I noticed that the driver was very cheerful as he warned everyone to watch their backs while the doors closed. He cracked another joke into the PA system, and a woman near me asked him what his name was. "Mr Wonderful - what's yours?!" he said. She asked if his nickname was Shoes, and he said yes. He quickly grabbed is mic and requested a round of applause for the lovely woman up front, and there were applause.

Turns out I was in the presence of a Boston celebrity! Bobby, aka Shoes, has been driving the green line trolleys for about 3 years. He says he just really loves the people, and I can tell you with absolute certainty that the people love him as well. So folks, next time you're riding the green line and you hear a cheerful, joking voice coming over the PA, walk up front and say hello to Shoooooooooooooes!

Oh yeah - the nickname? Well.......he loves shoes!


Anonymous said...

I enjoyed reading your post today. And the photo too.

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Pam said...

That's fantastic! I've been stuck up by the driver's nook quite often in the past few weeks, and I've had some great conversations with the drivers. Hope I run into Shoes sometime soon!

• Eliane • said...

I love this. It is so great when people love their job. We sometimes have subway conductors who have a lot of humor announcing the stations. However I doubts they could get the entire car to give them a round of applause.