Humanity on Wheels 3 – the Recording

If you missed last week’s Humanity on Wheels 3 – or just want to re-live TriMet’s Woodstock – you’re in luck: the fine folks at The Sprocket Podcast (i.e. Brock Dittus and Aaron Flores) recorded the event for posterity!

Have a listen here: E293 – Humanity On Wheels 3: An Evening of Transit Tales

Here are some live shots of the featured story tellers – plus a couple of our open mic superstars:

William Reagan at Humanity on Wheels 3 - 5 April 2016

William Reagan shared an enhanced version of In Heat

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He Lived

After tens of thousands of hours riding public transportation, the worst physical violence I had experienced personally were a couple of punches to the head that did no damage. And I’d never seen another passenger assaulted (I’m just lucky, I guess.) Then, a couple of weeks ago, I had my first brush with serious violence.

The first thing I remember about it was walking absently down the concrete steps. Why so many people there, between the Max platform and the bus mall? They were mostly teenagers, milling, shouting, cutting up. Leaning and leaping. Racing by. There were a lot of them at the bottom of the steps, too. Maybe there’d been a game at Grant High School.

Once on the ground, threading my way through the crowd, I heard the angry shouting.

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Humanity on Wheels 3 (5 April 2016)

Humanity on Wheels 3!

After a three and a half year hiatus, it’s back! Humanity on Wheels 3 – presented by Kick Ass Oregon History and TriMet Diaries – takes place Tuesday, 5 April 2016 at the Jack London Bar (529 SW 4th Ave – under The Rialto Poolroom).

Inspired by Muni Diaries Live, Back Fence PDX, and Stumptown Stories, Humanity on Wheels is a fantastic evening of Portland-area mass transit tales:

Selected story tellers will open the evening. Sarah Mirk, Dan Christensen, William Reagan, Robert Wagner, Dr. Jeff and Heather Goguen will all share stories of riding TriMet. Then, the master of ceremonies, KAOH’s Doug Kenck-Crispin will introduce an Open Mic section of the program, where audience members can share their own Portland Mass Transit stories!

For the audience’s enjoyment, we will also offer musical interludes provided by Dr. Something (whose songs include “Beaverton TC” and “Shitsplosion at the Lloyd Center Macy’s“). AND we will enjoy viewing vintage TriMet training films and advertisements from the 70s and 80s that we obtained from the agency’s archives!

We certainly hope you will join us for Humanity on Wheels 3! As always, the event is conveniently located in the center of the previously “Fareless Square.”

[A big thank you to Sprocket Podcast, who will be recording and broadcasting the program and Heather Goguen for the graphic design! Christopher Conner at TriMet was quite helpful in assisting with obtaining the vintage films, AND a big thank you to Matthew Cowan at the Oregon Historical Society for engineering the film transfer.]

Doors open at 7:00 PM, the show starts at 7:30 PM, and the event is FREE!

Visit the event page at for me details.

For a taste of Humanity on Wheels past, and a hint of what you can expect, check these out:

Humanity on Wheels 2 Sponsors

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See where it takes you #RCTID

Timbers Trimet

Image blatantly stolen from TriMet’s FB page.

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Karma Rides the 35

Schadenfreude is the German word for taking pleasure in another person’s misfortune. I was guilty of that today.

Every TriMet regular has their personal pet peeves about other riders, and mine is the two-seater, the person who sits in one and occupies a second with their belongings. These excessive occupations are sometimes legitimate — a student with an elaborate presentation, someone treating their office to several plates of cupcakes, or anyone with a medical apparatus – but in most cases, I suspect that it’s a self-centered jerk who doesn’t want to sit in close confines with another person on a bus where everyone is in close confines with other people. This isn’t a limousine, folks, and if you didn’t pay a second fare, you haven’t earned a second seat.

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