Nathan Vass

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Nathan Vass is an artist, filmmaker, photographer, and author by day, and a Metro bus driver by night, where his community-building work has been showcased on TED, NPR, The Seattle Times, KING 5 and landed him a spot on Seattle Magazine’s 2018 list of the 35 Most Influential People in Seattle. He has shown in over forty photography shows is also the director of nine films, six of which have shown at festivals, and one of which premiered at Henry Art Gallery. His book, The Lines That Make Us, is a Seattle bestseller and 2019 WA State Book Awards finalist.
I'll leave it to those around me to conclude whether or not I'm the same person I was eight years ago, when I started my blog. I lack the requisite self-awareness to make such pronouncements. What I can say is that some of my earlier posts carry a specificity of...
As in several of the posts in this series (see below), I’m sprawled out on a bus home after a long day working. I’m exhausted and happy, sitting near the front, chatting up the operator. Tonight we were talking about what drivers always talk about: schedules. “This one actually...
We were in that special place following the conclusion of a night shift--and by place I mean both physical and psychological. Physical, because walking into the base in those wee hours is a different experience--a beacon of spacious brightness, unusual following everything you've just experienced, like a temple in...
We went to the Valley. We went back through town. We came up here. How hard can this last leg be? Well, as it turns out, it’s never over 'til it’s over. It might all blow up in your face in the last five minutes, and you want to...
Where were we. That’s right. We’d just come all the way up from Rainier, and are now in the middle of the right turn onto Pike from 3rd. You activate the switch as detailed in the previous post, and are now ready to do the deed. Turning onto Pike There are 2...
Okay, let’s get out of here. You got down here okay. Now let’s go back up. (this is the second in a series of posts detailing driving maneuvers on the 7/49. Click here for Part I: the southbound 7 and explanation of terms and assumptions). Henderson You leave the terminal slowly, getting...
This one's about the physical act of driving the thing. It's time for tech talk!Two recent posts dealt with psychological and existential problems of doing this route.Another post offers tips on fights and other security issues. IntroductionI first drove it in 2009, and have stuck regularly to it since, including several stints of consecutive years driving...

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He was smiling so hard I had to laugh.  It was infectious. I’m guessing he was older than he looked; the sort who says it's good genes that are responsible for their looks, but you know it’s as much their beaming attitude as anything else. Confident happiness is more attractive...