About Me

This humble blog began life at transitophile.blogspot.com, and now has a domain of its own.  Lucky you!  Think of how weary your fingers used to feel, typing that extra ‘blogspot’ after ‘transitophile.’

I grew up in the Bay Area, tried my hand at the literary life, did badly at it, and moved to Los Angeles to become a teacher.  I founded a nonprofit while there: TransitPeople, which conducts field trips for kids aboard the local public transit system.  I far prefer the TransitPeople web site to this one, because it’s written in HTML and CSS in a text editor, and not through a high falutin’ front end like WordPress, which spatters <div> codes everywhere like a kindergartner with a water pistol.  Click CTRL-U to look at the source code, and you’ll see for yourself.  <DIV>, <DIV>, <DIV>.

Yours Truly
But, WordPress is easier, and allows for comments, and doesn’t make me hunt for the arrow keys to type my <P>s and <BR>s.

I’m as delighted to talk about myself as the next fellow, but know what I’m up to here, and should put my cards on the table: I started this blog mostly to long-windedly explain why a straphanger like me would immortalize someone like Hank Kruzenski in a novel as full of car talk as Brothers of the Milky Way.  Brothers includes an explanation in the afterword, but here I can drone on and on and on and on about it, unedited and unconcerned about word counts, until I exhaust you and you don’t care anymore.

If I know myself, I’ll likely hoist up a flurry of posts related to the book, and then fall silent again.


  1. Thomas R Shepard
    Posted December 1, 2016 at 5:54 am | Permalink

    So you moved to Spain! An inspiring big life change! And well timed! Good for you. Your remarks about the U.S. living off of the glory-fumes of WW2 are incredibly insightful. I agree. Now it’s just a typical major power that thinks it’s divinely blessed and exceptional. And it elected a bozo-huckster for President! Lord help us. We’re going to need a lot of luck…

    How are you doing? Why did you leave S.F. and the U.S.? I’m doing fine. Just wanted to say hi to an old buddy who happens to be a truly decent human being.

  2. Tom Maentz
    Posted December 1, 2016 at 2:57 pm | Permalink

    Greetings Tim! As a Spain lover, please check out a fascinating new ebook entitled ‘The Reign in Spain’ by expat Galician author W. Kristjan Arnold. This entertaining historical novel examines the fall and rise of the Spanish Monarchy in the 20th century. Anyone interested in Spain, history, or politics will enjoy this read. The book is available at the Amazon Kindle eBook Store (google: amazon the reign in spain). Hope you read and recommend! Thomas J – Editor

  3. Tim Adams
    Posted December 9, 2016 at 7:47 am | Permalink

    Thank you, Monsieur Shepard (and former esteemed colleague)!

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