Tuesday, September 25, 2007

The Nicest Compliment for a Hack

I don't know about you, but I have a hard time sleeping on a car ride. I'm always thinking the worst and can never seem to feel comfortable enough to relax and sleep. Only exceptional drivers can roll me into dreamland.

I worked the early morning shift again and picked up a guy that needed to go about 15 miles. When we got on the freeway, I looked back and he was sleeping like a baby! I thought maybe this was an isolated incident and that the passenger was just tired, but it happened again! My very last fare went about the same distance and she too fell asleep! THANKS GUYS! That is the HUGEST compliment to me! :)

In China, if you burp in a restaurant it's considered a compliment to the chef.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Curious Minds Have Questions

OH YEAH! here we go! Saturday nights are great fun! we got 3 cabs patrolin' the town, pickin' up responsible people who don't drink and drive. I just love the feeling I get when I think of how many lives I save just doing my job :) I have had the pleasure of getting to know some rowdy fun folks and would surely miss any of them if something were to happen.

I picked up a bachelorette party this night. A group of very pretty girls one being the bride to be wearing a veil with glow in the dark penises on it. SO CUTE! and I will be the first to admit when I do something stupid. As they were getting in I was on the phone with dispatch. I didn't look back to see if they were all in ( I thought I heard the door) and I started moving a little bit! WOAH! HANG ON THERE! no one was hurt, but I sure hope there aren't any hard feelings. I promise to be more careful. This job is a multi task environment and precision is key! and it's a skill that must be acquired

About an hour later I picked up a small group of twenty somethings all guys one girl I think. One of them asked me if I read the Bible and was familiar with the story of Sodom and Gomorrah. I've only read the parts that interest me, but I do know that they were two cities that were destroyed because they were sinners. The guy's question was.....

"What did the people of Sodom do that was so bad as to have sodomy named after it? And why was Gomorrah spared that kind of shame?"

I really didn't have an answer for him. Anyone want to shed some light on the subject?

Dictionary.com's definition:
sod·om·y (sŏd'ə-mē)
n. Any of various forms of sexual intercourse held to be unnatural or abnormal, especially anal intercourse or bestiality.

Hmm.. basically anything that's not human vagina to human penis sex....*thinking a sec*... does that mean that glow in the dark penises on a veil is like advertising sodomy?


Friday, September 21, 2007

Hard Work and Dedication Rewarded......... ;-)

I really hate working early in the morning, because i'm such a night person. The morning shift starts about 3 or 4 am. I'm usually awake at those hours, but that's because i've been up all nite. If i need to work the morning shift Iwould have to go to bed at 8 or 9 the night before. That's really hard for me! Imagine having to go to bed at 2 in the afternoon.

So, my first ride was an airport run, at 4:00 am. Despite the un-natural feeling of being awake at this hour, I was pretty happy to be working. The guy i picked up was going to Honolulu (lucky bastard!) and everytime i hear somebody talk about Hawaii, I picture the palm trees, the beaches, and the warm breeze........ahhhh. Life is just a little slower and more relaxed there. When you call a cab around here, and the driver says he'll be there in 15 min. that means he'll be there exactly 15 or 16 min. later. In Hawaii, if anybody says 15 min. it's code talk for "I'll be there when I get there, I have to stop and smell the flowers on the way" This way of telling time is totally acceptable there, but here however......time matters, and so do our clients :)

On the way back fron San Francisco airport, I was rewarded for my tortures with a beautiful sunrise. This picture was taken on the flat stretch of the San Mateo bridge heading east on 92.

All the smog from the valley makes for a nice display of pinks and oranges with blue between the clouds. My camera phone messes up colors, so this pic doesn't do it justice.

Here's one I took that same morning coming up and over the Castro Valley grade on 580. Pretty!

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Perfect Day?

This doesn't feel like work! Monday i started early evening with a call that was 10 min. out of town, which normally would be a real bummer having to leave the area and miss out on several in town calls, but as i was heading to the freeway i got 2 more calls from the same area all coming back this way. i was hoping the night would continue like this and it did. I was dispatching myself, the calls were steady, and i didn't have to ask for back-up. perfect timing all shift long.

at the end of the night (4:30 am) i went to gas up and got to see our friendly graveyard am pm clerk. here's a word or two of advise: if this guy ever asks you to help him with a project for school, say NO! tickle torture anyone? i guess he's supposed to tickle people and write a paper on the results. i don't know how it happened, but what started off as a simple gas purchase turned into my worst nightmare! i haven't been tickled like that since i was a kid! arms flailing about and screaming...(i thought i might pee)... VERY STRANGE..... and childish behavior caught on security camera!...i keep thinking it might end up on you tube or something. that would really suck....lesson learned. although i doubt something like that will ever happen to me again. whew! exhausting.

I guess I can't have a perfect day after all.

Friday, September 14, 2007

HOP IN MY FRIEND...... The night is young!

I decided to drive a taxi last year when i didn't have a job, needed money real bad, and knew someone who was starting a brand new taxi business. I had no idea this kind of job paid so well!

I had to quit for personal reasons.

for the past year, i went back to bartending for a while, sat around doing nothing for a while...... I felt like a caged animal, so i began working with them at a veterinary hospital. I love all animals, and love working with them. this job was alot of fun, but not much money.

$8.50 an hour might be enough if i already had a full time job somewhere else, but i always missed driving.

Last saturday I ran into my old boss at the taxi company. If i hadn't been drinking i might not have had the balls to say "hey i really need a job........." The boss said "I really need a good driver.....call me tomorrow :)" my heart fell into my stomach! Can i really have my job back after i fucked it up so many ways?!? I made that call and i had my job back faster than i could talk about it. Tuesday i renewed my permit, and wednesday night i got my feet wet again!!!

This is the beginning of the end of my problems!!!!!! Only happy Amber from now on!!!