Wednesday, June 12, 2019

The man who gave and gave

The history of MSL motors, the guy in the middle once dragged me into the garage to get a good photo of a vintage car.

News on the street is that it is very cold

A Citroen 2CV
About the top photo, Stephen the founder of the MSL became the richest man in Ireland.

 Years ago I bought a 2CV van after its first service it was hard to start.
I went back twice but all they said was "There all like that"
Not much help.
I asked around and found a Lebanese air frame mechanic who worked at the airport.
I phoned him and he told me to buy points and  spark plugs and to come to his house in Stepaside on Saturday morning. I arrived and he held up his bandaged hand.
He had cut a sinew on the back of his hand and could not work for 6 weeks.
I was disappointed and turned to go.
Then I had a flash of insperation and went back.
I became his hands and he coached me through the service.
He was happy for the company and told me all the little things that there was to know about the car.
It is a 2 cylinder air cooled engine.
When I took out a spark plug he jumped off his chair. Who put that plug in? I said the garage.
That is a short reach plug. You should only use Champion L87Y a long reach plug.
For the next 10 years she ran like a Swiss watch.
Another thing is that it takes a very special brake fluid, never mix it with a different type.

Every week I say a prayer for a passenger who got into my taxi 16 or more years ago.
Last night I wrote a letter to him as his Dublin office is closed down, mission complete.
Before the office closed I used email to stay in touch.
I would hate for him to die and not know how much he affected my life in a positive way.
Now I asked a mutual friend of his to pass on my letter.

If you know me I am talking about Chuck Feeney the man who made and gave away $8 billion.

So for heros I aim high.

 Crime rears its ugly head here all the time.
2 Boys of 13/14 are on trial for killing and raping a 14 year old girl
A man was stabbed in O'Connell St and died
A girl was raped at a Luas stop the other day.
The gang land shootings go on

It is very hard to keep your mind on the positive.
I have told many people to listen to Robin Sharma, he is great

Ah she is playing my song

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

D day

I was distracted and was unable to post to remember D day

25 years ago we crossed over to France in the car ferry and it happened to be the 50th anniversary of D day. The kids were small and they talked to Canadian and American soldiers about that day 50 years ago.

It was no picnic for sure, when they landed they were mown down and those who survived were never the same people again.

Tuesday, June 04, 2019

Some rough angels

These murals are on the celling as tou enter the Costa Coffee on Dawsin St 

People pop in and out of my life every day, most are soon forgotten. But today i had a chance meeting that has stayed with me.
I got a fare to the Mater hospital and just as I dropped off a rough enough pair of lads jumped in.
Constitution Hill was the destination.
"Jesus lads give me a clue I've hit a blank"
Turns out that we were all hitting blanks all the time, directions were given and when we arrived I knew where it was.
Now this pair were no ordinary pair, one was very sick and I told the  skelaton one that I wished I could give him 4 stone of weight, then he showed me his colostimy bag and tubes hanging out of him.

They could have been brothers, but they were very close and caring of each other, there was real love there.

One thing that kills me in this job is tipping.
I really don't care if the do or don't, but the people who do are golden.

€8.20 on the meter. "Give us a €5" and they insisted on paying me €10

God bless them the sick one has very little time left on this earth.

MyTaxi the app is changing its name again.
It was Hailo now it will be known as I'm free.
Apps have changed the way we work but today the maps were not placing the people in the correct location, then the job changes itself half way through.
I could send them an email but I don't think they really care about anything but their 12% which they charge the driver.

Sunday, June 02, 2019

Cars Cars and more cars

I dropped off a job on Shelbourne Rd the other day and I spotted the Mercedes car above in the window of the MSL garage. I saw a parking space and went in to have a goo.

The last time I was in that garage I was trying to take a photo of a vintage car in the showroom and I was brought in by a man.
"Are you mad! you can't take a photo through the glass.
Do you know anything about this car?
I'll get the keys"
Coming back with the keys he said 
"Any time you are passing please by come in.
Tell one of those lazey boys to get the keys.
They don't know that a person dressed like you could most likely be rich !
But we both know that you are a man of good taste."
He turned out to be Nigel O'Flaherty the founders son.
He has died since then.
A driver went in there many years ago.
His parents had died and the family home was sold and he had cash for a treat.
As he walked into the showroom a salesman walked over to him and told him to turn around and walk straight back out again as he only wante to waste their time as  he couldn't afford anything in the garage.
I have no doubt if this story had reached management the salesman would have been out the door first.

When I was going out I spoke  to a guy at the desk and asked him if he had met the other great car dealer that I met in the taxi.
Arnold Clarke (Google him)
No Never heard of him.
Starting off with £70 he bought a second hand car and refurbished it.
He sold it and with the help of his dad he went on to be the biggest car dealer in Europe with a turnover of £3 billion in the year I met him. He sold 270,000 cars that year.
Getting out at Brown Thomas I directed him to Louis Copland as I thought that BT staff were a bit aloof. "Come on Dad, we'll buy you a new coat"said his daughter
"I don't need a new coat, I have 2 coats at home"
"Dad its very cold and you didn't bring a coat"
"It looks like were buying a coat"
He turned to me and put €20 into my hand
I said that it was only €10
"John its €10 for et fare and €10 for et tip"
Off he went Sadly he died a year later.

I read a quote from him today.
"I had no choice but to go into business for myself
It was Hobsons choice
No one would give me a job."

So there you have it.
The great ones walk among us.

Sunday, May 26, 2019

May is almost gone

Its 6 AM and the people have come from the ferry, only one person took a taxi

Take a good look at this website.PCP is the biggest con job ever

There are hundreds of homeless people sleeping on the streets of Dublin.

I woke up early and went down to the ferry, the boat had landed and around 40 people were waiting.
There was no bus but no one moved for a taxi and it was blowing a mist of rain.
Then one girl walked over to the first taxi and I drove off as well.
They had had their chance and we all know how taxi drivers are robbing bastards. Still 4 people into town by taxi is cheaper than the bus.
I drove over to the other terminal where a Welsh lady was very glad to see me.
Thats life, swings and roundabouts.
Did you know that we had the Spice Girls in Dublin ? Something like 75,000 people came.
Wow they really enjoyed it. One girl in the taxi paid €200 for her ticket.
Just as well it was good.

Personal Credit Plan
Have a look at the website on the back of the bus or watch the video.

I bought nyfirst new car using a bank loan 8% for 3 years.
I borrowed £800 at say 7%
Yes the nice bank manager said its £800 +3 years intrest £168 for3 years /36 That will be £26.89 per month.. My old dad made me write it down.
First of all on day one you do not owe 3 years intrest
When you make your first payment tou dont owe £800 because you have made a payment off the loan.
Go back down and tell him that he misrepresented the situation and misslead you.

Well at 20 I had to do it.
The manager said that everything was explained to me and I took the loan.

Lucky for me my old school teacher happened to overhear the conversation.
He suggested to the manager that as he had indeed misled me he should give me a term loan.
As you repay the princaple is reduced and you only pay intrest on the remaining balance.

He didn't want to do that but changed his mind when we decided to go to the newspapers.

A guy in my taxi around 16 years ago gave me this advice

"Live within your means, whether you earn €100 or €1000 per week.
Debt is the one thing that will drag you down.
People who live beyond their means will have to work 15 or 20 years longer just to pay off their debts."
That great guy as it turned out to be a multi billionare and one of the nicest people I ever met

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Another milestone

So my birthday came and went, its really just a number. If you are healthy age is no problem.
I got a right kick on the arse last week when I dropped in to see my plasterer Ray. He had been in hospital but I didn't know for what and he didn't tell me.
I pulled into his street and rang his mobile and I didn't get a reply.
Then a man came to his door and waved for me to come in.
I honestly did not recognize him.
His cheek bone and his jaw bone had been cut away, no way did it look like his real self.
Ray was a heavy smoker in his youth and canser had struck him with utter devestation.
So there are a lot of worse things than putting on another year.

So a story from the time when Punts was money
I got a lady from Heuston station going towards Tallagh
She told me her destination and said nothing else.
Heading towards the Spa well roundabout at the Cheshire home there is a bus stop.
Hiding behind it was a copper of the law A Garda.
He ran out from his hiding place and stopped us.
Why have I stopped you?
I have no idea Garda
What speed were you doing?
I was doing 40 mph
What is the speed limit here ?
40 I said.
I will ask you again
What is the speed limit here ?
Well then it must be 30
If you knew it was 30 why were you doing 40?
I was sure it was 40.
Well I will show you now for sure.

So taking out his note book and pen he started to write down my reg, roof sign number, my driving licence details. Then he spotted that my photo on my faire card was affixed with a paper clip instead of glue.
Puffing up his chest he said
"that's an offense as well.
And for not wearing a seat belt you're getting a £40 fine"he roared at the lady in the back
 Just at that moment it was like an explosion in the car, she screamed at the top of her voice and wailed like a banshee, He jumped back and I stood out of the taxi.
"Quick ! Take that woman home"
I got back in and when she got her breath back she told me what had happened.

"My best friend dropped dead in Kerry and I only found out by chance on the day of the funeral.
I went to the funeral and I was in shock, I couldn't cry all day until that bastard stopped you.
I have some power in my job, so give me your details.

I don't know if she shook his cage but they are still doing it at that spot, so be careful

Wednesday, May 08, 2019

Bad tixi drivers !

I still have photo problems, so it is time to get help.

I have been trying to find time to have a haircut, I just let it pass me by until I have started to look like the nutty professor.
In Fairview a new barber opened up so I went in, there were a few men in front of me, soon it would be my turn. All the staff were dressed the same with blue dickie bows, a guy to offer you tea or coffee while you waited. Just before it was my turn the man in front said.
"How much is that?" €18 came the reply. "Heres €20, keep the change!"
I jumped up and said that I was late for an appointment and fled.
My barber is €8 and I give him €12 but there is no way I will pay €18 for a simple dry cut.

I got it cut in Palmerstown for €13

There was a story of a baerber in Clare who was called to a hotel to cut a guests hair.
It turned out to be Linol Richie and they got on so well that he asked him to cut his hair again when he went on his holidays to America.
I had a celebrity hairdresser on my books years ago, actresses, actors and pop singers you name it.
He flew to Paris and NewYork to cut peoples hair, very high fees.
"My fee is no problem, because I'm worth it"

People come into my life and then they just vanish again. This is my world

Today I picked up a woman going to Blanchardstown shopping center and she told me of 2 times that she had been abused by a taxi driver.
Number one at Heuston station  she asked to go to an address in Dublin 8 the driver just said that he didn't know where it was.( A short job and he didn't want to take it)
Another taxi driver verbally abused her at a time when she had just buried her mother.

So boys and girls, turn on your fone to video and sweep it around. Get his ID get his face and a bit of dialogue. When you get out take his number on the door and roof. then get his reg.

Whatever you do don't start making it obvious what you are at
Keep your hand over the screen and hide the glare 
The taxi regulators number is displayed in every taxi. 

Friday, May 03, 2019

Queen of the May

There are a few small traditions which I follow

Here comes May

I went to my panel beater to bring home my wifes car today and I saw a sight to lift your heart.
2 Swallows sitting on a telegraph wire.

The hearald of Summer finishing their journey from the other side of the world.