Tuesday, January 17, 2017

I was in Budapest and I came home wiser.

You buy the smallest thing and it costs hundreds.

Look at the quality of the buildings.

Tour buses, the staff accost you in the street, like hustlers outside a bad restaurant.

The Danube which flows through Budapest. Frozen solid for the first few days.



I went to Budapest to have my teeth fixed, this clinic advertises on the radio constantly, so I said I would give it a try.
The first trip they assessed the work to be done and took out a couple of teeth and sent me home with temporary dentures and told me to come back in around 8 weeks.
When I came back they said that I hadn't had 2 teeth extracted in Dublin, which they had instructed me to do!!!
When did you tell me that? I asked.
It was in the letter we gave you going back.
They wanted me to go back home there and then but I persuaded them to take out the offending teeth which they did.
Back home again and then they wanted me back in the weeks just before Christmas.
No way would a taxi driver give up the busiest time of the year, so we scheduled the visit for now.
Four weeks were set aside.
I would have a Hollywood smile and no dentures by now..
Then after another Xray and a 3D scan came the news
The jawbone is not dense enough to support the implants..and even the top jaw where they had put in a socket could not be guaranteed.
Then they pulled out about 7 teeth and when the gums were swollen the took an impression and gave me dentures.
The dentures wobble around and hurt me.
So I am at home, this is the second Ryanair flight I had to buy last minute, not a cheap proposition.

On the way home I spoke to 4 other guys from Dublin.

None of them were happy.


Wednesday, January 04, 2017

New dawn new year

A wonderful dawn for a new year.


 I was passing this wonderful sight when I remembered that you miss all the photos you don't take.

I hope you made it through without any crashes or breakdowns mechanical or physical.

So now for me I am finally off to Budapest in Hungary for the guts of the month. I am getting my teeth done and I have some doubts, but nothing ventured nothing gained.

For taxi drivers who do not have a dashcam looking forwards and backwards
Look at this. Get a Hi deff one.




A few years ago I had something happen but when I tried to contact the Garda only to find that no help came.
Then on another occasion a girl was being trafficked and I hit a no response again.

This story will waken you up.


Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Christmas 1916 Christmas 2016

And how was it for you?
Bizzy bizzy for nearly everyone.
It is amazing how people migrate right across the world for the festive season.
One little girl in the taxi was heading across to Israel, the site of the happening.

Hotels and restaurants were flat out doing special dinners for staff outings.
If people thought about having the staff outing in mid January on February the restaurants would give them a much better deal.
As for travel you could go later at half the price.
But all creeds have their festivals and travel is a big part of everything.

Christmas day is a day when I go out and do a few jobs. There are a good number of poor people who don't have cars and they are going to visit graves and grannies who enjoy the special day.
On St.Stephens day on the North Circular Rd a row was going on and the entire belongings of a girls life were strewn across the road, I drove into a filling station and bought plastic refuse sacks.
My plan was to load the things up and take her to Apollo House which has been occupied by homeless people.
Just as I was coming back I got a HailO call, a short one so when I arrived the situation had cooled down. As I looked over a police car pulled up and though there was still a good bit of personal belongings strewn around the Garda stayed in the car for a full minute before driving off.
I know that there are good police, but the useless ones need a good kick in the arse.
Another came down from the direction of Mountjoy station, turned down the wrong road and was gone.
Then the girl came out and she was in a hell of a mess, crying and showing her midriff and no coat.
No words were spoken apart from the destination "Christchurch"
The kid was not much more than 16 if she was even that old.
I told her to keep the taxi fare the man had given her and I hope it didn't go on drugs.
I had a son who went wild. He was much younger and it took a few years to get him help.
One "Family therapy group" told us that we were worrying for no reason, he was a city boy and knew his way around. He really took charge then.
I went back to the therapy group and offered to take them around the city between 10 pm and 2 am to show them what goes on.
They declined.
I then asked that a more senior person look at the session to show them how they had undermined our authority.
A 14 year old person should not be running wild for 2 or 3 days at a time.
Strange to say that session "had not been recorded"
A prison officer and youth worked spoke to him for 3 hours, no change for a few days then he worked his way back to us.

The other video of Gerry Lynch is gone
 Here is the man himself.
No doubt that song will bring a tear to many en eye, from Gaza to the Bronx



Have a wonderful 2017

Monday, December 19, 2016

Must be Christmas time

There is no stopping it now. Only 6 days to go.

I find it all a bit much, people drinking too much etc.
In the papers I read of 2 cases involving murder suicide involving children.

So from now on we will all start to make the world a far better place by starting in our own corner and working outwards.




Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Lucky day


The scrap yards are full, don't add your car

Elvis singing in the new year, I can't wait

Liffey Valley Christmas tree.



Driving as many miles as I do in heavy Dublin traffic I have to be lucky all the time.
Like winning the lottery every time I buy a ticket. But we cannot afford to mess up.
Coming from Shirreff St through the 5 lamps I took the inside lane to turn at Killarney St.
A cop on a motorbike stopped me and read the 20 questions, pausing to say to my passenger
"What are you smiling about? Theirs a €60 fine for you for you for not wearing your seat belt !.
Then he asked me how many years I had been driving?
A move like you just did..BANG and your no claims bonus is gone.
"Cop yourself on "
He jumped on his motorbike and was gone.
He had made his point and all the cars who had seen what happened were gone.
Lucky day.

Then on Sunday I drove for an hour for nothing and was turning for home when I was hailed from the street in Ballsbridge.
Ashbourne (A €50 job) A wonderful tired lady going home.
Then when I turned for home again I decided to go via Swords and I turned on the HailO app and bang I got a job to Dublin Airport.
Then I headed towards Northbrook and I got 3 lady's and a guy heading to a town further on than Manooth ! The girls were in pajamas and dying and the party must have put the dying days of Sodom and Gomorrah in the shade. One chided the other about who she had slept with the night before.
I won't fill you in but when we arrived at the store at 12.30 (Which was supposed to be opened at 11.00) A large group of men were assembled and photographed the girls in their pajamas as they got out of the taxi, the waiting men cheered and took photographs.

A handy€100 + in an empty few minutes 
Still if you do not make money now you are sunk for the period after Christmas where there is no work.."The herring days"
Not much else to report except that I was almost home when a Phillipena girl asked me to to take her to Ballsbridge for a job interview in the Intercontinental hotel.
She is illegal, been here 5 years.
Imagine not being able to go home knowing that a tap on the shoulder might come any day and you would be kicked out.
Trump needs a good kick on the ass to make him see sense as well.
She rang me later, she got the new job ! 

 
 

Thursday, December 08, 2016

On this day 8/12/1980







OK I don't know how to move this out of the way.
On this day 1980 I was working in the international telephone exchange.
Suddenly the word came out "John Lennon has been shot"
Total chaos.
Guys in the know rang their mates in TV and the press.
This is how things were back then.
No mobile phones etc.I was one of the first people to hear about Chernobyl !!!

So we remember you John
Happy Christmas

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Nether a borrower or a lender be


MC5 SOLD British number plate
      
Christmas tree in LiffeyValley shopping center

The bane of the motorists freewheelin bikes


So sorry for not keeping up.
Work is picking up and I am slowing down.
I should have taken a few weeks off in Sept October.
God there has been a heavy death toll on the roads over the past few weeks.
My own son who lives in Northern Ireland spun off the road on black ice and wrote off the car.
The children were not in the car at the time and only his pride and his wallet were hurt.
At least he didn't buy another Vauxhall car to replace the one he lost.

I had my brakes done, new discs and pads. Headed down the road only to find that I needed double the distance to stop. Brake pads and new discs need time to bed in.

Workwise things are going strong.
There was a really great girl in the taxi from  the Czech republic,
very stern on the fone she was, giving out like mad.
"I am sorry that person owes me money and I go to get it back."
I told her what my father told me.
"Never lend money to anyone! If they cannot take care of their own money they will loose yours too"
She paused for a minute.
"You have a wise father"

Little things about her told me that she was a hooker with a really big heart.
She got out and after she paid and tipped me €3 and she blew kisses to me from the footpath.
It would be great if her life turned around. She needs a big brother.
I have never had a bad experience from a lady of the night.
If you respect them as normal people and don't judge them they might just surprise you in the best possible way.

Today it is 17*C like summer. Warmer than Spain.

I must start keeping a note book and recall more information next time.

Saturday, December 03, 2016

A brand new place to visit



Howth village has an exciting new venue and if you want to take your better half out this just might be the place. Its new so take advantage now and go now before it gets really busy.
Boqueria is a new restaurant, it is a right turn just after the port then up past the garda station.

Have a look at the website click here

Then listen to what the chef has to say.

Give them a call on 01 8322932