Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Big Day

Mount Temple school.
Cabra Castle Hotel near Kingscout Co.Cavan.
The arriving groom was from Lebanon.

Today was just a day when so much was crammed in that your head would spin.

First thing a customer of mine asked me to do an airport run at 5am.
Without much thought I accepted!
She is a German girl who has recently arrived in Dublin to work for Google.
Taxi companies are very hit and miss..They promise the car is on the way even though they have no cars available and then leave you hanging on until you miss your flight.
Better to go out on to the street and hail a cab.

Anyhow up a t 4.10 and over to Stamer St.(piece of interest this was the center of Jewish heritage in Dublin,called little Jerusalem. Great guy running the Jewish meseum nearby, my wife taught in the Jewish school for 1 year. The joke about the Dublin Jew is. Oh you are an Irish Jew. Are you a Catholic or Protestant Jew?)
G.B Shaws house is in the next street across.

Well I arrived in time and off to the airport.
Picking up a girl from Slovakia on the way(She couldn't get a taxi either)
Arrived in time and then waited for the Boston flight.
Got the Regency hotel with 2 American ladies who were on their way to Paris Via Dublin and then they go down to (Forget the place) central France where the younger one was to do a years study.

When I came out of the hotel a girl from Florida and born in Costa Rica jumped into the taxi as her car had not arrived either. She just hoped I would ask her to jump in. A shy American must be unusual!.
Lucky girl she was off to see the Cliffs of Moher in county Clare and the Burren no doubt.This is pure magic the cliffs are the highest in Europe and the last time I was there you could stand at the edge and throw stones over and watch them dissapear as the drop was so far. All change now with health and safety,I suppose they are right a few people got blown off the edge.
There was a fantastic TV programme made about surfers who find these perfect waves to ride, they tow out the surfer with a jet ski and then, Wow the wall of water comes up..Hawaii 50 me arse!

The girl asked me if I would do a tour of Dublin with her, but to be fair to everyone the open topped bus which takes in the whole city is better value and If my wife ever found out we would have to hide until she cooled down.

Hope you had a great day(gave her the blog address).

Heading for home picked up 2 carpenters from Romania near Mountjoy Sq heading for Peters Pub S.Williams St. Great conversation about going to Transvelvania to look for count Dracula (written by a Clontarf man Bram Stoker.Great book)
Must get home.

But when anyone sticks their hand up I have to stop..

Ballymun a natural talker and he gave me a great website to buy cars from in Japan.Buys and sells cars, clever boy!

He jumps out and a young couple waving frantically going to Rotunda maternity hospital, were having a baby NOW.
First one, take it easy mind the bumps.

Happy days to you.

Been there done that have the t shirt.

Well then home to get my son out of bed and off to school.
My boys went to Mount Temple school who had 2 success stories in their pupils.Probably a lot more too.
One was a boy with cerebral palsy whom the experts thought was not up to much he wrote a great book Eye of the clock by Christopher Nolan.
The other guys who did well formed a band and called themselves U2 after a spy plane mishap.(I would love to visit Cuba)

Well off to the shops then to pick up a special cake Happy birthday 97 1/2 today.
Everyone in the bakery section had to see the cake then the delicatesen section then the cashiers. As I went through the store about 50 people went wow.

This lady is a very special friend and with my son coming over with his fiance we decided to honor her .
She is as healthy as a trout.
Lives alone and cooks and cleans for herself.
Her mother lived to 104. I am sure she will make 105.
When you borrow a book from her they are usually autographed by the author.
"To my special friend..."
You know at 97 1/2 does the crossword puzzle in the paper every day.
She brings great life to our house.
She is as lively as a spark in a fireworks factory.

So the feast had to be prepared and we had a rolling attendance of about 15 people.
Some came from as far as Brazil to say goodbye to my son who is going off to Wales.

Our son is just back from Uganda where he went to do some work in a school which his church sponsors there.
He wants me to go and take over the transport section of the operation.

Could you manage without me ?

Think about Africa. I think about the corruption there and how we should impose order on the leaders there.
This space is not for this discussion but be aware that many thousands of people are dying every week because we do not care enough.

The people who are dying are not BAD PEOPLE.

Well today my boy and his future bride head off to Wales to start their new life together,sadly missed by us but they make a great couple together.

I am still thinking about a beautiful Chinese girl I met yesterday but that is a story for another day.


  1. Zaira6:41 AM

    Oops!!! Apologies, John! I posted my comment in the wrong area… here it is again in the right place :D

    Hi John,

    Sorry it has taken me so long to check out your blog. What a great idea for a blog!

    I am the girl you mention in August that was from Florida and born in Costa Rica. There is one small error as I was born in the Dominican Republic.

    The Cliffs of Moher and The Burren were absolutely amazing and magnificent! It was a brilliant day! Ireland is a special place! I can’t wait to go back!

    Thanks for mentioning me on your blog and thanks for the pleasant taxi ride to the train station!

    Take Care and God Bless

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