Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Lotto e13 Million
Heres a thing. Lights set into the walkway at the Point(O2)Little fishes inside
A poor Punto meets a sad end
Coming to you on eBay soon
Well its Wed night and the Lotto is e 13 mill.
Things are good when a few mill could solve all your problems.
I found this linkon Roys Irish taxi blog. I hope it works, use the little pointer to move the show on by 2/3.
The delays at night would be solved if they stopped closing the pubs and clubs at the same time, also if there was a sobriety test more drivers would work those unsocial hours.
I keep an eye on a few of my elderly neighbors, some of them have been badly hit by the collapse in the value of their investments. One lady is 99 and she had a big number of bank shares which are now almost worthless. The best I could offer to comfort her was that the person getting them might have a valuable asset in the future and that they will have to pay very little tax to inherit them.
This has helped her and she is not short of a few bob anyhow.
She is a great lady, reads the Irish Times every day, has relaxed with the crossword for the present. But she is all there.
Others cannot pay their nursing home bills, which is tragic.
The last survivor of the Titanic who was a baby at the time is a case in point, James Cameron the movie director was approached to give her a few bob to help and the guy on the radio said that Cameron's people were hostile towards him but in the end they gave a few dollars under the understanding that he would go away and never come back.
Strange attitude from a man who made many millions from the movie.
Other members of the cast gave her lots more. If I remember Leonardo DiCaprio wants to meet her and he has donated.
But to be fair the agents and the people who "look after" film stars can misrepresent them. Often if word went to the person directly he would open his wallet without question and donate.
Perhaps it is a bit like charity, some people feel that the government should take care of all the starving and homeless people.
Arabs have a 10% rule where you give that much of your wages to help the needy.
Perhaps the Jews need a discount!
School is over for my boy for another year, this means I can start work at 7.00 am and seek all the early morning commuters, but I will have to put up with the school teachers who drive taxis during the holidays.
Just a thing which happened a few winters ago. My Scudo got pelted with eggs passing through O'Deveny Gardens, I went to a filling station where they had a pressure washer as I didn't want the eggs to dry on the car.
A taxi was in front of me who had suffered the same fate.I borrowed the gun from him while he put his taxi sign in the boot and in the boot I saw that he had an Aircoach jacket.
So he had a job driving a coach and when he finished he jumped into his taxi and worked on.
There was a great joke which went like this.
"When I die I want to go peacefully in my sleep,
like my dad did.
Not screaming and shouting like his passengers"
My Dad never taught me much but he did tell me "Never destroy the whiskey still"
What he meant by this is that everyone should have a way of making an (Honest) extra few bob.
But the taxi plate is now not worth a second thought as a means of making a reasonable income
In Cornwall they call smuggling "Free trade" In Cavan Monaghan, Louth Or Doneal you would never get a jury to convict in a smuggling case.
That would go for the border counties north of the border too.
But now the taxi plate must be making no money for anyone any more.
Fact is that some taxi drivers are working 60+ hours a week.
On the all night I have often noticed that the light is green but the car in front is not moving. I used to blow my horn, now I drive around them, they need the rest.
A taxi driver picks up a hooker and after a while she says to him "Would you like to sleep with me for e100".
"Jesus miss I am very tired and I could sure could use the money" Said the taxi driver.
So many drivers are skimming in this business, Outside a Heuston a bunch of drivers pull up ahead of the taxi rank and "Tout" for fares, only once have I seen an enforcer, but it might have been a mirage.
You can't make a living so you rent your taxi out, but then your taxi is driven by 4 illegal drivers 24/7, with no PSV licence, no knowledge of Dublin.
Worst of all no background check.
So this illegal driver takes your son or daughter around the city for 10 miles and then you complain that all taxi drivers are robbers.
Fact is that there is no one who cares about what is happening.
In a few weeks the elections will be over and the polaticians will be off on their summer break only to come back in the autumn.
When there is a murder it will all come to a head.
So for a little diversion look here