Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Schools nearly over

Planes at Weston airfield.

A 0 11 Avensis on a break down truck ! This I have seen more than 3 times. Is there a a fault with them?

Schools are nearly out for the big Summer break.
Then the school teachers will start driving their taxis in ernest again.
I have started the big clean up at my house.
Lawns have been ignored and hedges have become overgrown.
Then the painting begins again.
Still when this is done and the painting is finished there should be peace for a while.I am a bit like the painters on the Golden Gate bridge in San Francisco.
Every time you end you go back and start again.

Well it will keep me off the streets.

Would you believe I had a run out to the Weston airfield near Celbridge.
The last time I went there the pilot was seizing a plane which had been leased. The way they work is as soon as the repossession order is made official they pounce and bring it out of the country. This is in case the owner sets it on fire to prevent them taking it away. There is plenty of parking available out there on the airfield now. all the single engine jets are gone and the big helicopters are gone as well.
My passenger not only had his plane waiting, but his pilot had the tea made to hand to him on arrival.Quite different for me where they take my water away only to sell me their water at a highly inflated price.
There was one hell of a convention on here last week, over and back to the convention center.
The Royal visits did not help either.

On Saturday last I picked up a lady and her daughter going up to Glasnevin. As we went on it became clear to me that the daughter was only going because she was afraid the taxi driver would not know where Cedarwood road was. I assured her that not only did I know where it was but I knew which house Bono was born in. Only then did the daughter got out and I was left in charge of the mother.
The poor old dear had some kind of dementia and asked me 20 times the same few questions.
Where are you living?
Where did you live before that?
Where were you born?
Are you married?
Have you any children?
Do you know where you are going?

It is very hard on the people around her I am sure.
When we arrived at the house she paid me and was greeted by her young carer, a German girl who would be looking after her for the evening.
You know care for the sick and elderly is very expensive. It can cost more than €2,000 per week or even more. So look after your children well and they will be thwe ones put you in a nice nursing home when you are old.

Later that evening I found her hat on the floor behind her seat.
So on Sunday afternoon I had to drive all the way back with her hat.

The other day I picked up a business gent with his golf clubs heading to a city center hotel,
He got out and I dragged his clubs out of the car and sent him on his way.He was one of the Americans who don't tip. That's OK by me, as long as I get paid. 20 minutes later my mobile rang. It was the carriage office! I had the gents suitcase in the boot of the car.
So all the way back again. Still no tip!
Listen folks, if you are expecting to have missing property returned promptly leave a tip with the bell boy. You must do this to preserve your good luck !

I look forward to going back to America again and telling everyone that Americans don't tip in Ireland (Apart from Mr.O'Bama) So the Irish will not be tipping in America either.

Last week a guy who knew my brother left his phone in my car. When I brought it back to him he insisted that I took €30 ! Now €5 would have been fine. All you need is the recognition that you went out of your way to provide good service.

I asked some people who were in the car where they came from, Israel was the answer.
It turned out they were working for the military. Wow the girl was very beautiful, I wouldn't mind her jumping out in front of me on a dark night.
I spoke to them about a couple who worked for the army who were in my car a while ago, they spoke about the training and how intense it is. The ability to think for yourself to enter a building and steal a statue from a window of an apartment without being caught. Also the way they were so aware of their surroundings.
"We all go through that training" they said

Then I mentioned Ofra Haza and how her beautiful voice haunted me from the first time I came across her. Savor the moment, the beautiful talented girl died from aids.
It is strange that a tear fell from my eye when I spoke her name.



  1. Sorry that my fellow countrymen have been so cheap towards you. This is news to me.

    Here in Florida, the waitresses bemoan working "Latin Night" because in South America, the tip is often included in the bill, but here? Nope.

    I don't know if it's convenient amnesia as far as they're concerned or what.

  2. Agree. I lived in Tampa, FL about 30 years. I remember the Latinos. Not all of us in the USA are like that. I am an older, single woman, high partial legally blind, also now have hearing aids. I have to walk, ride the bus, or pay a friend to take me somewhere. I live about 12 miles from downtown Birmingham, Alabama (I was born here, returned 1996). Not only do we not have many cabs here, but they don't usually come to the part of town where I live, besides being unaffordable for me. I always tip what I can afford, maybe not as much as someone would like, and I always say "please" and "thank you".

  3. That are indeed a nice experience while driving different people with varieties of attitudes, eh.

    Thanks for sharing,

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