Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Marathon over

A seasonal portrait at Nixons studio on Clontarf rd

A marathon runner looking dejected. Like a turkey looking for a warm oven

Halloween has come and gone, I am sorry but I can't stick a camera into peoples faces and take photographs. But some of the costumes were great.

The marathon on Monday kept things alive.
One comment from an English couple was that it was not well organised.
There was NO water at the 1/2 way stage and the wait to get their goody bags and clothes took forever. To cap it all they only had small size tee shirts.
The water thing is crucial and a very serious error.
I told them to fill a hot bath with Radox bath salts and get in together, it would do them good and they would enjoy it.
"Seems like a good plan"

A taxi driver frend put it well.
"They only look after the elite runners, but without the thousands who have paid €70 per head there would be no prize money at all for the big runners."

The Schools are on holiday and this morning I drove for more than 15 miles and got one fare of €7.50. It would be very tough if you had outstanding loans and kids to feed for sure.
I had to come home to meet a drain guy. A high pressure drain clearer on a truck.
With the covers lifted the jetting of high water pressure water began. A substance like oil came out at first then with the sheer pressure the liquid burst throught the concrete the surface.
"Broken pipe! Dig there, so there I will dig.
When I was hosing everything down I saw where an earlier attempt had been made to do repairs at that same spot.
If I was to get in a company to do what I will be doing tomorrow it would cost around €2,500. With the money I am making at present my Christmas money would be gone.
I guess most trades have gone underground at present, "Sorry I don't do receipts", or it will be 40% dearer if it goes through the books.

To be quite honest if I did all the work that needs doing around the house I would not drive the taxi until the new year, on the other hand I am by far the best and cheapest person to do this work.

There is a bit of scouring at the foundations of a railway bridge on the Dodder which is effecting the Dart service. But with the holidays it is making little difference for the taxi trade.

There is loads of things going on. Jack L was in concert. He has a powerful voice and a great drummer in his band. His drummer was in my car twice, the second time he remembered me, he tips well too.

Very few taxi drivers would agree with the sentiments expressed in that song.
Its great when someone new comes along and you find them before they become too famous, when tickets become expensive and hard to get.
Their act might become careless as well.

Just one other thing as Colombo might say.

Listen to the drumming on this song. Good ?


  1. That's a pity about water not being provided for the common runners during the marathon. If and I mean if I ever ran a marathon I'd need loads of high quality H2O breaks along the way.

    Some of my friends ran it this year. I must check with them to see how impressed they were with the organisation.

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