Tuesday, September 18, 2012
The Dail and the Courts are back
The curb I clipped
Ruhamas effort to bring the reality of trafficking and prostitution to the people.
Well on Saturday night I was heading home on the Clontarf Rd when I "Clipped"a piece of curb which sticks out into the road about a foot more than the rest of the path. "Bang" a flat wheel, oh that it would be so easy to fix.
I jacked up the car, oh yes...Someone borrowed my torch I remembered.
Then I tried to get out the spare wheel...
Problem number 2
The big plastic nut which holds in the spare wheel in place could not be turned!
So I got a taxi to my house.
I have a huge pipe wrench and with my 6 ft son now in tow we returned to the scene of the happening.
After every turn of the wrench I tried the wheel nut by hand, it would not turn an inch until it came loose on the very last turn of the wrench.
Then with the nut loose I let my assistant go home.
Spare wheel on I tightened up my nuts and headed home.
Rumble rumble !
This is not right I said as I stopped to find now that the 2 tyres had blown.
So I took another taxi home and went to bed.
First thing in the morning I went down and jacked up the car and started to take of the second wheel, which had become fused to the hub, back home again for my sledgehammer 5 hard blows it took to get it off and the piece of wood I brought to protect the wheel was smashed to bits.
Then with the 2 flat wheels in my wife's car I saw a girl looking for a taxi, she was not having much luck.
I told her that I was a taxi driver and what had happened to me and I brought her to her restaurant in Drumcondra to start work while I searched for a tyre place on Sunday morning.
I found that Tyreland were very good in the past, but they are not in the phone book or the yellow pages. A strange thing to report is that the hours of business are not advertised at most tyre depots either.
How much does a sign cost?
At the airport I found a guy who will come to you 24/7 Now I don't know how good he is,but he is the only one I found for that 3AM on a bad bend emergency service.
Atlas tyres beside the Skylon hotel in Drumcondra opened at noon, after breakfast across the road, I was on my way back home by one O'clock.
Yet when you look at the tragedy that happened to the Spence family it makes your own personal woes fall into nothing.
The HailO system is still working out, a call I got the other day was to an address 2 miles away. The lady told me that 3 other drivers had turned the call down.
I can only assume that they had left the system on while they had a passenger on board.
She was very chatty and told me that she had booked a radio cab a few weeks ago for 9 am and at 9.15 she rang them back. "We are waiting for someone to drop off in your area"
Her partner showed her the HailO app and it got her a taxi in 3 minutes and she hasn't looked back.
I had a bit of a fiasco doing a pick-up myself.
I was in Terenure when I got the call. I hit the address on my phone which showed me their location on the map and I followed it into a playground at the back of a church. The device showed me I was outside and yet I couldn't see the house and she couldn't see me.
She went outside and we couldn't see each other either.
I put the address into the sat nav and it brought me around to the the other side of the playground wall.
Even though I was outside the given address she said she was getting into another taxi at that moment.
Today I saw 4 130 buses bunched together at the dart stationand and a 5 th one closing up. By the time they all get into the city it will be like a big snake.
They should have a system that the first bus becomes an express and drives into town dropping off only the next one past the next 6 stops, or something like that.
After 6 buses together there would be a scarcity at the other end for a while.