Wednesday, April 24, 2013
One Swallow makes it summer
I was in Northern Ireland on Monday when I saw the first swallow.
But I also saw lorry loads of hay being imported from France and England as the weather is so bad grass and food for cattle is a real problem.
Wow what a commute this is,
Clontarf to Blanchardstown..€25.
I have been thinking all through the trip which would be the fastest way.
She had tried most of them and she thought Collins Avenue through Ballymun and then through Finglas and over the back road to Blanch.
You have to go on a journey a good few times to find the best route.
Get a job in East Point 20 Min's by bicycle saving €125 per week.
Plus an extra hour in bed in the morning every day
Did you ever see something and you understand what is happening.
But you know it is wrong and you cannot help?
In Donnybrook the other day a sporty Merc was pulled in and a motorcycle Garda had a young lady pulled over.
Now she must have been driving in the bus lane.
No doubt in my mind she was also using her phone, talking 19 to the dozen.
Then when the she was pulled in .
The Garda became super abusive.
He was shaking his fist at her when I went up to pick up my customer and going back down she was in floods of tears.
You could see the tears falling on to her dress as we passed by.
Both sides were wrong !
He is not a Nazi ! Though he thinks he is!
She is just a rich lady who is a bit stupid !
Though he sees the likes of her as having caused all the problems he has to face today.
She is rich arrogant and feckless.
A video camera in the right place and he would find himself a civilian pretty damn quick.
But it was a terrible display of power gone mad.
It happened TWICE in the one day!
The first time in Donnybrook he asked to go to the shopping center in Drumcondra.
I repeated the destination twice and headed off for the North side of the city,
"Wow mum look at that!" He said to his mother as we passed the sights.
When we arrived at Drumcondra I asked him which shops he was heading for?
"This is not the place! Dundrum shopping center"
So you turn off the meter and start it again in Donnybrook and get €10 for your trouble.
But he gave me €6 tip.
He was a psychiatric nurse in London for many years, he worked in secure medical units and was a real sound guy, it was a pity I didn't find out more about his work.
The second one was Korean guy on the HailO system.
Where are you going to ?Three times he had to say it.
Fuck it I couldn't say it in his language ,so I don't know why he got so annoyed when I couldn't understand "Old Bawn Road"
I thought I knew exactly where he was going but as if it was a punishment he would not give me one clue to which route to go.
But we got there.
A wonderful sight on the way at the Russian Orthodox church in Horolds Cross,
A bride and groom getting their photos taken outside. The bride looked stunning the dress was very different from our dresses.
Coming down O'Connell St I saw a colored lady at the bus stop.
She caught my eye and jumped in.
"Clarendon St". She had a fantastic bone structure in her face and great teeth and a gentle soft voice.
Very happy and bubbly and talkative.
When we got there she told me to wait for her and she paid me.
She came back out of the shop with a big bag of towels and another bag. I put them into the car and went back in,she returned with a suitcase.
"Turn this way. What is this street called? and this street here? "
I gave her a city map. "Great ! Thank you"
She hadn't told me of her destination so I was really wondering what was going on.
Her phone rang and once again the questions of exact location came hard and fast.
Then out of the blue on the South Circular Rd. she said "Stop right here, this is the place"
So I unloaded her baggage and wheeled the case over the road.
Then, when I shook her hand to say goodbye.
Then at that exact moment did I confirm that my suspicions were indeed correct.
She was in fact a transgender man !
You feel a bit strange when you come across this. But around once a month or more I would meet them.
Some of them (like her) are really beautiful,happy and pleasant, but I do feel strange when I realize that that beautiful girl who had been sharing jokes for 20 mins is in fact a man.
There was one I used to pick up very often and she was really super, she remembered my name every time.
Live and let live. It is all part of life's rich tapestry.
There is a magician in London called Fay Presto who is trans gender, A nicer person you will never meet and a really great magician. I have met her a few times and once you know where you are it is fine, its when you thing you are getting a different gender that it is strange.
A French gent "Airport terminal 2 through the Port Tunnel please"
We were off
Then as we entered the tunnel
Merd ! and Shit another 20 times.
He had lost his scarf!
Ringing the place where the meeting was. No !
The hotel? No
One of his colleagues ? No again.
The scarf by Hermes was gone !
The last lady in the car last night told me that the scarf would cost anything between €300 to €500.
Mon Dieu !
Still you would have to be some kind of insecure person to wear such a piece of cloth around your neck.
A robber that night recognize the value of the ensemble and he might go to work on you with his stiletto knife in order to rob you real good.
But that is not the reason I dress down.
Two interesting things in the Car Mechanics magazine.
One guy connected the car battery the wrong way round, the list of damage could cost more than the car was worth !
So much for high tec, high spec.
New light bulbs that cost £100 a pop !
The car a VW Golf 4Motion
The bulb Xenon HID lamps.
There is no filament in the bulbs and the power unit develops 25,000 volts
So it would be best to be careful when changing the bulb.
One other thing is that the magazine has now been published on the web.
www.apple.com/uk/itunes and look for car mechanics magazine.
Yes folks it is official the Swallows have arrived in Dublin.
Summer is here !