A day in the life

One of the reasons I chose to switch to days was to avoid having to listen to drunken, broken hearted fools spilling all their woes:
My First job on Monday morning was a German gentleman heading to the Airport, he took no time telling me he was returning home following the death of his mother after a year long battle with cancer, he was obviously heart broken, he babbled while imparting this distressing information, I did my best to comfort him saying the awful illness had given him the opportunity to spend more time with his mother rather than it being a sudden loss, laden with regret, I advised him to take comfort in the arms of his family and to use the closeness of the coming days to insure they met more often, now that a major focal point was no longer around, I assured him his mother would have had some good times back in 1960s Hamburg and she wouldn’t want him to be too sad at her passing, I have no idea if anything I said was useful but took comfort in the €15 tip and the “thanks for the words” parting comment.
Another reason for seitching was to avoid those journeys when you spend the whole trip wondering if the girl in the back seat was going to soil your vehicle;
My Third job on Monday (2nd was un-eventful) was a girl who took 8 mins to appear from her abode after 2 unanswered phone calls to her mobile, she apologized saying she had been on the toilet, that she was feeling very ill, her stomach being in knots, with uncontrolled outbursts from all orifaces, we had three stops on the way to the doctor, thankfully the upholstery remained unscathed.
I was really delighted when deciding to cover days to at last avoid the entertainer, regaling me with jokes and song;
Later on Monday afternoon I picked up the lovely Roisin Ingle, who was on her way to the launch of her new book about the newspaper articles of Maeve Binchly, she regaled me with a practice run of her speech, thanking various folk that had helped her and then further entertained me with a reading from the aforementioned book, a piece about a man in a ladies toilet.
The difference between the daytime and night time versions of the above jobs is that I would gladly do any of the above jobs again ….. without hesitation.

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11 thoughts on “A day in the life

  1. Paudie

    Roy you should never discuss a passengers business with any person, and certainly not here online. A taxi journey should be treated in a confidential manner, as we drivers see, and hear things that are best kept to ourselves. You have mentioned a passengers name here,Roisin Ingle, and where she was going on the day. This is something you should never do. Learn to be a proper taxi driver, and be confidential. You are just a sloppy amateur.

  2. flybynite

    I have to agree with Paudie that it is not professional to publish the episode about a girl with (medical) problems and to mention someone by their full name – assumed without their prior approval or knowledge. I would say that the main difference between day and night is that in general the sob stories at night are told when the person is drunk, during the day they are usually just sad and, yes, deserving of our understanding. But I am not an agony aunt so I want to be spared this, night or day it does not matter. At least at night you can turf them out, citing “drunk and disorderly”.

  3. Roy Post author

    Only named, recognisable individual is Roisin who is just as likely to write an article about her Taxi journey as I was.
    Every Taxi driver I know goes on endlessly about jobs they’ve done.

  4. Paudie

    I have carried a lot of high profile people over the years, but I have never discussed their business with any third party. taxi drivers should be confidential, and not motormouths. no wonder the business has a bad image.

  5. Roy

    Celebrities and high profile people like being talked about the clue is in the titles “celebrity” and “high profile” the ones that don’t like to be talked about are non celebrities and low profile.

  6. Roy

    Why don’t you contact Rousin at the Irish times and let her know that her interlude with a taxi driver has been made public, I’d love to hear her reaction

  7. Paudie

    some people like their business to remain confidential. and who are you to decide whether a person wants their business discussed on a taxi website. you just cannot admit that you are wrong here.

  8. Roy

    The only one that gave me pause was the one about the German gent, Roisin has published a number of articles about her experiences in taxis, good and bad , I considered not naming her however a little “payback” was due and the story is reasonably positive. I’ve spoken to her with regard to a taxi expose in the past (never went ahead) and I sense she wouldn’t object, you believe I’m wrong, that’s your prerogative, I obviously do not believe I’m wrong …. otherwise I wouldn’t have published it.
    If you search the inter web you will find many taxi blogs with drivers outlining various jobs they’ve done all of which are fairly harmless and quite popular, obviously they are all wrong too?

  9. Paudie

    did they all mention the passengers names, as you did. I think you enjoyed getting in the bit about the irish times. raising your own profile, I presume. now grow a pair, and admit you were wrong. or are you one of these people who is never wrong. that’s the impression that I get of you.

  10. Roy Post author

    I’ve often admitted when I was factually wrong and I’m sure I will have to do again in the future, however this isn’t a case of right and wrong, it’s a matter of opinion, you’re too thick to realise that.

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