Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Time Out

Now then now then boys and girls!!!

I suppose the upshot of all this is that it shows we are all different and all react to things in different ways. Thanks everyone for contributing to the comments as it made for lively debate if nothing else. Let me see if I can open another can of worms with this post he he (just joking) I will still endeavour to tell it as it is and as it happens without adding or, for that matter, removing any of the juicy bits.

As I started work a few days ago I headed towards Paddington via Warrington Crescent and the pub on the roundabout was packed with Celtic fans who’d been to Wembley for the Spurs game. I picked up a full complement of five and from the accents I guessed they were Glaswegians. No sooner had they settled in for the ride to another pub in Kilburn than the banter started. I don’t know if they were talking to me but they asked me all the questions I get asked every night without waiting for an answer as if mocking me. “How long are you on till?” “Have you been busy?” “have you had anyone famous in here?” Then they started talking amongst themselves for a few minutes before turning their attention back to me. “Fuck me mate, is the meter OK?” “Are you gonna pay half the fare?” Then on a more serious note one of them asked me about the different tariff rates and why we were on rate 2. I gathered he may well be a cabbie in Scotland and had a genuine interest so I tried my best to explain it. He then stated that one of his pet hates was when passengers got out of his cab, shut the door and banged on the roof a few times, something that happens to everyone from time to time. In spite of all the quibbling, whether serious or in jest, we arrived at The Black Lion on Kilburn High Road and they paid me the fare with a £2 tip and the last one out closed the door and banged the roof of the cab twice to which they all burst into fits of laughter. Bring back the Home Internationals I say!!!

I’ve only got three more shifts before I go off to Ipswich on Friday night for Jane’s daughters’ wedding. I have to go out tomorrow and buy myself a suit for the occasion, something I haven’t done for ages. I’m normally a trousers and shirt guy but a suit is required for this one and in any case it will also serve as a funeral suit should anyone I know snuff it anytime soon including me!!

Only a short post today but rest assured there’ll be more on the way so check back soon.

Take care out there.

L.C.

11 comments:

Dave said...

Cheer up mate - a suit's not only for funerals - what if Ms Windsor invites you to tea! :-)

Keith said...

Why not be different and go in a kilt ? (commando of course).

Matthew Plummer said...

Great blog - I love reading what you've been up to!

Chris said...

Come on Carl. Its a bit of an anti-climax. tell it how it really is. Including all them punters you scream at on a daily basis. & them fellow motorist's you have punch ups with. LIVE. P.S not forgetting all them unsuspecting foreigners that you overcharge or take the long way around. Keep it real everyone knows what really goes on.

Chris said...

By the way. Did you get your Whistle...?

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Honda micky said...

HI mat i ant sean you at hamstead car park 4 a long time ? xxxxx nigel

Honda micky said...

the last comment is only a joke im sillybilly im honda mickys mate over hear 4 a few weeks from U.S.A. left london 22 yrs ago and now im glade i did still cabing a mat????????