If anyone isn't getting the message concerning the taxi "death-style" or "imitating life while you are dying" I give everyone an alternative venue, the doggerel poem that isn't meant to be serious yet is, sugarcoated medicine for those not adverse to poetical style gone amok, feathers flying from the mallard duck, where meaning is whimsical so any and all comprehension is just "good luck!"
Swallowed Whole By Taxi
It's a python squeeze if you don't please
going down the gullet
and certainly you can't breath as you
the toxic living hell
that is seven days a week living eating sleeping cab
residing in a volatile experimental lab-
oratory minus all glory
and now worse
not even making any money
Uber and Lyft
those damn busy bees laughing
living a life of passenger milk and honey
and no it ain't funny
residing in the stomach of a cold, cold snake
digesting all us cabbies
bit by bit
bite by bite
that serpent's smile
a shining top-light
this hungry reptile happy we've stopped struggling
giving up the fight
fading fading fading
into the night
out of mind
out of slight.
If you can understand it, it's all true, it's no fun, taxi on the run, and the City of Seattle, those regulatory jesters, wanting to weight us down further as we sink, sink deeper into taxi nothingness
where hope is loss, where fatigue and misery is boss, and the Bureaucratic Devil says buy that cab, go into debt and work, work till you want to die, then embrace that death and be happy for now you can rest even if your family can't.
More Plainly Speaking
Okay, minus the poetic fun and games is the unmistakable reality that during certain seasons, months and hours driving and owning a cab in Seattle and King County is not sustainable, it just isn't, and pretending otherwise is pure foolishness and little else. To add fifty-five more cabs to an already meager work environment is nonsensical. Yes, almost any lease driver will say they want to own a cab but the question arises do they truly understand what they are requesting? I say they don't, and while respecting the desire to be free of an association or a single owner, few recognize the inherent bondage that comes with owning a small business. Yes, Spring and especially Summer will bring millions of visitors to Seattle and the State of Washington, allowing for easier and more profitable days but now, in late February business remains as bare as the frozen branches shaking in the frigid wind. Yes, just like the this month's early cherry blossoms, business does occasionally bloom but certainly not festooning everyone's pocketbooks, flowering the taxi day.
Standing around last night at Pier 69 waiting for the Victoria Clipper, I gave a quick tutorial to how we got to where we have, this in response to a statement that the new medallions were inevitable because a ruling had been made and must be followed. In response I said "that isn't at all true!" recounting how the Seattle City Council first proudly capped Uber and Lyft at 250 cars each but then, upon Mayor Murray's intervention, quickly threw out their law thus providing the reality we now all suffer under. 14,000 plus Uber and Lyft operators later, our City plates are now worth perhaps $10,000, down from a pre-Uber high of $250,000.
As I told my audience of two, the City has done, and will do whatever they want. If they want to stop the release of the new medallions, they will, plain and simple. As I keep saying, isn't it time for commonsense governance? The answer is obvious, isn't it?
My question to the city / county ,
how soon before the assaults , suicides and murders
begin ?? Really , this isn't hard to fore see
and we've seen this before , in the early ' 90's.
Drivers killed each other !! No kidding , read the news archives . Think I'm just be whimsical , well , push
the drivers of both taxi's and car - sharing services to
the brink of financial ruin , who'll see what I'm
referring to !! Bill ...
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