Too Many Hours, Not Enough Time
Taxi driving, as any cabbie will attest, is a stern master, demanding every second of your time and concentration. Step away from your cab for a minute, and boom! you have missed a call and how much money you will never know, or truthfully, never wanting to know you missed a $600.00 plus trip across the Cascades by 25 seconds. Given that reality, the cabbie sticks to it, because you never can tell what your next fare will be, or where that elusive bird, the Taxi Golden Goose, is laying its next jewel-encrusted egg.
And the results from that crazed money chase is a room, house or apartment strewn with the remnants of a pressured life---you are a slob---certainly the verdict rendered by a social, nose-in-the-air snob, never caring to understand the impossibility of maintaining an orderly life impacted by ceaseless stress and worrisome discord. As I will always say, welcome to taxi, or as Bob Dylan sang, welcome to "Desolation Row," and in this taxi chant---our own special version of a modern Hades flying down Eisenhower's freeways, gibberish sung at seventy miles per hour.
36.89 inches of rain through yesterday 6:00 PM
That means the Seattle area has reached its annual rainfall nearly 40 days early, flooding down here every minor but up north of here, very major. Hey, can we have some of this moisture in July, thank you very much!
quick PS 11/24/2021, 9:50 AM: rainfall now 37.39. It keeps coming!
No Hopelink Rides for Dialysis Patients
Both late Saturday and Sunday nights I was belled in to kidney dialysis centers paying for their clients to get home, Hopelink failing again and again to provide the promised transportation. This is no way to treat the vulnerable but there it is, and there it goes, in these examples---no where at all---the patients marooned in a Hopelink service provider swoon. A nurse issued an impassioned plea: where is Hopelink?
Ya Never Know!
Yesterday early evening, belled into the Olympic Hotel, the guy jumps in and is going to Sea-Tac but first we have to go to Kent, Washington and the Kent-Kangley Road Safeway store. Okay I say, guessing he is heading there for a coronavirus vaccination, and I was right, sitting there waiting with a near $100.00 on the meter upon his reentry back into the cab. Off to Sea-Tac we go , ending with $135.00 on the meter, and $25.00 tip---$160.00 cash in my pocket. Best, biggest cash value airport run I've had. God! ya never know!
Most of the Yellow Accounts are now saying: Get Vaccinated
Pretty soon it will be all of them: no vaccination, no account fare. It is going hurt all those drivers not getting the jab, as they call it, in the UK, another kind of death for the ever suffering cabbie.
Orange Place North, East Cherry Street, South Plum Street
I looked it up. No vegetable-named streets, and certainly no Kiwi, in Seattle. Along with Peach Court, Orange, Cherry and Plum are the fruits you can drive upon. Given this is Washington State, where do you find Apple Street? In Puyallup and Bremerton, that's where.
An Important Book
"Dark Persuasion, A History of Brainwashing from Pavlov to Social Media" by Joel Dimsdale, Yale University Press, 2021. I am reading it. Important info and history. I recommend it highly. Do you remember the Hale-Bopp comet mass suicides?