Tuesday, 23 June 2009

Taxi drivers

Went on a trip last week (hence no posts), including my old stomping ground in the midlands. On the way back I got a taxi to the train station driven by an idiot.
For starters, despite being in somewhat of a rush to be on time for the train, the man seemed to have no concept of 4th gear, or indeed what the vertical peddle on the floor was for. Admittedly, he was getting on a bit, and was rather rotund, so I assume he's not that used to moving in any way shape or form, but if your job is to drive people around all day, it surely makes sense to move your fat ass and not drive below 20mph.

At the first junction we get to, he just stops. No cars coming in either direction, in fact no forms of motorised transport at all that I could see, but we stopped for about 30 seconds anyway. And when I thought this couldn't get any worse, he started talking.

You know you're in for a bad conversation when the first thing the person your speaking to says is 'did you see about that bloke in the News of the World?'
No I didn't - I read a newspaper, one with news in. If I wanted knee-jerk reactionism and unobjective ramblings, I'd speak to a Jeremy Clarkson.
Then he starts talking about paedophiles, and how he thinks they should all be in prison. well no shit Sherlock, you think? He goes on to tell me that if a paedophile ever attacked his grandchildren, he'd probably kill them - and he says this like he's really proud of it, like no one else has ever thought of this and it makes him special.
He then goes on about diplomatic immunity, and how 'foreigners' shouldn't be exempt from the law, by which time I've fallen into a coma.
Most taxi drivers I've had have been friendly, or at least quiet, but I just don't get these folks who think that because I have to sit in the same car, means I 'm really interested in their xenophobic sun-reader take on the world. Next time, I'm wearing ear plugs.

Anyways, on a lighter note, it's only 3 more days before I go see the Killers (and the Kooks) in Hyde Park - really can't wait.


Hillbilly Duhn said...

Maybe he was just lonely. Or the subject really infuriated him. (however you spell infuriated) anywaaay....

I'd take ear plugs next trip!

e said...

Oh! Have so much fun seeing the Killers and the Kooks. The Killers have a bad reputation that they suck live, but I think it's just televised live performances. I saw them on the Hot Fuss tour and loved it. I haven't seen the Kooks yet, but I bet they are awesome.

Writers Block said...

Maybe you're right Hillbilly, and I should just be more tolerant. In the words of Bill Hicks - "I don't mean to sound bitter, cold, or cruel, but I am, so that's how it comes out.”

Thanks e, I'll let you know what it's like. Not a big Kooks fan myself, but I'm sure it's a whole lot different live.