Tuesday, June 06, 2006

End of the Trip

I hate to disappoint my readers, so I'll tell the idiot cabbie story! There is a taxi company in the Chicago area that's fairly large and I've used them several times. They've got flat rates going to the airports, which is part of why I like them. I called from the airport after I got my bag to have someone pick me up, and there's a spot outside each terminal to go for prearragned taxis. My cab arrives and before I even get in, the guy is asking the couple other people waiting if they're going the same direction and do they want a ride. Nobody really said anything, so we left. The idiot didn't know why no one jumped at the chance to ride with him. I don't know if the others waiting knew this, but I'd actually had a previous cabbie tell me that it's illegal to solicit riders in that spot, and he mentioned it because we'd just watched someone get pulled over for doing so!

So the idiot pulled away from the curb without looking and nearly caused accident #1. I haven't even been in his car for 2 minutes and I wanted to bail. We keep doing and I notice that he's paying more attention to his cell phone that where he's driving. As we come up from under the terminal, our lane merged with another and that's where the idiot almost caused accident #2. I actually considered telling him to pull over right then and there and finding another cab to take me back to my car.

I was telling him the main road near where I work and he kept asking me how to get there. I told him the best way I knew to get there, which only involved 3 roads including the main one I'd already mentioned. He didn't know how to get there. I don't expect him to know the exact address, but when I tell someone exactly how to get there, I don't figure it'll be a problem, since all 3 roads are fairly common, major roads in the area. He still missed the turn for one road and we had to turn around and go back. Stupid idiot.

I asked him to drive into the parking garage where I work so he could drop me right at my car, which was just inside the entrance to the garage. He stopped right at the entrance and said he couldn't go in because of the antenna on his car and that it costs $45. I don't care! I didn't even look at the dang antenna when I got out, I just wanted to get away from him and get home as quickly as I could. I just gave him the money and walked away.

So, I made sure to memorize the cab number even while I was still in it so I could call and complain. I called today from work. I gave the man the cab number and my destination and he confirmed my last name. I told him what all had happened, and he even said that soliciting the other riders was illegal before I'd even gotten it out. So, I figured if nothing else, I had good reason to call because the idiot was breaking the law! What I didn't expect was that the man on the phone took my address and said they'd send me some sort of compensation. I just wanted to get the guy in trouble, I didn't even think about getting something for it, but of course I didn't turn it down! I figure if I don't use it in the next 2 months, I'll give it away. So that's my idiot cabbie story.

I heard an Oasis song on the radio on my way home from work today. I'd forgotten how much I liked their music. Well, at least what I've heard of it.

I told my boss today that, it's tentative, but I think my last day there is going to be August 4th. She was said, but it makes me happy to know I'm getting closer to going home with Master!! :)

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4 Comments:

Blogger Saddle Up said...

Scary cab journey...

I nearly died in a cab when the cabbie fell asleep at the wheel once. Up until that point he wouldn't let me smoke in the cab and said he didn't have time to stop for me to have a cigarette (it was a 2-hour journey!)
I demanded after he nearly killed me that he stop for 10-minutes so I could have a cigarette and he could stretch his legs and wake up!

June 07, 2006 1:42 PM  
Blogger Prismiad said...

Cab? oh those orange cars!! i don't use those.

I'd rather walk home even if it takes 4 hours. :)

June 07, 2006 7:45 PM  
Blogger His suzy said...

Please don't expect me to walk 4 hours with You. At least not yet. lol

June 08, 2006 11:15 AM  
Blogger dirk.mancuso said...

I'd never rode a cab until I started visiting the city.

And after several near death experiences, I now have a bus pass for those times I don't have to meet a time deadline.

June 09, 2006 1:50 PM  

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