Thursday, August 6, 2009

My First Day in the Cab

While I was able to ride along with another driver yesterday, today was my first full day (12+ hours) in the taxi. It began at 4:45 am, which is why I’m really tired tonight, and why this blog post is going to be real short.

It was a busy day, but it is a job I do believe that I’m going to enjoy. Of course, having a “real job” is going to impact my blogging a bit, and in ways that I’m sure I haven’t thought of yet. I do know that there will not be a ”The Squirrel Can Cook” for a few weeks, while I get some things organized.

Just one funny/sad story before I go. About noon, I was dispatched to pick up a fare (taxi lingo: fare noun 1 – the price of conveyance or passage in a bus, train, airplane, or other vehicle. 2 – a person or persons who pay to be conveyed in a vehicle; paying passenger. 3 – a person who hires a public vehicle and its driver) at an apartment complex to go to a bar downtown. When I arrived, the fare turned out to be a very hung-over young woman. She needed to go to the bar because that was where she’d left her car the night before (At least she hadn’t tried to drive home… Maybe…) I dropped her at the bar, and went on about my business.

A few hours later, I was dispatched to another bar downtown to pick up a fare. It turned out to be the same gal, who was now late to work. She still hadn’t found her car, she didn’t know where her car was, and she needed to get to work. She said that she had called the police and the tow truck companies to see if her car had been towed or impounded, it had not.

The whole time I was driving her to work, I kept thinking that her car was most likely parked back at her apartment complex, but somewhere that she was unaccustomed to parking. If I see her again, I’ll try to find out.

I’ll see everybody sometime soon, when I’ve got a little time for blogging, and I’ll be sure to share any good taxi stories that come up.

Tomorrow’s shift starts at 6 am, which will almost feel like sleeping in after today’s early start time!

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15 comments:

Jennie said...

Wow. Now I know I really need to pray for you!

The Squirrel said...

Thank you, Jennie! I covet your (and everybody's) prayers each and every day.

I also want you to know that I pray for all of my readers, and will continue to do so.

~Squirrel

Sir Aaron said...

They have taxis in Montana? And they are driven by Squirrels? No way!

Herding Grasshoppers said...

Hurray for a job! WOO-HOO!

I bet you'll have a lot of interesting stories.

Julie

The Squirrel said...

Very talented squirrels, Aaron! Very talented squirrels...

:o)

~Squirrel

The Squirrel said...

Julie-

I'll be sure to share any good ones!

Neat thing today, the owner, hearing that I was a pastor, ok'd me to share with my passengers! So very cool!

~Squirrel

Herding Grasshoppers said...

I think it's a great fit with being a pastor. People tend to confide in other people in certain professions... hair-dressers, bartenders, etc.

But YOU... you're qualified :0)

Julie

Sir Aaron said...

Out of curiosity when and why did you get into driving cabs?

The Squirrel said...

"Out of curiosity when and why did you get into driving cabs?"

My church is too small to support a full-time minister. I was driving a chip truck, hauling wood chips and sawdust from sawmills to paper and particle-board mills, but was laid off at Christmas.

(Many sawmills in the area have closed, and there just wasn't enough work. The trucking company closed the local terminal and laid off somewhere around 90% of the drivers.)

Since Christmas, I've been putting out lots of resumes. One of Mrs. Squirrel's coworkers used to drive taxi, and told me to apply there, and use him as a reference. About 2 months ago, I did. I was told that they were not hiring at that time.

Then, last Tuesday, a driver got fired. The owner called the former driver who had referred me, because he could not find my resume, to see if I was still looking for work. I trained Wednesday and Thursday.

So, now I'm a taxi driver :o)

~Squirrel

Craig and Heather said...

You drove chip truck and sawdust truck? Did you ever haul from Moyie?

I never saw a squirrel driving truck from there, but I didn't pay too close attention to our drivers.

I am happy for you. It is great that you are allowed to share. I am not, but still do when the opportunity is there. Shared with my boss the other day and still have a job!

Craig

The Squirrel said...

"Did you ever haul from Moyie?"

No, I didn't. The closest I ever got to you while driving chip truck was Kalispell.

I did go through Bonner's Ferry a few times hauling from Calgary to Spokane while driving OTR, and I've fueled and eaten at the little truck stop there. (Nice place, good food)

~Squirrel

Craig and Heather said...

3 mile is pretty good food, I agree. That is how "simple guy can cook"

Craig

The Squirrel said...

3 Mile! Yeah, that's the name. I couldn't remember, but I knew it was "3" something. Nice little place, but not enough truck parking. I used to mostly park at the scales and walk over. Great breakfasts, and the showers were nice & clean. (Food, parking, and showers are the three main criteria by which truck stops are judged.)

~Squirrel

Rabbit said...

Squirrels can cook.... and drive trucks and taxis... and they shower and eat at truck stops???

Wow. :)

The Squirrel said...

Indeed, Rabbit. There has been much progress since the Rodent Rights movement began...

:o)

~Squirrel