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20 December 2010 @ 07:41 pm
Advent-ures in boggling, sans cricket  
I went to visit my mother today. It happens every now and then, when we are in the same country at the same time. She had a new woman in tow, whose name I accidentally learned, but I suspect this may be more an actual friend than temporary shag, so that information may be worth retaining. (The general rule I have is that I refuse to learn girlfriend names until they have been around for two years. So much brain space has been saved this way!)

Because she lives some distance from a train line, I hopped into a cab. The cab driver was gregarious and explained to me at great length why the life of a taxi driver was one of constant privation and difficulties. He had kids, good kids, who never drank and never did drugs, and he was expected to raise them on a pittance.

'I mean,' he said, 'we work 12-hour shifts and take home maybe $200. And on days when things are quiet, it's $150, which is less than $12 an hour It's awful! What can you do? It's so unfair to honest hard workers like me! '

At this point, his phone rang. He put it onto speaker and answered while continuing to drive.

'Yeah, mate,' said the male voice on the other end. 'That bag you dropped off, I went up and weighed it and it's only 22 grams. Not on!'

'Well have you used any?'

'No, I just took it upstairs and weighed it.'

'Sorry, sorry, leave it done up and I'll come and pick it up. It's the dealer's fault, I'll have a word with my dealer, don't blame me, I'm just the deliverer.'

He hung up, then gave me a watery smile. 'Er, so, you do what you can to get by ...'

I made him drop me at the corner, then called the posh cab company my ride home.
Brissygirlbrissygirl on December 20th, 2010 09:06 am (UTC)
Wow! drug deals in the cab on your way to visit your mum!

Did you dob him in? ;)
blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 20th, 2010 11:30 am (UTC)
Oh lord, if I dobbed in every drug dealer around here there would be no greengrocers or hairdressers or late-night takeaways at all! As long as they are selling to yuppie wankers and not the kiddies, I have a live and let live policy.
Darry Willisnursedarry on December 20th, 2010 09:28 am (UTC)
Ah...I see your mother and my mother are the same person! Except mine has now traded in her love-life for filling her house with cats, dogs, and any stray animals.
It's that Bucket woman!curia_regis on December 20th, 2010 09:35 am (UTC)
My mother is also of the same variety and I wish she'd trade in her love life for stray animals! *g*
Darry Willisnursedarry on December 20th, 2010 10:05 am (UTC)
*high fives you*
blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 20th, 2010 11:32 am (UTC)
Slutty parents FTW!
It's that Bucket woman!curia_regis on December 20th, 2010 11:38 am (UTC)
I keep on telling my mum that guys who pick her up on public transport probably aren't keepers, but she doesn't seem to listen. *g*
blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 20th, 2010 11:43 am (UTC)

At least mum finds women in universities, I'll say that for her.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 20th, 2010 11:32 am (UTC)
We must NEVER introduce them! It's bad enough she has moved onto women my age, though now she is getting on in years, she is having to move back up the age scale, thank goodness.
Darry Willisnursedarry on December 20th, 2010 11:40 am (UTC)
Yes, I was just thinking that would be a bad thing!
blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 20th, 2010 11:47 am (UTC)
There's not a middle-aged lesbian in two continents I can even have a drink with :-(
Kareinakareina on December 20th, 2010 11:16 am (UTC)
In my life three years is a long time for a relationship. So many of the people with whom I've been involved refuse to move with me when the time comes to pick up and go somewhere far away. You'd rarely have had to learn my partner's names if you insist on a two-year rule...
blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 20th, 2010 11:29 am (UTC)
Yeah ... what was clovis_t's name again? (KIDDING!) But it really does save brain space. And there are only so many ex-girlfriends I can give comforting phone calls to when they inevitably break up.
Kareinakareina on December 20th, 2010 02:43 pm (UTC)
lol! Even I managed to learn his name. 5+ years actually together, and another two as best friends, erstwhile primary partners, some benefits retained was enough to solidly establish him as a real person in my universe. He even moved with me a few times. However, I don't see him getting dragged away from Edinburgh any time soon, so if I want to live with him again I'd have to go there (which wouldn't be a bad thing, but Scandinavia might be even better...)

I think I like my method of no longer being with people than what is implied by the fact that your mother's ex's need comfort. We just move separate locations and stay friends, no comfort needed...
anna_wing on December 20th, 2010 11:23 am (UTC)
Oh my. I can think of quite a few countries in your immediate neighbourhood where that phone call would have been evidence to hang him...
blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 20th, 2010 11:26 am (UTC)
Yes. Luckily for him, Sydney is a fiendish fleshpot of sinners, so he can live.
Nennenenne on December 20th, 2010 12:36 pm (UTC)
Wow, was he not even embarrassed? You could have been a police officer for all he knew.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 20th, 2010 12:42 pm (UTC)
I KNOW! Though I think I might be too short to be a police officer ... but certainly a member of ASIO at least! Shameless, I say!
dylansbuzz: I see nussink Eduardodylansbuzz on December 20th, 2010 01:19 pm (UTC)
Maybe he was transporting fake snow for like, orphans? He is just an honest, hard worker whose kids don't drink or do drugs, after all.

Who puts his drug deals on speakerphone? *facepalm* Today's criminals, I swear ... :P
Anna Fugazzi: Failureannafugazzi on December 20th, 2010 04:31 pm (UTC)
Who puts his drug deals on speakerphone? *facepalm* Today's criminals, I swear ... :P

"Yet more proof: Crime Makes You Stupid."
- Tim Bayliss, Homicide: Life on the Streets
Anwynanthraxia on December 20th, 2010 07:29 pm (UTC)
The sort of dealer who's customers call the police when their drugs are stolen?
ecosopherecosopher on December 20th, 2010 01:51 pm (UTC)
This made me chuckle, quite a lot.
some kind of snark faeryshyfoxling on December 20th, 2010 07:48 pm (UTC)
Erm. Well that's special.
Jaeenchanted_jae on December 20th, 2010 08:41 pm (UTC)

Well, you do have adventures. *grins*
Leelaleela_cat on December 21st, 2010 01:31 am (UTC)
LOL. Speaker phone! Especially after complaints that sound like a ploy for a better tip. That taxi driver is just too funny.
bare_memabonwitch on December 21st, 2010 06:29 am (UTC)
So, here, it is illegal to drive and talk on a cell phone unless it's hands-free. Had an amusing moment going..."He was trying to decide which law was more important?" Fumbled that one, LOL!

...I know people who have to make sure that they don't wind up at the same...parties...as their kids on accident. Because ew.
uminohikariuminohikari on December 21st, 2010 07:28 pm (UTC)
Wow, shameless!