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May 24, 2009

May 22, 2009 – Rod

            Today as I visited the office and fought my way past the fanatics and Lupita’s attempts to convert me to the “lord” and to the “good book,” I heard some sad news.  One of our drivers had passed away.   His name was Rod.

            Rod was an enigmatic individual, a kind heart.  We all liked him.  He had been with the company for 6 months or so.  He never stole rides, he never picked fights, he never made enemies.  Rod was a good person.  He was fighting his inner demons and none of us got close enough to find out exactly what those were.  He was quiet about these things.

            It’s sad to see him go – he will be missed.  Missed by many of us.

May 14, 2009

May 14, 2009 – Car Window Fixed (More or Less…)

            One of our drivers had an issue with the passenger side window of his cab and it was decided that it was time to take it to the shop for a repair.  The shop had the taxi for a few days.  When the driver returned the window was fixed – somewhat.

            Turns out the shop did not put much time into diagnosing the root of the problem – so they applied a quick fix.  Since the issue seemed to be the friction of the window against its frame as it was ascending/retracting the mechanic figured that the best way to solve the problem would be to OIL THE WINDOWS.  Not oil some interior components located within the door/window mechanisms, but to just smear oil all over the windows.  And not just the window in question, but all the windows.  Preventative maintenance?

            Now, there is a opaque, oily film on all of the windows.  The driver spent a good hour degreasing the windows and trying to remedy the shoddy work – although “shoddy” would be an understatement.  OILING THE WINDOWS???  What will they think of next?  Maybe next time he brings the car into the shop they can oil the windshield, or oil the wiperblades.