June 17, 2008
June 17, 2008 – Taxi Life’s Not All Sour Grapes
More often than not I get good fares. Polite, respectful, intelligent people. Generally we get pretty good clientele. Mostly affluent locals, tourists, and people in town on business. They’re not all sailors.
I have a regular customer that I pick up. He’s in that navy, and is by no means a dipshit. His name is “Bob,” and he’s a vice admiral in the Navy. The upper echelon if you will. I enjoy talking with him, talking about the structured lifestyle that the Navy brings. Talking about his experiences over the years. Interesting stuff. Smart guy. I often pry, to see what I can find out. I get interesting little stories here and there. Jim sees my angle, and politely deflects my inquiries. The ones of a more sensitive nature at least. I admire him.
This is a picture of "Bob" that I found online.
Not like your typical enlisted guys, always talking about how drunk they were, or how many times they “scored.” Stories that are embellished more often than not. Especially the latter.
Typically these are narrated in some sort of elementary fashion. Their rudimentary vocabulary, usually consisting of several of the more common basic expletives or “cuss words.” Bitch, shit, cunt, asshole, fuck, and a range of slurs are often their favorites.
Just on my last ride I had three federal judges in my car. They worked on the civil side of things. Being somewhat versed on the topic of law, but by no means an expert, I found their conversation quite engaging. Intriguing. They dealt primarily with labor law and how discrimination becomes easily, and often subtly, intermingled within.