One hundred and twenty.

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by Pat "5mph", 14 May 2018.

  1. Pat "5mph"

    Pat "5mph" A kilogrammicaly challenged woman Moderator

    One hundred and twenty. Black Taxi Drivers. One bacon tattie scone roll each, cuppa a'na danish.
    I was feeling the fear.
    Can I have a bit more bacon, hen? Maybe, how do you feel about squashing cyclists??
    I am surrounded! Be gone, Satan, enemy of my kind!!
    I want to gatecrash that meeting, I want to speak for all of us, I want to make a magnificent cycling activist's speech, I want them to know I'm not just a tea lady, I'm the one you beeped at because she took primary.
    I can't do any of that because I'll get sacked :laugh:
  2. lazyfatgit

    lazyfatgit Veteran

    Lawrence, NSW
    Console yourself with the thought that you'll have a longer, healthier, active lifespan than most of them.

    After (non cycling) altercations with taxi's on 2 separate occasions, I don't hold them in particularly high regard.
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  3. Julia9054

    Julia9054 Veteran

    Can you imagine having to drive for a living? For me, it would be one of the worst jobs i could think of
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  4. ianrauk

    ianrauk Tattooed Beat Messiah

    Atop a Ti
    Me too.
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  5. Drago

    Drago Soiler of Y fronts

    The Oval Office
    Me three.
  6. Brandane

    Brandane Fair weather cyclist.

    Each to their own and all that..... I did it for about 10 years, on and off.. Taxis, vans, artics, the lot. The actual driving part, I was fine with and for the most part thoroughly enjoyed it. The factor that killed it for me was the lack of wage rise in TEN YEARS (partly due to the influx of cheap labour but since this is good old cyclechat and it's liberal views I won't go there :whistle:).. Having to pay for my own Certificate of Professional Competency (about £500 plus loss of weeks earnings every 5 years - for the most pointless irrelevant nonsense imaginable, and NO actual driving training involved before all you anti truckers start). Truck owners pushing the bounds of legality when it came to driver's hours.... So I escaped. If things improve, I might go back, it is still my plan B..

    My idea of a nightmare job is sitting in an office all day, and commuting with the masses doing 9-5 Monday/Friday. :gun:
  7. Drago

    Drago Soiler of Y fronts

    The Oval Office
    Just having a job is a nightmare! :laugh:
  8. Brandane

    Brandane Fair weather cyclist.

    I struck a compromise in my semi retirement. Potter about at a care home for 25/30 hours over 4 days per week, with a one mile commute involved. :smile:
  9. CrinklyLion

    CrinklyLion Guest

    If you have a view that you want to share, do so - and be prepared for people to agree or disagree as they see fit. Have the courage of your convictions. This kind of 'I'll actually say this thing whilst pretending not to by saying I can't say this thing' is passive agressive nonsense IMO.

    Driving would be a nightmare job for me. Well, for all of you, if I did it. Never did learn, since I'm about as well co-ordinated at a baby Bambi and have the spatial awareness of a jellyfish... I made the decision long ago that the world was a better place without me at the wheel!
  10. Roadhump

    Roadhump Time you enjoyed wasting was not wasted

    I find truckers are probably the most careful and considerate drivers on the road while I'm on my bike, problem is that when you get a bad one, the potential damage is catastrophic. When they say a car is potentially a missile, a truck is a potential atomic bomb in comparison.

    As for taxi drivers....pffft....I know they have a living to make, but talk about bad habits and being a law unto themselves.....
  11. Diogenes

    Diogenes Guru

    Drove taxis for two years to pay my way through college. It was... interesting.
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  12. biggs682

    biggs682 Smile a mile bike provider

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  13. Roadhump

    Roadhump Time you enjoyed wasting was not wasted

    I bet it was. My sister is a taxi driver and got assaulted by some cowardly a******e a few years ago, and I have a pint with a couple of taxi drivers in the local now and again. They have a lot to put up with, but blimey, if there is one group of generally more discourteous and unpredictable drivers, I wouldn't like to meet them.
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  14. snorri

    snorri Legendary Member

    @Pat"5mph", I feel your pain:sad:.
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  15. dave r

    dave r Pedalling Pensioner

    Holbrooks Coventry
    I have driven as part of my job, large vans and small lorries, both for small engineering firms, one as a Storekeeper/driver, and one as a machine shop labourer/driver. Most of the time it was the better part of the job.
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