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Saturday, September 30, 2006



At 3:00am, Friday morning, I was doing my grocery shopping. As I left the store, this confrontation was taking place. The young man in black is a store employee and is their "in-house" security at night. The kid in the white t-shirt is a local punk who has been banned from the store for multiple reasons, mostly involving theft. The lady is Maggie, the nightshift checker.

The lighting is ambient and poor. The language is coarse. I rate it as PG-13.

Off camera were three friends of the young punk. I decided to hang around in case they wanted to gang up on the store employee. I finally convinced the employee to go back in the store to defuse the situation. When the punk didn't have a focal point he decided to leave with his "brahs".

I didn't work last night. My body decided it was time to clean out my innards. The only thing I had eaten the day before was a "Twister Wrap" from KFC. Didn't even drink anything but water all shift. This seems to be happening more frequently of late. I wonder why?

Oh, well. Feces occurs (literally [wink]).


Get Your Feet Wet
80 Degree Water
Kite Beach

Sprecklesville Beach

The Beauty Of Mau'i's East Coast
Koki Beach, Near Hana
A Sandy Beach On The Big Island

"Let's all be careful out there!"

Friday, September 29, 2006



I went home with three dollars more than I started my night with.

And we'll just leave it at that.


Found the following videos at youTube.

They were created by FreonPete.
I don't know this individual but he is very good and the videos are excellent!

View From Maui - part 1

View From Maui - part 2

View From Maui - part 3

View From Maui - part 4

View From Maui - part 5

The Great Sugar Cane Heist - Maui

Paradise Is In Your Eyes

Mr. Green Seaturtle


Along what is called Mau'i's "northshore"
are beaches for board surfing, windsurfing and kite surfing.
Oh, you can just sunbathe if you desire.

Technically, the "northshore" isn't really the true north shore of Mau'i.
It is the north shore of the larger south section of Mau'i.

Check the maps on the side bar. The "northshore" runs from Kahului east past Pa'ia and down towards Huelo.

"Let's all be careful out there!"

Thursday, September 28, 2006



After the great shift on the prior night, I was hoping that my luck was going to let me have a decent night again.

Dispatched to the front of The Grand at 7:15pm and picked up a lady doing a roundtrip to Safeway. Kewl! Depending on how long she is in the store, I should meter between $45 and $55.

Start up the hill, on Wailea Iki, headed for the high road. Just as I was approaching the top, a 6-point buck (deer) lunges out of the forest on my right. I slam on the brakes, I was doing maybe 30 mph, and jerk the wheel to the right. Alas, the timing wasn't quite perfect. Nailed the buck in his left rear flank with my left front headlight. Broke at least one of his rear legs, maybe both. He drug himself to the center divider. Tried to stand and flee but collasped in the #1 lane for traffic headed the opposite direction. Eventually drug himself out of the roadway to the forest on the northside of the road.

After making sure my passenger was okay, I called for another cab to pick her up. There went my nice run. Called 9-1-1 and the police arrived shortly afterwards. Since there were no human injuries and the damage to ONE-NINE was less than $3,000, there was no report taken.

The cops told me that DLNR (Department of Land and Natural Resources) had been notified and would eventually respond to dispatch the buck. I drove away hearing his cries of fear and pain from somewhere in the darkness. It tore at my soul.

Never could get into the "groove" after that. Calls became infrequent and I finally went home at about 9:30pm. Came back out at 1:30am to cover the "graveyard shift". Just two runs during those hours. Mexican Mary called and I picked her up at 5:00am and gave ONE-NINE to her and was home by 5:30am.

As evidenced by the photos below, there really isn't that much damage to ONE-NINE, which indicates that the speed at impact was probably less than 10 mph.

I still feel miserable about that poor deer.


Koki Beach
Near Hana

Chinaman's Hat
A famous O'ahu Landmark

"Let's all be careful out there!"


Dropped two guys off at Lahaina Harbor just before 6:00am on Wednesday morning. Going there, from the Fairmont Kea Lani in Wailea, had been a pretty easy ride. Now it was after 6 and traffic both ways was building up.

Part one starts a couple of miles south of Lahaina and ends about a mile past Chez Paul, a really fantastic french restaurant, in Olowalu,

Part 2 commences just as I am entering the pali. Pali is the Hawai'ian word for cliff. This is about 5 minutes south of where part 1 ended. You can see how much brighter the day has become. We do not have long lingering twilights at either end of our days. The Sun sets, it gets dark real fast. In the morning, the rosy blush over the mountains accelerates into full sunlight almost immediately.

"Let's all be careful out there!"

Wednesday, September 27, 2006



While I only did 9 runs the entire shift, I drove 166 miles and surpassed the $1.50 per mile average that I should generate.

No interesting fares but everyone was very laidback. That makes for a pleasant, albeit boring, night.

I did make a video on the way back from Lahaina, my last trip of the shift. I was going to post it now but Blogger/Blogspot has been screwing with my site and it took so long to fix that I'll do them up tomorrow.

Besides, Bear wants me to go to bed.


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Dublin Taxi - A new cab-blog from Dublin, Ireland.

I am a complete asshole according to my late night pissed pasengers. By day I am an utter gent.Which is why I work days only.

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I'ao Needle
Kanaha Beach
Kanaha Beach
Kite Beach
Kite Beach
Spreckelsville Beach
Spreckelesville Beach
Spreckelesville Beach
Spreckelesville Beach
Spreckelesville Beach
Tropical Afternnon

"Let's all be careful out there!"