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Thursday, May 10, 2007



"Ish thish a taxi?"
"Yes, ma'am."
"Why dishn't you say so?"
"So saying 'GOOD MORNING! ROYAL CAB!' wasn't sufficient?"
"Oh, yeah. You did shay that. Dishn't you?"
"Yes ma'am. How may I help you?"
"I need a cab."
"Where are you at?"
"I'm in north KAI HE EYE (her pronunciation) and I wansht to go to south Kihei."
"Where do I pick you up?"
"North Kihei."
"Right. How about an address?"

Wait for it.

You KNOW its coming

With that shouted question to an unknown third party i just went...

Five minutes later:
"Dish youse just hang up on me?"
"Why would I do that?"
"I don't know?"
"What is your address, ma'am?"
"I'm at the Iehik Resort."
"Okay. I'll be there in about 10 minutes. How about I meet you just inside the entrance. It's well lit and easy to find you."
"I'll see you in less than 10 minutes."

Did I respond to the call?

Sure did.

Was she there?


Don't be silly.

Of course not.

Called back the number. She answered, in a very drowsy voice.
"This is the cab you called for. I'm outside."
"That wash yeshterday."
"Sorry to..."

...have disturbed you."

She [click]ed me first!
This beautiful tree, an Acacia(?), was displaying gorgeous pink blossoms in the parking lot at The Shops At Wailea.
This was my best effort at capturing it.

Almost doubled Tuesday night's "meter". But, even at that, I booked less than $125. Tips were decent but not worth getting excited about.

Bar close fights from the Bada Bing crowd. Broke up as soon as the cops arrived but didn't end. All the antagonists regrouped in FoodLand's parking lot 10 minutes later. Seldom do these fights involve anyone other than Hawai'ians, Tongans and Samoans. Sad.

Bar close was covered by TMR (#27), Kimo (#22) and ONE-NINE. About 1:40a I took the phone from Kimo and then got a "flag", a pupu to World Mark. Then Kimo and TMR both got "flagged". Each of us cleared, all were shorties, and returned. The phone was amazingly silent. I pulled in front of Tiki and a nice couple "flagged" me and off to "The Ship", in Kahului. Kimo and TMR also got their second "flags" and by the time I returned to Kihei they were just ready to park their vans and go home. Perfect timing.


Mahalo, Van


Inspiring Beauty
West Mau'i Sunrise
West Mau'i Mountains
Banana Leaves
"Big" Beach

"Let's all be careful out there!"