Okay, I am back on the desktop.
Halloween night was an absolute blast. Between 35,000 and 40,000 people showed up. The costumes were outrageous as always but not as outlandish as prior years. Very few problems, at least by the time I had to leave. I am trying to get some images from friends who were actually down on front street to share here.
Saw a group of teen girls walk into Micki D's dressed in Catholic school girl uniforms. When they left, their attire ahd changed to skin tight "boy" shorts and skimpy bikini tops. Of course, girls have always done that, for generations.
While everyone had been drinking, no one I hauled was overly intoxicated. Every fare was very upbeat whether coming or going to Front street.
One fun part of Lahaina Halloween is that I am out of range for our prime radio channel and there was jsut a few bits'o'chatter on the secondary "west-side" channel. Of the 246 licensed cabs on Mau'i, I would estimate that about 200 were in Lahaina. Getting fares was pretty easy. Just get as close to the blockade at the north end of the Historic District and people were falling over themselves to be picked up.
It may have been my second best shift ever.
Thursday night I dispatched, this new rotation "thang". It was a mellow night (see stats in prior post). Obviously, most people were pretty much partied out from Wednesday.
For the last few weeks, a rumor has been going around Kihei about a murder/rape that supposedly occurred. As time has pssed, it went from 1 incident to 4 incidents to 15 incidents. None of it is true. Even the original report turned out to be consenual sex with "buyers remorse" the following morning.
One person told me that there had positively been a body found in a dumpster at the "Triangle". I told them that if that was true, then that area would have been closed for days, as a forensics team processed the scene for evidence. He stopped and thought for a moment and then agreed that there had been no forensic team so the story must be an "urban myth". It is amazing how much this whole thing has been blown out of proportion.
Tonight will be the first Friday in a long time that I won't have the phone prior to 2a. I am going to enjoy it.
Found out yesterday that I will no longer be dispatching on Sundays. Owner changed his mind again. As with all businesses, things remain in flux. The only "constant" is "change". That should make my upstairs neighbor happy. Won't have to hear my deep voice rumbling up through his floor.
I'll be back in the morning with another post. Hope to see you then.
A family in my general neighborhood went all out for the event.
Wednesday's sunset. Took this, "on the fly", while driving over to Lahaina.
Some more passengers
"Let's all be careful out there!"