Communication is the key…

It has been a week (already!!!) since the last post.

It has been a long week, with 5 nigh shifts to contend with. The shifts however took me to various locations:

  • Bellmere
  • Godwin Beach
  • Beachmere
  • Ningi
  • Elimbah
  • Upper Caboolture
  • Caboolture
  • Morayfield
  • Burpengary
  • Burpengary East
  • Narangba
  • Deception Bay
  • Rothwell
  • Kippa-Ring
  • Clontarf
  • Margate
  • Kallangur
  • Lawnton
  • Petrie
  • Bray Park
  • Strathpine
  • Bald Hills
  • Griffin
  • Murrumba Downs
  • Joyner
  • Dayboro
  • Cashmere
  • Warner
  • Eatons Hill
  • Albany Creek
  • Fortitude Valley
  • Chermside
  • Domestic Airport
  • Bridgeman Downs
  • Carseldine
  • Zillmere
  • Boondall

A very expansive set of places and interesting customers along the way.

I have noticed that communication is the key in knowing if there are other taxis in the area or I have to use fuel to get there to take the job. It is especially exasperating when there are constraints about picking up in some areas due to other taxi companies and not knowing if they themselves are operating. Due to unscrupulous drivers, we cannot be informed of the destination of the customer until pick up. Only wheelchair jobs will provide that info.

Murphys Law

On another note, I can sit in an area of the last drop off for a while and get no jobs. Then when I decided to move to another area, I can be a lot further away when a job comes up, back where I was.

When I need to go to the toilet or get something to eat, I can guarantee I will get a job or two…or three. I can pull up at the convenience (and store), lock the cab and walk in and then get a job. Having twenty seconds to respond, has led to some interesting situations. I could, of course, reject the job, but that would be a fare down the drain.

The other night I picked up a couple who proceeded to have a domestic in the cab, so it wasn’t long before it was turn around and drop them off at home. At least I got a handsome tip out of it.

How was takings? It was extraordinarily busy… Maybe we are sticking to to the Victorians by going out, having fun and behaving ourselves. The weekend turned over $1300 for me, so was quite good.

I was given time off finishing at 4.00am Monday and not going back till 4.00pm Wednesday. However I left my phone in the cab so it has been a non-contact couple of days…

I have been sleeping most of the break, so will be ready to fire when I start again.

Bushwalking

This is taking a bit on the back burner at this stage but once the chance is given I will be out there…

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