Thursday, August 7, 2008
Monday, August 4, 2008
It was a good win by the All Blacks on Saturday night against the Wallabies. I didn't see the game, but made sure that I caught up with the score afterward.
When I heard the first score about 5-10 minutes into the game, the Wallabies were ahead by 3 to nil, and I thought "here we go again, another All Black loss" & didn't hear the score again for the rest of the game, until the next morning when I heard the Kiwi's had such a convincing win.
The interesting thing is that the week before when the Kiwi's were beaten by the Aussies, I sent my good friend, who hates loosing to any Australian team, a txt message rubbing in the fact that the Kiwi's got beat (remember that I've just returned to NZ after living in Perth). My friend pointed out something which is very true & even made me laugh with pride. The new coach of the Wallabies is a Kiwi. Good call Paul.
Friday, August 1, 2008
Cell phones - New Law
According to a proposed new law that would go into effect July 1, 2008 you will no longer be able to use a cell phone while driving unless you have a 'hands free' kit. I went to Dick Smith Electronics and they wanted around $90 for a bluetooth ear piece for my cell phone. Having a friend in the cell phone business, I talked with him and was able to come up with an alternative.
These kits are compatible with any mobile phone and one size fits all. I paid him $0.08 each because he bought in quantity. Then we tried it with Motorola , Sony Ericsson , Sanyo and Nokia units and they worked perfectly.
Let me know if you want one. Also, ask anyone you know, who has a cell phone, and who may want one!
Sunday, July 27, 2008
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The ice has been broken, and I have just completed my first week as a taxi driver.
Did I enjoy it? Well, I was a bit nervous at first, but as soon as I had my first job, things started to get easier, and I did start to enjoy it.
Is it what I was expecting? I have driven cabs before here, but for a different company who are more established, so it wasn't as busy as I was expecting, but from what I have been told from other drivers, it's a quiet time. Our customer base should be expanding in the next month, as more clients are being signed up.
My hours are already changing too; I'll be working Tuesday to Saturday to see how that works out. Allot of our drivers work Mon to Friday, and then have the weekend off, so there are not too many cars on the road on Saturday, so that should mean more work for the few cars that are out there.
So a three day weekend this weekend then I start again on Tuesday.
Sunday, July 20, 2008
My 5 month holiday is finally over. After moving back to NZ in March & being out of work for so long, I finally start my taxi driving job tomorrow morning.
It's been a long road, having to re-qualify for my P(passenger) Endorsement, completing exams, driving tests, waiting for legal documentation to be sent from Perth, and arguing with the NZ benefit system (don't get me started on that), I received my approved license last week, and am ready (I think) to begin my new job.
So, if you're in the Christchurch region & need a taxi, call Green Cabs on 0508 447 336 and request cab number 415.
I'll let you know how I get on, and stay tuned for posts on my taxi driving experiences.
Friday, July 18, 2008
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Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Today I had my first training with Green Cabs, the taxi company I am waiting to start driving for.
I was picked up this morning by the owner of the cab that I will be driving; then with myself driving we slowly made our way across town where we met up with man who was running the training session.
I was shown how to operate the vehicle, as it is an electric powered Hybrid vehicle (Toyota Prius), and also how to use the computer system from which the taxi job dispatch & meter are operated. It's all very interesting & flash.
We also went out to the Christchurch International Airport to learn how things work out there. I still have to go & get my airport access & ID card, but I can't do that until I get my official taxi license in the mail, which should be here tomorrow.
So it was a fun day of learning, and I am feeling a little weary, but I am looking forward to starting my Taxi work, next week if all goes well.
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