Thursday, December 03, 2009

THE DECEMBER CURSE.

December has been a rough month her at Diamond Cab Company. Last December, four of our drivers passed away just in one month! Two heart attacks, one stroke and one driver decided to drop dead on the way to the airport, I think his passenger was wearing a bad perfume or something.

This month I heard one of our drivers is in a grave condition already! When I got back after being absent from work for a few month I was told that one of my mentors Mr Jumpin' Jack Jeffery died of a heart attack couple of month ago while waiting for his coffee at Starbucks. I think Jack was one of the last Jewish cabbies in Washington. The story is after he applied for a job at the Library of Congress during the early sixties,(Phil, correct me if I am wrong, didn't he graduate from Cornell?) he started driving a cab to cover his bills while waiting for the library's phone call that never happened. Every time I saw him I always asked if the library called yet, and he tells me to go fuck myself! Jumpin' Jack dead after over 40 years at Diamond Cab.

Only couple of these guys are older, the rest of the drivers were too young to die. Cab driving is a silent killer, you sit on your ass non stop for hours and eating junk food in between, that is a recipe for an early check out. Any cab driver reading this blog better think twice about your well being, stop playing those lotto numbers and join a gym instead. It's never too late to start working out, that includes you Phil, those couple Goodyear tires don't look on your waistline.

By the way I have Rush "To Eat" Limbaugh in my 2009 death pool but that fat motherfucker is still breathing heavy on the microphone! What's up with that? I still have 28 days left to win though.

Please don't forget the homeless,

Mad Cabbie.

29 comments:

brokemoto said...

I did not know that Jumping Jack graduated from Cornell. If he ever went to university, he never mentioned it to me.

Jumping Jack would not give up the cigarets. He had a heart attack a number of years back. The doctors even back then told him that he must stop smoking. He would not listen; more than one doctor fired him because he would not stop smoking. That he lasted as long as he did was a wonder.

As for exercise, I have been riding my bicycle five miles per day, or more, at least four days per week for some time now. I recently had a physical (no, not the 'you feel OK? You nice guy hacking face physical, but one at Kaiser). The doctor was amazed that my numbers on the bloodwork and other tests were all well within tolerance. She does not understand it, since the gut would have you think otherwise. The bicycle riding is what keeps the numbers within specifications, even if the looks will not fall into line.

I heard about the guy on the way to National Airport, too.

I have watched many of these guys die before their time.

I am glad that I gave up the cigarets; if for no other reason than HAVE YOU SEEN WHAT THOSE THINGS COST THESE DAYS?

Mad Cabbie said...

Good job Phil, bikes are great! I don't remember you smoking, thank God you quit.

brokemoto said...

I smoked from 1968 to 1998. I gave up the things 5 July, 1998. I remember the date because I like illegal fireworks. As you are no doubt aware, the best slow match in the world is a cigaret. So, after my 1998 illegal fireworks fest, I left the pack on the end table; it had about seven left.

I have not smoked another one, since, and I say my prayers every day that I will not smoke another one for that day. I will not even smoke a stogie or a pipe, as I am afraid that I will want another cigaret. All that it takes is one.........

If you came to Diamond after 1998, you would not have seen my smoking.

Xtreme English said...

Never mind the Fritos...it's the stress you guys have to endure, too. Don't know how you do it. DC drivers (noncab) are MADDENING.

Glad to see you posting again! Happy holidays, Mad Cabbie!

Peggy's mom

Mad Cabbie said...

Good to hear from you Peggy's Mom. You have a great holiday as well, just slow down on the brandy would you?

John said...

Great to have you back.Take good care of yourself for 2010

King of New York Hacks said...

Mad Cabbie, well recieved advice as I have been guilty of the cabbie lazy sins now and again , but those 24 hr gyms in nyc are expensive..and the one I go to, half the population is homeless, not that I mind, I just cant get a locker at night !! so its hard my brother...but ...there is worse out there. Merry Christmas DC , so glad to see you posting . KONYH

Petunia said...

hey hey, welcome back! so sorry to hear about the losses, but i'll back you on your pool pick!!! take care!

Yoj said...

Damn that Rush, he didn't take a dirt nap in your Dead Pool poll.

You make any good picks for 2010?

Hope you've been kickin' ass- missed reading you man.

Anonymous said...

you came damn close with Rush...

Can't wait to hear more about DC Hackin even though I recently moved out of the area


Michael
michael_3653@hotmail.com

johnnypeepers said...

What up MC? Limbaugh od'd on Viagra during an all nite S&M romp with Karl Rove in Hawaii.

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

apart from not smoking and excercising - it might be wise to stay as far away from DCX stock and Q street ( ahem)

Mack Cooley said...

Also I am so sad to here about Jumping Jack - i know he knew my father - when I called him he was very afraid to tell me anything - RIP ... :(

kilgorsky said...

Hey Mad, good to see you again.

brokemoto said...

The 'December Curse' extends to January. This afternoon, 31 January, 2010, David Lorenzi, Morning Rush Hour Dispatcher at Diamond died. Word has it that he was outside shovelling snow, came into the house, collapsed and died.

David Lorenzi, Morning Rush Hour Dispatcher at Diamond, former Chief Dispatcher, former Director, Acting Treasurer, Secretary- Treasurer and Vice President of Diamond, as well as former Director and Vice President of Equitable Liability Insurance Company, dead at 54.

D.S. Lorenzi, 24 December, 1955-31 January, 2010. REQUIESCAT IN PACEM.

Rahnee said...

Just wanted to say that Ive followed your blog for a couple of years now. Keep posting! Its a cool window on your world. Try posting from your cellphone. send a phone pic or two to blogger from the road. I WANT MORE! Seriously though, Your blog is great. Wish there were more. Stay safe out there and remember the homeless.

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Pattaya Girls said...

4 dead in the same month, sure u don't have someone posioning the garage coffee.

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Anonymous said...

C'mon Mad, we're anxiously awaiting your return.

25BAR said...

you cannot be serious!
REALLY?

John said...

Did Santa take you away from us?

Just to let you know we are still here, remembering the good times.

Anonymous said...

Hey Mad,

Please give us a holler, some of us are worried sick about why you disapeared without a word.

Huggs and Kisses,
Moi

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Henna said...

well, these things are a way of telling us that life is short and that we should appreciate every single moment we get to spend, it is human nature to say we are cursed but a new life comes when an old one goes, its nature, dont worry, look out for brighter things in life too

Anonymous said...

When are you going to write about the wife? Any babies yet?

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A bird in the hand said...

Yeah. And don't let the crazy passengers stress you out too much either. That adds to everything.

Cheers from a former D.C. resident!