January 30th, 2008

Bruce, Caroline

A Mind-Taxiing Poll

Of course there will always be exceptions, but what has your experience been like when it comes to using taxis?

Poll #1129958 Cabba Cadabra

On a scale of four to eight, with four being crummy, six being neutral, and eight being uncrummy, how has your cab-using experience been?

Mean: 6.21 Median: 6 Std. Dev 0.86
4
1(7.1%)
5
0(0.0%)
6
9(64.3%)
7
3(21.4%)
8
1(7.1%)

By and large, when you call for a cab, it shows up

in fifteen minutes or less.
4(28.6%)
between fifteen minutes to a half hour later.
6(42.9%)
between half an hour to an hour later.
3(21.4%)
an hour or more later.
1(7.1%)
the next day.
0(0.0%)

In your experience, the average cab driver

is kind, thoughtful, polite and helpful.
1(7.1%)
is usually professional and will help if he/she sees a need.
9(64.3%)
is neither helpful nor unhelpful.
2(14.3%)
could usually not care less about his or her passengers.
2(14.3%)
is usually discourteous, rude, and impolite.
0(0.0%)

In your experience, the average cab driver

has a wonderful grasp of the English language.
7(50.0%)
no doubt has a grasp of a language, but whatever it is, it's sure not English.
5(35.7%)
probably just evolved speech capabilities earlier that week and is still experimenting.
2(14.3%)

The use of cellphones in a cab by the driver

is just fine with you, let the guy/gal talk.
3(21.4%)
should not be allowed when there is a customer in the vehicle except for absolute emergencies.
9(64.3%)
is fine, as long as the driver is speaking English.
0(0.0%)
is fine, but they should let you talk on the phone all day at work too.
1(7.1%)
other, please specify in comments.
1(7.1%)

A driver having his or her lunch spread out on the seat beside him or her is

just plain disgusting.
4(28.6%)
disgusting, because it fils the cab with the smell of hamster spit (coffee).
1(7.1%)
just isnt' particularly professional
3(21.4%)
is annoying, because it makes you hungry.
1(7.1%)
doesn't bother you particularly, a person has to eat.
5(35.7%)

Do you like wearing shorts in the summertime?

Yes, always.
6(42.9%)
Yes, sometimes.
5(35.7%)
What are shorts?
0(0.0%)
No, very rarely.
1(7.1%)
No, not in a million years.
2(14.3%)
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Bruce, Caroline

All Caught Up

We had a bit of a situation at work here. We were given the afternoon of Christmas Eve off, which is of course fine and good. Then about a month before Christmas, it may well have coincided with when I was in Milwaukee, we got this e-mail saying that our office will be closed for the morning, too, and we will be required to make up that time before the end of March. No choice in the matter, only a month's notice. Anyway, this lunch hour I finally made up the rest of the time, so I've got that monkey off my back.

So now I'm sitting here reading this Choice Theory book. Someone tried to tell me about twelve years ago that all arthritis was due to bitterness. Now I know where he and his wife got this idea from, because what this Choice Theory books says is much along the same lines. This doctor contends that autoimmune diseases are "our creativity responding destructively to difficulty in our lives". I try to examine this in the framework of my dad, who died of an abominably horible autoimmune disease called Wegener's Granulomatosis. It just doesn't compute with what this Dr. Glasser is contending. I doubt that Dad would have agreed either. I miss him.