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Another Random Post

On this day in history:

“The Wright brothers make their historic first sustained, powered and controlled flight over the sand dunes at Kill Devil Hills on the North Carolina coast; “kill-devil” was an old name for rum and the location was once a popular landing site for rum smugglers. The brothers then walked four miles to the Kitty Hawk telegraph office to report their success.”

Extract from the book “On This Day In History” by Graeme Donald;  ISBN 978-1-78243-216-6

Donald, G. 2014. On This Day In History.  London: Michael O’Mara Books Limited

 

Just A Random Bit: Have You Seen The Markets?!?

I’m attending Agile Africa today and tomorrow and it is such a pleasure meeting up with the awesome people from where I used to work. In addition there are so many others in the South African Agile community that I get to see only a few times a year, usually at conferences and Agile Coach retreats. I Uber’ed in so I wouldn’t have to worry about parking and it was just as well since I heard that parking got a bit tight at the hotel parkade.

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You, Robot – Taxi Driver

WordPress daily writing prompt: You, Robot. Congrats — you’ve been handed a robot whose sole job is to relieve you of one chore, job, or responsibility you particularly hate. What is it?

There are those people who like to talk with taxi drivers and those who don’t. I’m the latter.

Then there are those taxi drivers who like to talk and others who don’t. I prefer the latter.

It’s not that I don’t like taxi drivers – I do – I just want to ride in silence, because I like being in silence.

This morning’s taxi driver was both disturbing and hilarious without uttering many words. My Mom wasn’t able to contain herself and starting giggling while still in the car. After he dropped us off at home we couldn’t contain ourselves any longer and burst into laughter.

This guy was strange. First of all his car was the first in the rank but he was nowhere to be seen. We found him smoking on the pavement – it was obviously a slow morning.

We got in the car and upon giving him the address and he asked such an arb question neither my Mom or I understood. When we asked him to repeat it all he said was “Thanks very much.”

He stopped for every pedestrian wanting to cross the road, and in that area there are many. I guess he was trying to raise his fare by taking long to get to our destination. Occasionally he made sounds like Donald Duck and kept looking at his watch – although he had no watch on his wrist!

We’ve had the armchair politician, the soccer fanatic, the one who takes holidays in Spain because it’s EUR500 cheaper than in Portugal and the one whose neighbour is an ex-President of the country. But this one was the strangest by far.

As mentioned, I prefer the drivers who say nothing. Just like I am with hairdressers, I don’t want to talk. I prefer to ponder on my surroundings, think and use the silence for my relaxation.

You, robot, Mr. Taxi Driver, don’t take it personally but just take me home and… ssshhhhhh…..!


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10 random facts about my week

  1. I spent at least 8 hours in traffic.
  2. I filled up the petrol tank once.
  3. I had 3 business lunches.
  4. I probably gained 3 kgs in the process.
  5. I had 15 cups of coffee so far.
  6. I cooked dinner 2x.
  7. I blogged 5x (including this one).
  8. I went to bed 3x after midnight.
  9. I employed 2 new Developers.
  10. Today feels like a Friday because tomorrow is a public holiday in South Africa. It is Human Rights Day.