The Pickup

Today is day two of the ongoing bus owners strike in the state. They are protesting over the recent increase in the rates for petrol & fuel. What this does to the city of Cochin (I’m going to concentrate on my hometown) is this:

  • It causes severe difficulties to those folk who have to go to work but don’t have a vehicle at home
  • It also causes road blocks for a few kilometers at a time. If you normally take 15 minutes to drive from your house to the office, today it will take you at least an hour! Minimum!
  • Which means it also causes problems for folks with their own vehicles because now even they are delayed
  • Daylight robbery – there are some people who run temporary transport services but they charge you horrendous rates in order to make as much profit as possible.

So once again, we are at the mercy of these games that the government & the bus owners play. I took the day off yesterday since I plan to work on the 15th to make up for it. I have been waiting for the company cab from 8:20 am. It is now 10 minutes past 10 am. :evil:

Real 911 Calls :)

Dispatcher: 911
Caller: Yeah, I’m having trouble breathing. I’m all out of breath. Darn….I think I’m going to pass out.
Dispatcher: Sir, where are you calling from?
Caller: I’m at a pay phone. North and Foster.
Dispatcher: ! Sir, an ambulance is on the way. Are you an asthmatic?
Caller: No
Dispatcher: What were you doing before you started having trouble breathing?
Caller: Running from the Police.

ispatcher: 911 What is the nature of your emergency?
Caller: I’m trying to reach nine eleven but my phone doesn’t have an eleven on it.
Dispatcher: This is nine eleven.
Caller: I thought you just said it was nine-one-one
Dispatcher: Yes, ma’am nine-one-one and nine-eleven are the same thing.
Caller: Honey, I may be old, but I’m not stupid.

Dispatcher: 911 What’s the nature of your emergency?
Caller: My wife is pregnant and her contractions are only two minutes apart
Dispatcher: Is this her first child?

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Caller: No, you idiot! This is her husband!