[NFBWATLK] Seeking recommendations for a personal driver
gabias at telus.net
Wed Apr 5 04:52:37 UTC 2017
Kelowna Is a much smaller town than Seattle, but perhaps a retired taxi
driver might be available. A driver we had known suddenly disappeared. We
learned that he had been forced to give up his taxi license because he had a
heart attack and was using a defibrillator. He still had his ordinary
driver's license and was perfectly safe behind the wheel, but rules required
that he not drive professionally.
He was bored with retirement. He also loved kids and had no family. It was
a wonderful match! He drove for us whenever we needed him for more than
sixteen years. At first he drove children to activities. As they grew up
and got their licenses, he only drove for Paul and me.
Last summer his health declined quickly and dramatically. Our children
began driving for him. He died this February; they felt as if they'd lost a
I don't know how you'd find a willing retired taxi driver in Seattle. You
might check with senior centers. Perhaps you could get a group of people
who would be willing to be on a list to be called when you need a driver or
to drive for specific scheduled activities. There are probably a number of
retired people who would be glad of a morning's work or a few after school
trips. There are probably more than a few spouses of retirees who would
encourage their partner to get out from underfoot once in a while. Grin!
From: NFBWATLK [mailto:nfbwatlk-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of Jamal
Mazrui via NFBWATLK
Sent: Tuesday, April 04, 2017 9:23 PM
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Cc: Jamal Mazrui; David Andrews
Subject: Re: [NFBWATLK] Seeking recommendations for a personal driver
Consistent with that, someone from the San Fran area suggested I web search
on "youth taxi service" to find something similar to what is available
there. My searches have not yielded results as yet, but surely, something
like this must exist in a bustling metro area like Seattle ....
On 4/4/2017 7:46 PM, David Andrews via NFBWATLK wrote:
> At one time I remember reading about a service that does this very
> thing. The drivers were specially trained, bonded etc., for protection
> to everyone. I of course don't remember the name, and it was probably
> just in the Bay Area and/or has gone under, but some Google searches
> should tell all!
> At 09:53 AM 4/4/2017, you wrote:
>> Thanks for the suggestions. Indeed, sometimes other parents can help
>> if the driving is to a joint activity. In general, I would not want
>> to ask other parents for the favor if their kid is not also involved.
>> One reason for exploring this is that I would like my daughter to go
>> to a particular day camp in another part of Seattle for a week or two
>> in the summer, and we do not know of other kids going there. She
>> would need a ride back and forth each day. The camp does not offer
>> transportation itself.
>> On 4/3/2017 8:44 PM, Lauren Merryfield via NFBWATLK wrote:
>>> I wonder if calling 211 would help at all. They are related to
>>> United Way and sometimes they are able to help.
>>> Would the parents of one of your daughter's friends be able to help?
>>> Blessings in Jesus' name. "But as for me, I will sing about your
>>> power. Each morning I will sing with joy about your unfailing love.
>>> For you have been my refuge, a place of safety when I am in
>>> --Psalm 59:16, NLT
>>> Advice from my cats:"meow when you feel like it."
>>> -----Original Message-----
>>> From: NFBWATLK [mailto:nfbwatlk-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of
>>> Jamal Mazrui via NFBWATLK
>>> Sent: Monday, April 3, 2017 6:44 PM
>>> To: NFB of Washington Talk Mailing List <nfbwatlk at nfbnet.org>
>>> Cc: Jamal Mazrui <jamal at empowermentzone.com>
>>> Subject: [NFBWATLK] Seeking recommendations for a personal driver
>>> Although I regularly use Uber and Lift, I would also like to have
>>> the name and number of at least one driver that I can call directly
>>> for reliable, personalized service. The person should be
>>> trustworthy enough for driving my 10 year old daughter without my
>>> wife or me.
>>> Can anyone give me such contact info? Feel free to write either on
>>> or off list.
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