Monday, April 5, 2010

Oh yeah...

I turned this blog into a weight loss blog because I had the blog already lying around and I wasn't doing much with it, but the original goal was to record all the strange and wonderful tidbits of information I picked up during my day.  I was moved to create it, oddly enough, because of all the cab rides I used to take.

I do a sport.  It's awesome.  I won't tell you what it is just yet, but I'm very proud of the fact that I do it, and I practice every Monday night.  The trouble with practice is that it's hard for me to get from my gym to my house.  So I used to take cabs home (until I bought a motorcycle.  Long story.  Tell you later).  The cab drivers were always very nice and they'd usually want to talk, and we'd cover all sorts of ground, such as the fact that now that everyone has flatscreen TVs on their walls, it's easy to see what people are watching as you drive by their houses.  And what are they watching?  Porn.

Anyway, tonight I was cabbin' it home (chance of rain.  rain == no motorcycle) and the cab driver was none other than Shang Tsung*.

I know, right?  I thought he died at the end of the movie too, but instead he's in San Francisco driving a cab and using "fuck" like a comma.  And the MK Final Boss lookalike was telling me all about cabbie licensing, and how new cab drivers have to pass a test.  Except his English was a little weird so he was talking about "baby cabbies" and "uncle cabbies" to refer to new and experienced drivers respectively (yes really.  I can't make this stuff up).

The point is, it turns out that cab drivers in San Francisco have to pass two tests: one administered by the driver school or the cab company or someone equally privatized, and the other by the SFPD.  Reason being, the PD want to make sure that licensed drivers actually know where they're going.  So the test apparently consists of drivers getting quizzed on the fastest routes around the city.  Cool, huh?

*Shang Tsung was the final boss in the video game "Mortal Kombat".  The cutie in this photo is Shang Tsung in the Mortal Kombat movie (oh yes they did make a movie) and he generally looks like this: the pouty lips, the heavy eyes... why... he might fall asleep at any moment!

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