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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

TaaaaXi!

It was one of those December evenings in New York, way back in 2005.
At around 5 pm, we three friends decided that we were badly in need of a microwave oven, given that the only oven the unit possessed was actually 'possessed' (Yeah, It seemed to have a mind of its own.) It sometimes worked and sometimes dint (OK, mostly it din't).

As all of us were in a great mood for a walk, we decided to walk it up to the store to buy the oven. We reached there, found our perfect oven, paid for it and were deciding to leave.
It was just about then that the snowing started. The guy who sold us the oven tried to call a taxi for us but in vain.
At first we thought we would walk it up. But three ladies holding an oven in the freezing December snow of New York? After much deliberation, we decided against it.
The store guy finally suggested that it may be a good idea to stand by the door of the store and flag down any passing taxi.

So we three ladies walked to the door of the store and stood there in despair waiting for at least one taxi to pass by.
No such luck.
The light snow slowly started turning into a blizzard and it was getting pretty dark too.
Then like God send, we saw a taxi slowly passing round the end of the road.
Jumping with joy, all of us started screaming and waving trying to get his attention (we were not just about to lose what would have been the only resort to taking us home).
After much screaming, the guy finally noticed us.
He immediately revved up the car and started speeding towards us (ok, now, we were desperate to reach home, but he dint have to rush like there was no tomorrow!)
He braked the car, opened the door and shouted "whats wrong, Ladies?"

It was only then that we noticed the flashing lights on the car and the very neatly written 'NYPD' on it.
Blimey.
My friends looked at me with the question "should we make a run for it?". I gave them back a look which said 'Well don't worry, I have it all under control.'
OK, there was nothing to panic.

I slowly walked up to the car, pointed my finger at it, looked at the officer and very confidently (well almost confidently) asked "Taxi?"
(agreed, not the best plan, but at least it was better to look like an idiot than 3 suspicious ladies lurking in the dark on a snowy winter night!)


The officer let out a laugh which sounded like a scream "Taxi??! ha ha ha, ok , hop on, ladies, where should I take you?"
"errr, we also have a microwave oven..."
Officer rolling his eyes, got down, walked into the store, got the microwave oven and dropped us all back home. (See? my plan did work!)

It was worth seeing our other friends' faces when a police officer walked into the unit to drop off our microwave, before rushing off on his duty!
All because we dint know the difference between a taxi and a police car! (But in all fairness to us, it WAS very dark out there!)

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30 comments:

  1. Cute story! I love that about these moments in life, when the surprising happens. Also, says a lot about New Yorkers. My husband, Rob, and I were there for three weeks in the spring. Every single New Yorker we met was welcoming, warm, and patient with all my questions. Love the city!!!

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    1. Yes Diana, completely agree with you. There are some really awesome guys out there in New York!

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    1. yes reNUka funny, but frankly, it wasn't really funny until the officer agreed to drop us home! :)

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  3. Hahaha I have no idea how you got away with that, you miss (or mrs... though that kinda sounds like I'm suggesting we're married) clearly have some talents :-)

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    1. yes yes, some great talents indeed! But not all of them end up funnily like this one (trust me, you don't wanna hear about them!)

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  4. hahaha glad you got home safe that night!

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    1. I am really glad too, Caitlin. In some countries, I would have dreaded getting into a cop's car!

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  5. I have to try this method next time stuck on the street here in NYC during bad weather!

    Phil
    www.blog.theregularguynyc.com

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    1. Yes Phil, you totally need to try it.
      some suggestions : you might want to dress up like a lady..carrying a microwave oven might help too ;)

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    2. I bet he would do that too, lol

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    3. LOL - Looks like someone has quite a reputation around here ;)

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    4. Hey now!!!! I only break out the heels for special occasions!

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    5. Yep, that's a lot like you. Just messing with you. :)

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    1. yeah totally funny, Susana! :)

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    2. Congratulations for winning the Versatiles Bloggers award :)

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  7. Wow, that's what you call community service. It's a good thing he didn't drive you to the local cop shop, ha ha ha

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    1. hi rdp, luckily he din't... we were all so scared that nobody would take the 'shotgun' seat ;)

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  8. Hi Nina

    I have been laughing out loud reading this - fantastic story - love it!

    Kate x
    http://www.kateathome.com/

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  9. this post is very interesting and easy to read, I hope to visit again

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    1. Thank you Cream punch, please do visit again!

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  10. Lolz .... loved it ...cant stop laughing !!! :)

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    1. :) yeah, even I remember we getting a punch out of it.(only in hindsight though!)

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  11. Hysterical and I'm so going to tell my sister in nyc to do that and she's so going to do that. I also totally commiserate with you on the possessed item. We had possessed television and wow, you could be sitting completely minding your own business and then whamo presto chango, it would start changing channels, looking for random shows, switch to the dvr, turn on the interactive part...yeah, it was intense. And of course you would be sitting there, fighting with the stupid television to stay on your particular channel. G-d forbid you were attempting to tape something!

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  12. I do like me some good guy cops. That was a funny story, and cute. True or no?

    Thanks for popping by my blog and sharing your story. :) Writer’s Mark

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