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L.A. Limo Tales Paperback – June 3, 2014
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I've had this on my kindle since the week after I read Joey’s Place and December was as good a time as any to get to it, bearing in mind I was on a mission to get to 120 books total for my reading year, irrespective of length and this was 70 pages long. 70 pages short in truth; too short because I could quite happily have read more of these pieces based on John Nelson’s own experiences as a limo driver in Los Angeles back in the late 70’s.
Crappy, cheapskate bosses; irritating and annoying fellow drivers; half-cut, doped up and arrogant passengers that don’t have any regard you as a person………I can’t say these vignettes have me rushing to join the rank of the profession, but I did enjoy Nelson’s jaundiced recollections.
On picking up a couple of hefty, well-made up ladies……with outfits of ….baggy blouses and jackets that baggy women use to camouflage baggy bodies….. Cotton Candy Head…..was going for a “B-52’s” look and only making it to 25 or 29.
In our next tale of a couple of LA wannabees and the legendary Willie Nelson being driven to a meeting and back. It’s the small kindnesses from Nelson that stand out…….oh …and the put down to the wannabee after he stole his massive doobie.
This big office, big expense account, big salary mother..... is walking off with my ....ing bud … And what I can do is absolutely nothing. Because he has the power and I’m the guy in the cheap suit who’s making minimum wage…….When the guard opened the door and stepped out to usher him in, I knew I had to do something, so I shouted, “Thanks for the b*** j**, man! Best I ever had!”
Pretty juvenile…but it’s what I could get away with. Sometimes, that’s all you've got.
Flight 18 ….. a great recollection of a seat of the pants ride to the airport. It felt like the car chase in The French Connection!
The car and Candice…… another great tale – a street lady, a ride, a chat and more human kindness.
4 from 5
I’m looking forward to whatever he writes next.
Bought on Amazon UK in 2013