Drowning Taxis

Introduction: No, really, we drowned a taxi. One Saturday, we decided to go to the Churaumi Aquarium in Naha (This is where the shark and cool sea snake pictures come from).

Chapter 1: It rained all day on aquarium day. I got pretty wet walked from our room on base to the taxi about an eighth of a mile away.

Chapter 2: The aquarium was awesome. I dried by the time we got ready to head home.

Chapter 3: *imagine tsunami like rain here* On our way from the exit to finding a taxi, I became as wet as if I had jumped into a pool. I even had a courtesy umbrella from the aquarium (I thought this was rather awesome of the Japanese to help people attempt to stay dry. Even if it was unsuccessful.). Because of the buckets of water falling along with huge gusts of wind, we got to our taxi dripping. Soaking. Drenched.

Chapter 4: Taxi man laughs and asks where we want to go. We say Camp Schwab. Taxi man starts driving.

Chapter 5: We notice that many of the roads are seemingly flooded. And many cars are turning around. Not taxi man. He laughs. And drives through.

Chapter 6: Well, on about the third occasion of driving through small flooded streets, we come to a large flooded street. Taxi man laughs. And drives through. Or tries to. Suddenly, I feel the tires lose traction with the ground and we float a little. The engine idles and we are stuck. In a small river on the road.

Chapter 7: I am amused and glad this is not my car. Suddenly, I feel my feet getting wetter than they already are. Is this possible I ponder? Well, apparently water is coming in the taxi.

Chapter 8: The water is up to my butt, so I move to higher elevation, i.e., Luke’s side of the taxi.

Chapter 9: We exit the taxi. With water up to our waists.

Chapter 10: We chill in a random Japanese hotel for a few minutes (The Japanese waiters give us towels to dry off. Very nice people….) while laughing taxi man calls other taxi man to finish taking us home.

Conclusion: We make it home. This taxi man does not laugh. And does not drive through flooded streets. By the way, it is still raining….

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3 Comments

  1. June 10, 2010 at 2:16 am

    I don’t know I kind of liked the laughing driver…even if he did drive you into a lake that was a cool story to tell later…

  2. Denise said,

    June 10, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    Hand over my mouth and continuing to say, “Oh, my goodness! Oh, my goodness!! Oh, my goodness!!”

  3. Edge said,

    June 10, 2010 at 10:36 pm

    Now that is a fantastic travel story!


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