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The cab driver

Got in the taxi 2.10 this morning after a long show, exhausted. I knew the driver was different when he said, 'Don't worry, I'll get you home soon,' in a gentle cultured voice. We began a conversation, not lively, because I was so tired. I record some of it here, because the whole thing is just so fairy tale. Assume it began ordinarilly enough and then...

Him: I've seen miracles. But one man's miracle is another man's interesting story. I've seen other dimensions but to you it would just be something to talk about...

Me: No, it would be an interesting coincidence. I dreamt of another world this morning. Tell me about the other dimensions.

Him: What was the name of the place you went to?

Me: You would laugh.

Him: What was its name?

Me: Narnia I think, you know?

Him: Narnia! I went to Amenset, you know where that is?

Me. No. Egypt?

Him: The Egyptian otherworld. I saw it with my third eye. I looked through a ring of fire which widened, and then my head exploded...do you understand quantum physics?

Me: Not at all.

Him: It was a quantum leap. Do you undertand sub-atomic particles? (he then tried to explain what happened. I didn't get it at all) The ring of fire, I had seen it years before in a painting of a young boy, standing at the edge of another world. Other dimensions so close, like this (he closed his fingers together). I met Set there. Set is the god of evil. My family's from Greece, and the Greek and Egyptian gode are the same, which is why Set tested me. But you? Are you an Irish woman perhaps?

Me: My father is Scottish and his parentage was Irish. My mother is Spanish.

Him: Spanish, Spanish. And who are the gods of the Spanish?

This one took some thought.

Me: Long ago they were Celts, Spain was called Celtiberia.

Him. Then it will be the Celtic gods.

I chewed on that notion somewhat uneasily. He looked at me in his mirror, and I saw him properly for a moment, a white haired man with black brows and black eyes, intelligent and seemingly sane, though clearly not.

Him; It happens to us all. It will happen to you. I wonder how the gods will test you?

Me: Oh, I think that's happened. I suspect I failed...

Him (laughing very kindly) You don't know the gods' criteria for failure or success. How can you know?

He told me then about Amunset and the mountain of TetAmunset, I have never come across these words as descriptions of the Egyptian otherworld, are they made up words? Much of what he said did not fit in with my own scholarship, though granted that's not extensive. Perhaps he lives in a world of his own, a world made up of thought forms, ideas and words that are resonant to him, as my mother does - indeed, thoughout, I wondered if he was suffering something similar to her illness. Or perhaps he was just a magic man.

He got me home and I shook his hand. 'Sweet dreams,' he said, 'Narnia eh? There are worse places to go...'

I thanked him and left the car. When I got in, I crashed asleep and dreamt of nowhere at all.

Edited to Add I have discredited this poor gentleman's scholarship, with my own mistakes, staring at this entry, wondering what it was I had got slightly wrong.

The land he referred to was not Amenset but Amentet as I recall, and the mountain was Setamentet. Amuntet was indeed a name for the Egyptian otherworld, as well as the west bank of the Nile, and Setamentet is mentioned in the Papyrus of Ani in the Book of the Dead. It does not lessen the gentleman's possibility of being crazy, but he has not mistaken his research (Boot hangs head in shame).

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smokingboot
Nov. 12th, 2009 01:27 pm (UTC)
Yes we do, I think. Now he's become part of mine...I'm waiting for a mysterious box to turn up at the door and when I open it, there will be nothing inside.

Only now I've said it, it won't happen Quite That Way...
caddyman
Nov. 12th, 2009 01:52 pm (UTC)
My mythology involves trolls and gnomes on the Northern Line being controlled by people with wheely bags...

I can't help but feel it's missing something.
smokingboot
Nov. 12th, 2009 01:59 pm (UTC)
I can feel it growing even as we speak. Do you not fear the clash of cultures when your trolls meet the tube ghouls of the Central Line?
caddyman
Nov. 12th, 2009 03:15 pm (UTC)
Aha! Then you are aware of the Bank/Monument Station Complex, then?

Or migraine headache as people who do not understand know it...
smokingboot
Nov. 12th, 2009 03:23 pm (UTC)
I do not claim to understand it...my extra-planar knowledge doesn't extend to such arcana. But I know of the morlock nest beneath of course.
squeezypaws
Nov. 12th, 2009 04:02 pm (UTC)
You should have paid him double - what a fascinating guy.
smokingboot
Nov. 12th, 2009 04:18 pm (UTC)
He was and I would have done, but it's our studios that keep the company he works for on retainer.

Which technically means I might have him driving me home again. I don't know if that's a good thing, or whether it would destroy the magic.
lucyas
Nov. 12th, 2009 05:19 pm (UTC)
I don't suppose he said "DO you know, I had that god Set in my cab the other day..." "I told him 'out the cab!'" :)
smokingboot
Nov. 12th, 2009 06:13 pm (UTC)
An' he said, 'DO you know who I am?' And I said, 'I've 'ad em all in this cab, mate, Mifras, Zoooss an' I'm tellin' you wot I told Budda...no pay, no way!
ravenrigan
Nov. 12th, 2009 08:31 pm (UTC)
Everyone is crazy except thee and me, and I'm not so sure about me. Or maybe there is magic in the world that exists independantly of scholarship, and it takes different talents to see it.

I've always thought so.

Me, I'm psychic as a brick, but I like to believe that other people are more so!
smokingboot
Nov. 12th, 2009 10:09 pm (UTC)
I think psychic is different to magic.

I question psychic, just like I question crazy.

Magic I wonder at, but there's no question; In my heart I believe!
hybridartifacts
Nov. 13th, 2009 10:31 am (UTC)
People believe stranger things.
Free market economics is crazy.

He sounds interesting.
smokingboot
Nov. 13th, 2009 06:35 pm (UTC)
he was very interesting indeed.

Sometimes 'Crazy' just means 'Nobody else believes this...'

Unlike Crazy Ecomonics which just means 'I don't see how anyone can believe this...'
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