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When my passenger gets in, Nick Drake's "Pink Moon" is playing.


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When my passenger gets in, Nick Drake's "Pink Moon" is playing. He asks me, in tones of lofty condescension, if I was one of those people who discovered Nick Drake after one of his songs was used in a ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 22, 2006 Night Cabbie

I'm always being asked where I'm from.


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I'm always being asked where I'm from. Often I'm asked if I'm British, although I suspect that's more to do with the way I tend to talk, little archaic word usages, etc., rather than any affected acce ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 15, 2006 Night Cabbie

"Do you have any '80s music?"


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"Do you have any '80s music?" asks my passenger, who I suspect was born around 1987. Umm, I don't think what I think of as "'80s music" matches hers. I'm thinking HÜsker DÜ and the Replaceme ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 8, 2006 Night Cabbie

"Have you read Blinded by the Right?"


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"Have you read Blinded by the Right?"My passenger is passionate about politics, in a way that is, unfortunately, a little naive. Anyone who still says that Bush being elected is "good" because it will ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 1, 2006 Night Cabbie

"What was wrong with your car?"


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"What was wrong with your car?"I've picked up a middle-aged couple at Lloyd Center, whose car has mysteriously died.They have no idea. "These modern cars, you can't fix them yourself.""Oh, man, tell m ...   More
 
Wednesday, October 25, 2006 Night Cabbie

"Let's go to the Chart House."


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"Let's go to the Chart House."It's quite late on a Sunday evening, and I tell my passenger, a tipsy middle-aged man with a comb-over, that it's almost certainly closed. He asks for other recommendatio ...   More
 
Wednesday, October 18, 2006 Night Cabbie

So, do you think I can sue TriMet for this?


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"So, do you think I can sue TriMet for this?" my passenger asks."Sue them for what?""Well, I was sitting there for well over an hour. The last bus just never came."I ponder this. "Sue them for what, e ...   More
 
Wednesday, October 11, 2006 Night Cabbie

"So I was thinking about being an egg donor..."


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"So I was thinking about being an egg donor," says my passenger. I ask her why, and she tells me about money to pay off her student loans and how safe donating is, and I start laughing."Oh, trust me, ...   More
 
Wednesday, October 4, 2006 Night Cabbie

My passenger is a little old lady


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My passenger is a little old lady of the sort for which that term may well have been coined. I always pick her up at Meier & Frank (now Macy's), where she is always attended by a store employee until ...   More
 
Wednesday, September 27, 2006 Night Cabbie

Oh, joy, another music column!


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Oh, joy, another music column! Thus ensuring that some troll will post about how I must think I'm just so cool and should just shut up with the music columns already. Well, you know, some days my pass ...   More
 
Wednesday, September 20, 2006 Night Cabbie
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