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I ask the two guys if there's going to be a problem with the payment...

[CONTINUED FROM LAST WEEK]


Night Cabbie
As I turn into the Hillsboro hotel, I ask the two guys in the back if there’s going to be a problem with the payment, the first words I’ve said since we turned back from Stars in Beaverton ...   More
 
Wednesday, April 2, 2008 Night Cabbie

For the first time ever, I flip the panic switch.


Night Cabbie
For the first time ever, I flip the panic switch. The guy behind me is yelling and threatening violence as I whip down an empty Sunset Highway at 70 miles an hour, and while the threads have all been ...   More
 
Wednesday, March 26, 2008 Night Cabbie

It’s raining so hard the water kicked up by my tires makes a slapping sound...


Night Cabbie
It’s raining so hard the water kicked up by my tires makes a slapping sound as it hits my chassis, like waves against the hull of a boat. I’m only doing 60, but it feels like I’m roa ...   More
 
Wednesday, March 19, 2008 Night Cabbie

I pick up the two teenagers in inner Southeast


Night Cabbie
I pick up the two teenagers in inner Southeast at 5:30 on a Sunday morning and instantly like them, if only because they remind me so much of myself at the same age: stoned and out way too late witho ...   More
 
Wednesday, March 12, 2008 Night Cabbie

I’m thankful when I turn on the ignition that I’ve been listening to blues tonight


Night Cabbie
I’m thankful when I turn on the ignition that I’ve been listening to blues tonight, and not something more manic. The guy in paper hospital pants and flip-flops who I’ve just picked ...   More
 
Wednesday, March 5, 2008 Night Cabbie

“Can I ask you for some advice on a personal issue?”


Night Cabbie
“Can I ask you for some advice on a personal issue?” “Sure man, go ahead.” My questioner seems like a nice enough guy, and he’s tipped well in the past. “Here&rsqu ...   More
 
Wednesday, February 27, 2008 Night Cabbie

“I’m just gonna fuck this guy real quick so I can get cab fare!”


Night Cabbie
“I’ll meet you at Jerry’s, I’m just gonna fuck this guy real quick so I can get cab fare!” the woman yells across the street, and I’m tempted to just floor it befo ...   More
 
Wednesday, February 20, 2008 Night Cabbie

The grocery call in outer Southeast has been sitting for a while


Night Cabbie
The grocery call in outer Southeast has been sitting for a while—it’s the middle of a shift change, it’s a Friday rush hour, and horrible weather has us even busier than normal. As ...   More
 
Wednesday, February 13, 2008 Night Cabbie

“Why does the meter say six dollars?”


Night Cabbie
“Why does the meter say six dollars?” “I’ve been waiting out here for 10 minutes.” “Why do you do this to me?” The drunk East African guy is genuinely offend ...   More
 
Wednesday, February 6, 2008 Night Cabbie

My personal car’s broken and the weather’s miserable enough to preclude bike riding


Night Cabbie
My personal car’s broken and the weather’s miserable enough to preclude bike riding, so here I am, sitting in the backseat of a cab and getting the customer’s perspective. My driver& ...   More
 
Wednesday, January 30, 2008 Night Cabbie
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