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"Yeah, gentrification is totally the story of what's big in Portland right now."


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"Yeah, gentrification is totally the story of what's big in Portland right now." This is where the conversation usually goes when talking to people who've left town for a few years. This young woman ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 27, 2007 Night Cabbie

My one and only goal for the night is to find a unique and appropriate gift for a good friend


Night Cabbie
My one and only goal for the night is to find a unique and appropriate gift for a good friend of mine, an experimental percussionist. I haven't had any success thus far and my last trip of the night, ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 20, 2007 Night Cabbie

The guy's on crutches


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The guy's on crutches, so I helpfully move my stuff off of the front seat so he can get in. Once he's settled, I'm happy to hear that he's headed to Milwaukie. It's been a slow night, and I need the t ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 13, 2007 Night Cabbie

One of my greater flaws


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One of my greater flaws is that I have difficulty being nice to customers who, due to the nature of their trip or condition, cost me time (and thus money). I'm able to do it, but it's an internal stru ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 6, 2007 Night Cabbie

I'm waiting for a call in the parking lot of the Chevron at MLK & Fremont


Night Cabbie
I'm waiting for a call in the parking lot of the Chevron at MLK & Fremont, leaning against the cab and smoking a cigarette. "Say, can I get me one of those?" I look over, and an emaciated form lurch ...   More
 
Wednesday, May 30, 2007 Night Cabbie

It's one slow-ass Tuesday night


Night Cabbie
It's one slow-ass Tuesday night, and I'm parked at Northeast 23rd and Alberta, filling out my trip sheet. There's a knock on the window. I look up, and it's a kid, asking for a cigarette. I get out, ...   More
 
Wednesday, May 23, 2007 Night Cabbie

The guy strikes me as being familiar


Night Cabbie
The guy strikes me as being familiar as he wanders out into my cab from the strip club. A slouching young man in a puffy jacket follows him and also gets in. The first guy asks me to take them to a c ...   More
 
Wednesday, May 16, 2007 Night Cabbie

I'm happy that a woman comes out of the strip club.


Night Cabbie
I’m happy that a woman comes out of the strip club. The dancers at this place have always given me good tips.I ask her how her night went, and she says not very good. The past two nights she has ...   More
 
Wednesday, May 9, 2007 Night Cabbie

"Scanning..."


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"So where we headed tonight, sir?" "Scanning..." "Excuse me?" "Scanning..." "Sir?" "48th and Glisan." The man I've picked up at the bar around 67th and Glisan is pretty dodgy-looking and speaks ...   More
 
Wednesday, May 2, 2007 Night Cabbie

I'm about to start my shift...


Night Cabbie
...but I'm distracted by a man the size of a defensive lineman. He's yelling threats at my superintendent, his mouth maybe an inch or two away from the supe's face. Cabbies, regardless of what compan ...   More
 
Wednesday, April 25, 2007 Night Cabbie
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