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“Son of a bitch, you’re running up the meter!”


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“Son of a bitch, you’re running up the meter!” The old man is drunk, and furious that I was unwilling to make an illegal turn through busy traffic. “Hey, I told you I’ll ...   More
 
Wednesday, August 27, 2008 Night Cabbie

"Hey bro, remember me? You wrote that story about me in the paper."


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“Hey bro, remember me? You wrote that story about me in the paper.” I turn around, and the figure pulls back its hood. He’s a year older and sporting tangled cornrows, but of course ...   More
 
Wednesday, August 20, 2008 Night Cabbie

“It’s the Californians, man, the Californians are the worst.”


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“It’s the Californians, man, the Californians are the worst.” The man is in his early 30s and we have been talking about Portland as I drive him to his home off Rosa Parks Way. &ldqu ...   More
 
Wednesday, August 13, 2008 Night Cabbie

The middle-aged man I picked up at Vendetta is in a hyperactively verbose lather ...


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The middle-aged man I picked up at Vendetta is in a hyperactively verbose lather and likely on coke, though meth is a distinct possibility. He’s just finished regaling me with a barely intelligi ...   More
 
Wednesday, August 6, 2008 Night Cabbie

When I step into the obese old woman's apartment


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[CONTINUED FROM LAST WEEK] When I step into the obese old woman's apartment in Milwaukie, the smell is overwhelming and the air stifling. She has me wheel her cart of groceries entirely into the apar ...   More
 
Wednesday, July 23, 2008 Night Cabbie

The obese old woman at Fred Meyer has a bad hip and a wheelchair...


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The obese old woman at Fred Meyer has a bad hip and a wheelchair, and needs to sit in the front seat. Which is fantastic, as it’s scorching hot and she doesn’t seem to have bathed in days. ...   More
 
Wednesday, July 16, 2008 Night Cabbie

“...I need to take a shower first and wash all of this blood off.”


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“Yeah, I’m really hungry too, but I need to take a shower first and wash all of this blood off.” Occasionally, in severe cases, a firefighter or two will have to ride along in an amb ...   More
 
Wednesday, July 9, 2008 Night Cabbie

“So I’ve got these two women in the back of my cab who just refuse to get out...”


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“So I’ve got these two women in the back of my cab who just refuse to get out, and one of them’s puked all over the door, and the cops are understandably busy. What do I do?” I ...   More
 
Wednesday, July 2, 2008 Night Cabbie

“My friend’s getting divorced, and he’s really drunk,” says the bartender...


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“My friend’s getting divorced, and he’s really drunk,” says the bartender as she leans through the passenger window. “Please don’t take advantage of him.” I g ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 25, 2008 Night Cabbie

There’s nothing like a good Friday night, and I’m referring to the money.


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There’s nothing like a good Friday night, and I’m referring to the money. While the money can be very nice, Fridays often devolve into a desperate attempt at triage involving far too many ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 18, 2008 Night Cabbie
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