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I'm not a saint


Night Cabbie
I'm not a saint. Driving a cab is my job. I do it to make money. I don't drive a cab because I always secretly wanted to be a social worker. Your car broke down? Fine, pay me. Your kid got shot and ...   More
 
Wednesday, April 18, 2007 Night Cabbie

Readers, meet your new Night Cabbie!


Night Cabbie
Readers, meet your new Night Cabbie! We'll let him introduce himself: I'm young, smart and sexy. While I get a little shaky outside of city limits, I know Portland really well. I know the fastest way ...   More
 
Wednesday, April 11, 2007 Night Cabbie

People often hesitate to open the door when you have a trainee on board


Night Cabbie
People often hesitate to open the door when you have a trainee on board; you must explain the presence of another person. Passenger reactions are as varied as the trainees. Sometimes they just ignore ...   More
 
Wednesday, April 4, 2007 Night Cabbie

"How did you get this gig, anyway?"


Night Cabbie
"How did you get this gig, anyway?" My passenger is not referring to my being a taxi driver. I once wrote about her, and when she saw me again tonight, she said, "You are the Night Cabbie! You know, I ...   More
 
Wednesday, March 28, 2007 Night Cabbie

Undoubtedly there are many unsung, Uncapitalized Cabbies out tonight


Night Cabbie
Undoubtedly there are many unsung, Uncapitalized Cabbies out tonight, who will later write about their experiences—on their blogs, intended for all eyes, or in tattered composition books pulled ...   More
 
Wednesday, March 21, 2007 Night Cabbie

"When are you guys going to start driving hybrids?"


Night Cabbie
"When are you guys going to start driving hybrids?" I hear this several times a week. Dozens, if you include every permutation of what is essentially the same question: "Why are cabs so big/gas guzzl ...   More
 
Wednesday, March 14, 2007 Night Cabbie

"So these gas prices, they must really hurt you cabbies?"


Night Cabbie
My passenger was your average blue-collar Joe, but more interested in talking than chatting. "Well, yeah, but I'm not complaining. Gas should be $5 a gallon." He thinks I'm kidding. He thinks I'm i ...   More
 
Wednesday, March 7, 2007 Night Cabbie

I was delivering a box of blood to Kaiser Sunnyside.


Night Cabbie
I was delivering a box of blood to Kaiser Sunnyside. There was a guy near the front doors wearing scrubs, attached to an IV on a rolling stand, smoking a cigarette. An incongruous-looking figure, this ...   More
 
Wednesday, February 28, 2007 Night Cabbie

"Oh for god's sake, get a room!"


Night Cabbie
I can't begin to count the number of times I've thought this. Hello?! There's someone else in the car with you! We're so close to you that we can hear not just the little sighs and groans, but the rus ...   More
 
Wednesday, February 21, 2007 Night Cabbie

I'd been on autopilot for days.


Night Cabbie
I'd been on autopilot for days. "He got in and said where to go. We went, discussing inoffensive topics/in silence. I dropped him off. He tipped me reasonably, and wished me good-night." That's far mo ...   More
 
Wednesday, February 14, 2007 Night Cabbie
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