Day Cabbie

San Francisco taxi stories from one of the very rare female drivers

Breakfast and lunch

I picked up a guy on Market Street. He had a bag of food with him.

"You don't mind if I eat in here, do you?"


"I'm going to 18th and Harrison."


He ate throughout the entire ride. My nose kept detecting different kinds of delicious food smells. I was about to ask him what he was eating but I didn't. A Beastie Boys song was playing on the radio. The guy said

"I love the Beastie Boys."

"I know, me too."

"I think they were way ahead of their time."



"What's your favorite Beastie Boys song?" I asked.

"Back to Cali."

"Oh yeah? I don't know that one. Which album is it from?"

"That I don't know."

"Is it from their earlier stuff or their later stuff?"


"Ah, haha."


"My favorite song is So Whatcha Want." I continued.


"So Whatcha Want. You know, so whatcha whatcha whatcha want?"

"Ah, that one, yes."

"I also really like Sabotage."



"Back to Cali goes like this. I'm going back to Cali I'm going back to Cali I don't think so."

"What? Hahaha. I don't think so?"

"Yeah. Haha."


"This is so depressing. I ate lunch and breakfast in a cab today."


"Yeah, just now. I just didn't have enough time today."

"You just ate breakfast AND lunch? Right now?"


"Breakfast AND lunch? Both in a row?"

"Yeah, that's what I did."

"That. Is. So. Funny. Breakfast AND lunch."

"I think it's depressing."

"I think it's hilarious."

And in that moment I knew that he was going to be the fare I was going to write about today.


At 10/17/2006 07:27:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

But 'Goin Back to Cali' is an LL Cool J song! (Notorious B.I.G also has a song by that name, but he never says "I don't think so" in it.)


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