Day Cabbie

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

Just so you know

I was going North on Columbus and about to make a left turn on Bay when I decided 'Nah, I'm gonna make a right on Bay instead.' Immediately it turned out to be the right decision because a doorman flagged and whistled me over to the Hilton. A lady got in. She was from Dallas, and even as late as the year 2009, she had the stereotypical big hair. I liked her subtle Texan accent.

She worked for Nokia and needed to go to 650 Townsend, where the Nokia office is.

"I used to work in that building," I said.

"Oh?"

"Yeah, Macromedia used to be in there."

"Oh."

After a beat:

"I have to ask: How did you go from working for Macromedia to being a cab driver?"

"Well, about three years ago I quit my job at Macromedia because I was tired of sitting in an office full-time. My intention was to become a counselor, but then I decided that I didn't want to do that full-time either. So I also started driving a cab, and three years later, I am still doing it, two days a week."

In the rear view mirror I saw that she was smiling.

"And I am going to keep driving until my taxi stories have been published as a book. I write taxi stories."

"Oh, cool."

"Yes. I am going to keep collecting taxi stories until the book is out."

I was glad that I had decided to drive along the Embarcardero instead of through the Financial District because she seemed to enjoy the sunny and sparkly view of the bay.

4 Comments:

At 4/06/2009 01:19:00 PM, Blogger Bree said...

Hey Vera! I'm really enjoying your blog! So many funny, poignant stories. The book will be incredible - keep at it. I'm considering driving a cab here in SF, too. Any tips for another woman on the road?

PS - we've met. I'm Amber's girlfriend. Bree's my blogging name.

 
At 5/18/2009 02:56:00 PM, Blogger Gilighan Qabista said...

can't wait for that book to come out. i am secretly waiting for mine as well. i'm sure you know of melissa plaut. well, she was my inspiration to start blogging about my taxi career.

 
At 7/17/2009 05:48:00 PM, Anonymous Jessica said...

Just found your blog today. Good luck with the book! I'm subscribing to the RSS feed.

 
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