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Dec 18, 2016

Taxi Story: Air Hockey Dude

I picked up a dude at a local tavern. I can almost guarantee if I named it, especially if I said where it was, you’d know it. I can also guarantee you’ve never been in. Perhaps wondered. Well, I can tell you. It’s a local tavern, which is to say it’s just like every other […]

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Oct 26, 2015

Taxi Story: Ladd’s Level III

One of the phrases I hear most when I tell people I drive a taxi is “interesting characters.” And it’s true, I get a lot of them: nuts, cranks, drunks, hookers, johns … all sorts. And then there was probably the all-timer, the Ladd’s Addition Level III guy. But we’ll get to that. He comes […]

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Oct 16, 2015

Taxi Stories: Sometimes you just don’t want to know …

Often I make small talk with my passengers: How’s your day going, what are you up to, what line of work are you in, etc. And sometimes I don’t. Here are three times I didn’t say a word after “Where are you headed?” I pick up a guy, 4:45 a.m., at the EconoLodge, MLK and Columbia. […]

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Sep 23, 2015

Taxi Story: The Lottery Winner

Sometimes these taxi stories are sweet, sometimes they’re ordinary, sometimes annoying, and sometimes they just make you cringe. This was a cringer. Picked up a guy at this lottery and video poker place by Mall 205. He clearly had a buzz working, was big and loud, and immediately announced, “Dude, I just won about 500 […]

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Sep 18, 2015

Taxi Story: Sweeter Than a Bottle of Sprite

I got a call to the Gateway area one time, at the end of one of these funny streets that get bisected by the interstate, so the 9100 block is west of it and the 9200 block is east of it. I always guess wrong on that, then wind up circling through neighborhoods, cursing, and […]

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Sep 02, 2015

Taxi Story: Angry Phone Dude, Diverted

There’s all sorts of weird stuff that goes on when you drive a taxi. I took one guy, around 5 a.m., from a motel in North Portland to another motel in North Portland — for about a minute — and then for cigarettes, and then to a Walmart that wasn’t open yet. He said he […]

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Sep 02, 2015

Taxi Story: Sweet Lady, Surprise Ending

One of the more common types of trips I get when driving a cab is the sweet little old lady. I take her home from the grocery store, I take her to medical appointments, I take her back to the assisted living place. There’s one, a blind lady, that I take to church. Not only […]

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One of the more interesting messages I've seen in my short career. Note the time: 6 something a.m.
Jan 30, 2015

A report so far from the world of cab driving.

This has all been done before, and better, and from the night shift, but what the hell. I live, I roam around, and I write. You’ve got your salt of the earth bar workers, closing the place at 3, cleaning up til 4, drinking til 6, then calling for a ride home, paying in cash […]

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