Friday, January 13, 2006

The finger


The usual. I have no idea what I did that pissed this woman off so much, but she told me I could kiss her ass, gave me the finger, and even held it for me when I pulled out the camera.


Not so usual was seeing a roll of toilet paper hanging off the back of a parked cab. It's like the cab walked out of the bathroom with toilet paper stuck to its shoe. How embarrassing.


Later on, I took these two guys, named John and Steve, to a hotel in Livingston, New Jersey. They were extremely friendly and curious about me and, somewhere along the way, the blog came up. After that, they were desperate to be mentioned on it. I told them they had to do something interesting for me to write about it, so the whole rest of the ride they said things like, "Okay, there's a bank over there. Pull over and we'll rob it. Will that get us on the blog?" Ultimately, nothing out of the ordinary happened on the trip except that they were very nice to me and tipped generously. So, though they didn't give me the finger and tell me to kiss their asses, I'm happy to fulfill their wish here.

39 comments:

Anonymous said...

Seems like everyone in this city hate cabs but still use them everyday....

what s up with that???

and what s with the toilet paper?

btw, love your blog ;-)

Raph

Danielle said...

I love your blog you are a great writer. I have always wanted to drive a cab just to experience it. Because I have on more than one occasion been the passanger and interesting topics are brought up (at least in my cases) I wish the best of luck in whatever.

Joshua said...

I live in south Texas, we don't even have cabs here, maybe that's why people are nicer down here. At any rate, it's interesting to read about people and situations from your end, because your world is such a stark contrast to mine. One thing I know is wherever you go, there are bad drivers...Down here it inbred hillbillies in BIG trucks that constantly tailgate and assume that traffic laws do not apply to them, and of course women on their cell phones. At any rate, I hope to get my own blog running soon so check it out later. - Joshua

David said...

You should have had the two guys kiss. Or am I just projecting here?

Ah yes, Joshua, women on cell phones. Because men on cell phones are never a problem. Ahem.

joeljohnston350@hotmail.com said...

I loved newyork city, i hope to go back, and i would ride the cabs again, and btw, they drivers are very nice, i didnt have a prob. with you guys, cause, well, u are just doing you job, i see no reason y i should get mad at you, u dont get mad at me for driving down the steet, or doing my job. if u gay guys want to chat my e-mail addy is joeljohnston350@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

The lady that gave you the finger (the in the really bad yellow plaid), seemed to have abnormally big hands for a female. Are you sure that is a woman?

Ariel said...

when you get your book deal you absolutely must include some of these posted comments.

john (the guy on the left) said...

That's me on the left (the picture of the two guys). Our cabbie/blogger is a good driver. Fearless and aggressive. I don't live in NYC, so I'm not used to the driving and I was a bit nauseous for a couple of minutes until I stopped paying attention to the other cars on the road. We were in good hands. I really liked the way she stopped in a traffic-bearing lane to look up directions to Livingston, NJ, and completely ignored the honking cars behind her. Best cab ride of my life.

A Real person from NYC said...

Joshua from South Texas, Are you and people from Texas only nice to white rich white men? You sound like a racist piece of crap. Please never come to NYC ever.. Thank god I don't live in South Texas, sounds like its a hell of alot scarier anywhere in the world.

A Real person from NYC said...

Joshua from South Texas, your a Christian Minister..? (clicked his profile) WHAT THE F&CK!! Now your comments are even more way out of line. You obviously must of graduated from the Pat "Going straight to Hell" Robertson School of Christianity, (I know, I talked to God to, and he told me). What is it 3 more years to put you Hypocritical Bible thumpers back in your place, the trailer park.

Anonymous said...

this is to 'A real person from NYC'....ok, first of all...the guy from south texas wasn't being rude at all. second, just because someone lives in the south doesn't mean they're racist. third, not everyone from south texas is a bible thumper. I think you're being a little too stereotypical. Don't judge a place you've never experienced.

marcdark said...

Dude, Real person in NYC is right, Joshua wrote:

inbred hillbillies in BIG trucks

and and of course women on their cell phones.

That's sounds like he doesn't respect people and women in general, sounds very racist to me as well.. and if you click his name, he is a Christian Minister, so he is from the south and a bible thumper as a profession.

Very un-Christian to call people in trucks inbred hillibillies and women on cell phones bad drivers.

And he is portraying the sterotypical Texan.

Mikey P. in Chicago said...

This is great to read...It's like taxicab confessions w/o the old lady from vegas :) Keep up the great work. brw not nice of that lady on the top!!

Anonymous said...

oh yeah by the way if any of you lezzies want to chat my email is crazeelezfem@hotmail.com

Erica said...

Could the dominatrix in your cab have been Fetish Diva Midori? You should be able to find a picture of her online. She is a Japanese bondage expert.

jack (aka angrybrownbutch) said...

People seem to be confused about the definition of "racism" here. Were those comments sexist or classist? Yes. Racist? Um... how exactly?

Also, I love how "a real person from NYC" flips out on Joshua from South Texas for calling people "inbred hillbillies," then expresses the desire to send southern Christians back "in their place" in trailer parks. Um, hypocritical and nonsensical much?

Oh, and also, an entertaining read as always.

Anonymous said...

You should become a P/T dominatrix M.G....they make great money. I went only once just out of curiousity,$250.00 hr,but it was well worth it.

Most of the dungeons are underground and well hidden. I read that it is illegal in Massachusetts. To me it is only role play but you have different levels so to speak,from mild to extreme.

Joshua said...

Man, I really feel put in my place...LOL. I don't remember thumping on any bibles, or for that matter making any racist comments. You really should get to know someone before you call them a "racist" Or why not ask the members of the church I work at? It is made up of mostly African American and Hispanic members. I was simply trying to connect with the author of this EXCELLENT blog on the perils of driving down here. I was making a comical social commentary, not true generalities. In any case, I'm totally hooked on this blog (thanks author) and I intended my post to be complimentary. One thing is certain, I rest my case about us being MUCH nicer down here...You guys are nuts, and you'd have to come down here to see what I mean anyways...I'm sure you'd agree about the hillbillies in their trucks, and I suppose in all fairness most fools on their cell phones drive like they're reading the paper. In any case, I hope I'm no Pat Robertson...lol that guy is truly NUTS, and on the contrary, I was born and raised in Houston, and while it's not as big as NYC, it's no small town either. And it was in Houston that I obtained 2 college degrees (neither of which I use of course), and I've never lived in a trailer park. I try hard not to make uninformed judgments about people, and I hope I don't stereotype people unless they merit it (like the hillbillies in their trucks) And I try to be kind to MOST people although I’m nowhere near perfect and I have never claimed to be. Plus I always tip well (come on, that's got to count for something…lol). And yes I'm a minister but what that boils down to is a PERSONAL set of beliefs that are none of your business, unless you want them to be of course...and I never push them on others so don't judge me. In the end, I LOVE this blog and I commend the writer on giving others the opportunity to view a different world through a different set of eyes. Kudos and keep up the great work.

- Joshua

Anonymous said...

I live in Chicago, I am not a Christian, but I have to say:
BRAVO! Joshua. Peace to you all.

Anonymous said...

Well, I'm a part time NYC taxi driver & a full time college student pursuing my Bachelor's degree in Computer Science.From my last 4 years experience in cab driving,I can say - 95% customers are nice to cab drivers.Rest of them are racist,curse at divers for their own personal problems. By June 2006 I will be graduated & hopefully with my Bachelor's degree I will get a decent job. By the way, in Taxi drivers there is a stereotyped idea that black customers are trouble makers,but from my 4 years experience- I got troubles from White customers. I am not a racist,but some white customers make me hate them. By the way, I am from Asian origin

Anonymous said...

according to midori's calendar, she was in seattle & sf so probably not in a nyc cab that day (though that would have been cool. i've been to her seminars & they're pretty fantastic).

http://plus.calendars.net/fhpinc

Anonymous said...

It sounds like the pro dominatrix was probably Bridgett Harrington who is doing a bunch of classes in the East Coast area this month.

Greg said...

john (the guy on the left) said:
I really liked the way she stopped in a traffic-bearing lane to look up directions to Livingston, NJ, and completely ignored the honking cars behind her.

Ironic, considering that in an earlier blog entry, M.P. complained about a driver (of a vehicle with Jersey plates, coincidentally enough), who stopped to ask another cabbie for directions and blocked traffic as a result. Granted, that driver blocked the entire street whereas the drivers caught behind M.P. presumably could move into an adjoining lane once traffic permitted, but it's still ironic.

greg said...

Whoops, I meant in a later blog entry (today's, in fact).

Anonymous said...

very entertaining blog - you will be hit big now that you were mentioned in IWon! I drove a cab when I was just 18 yrs old in Minneapolis - didn't know where anything was except downtown and the airport. I made $6 for the whole day (kept getting lost..) my cab hat cost $8 ... then I scraped the whole passenger side of the cab on the garage entrance bringing the cab back when the shift was over! ouch. First day, last day.. hehehehhehehe I'll keep checking in - your writing is very entertaing ~ thanks~! micky in kodiak alaska

Shelly Fire said...

I live in North Dakota. The cabbies around here are kind of annoying because they all seem to get offended if you sit in the back seat.

Shelly Fire said...

I'm from North Dakota and the cabbies around here are kind of annoying. They always seem a little offended if you get in the back seat.

ras said...

Interesting article in the newspaper today about your blog. It's been my experience that most NYC cabbies are interesting characters to talk to. Good luck driving and wherever the next road takes you.

Anonymous said...

Hey i am in Jamaica(yea the one in the caribbean) and started reading your blog!!!, it seems pretty kool reminds me of the bid apple so continue to keep it real, and oh that was great what you did for those two guys, they wanted 15 minutes of fame you gave them much more than that i am sure

Love and Good health

Candy Man

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Monica said...

Hey, I love this blog.

Anonymous said...

love your blog, keep it up I bookmarked it...

you should do an itunes podcast of your day!@

Anonymous said...

I used to drive in the city every day for five years delivering computer stuff, so I can really relate to the 'Jersey driver' moments, lol. One thing I used to tell peeps, NYC cabbies are the best in the world, never got so much as a scratch on my vehicle no matter how close one got (and some got gorram close, trying to get ahead of me and such).
You rock, stay well.

Anonymous said...

greg said: "Ironic, considering that in an earlier blog entry, M.P. complained about a driver (of a vehicle with Jersey plates, coincidentally enough), who stopped to ask another cabbie for directions and blocked traffic as a result."

It's just a New York thing, greg. You wouldn't understand... ;)

SF CAbbie said...

What a great place this Blog is. I drive a Cab nights in San Fran. I was in NYC recently, and I have to tell you, the people there drive so much better than they do out here. There, it's like everyone went to the same driving school. Here, there isn't any driving schools at all.
I've always heard that NYC cabbies are wild and crazy drivers. Not true at all.
Like I said, this is a nice place. I may be back, C ya.

Anonymous said...

See, everyone in NJ aren't a**holes.

Love the blog!

Bridgett Harrington said...

Heya, I'm the woman writing the bondage book :) You were a great cabbie given how ignorng of a client I was. Name's Bridgett, FYI. I was pointed your way by one of your readers. My own blog is at http://mortalcity.livejournal.com

Anonymous said...

I think I know why this woman was unhappy. She looked in her rear-view mirorr and saw how truly ugly her jacket was; ergo the nasty mood. I don't blame her. I get pissy when I look like a clown, too.

Meretrix said...

I was the other dominatrix (and the plural's dominatrices, btw) in the cab with Bridgett Harrington, though I'm just seeing this post now.

I landed on your blog today (7/6/06) through Gawker and as soon as I started reading your posts, I knew you had to be our driver. Since I imagine it's not every day you get a couple of Dommes in your car talking about bondage, I did a quick search and voila! Great blog, babe. Thanks for not showing our pic and for handling my questions so gracefully that night.

Feel free to check out my wildly incomplete musings at http://meretrix.blogspot.com/