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From the Driver’s Seat: Bits of Light

This weekend marks six months since I started driving a yellow cab in New York City. I may still be a rookie, but I know one thing: I never would have survived any of my shifts without at least one instance of light.

Sometimes it arrives when I pull up next to another cab driver fighting fatigue and braving the traffic:



Other times it’s Mike Katz, my weekend dispatcher – who speaks Spanish with a Brooklyn accent and always asks me “How’s the blog?” – who inspires me to keep going.




Every once in a while, the NYPD make me giggle, especially when they’re trying to look fierce and aren’t in a position to pull me over:




Often times just seeing New York be itself is enough to remind me why I’m lucky to be doing this job:




Of course I’d go nowhere without vendors like Sam Kandil, a former mechanical engineer from Egypt who sells hand-rolled bagels from a cart on the corner of 53rd and 7th Ave and throws a muffin in the bag when I’m not looking:



And there are few things as soul-soothing as having the perfect song come on the radio when you’re driving back to the garage after 12 hours on the road:

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10 comments

  1. Congrats on 6 brave months full of delightful tales! Here’s to many, many more.

  2. Congratulations!! And thanks for all the wonderful stories you have been telling us from the driver’s seat! :)

  3. Id recommend 1979 by the Pumpkins as a good song for driving or Tonight, Tonight. Congrats on making it so far!

  4. “Tonight, Tonight” or “1979” would be great songs for driving. Congrats on making it so far!

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