After making a full recovery, I worked last Sunday evening. I got a car early on, and that was probably where my luck ended. This car was a nightmare from the beginning. Before I even left the garage, I had to bring the car into the shop. The wipers didn't work and the front tire was flat. And not just a little flat. All the way flat. The guys fixed it up quickly and I was on my way.
|My car up on the lift before I even got to leave the garage. This was how my day started, and how it stayed.|
After all of that, the city was dead. And I mean really dead. There was still enough snow on the ground from the snowstorm that people didn't go out. Even with Fashion Week going on, there was nobody out. I struggled just to be able to pay my lease and gas. I ended up staying out way later than I normally would just to put a few measly bucks in my pocket. Between how slow it was, dealing with the un-plowed snow on the ground and the beginnings of a migraine, it was just awful. I haven't had a day this bad since the first day I worked ever. It almost wasn't even worth it to work at all!
|After heading to Brooklyn on a fare, I stopped in a bar to use the restroom. They had this old timey phone in the bathroom to go along with the antique style, chain flush toilet(not pictured)|
I found that people were pretty friendly overall the whole night. Had more than a few who took interest in what I do, which is always cool. I had an Australian rugby player in my car. His team had just gotten to go to New Orleans where they had their own float at Mardi Gras before they flew up to NYC for a game. I thought that was really neat.
At one point in the night, I got a fare out to Brooklyn. As the guy was getting out of the cab, a small group of folks came running over to get in. They weren't going far(just to DUMBO), but it was a fun ride. I was offered french fries and had a good laugh with them. Also, It's always nice to get another fare when you get taken out of the city on a busy night.
|Sunset as I headed towards Times Square. It was much prettier in person...|
I have another post brewing. While driving around yesterday, there was an ad on the radio which played many many times about a spot on the WPIX11 11 o'clock news about cabbies and basically how we try and get over on people. I have a lot of issues with this, and will get to that a little later. But I think that needs it's own post. So, stay tuned.