I had taken a little time off for my sisters wedding. I had planned to hit the road last Thursday, but a migraine struck me and by the time it went away, it was too late for me to get a cab. I went to the movies instead.
I debated working on Memorial day, and eventually(despite me kicking my feet in protest to my boyfriend) I was convinced to bite the bullet and go to work. Rent is due soon, so it had to be done. All day I was sad to not be at the beach with my hula hoop though.
Working on Memorial Day wasn't bad. I got to my garage and since most of the drivers took off for the holiday, I got a car right away. It's always nice to get out of the garage early. Gives you just that much more time during the day.
Early on, the city was quiet, although I kept a steady stream of customers. But the streets had very few drivers, which is nice. I had a fare to LaGuardia Airport and made it in really good time. Even on the way back, which I feared would be slammed with end of holiday traffic, it was a smooth ride.
The worst of the traffic I had all night occurred when a particular situation on the Brooklyn Bridge caused the NYPD to close off the ENTIRE bridge. This meant traffic around the bridge and on the alternate bridges got pretty bad. I had a fare to Brooklyn around then. I managed to avoid the worst of it all by taking the Williamsburg Bridge which the radio said was the best option. But once I got over the bridge into Brooklyn, things on the streets were a little on the slow side because of the closure.
Things got a little busier as the evening progressed and more New Yorkers returned from their holiday weekend. By the end of my shift, I had a nice chunk of change in my pocket, and very little stress after a nice, laid back, shift.
|I played tourist with my Family from Norway who was visiting for my sisters wedding. We saw this shirt in Little Italy. It has been suggested that I start selling these/giving them out to my passengers. Hilarious.|
Usually rain can mean good money for a cabbie. Last night, that was not the case. It was slow. After the holiday weekend and with the weather being what it was, people just stayed home. Also, after taking Monday off, more taxi drivers were out to make up for their lost day. So competition was stiff. Usually by about 9pm, I have made enough to pay my lease and gas expenses. It was much later last night, and my overall take for the night was very low. The only thing that really put me over the super-duper low mark was my last two fares.
I had been cruising downtown for over an hour looking for a fare when I finally pick up a girl on 14th street. She was headed to Brooklyn. After I dropped her off i debated heading back into Manhattan. But it was late and I probably wouldn't catch another fare in the city. So after dropping her off, I figured I would head over to Park Slope to maybe find a passenger. I had gone all the way to the far end of the Slope and back when I was just about to give up and go home. Then I saw a guy cross the street. He didn't look like he was going to hail, but I used my Jedi mind tricks on him, and as I was about to pull out from the light, he stuck up his arm. He was actually going pretty deep into Brooklyn, and not too far from my garage. So I managed to get that one last fare that pretty much saved my night from being really awful before heading home.
I am glad Monday was decent because SOMETHING had to make up for the crappy night last night.