Kelly Dessaint

I Drive SF: The luxury of being bored

It goes without saying that the past few weeks have been a whirlwind of emotions: fear, isolation and the uncertainty of when/if things will ever be normal again

Can taxis survive the COVID-19 pandemic?

It’s the end of the taxi industry as we’ve known it and, honestly, I don’t know what to feel anymore.

I can tell right away things aren’t what they seem…

I Drive SF: Two strangers in the backseat

I Drive SF: Bizarre love triangle

“Getting a cab is just so…” her voice trails off.

I Drive SF: Death by Airport

As much as I try to resist the urge, playing the airport is addictive.

I Drive SF: Advice to a young newcomer to San Francisco

She gives me an address on Turk Street. I ask her to repeat. There are no hotels or apartment buildings

I Drive SF: As far as $53 will take me

I sensed right away that he was on the skids.

When Google Maps suggests a route, I know that’s the one to avoid

I Drive SF: Practicing the lost art of getting around

I Drive SF: A long day’s journey into the night

When I don’t have the cab, getting home to Oakland at night can be a long, arduous journey.

I Drive SF: From a nightmare to a dream

The Dreamforce convention ended on Friday and most of the drivers are hoping some of the 170,000 attendees haven’t left already

A working class hero ain’t nothing to be

Thanks to AB 5, this column will no longer be weekly.

I Drive SF: Winter is coming

Some days it seems like winter is already here.

The high cost of living in California isn’t just financial

The image of laidback Californians is spurious at best.

I Drive SF: When time is not on your side

It’s difficult to figure out how to get back on track once your timing is off. Do you speed up? Slow down? Take a detour?

Avoiding rejection at the casual carpool

The humiliation of feeling wanted one second and then rejected the next seemed to be the epitome of embarrassment.

I Drive SF: A loss in the taxi community

Over the following days, a pall has hung over the holding lot at SFO where drivers congregate between rides.

I Drive SF: Playing the tipping game

When you deal with lots of cash, someone always wants a piece of the action.

Driving an early morning shift

Despite the allure of a San Francisco morning, this isn’t how I expected to begin my day.

A chaotic week of cab driving

Despite feeling out of synch most of the week, there was also a weird synchronicity at play.

Chase carmageddon avoided, but what about SFO?

Down at SFO, they were closing one of the three runways for 20 days to make repairs.