Kelly Dessaint

Being one of the soul survivors in the taxi business can be lonely sometimes. (Courtesy photo)

Seeking a temple of the familiar

There for a while I seriously questioned my decision to leave National to drive for Yellow.

Being one of the soul survivors in the taxi business can be lonely sometimes. (Courtesy photo)
Sometimes things don’t always go as planned for a taxi driver. (Courtesy photo)

Back on the road, but it’s a rocky one

My first day back in a cab after a month long sabbatical transpired with more than a few bumps in the road.

Sometimes things don’t always go as planned for a taxi driver. (Courtesy photo)
Sometimes, it’s more fun to be a passenger. (Courtesy photo)

Taking a break from behind the wheel

I never really wanted to drive a car.

Sometimes, it’s more fun to be a passenger. (Courtesy photo)
How to become a taxi driver

How to become a taxi driver

One of the major “innovations” Uber and Lyft have unleashed upon the world is a low barrier of entry in recruiting drivers.

How to become a taxi driver
Regulations for taxis and taxi drivers are mandated to help keep the public safe. (Courtesy photo)

When passenger safety becomes a casualty of innovation

I’ll never forget my first wasted girl.

Regulations for taxis and taxi drivers are mandated to help keep the public safe. (Courtesy photo)
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When you lose taxis, you lose a sense of wonder – and safety

When you live with a rambunctious two-year old in a cramped one-bedroom apartment, ignoring background noise is the only way to not go insane.

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Memories of customers linger long after they’re gone. (Courtesy photo)

Remembrance of taxi rides past

Regulars come and regulars go.

Memories of customers linger long after they’re gone. (Courtesy photo)
”No self-respecting hip city dweller would be caught dead on Muni.”(Ellie Doyen/ Special to S.F. Examiner)

When getting around is more about being trendy than saving money

You can learn a lot about the current state of transportation in the ad hoc cabstand outside Public Works at 3 a.m.

”No self-respecting hip city dweller would be caught dead on Muni.”(Ellie Doyen/ Special to S.F. Examiner)
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The loneliness of the late night taxi driver

In the small hours, Howard Street can be the loneliest stretch of…

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A wait for two ladies in front of Walgreens turns into a shouting match with an Uber driver. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Hostile Uber encounters are inevitable when you are outnumbered

Well, it happened again. Seems like no matter how hard I try…

A wait for two ladies in front of Walgreens turns into a shouting match with an Uber driver. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Business is always slow for  taxis this time of year, but the relentless rains have made this year worse. (Courtesy photo)

Stuck inside a taxi with the winter blues again

February is a bust. I only worked three shifts this month. Which…

Business is always slow for  taxis this time of year, but the relentless rains have made this year worse. (Courtesy photo)
Turning down smaller fares pays off this time. (Courtesy photo)

Playing the taxicab hustle pays off with bigger fares

Last Thursday was my first taxi shift in two weeks. After failing…

Turning down smaller fares pays off this time. (Courtesy photo)
This isn’t the first time I’ve driven someone to Pill Hill who’s drenched in sweat, despite the brisk evening air. (Courtesy photo)

Inside the secret life of taximeters

“Just so you know,” says the guy in the back of my…

This isn’t the first time I’ve driven someone to Pill Hill who’s drenched in sweat, despite the brisk evening air. (Courtesy photo)
The visibility of a yellow cab makes it easy to feel like a public utility. (Courtesy photo)

A ride for everyone

In a Yellow cab, you really stand out. Besides the distinctive, universally…

The visibility of a yellow cab makes it easy to feel like a public utility. (Courtesy photo)
When the meter is running, the stakes are too high to be getting lost or taking

Navigating new terrain in familiar places

Deep in the cut, I play the radio hard. Taking one order…

When the meter is running, the stakes are too high to be getting lost or taking
Driving for Yellow is no joke. Even with the tutorial, it’s been a major challenge. (Courtesy photo)

Driving San Francisco again

It’s all about the radio… Back in the day, Veterans Cab was…

Driving for Yellow is no joke. Even with the tutorial, it’s been a major challenge. (Courtesy photo)
Uber and Lyft cars drive even more erratically than usual during surge periods.

The scourge of the surge

It’s all part of the process. As demand spikes and dynamic pricing…

Uber and Lyft cars drive even more erratically than usual during surge periods.
Traffic, blaring horns and pedestrians darting in front of cars? A native San Franciscan returns to The City and finds it is not the same as he remembers. (Jessica Christian/2016 S.F. Examiner)

A rider delivers an all too familiar rant about The City

After circumventing the 45 bus, the red carpet on Third Street is…

Traffic, blaring horns and pedestrians darting in front of cars? A native San Franciscan returns to The City and finds it is not the same as he remembers. (Jessica Christian/2016 S.F. Examiner)
After a string of bad luck, it may be time to turn to the spiritual world for a solution. (Courtesy photo)

Getting stalked by a bad aura

Maybe it’s just my imagination. Or maybe I really do need to…

After a string of bad luck, it may be time to turn to the spiritual world for a solution. (Courtesy photo)
“Say, driver? Can we go back to where you picked me up?”

When a turnaround becomes a second chance

It’s a cold, blustery evening in The City. As I wait for…

“Say, driver? Can we go back to where you picked me up?”