Kelly Dessaint

Despite overtly egregious infractions, the police usually ignore taxi drivers, but not this time. (Courtesy photo)

Taking a cop’s reprimand as a compliment

On Friday night, as the symphony and ballet are about to break…

Despite overtly egregious infractions, the police usually ignore taxi drivers, but not this time. (Courtesy photo)
Grown adults donned in red suits during SantaCon is among the things a taxi driver can count on — for better or worse — this time of year. (Courtesy photo/Sheila Fitzgerald)

‘Tis the season to go old school

With the holidays fast approaching, there are certain things a taxi driver…

Grown adults donned in red suits during SantaCon is among the things a taxi driver can count on — for better or worse — this time of year. (Courtesy photo/Sheila Fitzgerald)
Before the advent of Uber and Lyft, the idea of sitting behind the driver when the front seat is readily available was absurd. (Courtesy photo)

Why I hate being mistaken for an Uber driver

In a city where over 50 percent of the population relies on…

Before the advent of Uber and Lyft, the idea of sitting behind the driver when the front seat is readily available was absurd. (Courtesy photo)
“Nowadays, when I leave the National yard, my usual thought is, So… where

Letting fate determine my trajectory

Not all rides are equal. Even if they start at the same…

“Nowadays, when I leave the National yard, my usual thought is, So… where
People wear masks while walking along Market Street as smoke from the Camp fire drifted into the Bay Area creating poor air quality. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Driving into the apocalypse

My day begins under an apocalyptic sky. Due to the deadly Camp…

People wear masks while walking along Market Street as smoke from the Camp fire drifted into the Bay Area creating poor air quality. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
A couple from a small town in New Jersey are surprised by what they find when they visit The City. (Courtesy Photo)

Helping out strangers in a strange land

Outside the Hyatt Regency, an Amtrak Thruway Coach idles in the bus…

A couple from a small town in New Jersey are surprised by what they find when they visit The City. (Courtesy Photo)
Sometimes, you just need to let go of challenging regulars. (Courtesy photo)

When bloviating regulars are no longer worth the effort

It’s all fun and games until you realize you’ve been listening to…

Sometimes, you just need to let go of challenging regulars. (Courtesy photo)
Halloween week means navigating through fog, disguises and sadness. (Courtesy)

Driving home a weeping, staggering dinosaur

As last call draws near, the lost souls of Halloween wander drunkenly…

Halloween week means navigating through fog, disguises and sadness. (Courtesy)
For cabbies, idealism is put to the test during the ongoing Marriott strike. (Courtesy photo/Douglas O'Connor)

One step over the (picket) line

If anyone happened to be surprised by the SFMTA’s recent decision to…

For cabbies, idealism is put to the test during the ongoing Marriott strike. (Courtesy photo/Douglas O'Connor)
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‘So, how long have you been part of the problem?’

“In the end, everyone in San Francisco will get evicted.” The guy…

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The massive pot holes in San Francisco city streets can ruin your night. Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner

Navigating a Friday night blowout

The streets of San Francisco are ribbed for your car’s pleasure. And…

The massive pot holes in San Francisco city streets can ruin your night. Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner
“Dreamforce attendees are usually super upbeat, but once desperation sets in, they begin attacking each other to secure a seat on the limited number of buses.” (Courtesy photo)

Racing all over SoMa with the dreamers

Five long days of cab driving have taken their toll on my…

“Dreamforce attendees are usually super upbeat, but once desperation sets in, they begin attacking each other to secure a seat on the limited number of buses.” (Courtesy photo)
(Courtesy of Douglas O'Connor)

Life in the fast lane

You never have to wonder if someone works in the entertainment industry.…

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Sometimes, avoiding an awkward ride is impossible. (Courtesy photo/Christian Lewis)

A very strange reaction

“Hey, cabbie! Can you turn up the music?” “Oh, sure,” I grumble…

Sometimes, avoiding an awkward ride is impossible. (Courtesy photo/Christian Lewis)
Driving a taxi in San Francisco is not a job for the meek. (Photo courtesy of Douglas O'Connor)

Losing my edge

Not working for ten days really threw me off my taxi game.…

Driving a taxi in San Francisco is not a job for the meek. (Photo courtesy of Douglas O'Connor)
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Wheelin’ and dealin’

One advantage of writing this column each week is that I have…

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Having an array of CDs in the cab keeps all musical tastes satisfied. (Courtesy Douglas O’Connor)

A taxicab soundtrack

Over the past five years, I’ve tried to create a soundtrack that…

Having an array of CDs in the cab keeps all musical tastes satisfied. (Courtesy Douglas O’Connor)
I’ve been asked repeatedly since I first started driving a taxi: “So uhh… How’s this Uber stuff impacting your business?” (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

All roads lead to Uber

The other night, after a long 14-hour shift, I’m standing outside the…

I’ve been asked repeatedly since I first started driving a taxi: “So uhh… How’s this Uber stuff impacting your business?” (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)
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A wild night for the wildlife at Outside Lands

“Taxi! Taxi!” Before I can figure out where the shouting is coming…

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A stop south of Market led to a ride to the East Bay for a mom and her daughter who needed an assist. (Courtesy Trevor Johnson)

Mother and child confusion

<img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-10560" src="http://2zwmzkbocl625qdrf2qqqfok-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/SFExaminer-IDrive.jpg" alt="http://sfexaminer.com/category/the-city/sf-news-columns/i-drive-sf/" width="609" height="135"> Towards the end of…

A stop south of Market led to a ride to the East Bay for a mom and her daughter who needed an assist. (Courtesy Trevor Johnson)