Kelly Dessaint

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No skin off the meter

Each afternoon, when the summer fog rolls into The City, so thick…

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Restrictions regarding parking in The City have been known to be enforced unfairly. (Courtesy Trevor Johnson)

Taxi driving is not a crime

For several years, while living in Los Angeles, I was a personal…

Restrictions regarding parking in The City have been known to be enforced unfairly. (Courtesy Trevor Johnson)
Driving around The City when it's empty is especially satisfying. (Courtesy Trevor Johnson)

Flogging a dead taxi shift

Two weeks ago, my wife flew to Los Angeles with the baby…

Driving around The City when it's empty is especially satisfying. (Courtesy Trevor Johnson)
Words penned by beloved San Francisco columnist Herb Caen (pictured in 1994) remain relevant today. (Courtesy Nancy Wong)

What would Herb Caen say?

For over half a century, Herb Caen was the “voice and conscience”…

Words penned by beloved San Francisco columnist Herb Caen (pictured in 1994) remain relevant today. (Courtesy Nancy Wong)
Everything will be illuminated

Everything will be illuminated

I’m rolling through the Bayview on Jerrold, heading back to the Mission…

Everything will be illuminated
Colors abound on Pride in The Castro. (Courtesy Douglas O'Connor)

The freak show before Pride

Every year, it takes me by surprise … While dropping off Mr.…

Colors abound on Pride in The Castro. (Courtesy Douglas O'Connor)
Much worse things can happen than not getting paid for a fare. (Courtesy Christian Lewis)

Girl on the run

I knew she was going to run. From the start of the…

Much worse things can happen than not getting paid for a fare. (Courtesy Christian Lewis)
Sometimes your luck can turn after a late night chasing ghosts all over The City. (Courtesy Christian Lewis)

My kind of passenger

It was one of those nights, when you’re out late, chasing ghosts…

Sometimes your luck can turn after a late night chasing ghosts all over The City. (Courtesy Christian Lewis)
Jesse flips through the newspaper as he sits in front of the dispatch monitor at National. (Kelly Dessaint/Special to S.F. Examiner)

The man who ran the madness

On Saturday morning, I turn in my cab around 7 a.m. Before…

Jesse flips through the newspaper as he sits in front of the dispatch monitor at National. (Kelly Dessaint/Special to S.F. Examiner)
New San Franciscans actively sequester themselves from the urban experience. They take private cars whenever they leave home and avoid interactions with the masses at all costs. (Courtesy Christian Lewis)

Stranger than fiction

Even though I actively avoid reading negative comments online, a “friend” recently…

New San Franciscans actively sequester themselves from the urban experience. They take private cars whenever they leave home and avoid interactions with the masses at all costs. (Courtesy Christian Lewis)
The Uber and Lyft business model is designed to save users money, even if it’s at the expense of vendors, regulators or other drivers for hire. (Courtesy photo)

The taxi driver’s worst enemy

During shift change last Saturday morning, a bunch of drivers are standing…

The Uber and Lyft business model is designed to save users money, even if it’s at the expense of vendors, regulators or other drivers for hire. (Courtesy photo)
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Rage on the streets of San Francisco

Last week, I broke my vow not to engage the swarm of…

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As the song says, “First thing you learn is that you always gotta wait …” (Courtesy photo)

Waiting for the man

“I am a camera with its shutter open, quite passive, recording, not…

As the song says, “First thing you learn is that you always gotta wait …” (Courtesy photo)
Despite drivers’ efforts to be kind and courteous to surrounding cyclists, the stereotype of the brutish cabbie is deeply ingrained in the urban mentality. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner

Please don’t let me be misunderstood

At any time of the day, Market Street can seem like an…

Despite drivers’ efforts to be kind and courteous to surrounding cyclists, the stereotype of the brutish cabbie is deeply ingrained in the urban mentality. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner
Some streets are more welcoming than others to Uber and Lyft drivers. (Courtesy Shaun Osburn)

Mr. Judy gets clean

“I’ve been feeling so much better since laying off the drugs,” says…

Some streets are more welcoming than others to Uber and Lyft drivers. (Courtesy Shaun Osburn)
Since removing a large number of drivers off the Flywheel platform, there have been reports of longer-than-usual wait times. (Courtesy Christian Lewis)

A fool’s errand

Since last week’s column, I’ve responded to numerous emails and comments from…

Since removing a large number of drivers off the Flywheel platform, there have been reports of longer-than-usual wait times. (Courtesy Christian Lewis)
Displaying Uber-like greed, Flywheel seems to want a piece of all our action, on top of what we’re already giving the cab companies for leasing vehicles. (Courtesy Christian Lewis)

Pimp my taximeter

As the prime movers behind the Uberization of San Francisco’s taxi industry,…

Displaying Uber-like greed, Flywheel seems to want a piece of all our action, on top of what we’re already giving the cab companies for leasing vehicles. (Courtesy Christian Lewis)
With regulars comes great responsibility. If you agree to pick them up at a certain time, you can’t leave them hanging. Even if that means passing up an airport. Or turning down a ride that’s just going around the block. (Courtesy Christian Lewis)

The Regulars

Not all rides are created equal. Some involve a series of obstacles,…

With regulars comes great responsibility. If you agree to pick them up at a certain time, you can’t leave them hanging. Even if that means passing up an airport. Or turning down a ride that’s just going around the block. (Courtesy Christian Lewis)
“To the bridge! Take us to the bridge!” (Courtesy Christian Lewis)

Marin County thrill ride

During last call on Friday nights, I usually wait out the shit…

“To the bridge! Take us to the bridge!” (Courtesy Christian Lewis)
The customer is always right — even if they’re high. (Courtesy Christian Lewis)

Taking grandma to the crack store

After dropping a fare in the Richmond District late one night, I…

The customer is always right — even if they’re high. (Courtesy Christian Lewis)