Kelly Dessaint

San Francisco's late-night bar crowd can make for an interesting ride, but a quality tip makes it all worthwhile. (Courtesy photo)

The patron saint of late-night drunks

It’s one of those nights. I’ve been driving empty for almost an…

San Francisco's late-night bar crowd can make for an interesting ride, but a quality tip makes it all worthwhile. (Courtesy photo)
Getting home without a car can be tough, but it's a lot tougher if you work irregular hours. (Ben Margot/AP)

When the driving ends, the real slog begins

Sometimes it seems like your night won’t be over until you’ve crested…

Getting home without a car can be tough, but it's a lot tougher if you work irregular hours. (Ben Margot/AP)
In some cases, cab drivers receive a finder’s fee for taking passengers to strip clubs and massage parlors. (Courtesy photo)

Aiding and abetting passengers’ vices

So this hooker and an Irishman get in my cab at Post…

In some cases, cab drivers receive a finder’s fee for taking passengers to strip clubs and massage parlors. (Courtesy photo)
(Cindy Chew/2006 S.F. Examiner)

Seeing with rear-view mirrors

When I agreed to be on a drivers panel for the Next:Economy…

(Cindy Chew/2006 S.F. Examiner)
National 182 sports a pink Carstache on the grill and a Glowstache on the dash. (Kelly Dessaint/Special to S.F. Examiner)

The increasingly blurry lines of driving for hire

I was a Lyft driver for Halloween. The idea came to me…

National 182 sports a pink Carstache on the grill and a Glowstache on the dash. (Kelly Dessaint/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Despite the difficulty of making ends meet as a San Francisco cab driver, there seems to be an inexplicable lure to continue doing it. (Cindy Chew/2010 S.F. Examiner)

No cure for cab driving

I’m a Fusion driver. Besides having the extra power when I need…

Despite the difficulty of making ends meet as a San Francisco cab driver, there seems to be an inexplicable lure to continue doing it. (Cindy Chew/2010 S.F. Examiner)
(Joe Manio/2003 S.F. Examiner)

Driving into the future with one headlight

It’s a Nick Cave kind of night. But not the dark, crooner…

(Joe Manio/2003 S.F. Examiner)
On my first night back in a cab, I didn’t even make my gate. I ended up $31 in the hole. I spent most of my shift driving aimlessly through The City, trying to make sense of it all.  Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner

Driving amid heartache and hardships

I don’t know if it’s possible to drive a cab in San…

On my first night back in a cab, I didn’t even make my gate. I ended up $31 in the hole. I spent most of my shift driving aimlessly through The City, trying to make sense of it all.  Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner
(AP Photo/Mel Evans)

Driving empty and looking for a distraction

Driving empty is never a good thing. But when you’re down in…

(AP Photo/Mel Evans)
You don’t turn down rides. Otherwise, according to cab karma, you’ll end up driving empty for the next two hours.  (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)

When nature calls business picks up

The City is moving. Or so it seems. For once, it feels…

You don’t turn down rides. Otherwise, according to cab karma, you’ll end up driving empty for the next two hours.  (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)
In this photo taken Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, people go past the headquarters of Uber in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Uber conformity will steal The City’s soul

On Monday, a delegation from the U.S. Conference of Mayors went on…

In this photo taken Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, people go past the headquarters of Uber in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
When everyone is standing on sidewalks with their heads buried in their smartphones. the taxi meter hardly moves all night. MIKE KOOZMIN/S.F. EXAMINER

The most boring conversation in a cab

I go where the night takes me. From one ride to the next,…

When everyone is standing on sidewalks with their heads buried in their smartphones. the taxi meter hardly moves all night. MIKE KOOZMIN/S.F. EXAMINER
MIKE KOOZMIN/S.F. EXAMINERWhen everyone is standing on sidewalks with their heads buried in their smartphones. the taxi meter hardly moves all night.

I Drive SF: The most boring conversation in a cab

I go where the night takes me. From one ride to the…

MIKE KOOZMIN/S.F. EXAMINERWhen everyone is standing on sidewalks with their heads buried in their smartphones. the taxi meter hardly moves all night.
Michael Areas/Special to the S.F. ExaminerSilver Crest Donut Shop

I Drive SF: Confessions of a Taxi Shill

Dear reader, it’s time I came clean. I am on the payroll…

Michael Areas/Special to the S.F. ExaminerSilver Crest Donut Shop
MIKE KOOZMIN/S.F. EXAMINERWhen everyone is standing on sidewalks with their heads buried in their smartphones. the taxi meter hardly moves all night.

I Drive SF: A bizarre drive with a happy ending

After waiting an hour for an available cab, the window guy finally…

MIKE KOOZMIN/S.F. EXAMINERWhen everyone is standing on sidewalks with their heads buried in their smartphones. the taxi meter hardly moves all night.