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It will be interesting to see how many cab drivers are back on the road when state rules about unemployment benefits change. (Kevin Hume/The Examiner

Not everyone is optimistic about the reopening

Despite positive vibes, despair prevails for some of us

 

For some intrepid souls, driving a cab in The City is not a thankless job. (Shutterstock)

When you love the job, but the job doesn’t love you back

Some people have cab driving in their blood

 

The late Ruach Graffis is beloved for helping cab drivers, labor organizing and dedication to social justice. <ins>(Facebook screenshot)</ins>

The great taxicab in the sky

Mentor Ruach Graffis led her life, and ended it, with dignity

 

During the pandemic, there has seemed to be plenty of cab drivers to satisfy demand. <ins>(Shutterstock)</ins>
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During the pandemic, there has seemed to be plenty of cab drivers to satisfy demand. <ins>(Shutterstock)</ins>
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A regular rider provided a cash retainer just at a time when it was needed. (Shutterstock)

An offer in dollars too good to resist

Expenses get covered in what feels like a deal with the devil

A regular rider provided a cash retainer just at a time when it was needed. (Shutterstock)
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

Man driving taxi robs would-be passenger at gunpoint

A man was robbed at gunpoint by a suspect who appeared to…

A Yellow Cab taxi makes its way down a rainy Market Street Tuesday, January 5, 2016. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)

Yellow Cab, SF’s largest taxi company, is for sale

San Francisco’s largest cab company is officially for sale. Perhaps the first…

A Yellow Cab taxi makes its way down a rainy Market Street Tuesday, January 5, 2016. (Mike Koozmin/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)

What taxi dreams are made of

Every once in a while the sun shines on a taxi driver’s…

“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)
Three things in life are certain: death, taxes and traffic in San Francisco. (Courtesy photo)

The thin checkered line

For some stupid reason, I still start my shifts at Caltrain these…

Three things in life are certain: death, taxes and traffic in San Francisco. (Courtesy photo)
Revelers join in the fun on Sunday at San Francisco's famous Folsom Street Fair. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

Suits and leather jock straps

Last week is a blur. In retrospect, I’m not sure why I…

Revelers join in the fun on Sunday at San Francisco's famous Folsom Street Fair. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)
Don’t end up like Quaid in “Total Recall” who can’t evade the bad guys because of “Johnny Cab,” the automated driver. (Courtesy TriStar Pictures)

The many potholes on the road to self-driving cars

I’m cruising down Haight Street when four women flag me outside Magnolia.…

Don’t end up like Quaid in “Total Recall” who can’t evade the bad guys because of “Johnny Cab,” the automated driver. (Courtesy TriStar Pictures)
After a while, driving through the lawless streets of San Francisco is like playing Galaga. (Cindy Chew/2007 S.F. Examiner)

Where the streets have no rules

It figures. Just when I’m finally getting Zen about sharing the road…

After a while, driving through the lawless streets of San Francisco is like playing Galaga. (Cindy Chew/2007 S.F. Examiner)
Deciding between sustenance and income is no laughing matter. (Courtesy photo)

The top light is on, but I’m not

Tonight, The City is a ghost town. Burning Man, Labor Day weekend…

Deciding between sustenance and income is no laughing matter. (Courtesy photo)
A cab driver who jumped a curb on Market Street last week and crashed into a shoeshine stand is just one example of taxi drivers pushing themselves to the limit to survive in an increasingly competitive industry. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

Taxi drivers are dropping like flies

Based on what I’ve been hearing while I linger outside the National…

A cab driver who jumped a curb on Market Street last week and crashed into a shoeshine stand is just one example of taxi drivers pushing themselves to the limit to survive in an increasingly competitive industry. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)
Buying drugs on the streets of San Francisco is easier than going through a Jack in the Box drive-through. (Courtesy photo)

A drug run in the slow lane

It’s been a while since I’ve taken anyone on a drug run.…

Buying drugs on the streets of San Francisco is easier than going through a Jack in the Box drive-through. (Courtesy photo)
Whomever you run into in the Marina, you can bet they’ve got their priorities straight. (Cindy Chew/2008 S.F. Examiner)

Fear and loathing in the Marina

"Do you know the AMC on Van Ness?” asks the girl who…

Whomever you run into in the Marina, you can bet they’ve got their priorities straight. (Cindy Chew/2008 S.F. Examiner)
There’s no telling what a passenger will say during a long ride to the Peninsula. (Courtesy photo)

A hell ride into the Peninsula

The cashier at the ARCO on 14th and Mission is a funny…

There’s no telling what a passenger will say during a long ride to the Peninsula. (Courtesy photo)
Professional drivers in San Francisco rejoiced last week when a pickup truck drove onto the BART tracks in West Oakland, shutting down the Transbay Tube for nearly two hours.  (Courtesy BART)

A fleeting sense of worth when demand surges

Wednesday looked to be a promising night for taxi driving. With Phish…

Professional drivers in San Francisco rejoiced last week when a pickup truck drove onto the BART tracks in West Oakland, shutting down the Transbay Tube for nearly two hours.  (Courtesy BART)
Just because a passenger has luggage, doesn’t necessarily mean they’re headed to the airport. (Courtesy photo)

Being at the right place at the right time

It’s a quiet night. I’m close to my nut, but still in…

Just because a passenger has luggage, doesn’t necessarily mean they’re headed to the airport. (Courtesy photo)