A Story with Legs: Stumbling into the San Francisco Transportation War

Kelly Dessaint
Nov 22, 2015 · 6 min read
the ad hoc cabstand on Mission outside Public Works

My friend Colin, who holds medallion 1434, told me a while back that you had to be a little off in the head to drive a cab. At the time, I took it as a compliment. Now I’m not so sure.

National Cab Company: “Where losers come to win.”

One night I was driving up Franklin and this guy stuck his head out the window and screamed, “I made thirty million dollars so far this year!” Then commandeered my stereo and really got the party started…

Waiting for Caltrain

“You’re still a green pea,” Chucky said as he bummed a cigarette. “Now let me tell you how this cabstand works…”

Heading to the Ritz

Maybe in a few years, people will laugh about how they used to ride in the backseat of some random dude’s Honda Fit chewing on Starburst. But now we can only hold our breath…

Cab 182 — One ride at a time.

Or, as Irina would put it: “Blah blah blah.”

Behind the Wheel

From Uber/Lyft to Taxi: Driving for Hire in San Francisco

Kelly Dessaint

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S.F. Examiner columnist, author, zine maker, blogger, proud papa.

Behind the Wheel

From Uber/Lyft to Taxi: Driving for Hire in San Francisco