Sunday, June 12, 2016

Attacked by the FDNY

If you've been reading my blog for any length of time, you know there's quite a lot of weird occurrences that can happen inside of a cab, beyond the more mundane stuff like trips to Penn Station you can meet all sorts of varieties of characters for example TV personalities, billionaires, 7 foot tall cross dressers, and beautiful models .. and when objects are moving around the city bad or good things can happen, accidents, violence, fights, disputes, VIOLENCE SUCKS BAD AND MR. TAXI DUDE JUST DOESN'T LIKE DEALING WITH IT Most recently, heres an incident that happened involving the FDNY.... 


Attacked by the FDNY..... 


I was on my way up to Harlem which is not a destination I drive to very often perhaps less than a few times a week and most likely the west side. This later afternoon during summer, I was in a line of traffic and we were waiting for some fire engines to pull over. I had assumed there may have been some fire in the vicinity so I waited for the fire trucks to park. The fire trucks pulled to the left and some firemen got off the rig. A few cars began passing the fire engine and men. Then as it became my turn to go past, a giant burley firefighter jumped on the hood of my cab and slammed his fists into it! It totally shocked me! He yelled at me “YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO BE A PROFESSIONAL!” Then I tried to backup but could'nt hmm. Another firefighter comes out and starts pounding his fists on my door! Can you believe it! My passengers were freaking out, praying that the police would not come! Nuts! I was so shocked I didnt wanna fight the FDNY or the NYPD so I normally just run away from violent stuff! What I had misjudged is that the fire truck was parking in the garage at 3rd Avenue instead of responding to a fire at this location. The reason is I just simple dont drive upto 123nd Street that often. An honest mistake! I simply did nothing and drove on after they parked the fire engine – nor did I file a complaint with the FDNY, I simply let them get away with attacking my cab. Violence sucks bad! This was at Ladder FDNY Engine 35 ,Ladder 14 & Battalion 12.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

The Forgetful Acrobat and other interesting stuff!

If you've been reading my blog for any length of time, you know there's quite a lot of weird occurrences that can happen inside of a cab, beyond the more mundane stuff like trips to Penn Station you can meet all sorts of varieties of characters for example TV personalities, billionaires, 7 foot tall cross dressers, and beautiful models .. and when objects are moving around the city bad or good things can happen, accidents, violence, fights, disputes, weird conversations, sex and more. Here is a memorable incident that happened just recently.... 



The Forgetful Acrobat! I had a funny mishap with a wallet just recently. Occasionally passengers forget their money. I stopped for a straight acting type dude, a gray-haired 40-ish man wearing sneakers and athletic clothes and carrying a backpack at 7th Avenue and 20th headed south. The ride was conversation free. We get in and we ride to 12th Street and Broadway near NYU. This was where the fun began. He feels his pocket, then he says oh woops I think I forgot my wallet “shit,” “f*ck” he says. Then he suggests we go back and get it. After this I ask him if he's got money in his apartment – sometimes passengers can burn you and you end up losing the fare, mostly this happens when somebody is really trashed! So we turn around and go back across 11th Street then across 13th, then Greenwich Avenue, to 8th Avenue and then we take a right on 20th Street back in Chelsea. Cutting down 20th Street  we pass a police precinct. Then we pull upto a building and I park across the street on the left side – I know this building well its like an Art Deco place that ive been to before .….. he then proceeds to leave his bag in the back while he goes back in. Here is where more craziness happens. I hang out for a few minutes while I wait and I feel a bit sorry for this guy's misfortune. Next I see him come bolting out of his old building's door. Unfortunately as he was running across 20th Street another cab comes down the street and oops, the guy hits the front of the other cabs hood, flips into the air doing a 360 degree spin ala Jackie Chan! The other cabbie jams on the breaks, and waits for him to back up he stops. Now the other cab speeds up and moves on by and my passenger comes over to the other side. OOPS! Narrow miss on that one. Next up he gets in the cab and the poor man says “I couldn’t find it so I had to ask my doorman for some money” he said nervously. “Oh, ok.” At least he will not be ripping me off. He then proceeds to check his backpack. Poor man, now he tells me that his wallet is inside his backpack and its been there the whole time! Now he begins screaming expletives, “oh sh*t, oh f*ck!” As we ride, he continues to curse at himself repeating the words “oh sh*t, oh f*ck!” “oh sh*t, oh f*ck!” . Poor man. I smirked and I knew this would be a funny one for my readers I just sit there and accept his money and drive away hunting the next fare....




Celibrities inside Taxi Dude's Cab! Some talk to me, some do not. One of my favorite famous persons to meet was Chris Wragge, a very professional taxi rider. Justin Ross Lee had a lot of interesting stuff to say, hes a smart guy, more of a local NYC celebrity. Here are a few more, Kelley Rutherford, Al Roker, Leonardo Dicaprio, Katerina Ivanovska, Amanda Hearst, Bryant Gumble.....Celebrities List:

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Tuesday Night Shift and Taxi Career Recap....

Hey guys this is my first post on Craziest NYC Taxi Stories in 2016, I've been busy with other IT projects but now im back online. Today is a week day/night in May. The weather is decent, which means people will be outdoors enjoying the Spring season and a bit more skin will be showing and people will be out having fun. Something unique tonight - a lot of the students at NYC colleges are out and the students are having sendaway parties at clubs in Meatpacking and the West village. Earlier in the day i took some girls from NYUs dorm on 3rd Avenue and 8th Street to LGA LaGaurdia Airport. I'm going to give you a few highlights of stuff ive seen over the past 1 to 2 years that I have not had the time to document and as usual, most if it will be crazy weird....

Here are two famous or infamous dudes I picked up within the past 1 years time: Elliot Spitzer, client #9,... 

Elliot Spitzer Photo
He was actually pretty cool... riding with his girlfriend, Lis Smith. Picked them up at The Standard and took them to a restaurant in Soho. They were whispering  to see if i recognized them but I never responded. Yes I did but we never spoke because I did not want to bring up his Client #9 scandal. He had a raspy voice. Lis Smith is skinny and cute.


Next up... Dennis Kozlowski...shamed and imprisoned former CEO of Tyco...
Mr. Kozlowski didn't say much either. I picked him up at the Trump Building in the 40s on 1st Avenue. He's a big tall burly man evidently he still has some money because he was at this building for ultra rich types. The ride was nothing to write home about. I drove to Central Park South. He looked to be on his way to some business meeting.

Next up... Murder, that's right I said murder, violence, killing other people. For whatever reason, I've met 2 people within the past 12 , months or so have admitted to killing other people. Violence is not my sort of way to solve problems so i didn't wanna know much about these people. First guy was a white guy from Brooklyn who had a few scruples about telling me that he was in the drug trade. After that I wanted him out. Second guy was involved in the drug trade down in Central America. Evidently the value of a human life down there is not as much as it is here because this guy has whacked tons of people.

Next subject...stuff hiding inside a taxi passenger's ears... and the photos to prove. One night I picked up a girl over in Williamsburg from Eastern Europe. She told me that she had come to the USA to get away from the prostitutes who were chasing her... I said uhhhh okay and played along. She asked for my # so I gave her my business card with my taxi contact info on it. Later that night she texts me a photo of her ear claiming she needs help to dig out the prostitutes that are hiding inside..No thanks I prefer to stick to the sane and the living.

The later part of the afternoon started out with a few mid-day rides wading through horrendous traffic that plagues Manhattan's midtown neighborhood during the day. Among these were a visiting tourist couple from Chicago... I took them to the 9/11 memorial. I also had a friendly lady from Australia who was visiting New York City to check out exercise businesses to see what was popular in the USA - she sat up front with me.  She was a yoga teacher if im not mistaken or a gym owner.

Later that night, things got busy because it was the end of the school year party. It seemed to be a girls night out because there was a lot of girls out. I picked up one group of sexy girls from Fordham U in the Bronx, they were headed to a diner in West Midtown. Later on i picked up a Turkish couple headed to Tribeca and a super drunk group of girls who were headed from Stuy Town to an apartment building in midtown. One of them fell asleep with her high heels hanging over the partition in my cab.