The Midnight Cabby is not a quick read. It's
an exciting read because the stories are straight
off the streets. And true. They are a chronicle of
the 80's that signal hope for the 90's. Caution,
however, some of the stories have a social bite.
Taxi driver/journalist, Don Wells, knows his
subject. He has been doing a "taxi dance" with
the public at night for 15 years. A Navy pilot, a
fry cook, a pots and pans salesman, a social
worker and a photojournalist, he was all these
things until he jumped into a taxi, where he says,
"It was love at flrst sight."
"Your story, He's not heavy, is pathetic." - Judy, San Carlos
"Midnight magic in a cab." - The Peninsula Times Tribune, Palo Alto
"Please, please, keep writing... you raise everyone's spirits." - Lily, Redwood City
"Supertanfastic"- Jan, Waitress, Golden West Restaurant, Redwood City
by Don Wells
The Midnight Cabby may be writing about you!
Veteran cabby/newspaper columnist, Don Wells, brings you
taxi stories straight off the streets:
San Jose - Sunnyvale - Mt. View - Palo Alto -
The Anatomy of a Robbery
or how to stay in one piece during an ordeal
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Don Wells, the Midnight Cabby
3790 El Camino Real, #327
Palo Alto, CA 94306
Midnight Cabby - Contents Bluebirds, Owls, Wimps And Scumbags 8 Six Pennies And A Nickel 10 Heigh Ho! 12 At Wit's End 14 In The Best Interest Of Whom? 16 Farewell, Sequoia Hotel 18 A Word From Your Sponsor 20 Yes, There Are No Potatoes 22 You Don't Call Me Bastard Anymore 24 He's Not Heavy? 26 Your Turn 27 Deadwood After Dark 28 The Carlton 105? 30 All l've Ever Known 32 Playing The Newspaper Came 34 'You Packing A Rod?' 36 AngerRides The Streets 38 Handling A Bad Cabby 40 One Windfall Night 42 Lady Love 44 Male Stripper Reveals All 46 Boom 48
What Hope Is 52 Forgiveness, Not Thanks 54 Si Se Puede, Yes You Can 56 Little People, Lotsa Courage 58 Beyond The Mountain 60 Taxi Bosses I Have Known 62 Taxi Tips 64 Night Fog 66 Swimming with the Sharks 68 Hey, Kelly 70 Christmas 72 Friday Night Waybill 74 Memories In The Making 76 Wounded Knee 78 News From Nowhere 80 Jimmy 82 Ride With Me, George 84 Count Me Out 86 Seeing The Shadows 88 Little Brother 90 I'll TaKe You There 92 To The Future 94
I almost threw Jerry out of my cab the first time I took him home from
a bar. He had a non-stop stream of invectives all the way: "Use your
map. Can't even find your butt. Change your diaper."
"Hey! You talking to me?" I asked as I turned the radio down.
"That's his problem," Jerry shot back.
"Hey man! You got a problem?" I shot back. What am I saying, I wondered? This guy's six feet four, built like a tank.
"Nobody home. Check the bathroom, dummy," Jerry drawled.
Looney tunes. Out to lunch. Gone but not dangerous, I figured. Jerry paid his fare, gave me a nice tip and shook my hand with a bone-crunching grip. Oh well.
But Jerry kept cropping up in my cab, became a regular. You know how it is, like a bad penny, you always attract the thing you dread. Taking Jerry home was getting to be a hassle, admittedly a harmless hassle.
But the thing is, Jerry never talks to me directly or even acknowledges my presence. I gave up on having a conversation with him long ago and just let him ramble: "Answer me! Where are you? Police. Haul 'em in." Mutter, mutter, mutter.