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  • Writer's pictureTina Huggins

NYC’s Crazy Cabs!

I was in NYC city this past weekend and had the opportunity to ride in numerous yellow cabs which come in many shapes and sizes…from the regular….to van…to SUV! These yellow vehicles are now equipped with a tv in the back seat as well as heat and air vents you can personally monitor. I didn’t realize this immediately….I had hopped in the cab and was sitting in the middle of the back seat with my feet propped up on the middle hump.  As we are riding along I am suddenly feeling as though I have had a hot flash …the driver must have turned on the heat! I ask him to turn it off and he replies in a language I don’t understand. After several responses I discovered that my feet had turned on the heat! What a relief to know it wasn’t my age, but my toes causing the rise in temperature!

Riding a cab in this city isn’t for the faint at heart or one with a sensitive stomach. All the learching and sudden stopping is enough for the strongest of stomachs. Cabbies honk as soon as the light turns green, they are fierce as they navigate the bumper to bumper cars…they have no fear or concern for those bodies in the back seat….I think they actually get a kick out of seeing the wide eyes and gapping mouths of their customers.

We got into a cab and gave directions only for the cabbie to look somewhat puzzled about where we were going….Our first mistake was staying in the cab as he proceeded to stop and start… lurching us forward into oncoming traffic to perform and unexpected u-turn in the middle of the busy street! Horns honking wildly at his maneuver. We decided our own GPS would be a good addition to this drive….of course we were told the GPS was incorrect. After seeing lights coming directly to my side of the car door while we making a right turn from the middle lane…getting out of this cab would not be a minute too soon for me…we finally arrive at our destination unscathed, but ready for a still cocktail! What a crazy experience to add to our evening of fun!

Travel Tip: Give directions before getting into the cab. If the cabbie doesn’t recognize the location find a different driver!

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