Monday, December 2, 2019

The Car Is Everything & I Don't Want To Be Rated

My Ford Crown Victoria, YC Cab 1092, certainly has a smooth and steady suspension, that very apparent after my coffee cup survived a mile-long ride atop the car, only realizing it was there once upon entering Highway 99 southbound.  Quickly pulling over, I gratefully retrieved the errant cup, pleased it had survived the perilous journey.  I mention this because a well- maintained cab is everything to the cabbie.  Without it, we are literally nowhere whatsoever, stranded upon the roadside or worst. 

Currently I am averaging approximately 5000 rough and tumble taxi miles per month.  When I bought the car, the odometer read over 103,000 miles driven.  Now 1092 has over 253,000 miles and counting.  Two weeks ago the differential and axle required professional attention.  Saturday I had the oil changed and a light bulb replaced.  What's next I can't tell you but whatever is required I do it because there is no alternative.  The car is everything, something I know and won't forget.  More than once, poor cab association maintenance got me involved in accidents, telling me that kind of attitude is inexcusable, money their unfortunate bottom line. And yes, I have been paying attention, which is all I want or need to say, be it tomorrow or today.

I Don't Care How Many Stars You Think I Am

The headline story in last Friday's Wall Street Journal complained about the spread of false ratings over the Internet.  Yes, anyone can say anything, true or not, to influence a potential buyer in one direction or the other.  And even if the rating or comment is real, done by an actual consumer, opinion is too often subjective, often based upon bias not founded upon objectivity.

Personally then, I neither want or need to be rated by passengers as Yellow is currently doing, arbitrarily judging our performance.   I never requested this disservice. The only rating me or any other cabbie is interested in is framed by tipping, by the tips we receive.  My friend Ted, playing a customer one of his new songs, received a hundred dollar bill for a short ride, the guy reporting that "he was stoked!"  That is the kind of rating we want, meaning money, by far the best enduring compliment.

And thank you very much, I am sure.


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