Where I hailed him: Hell’s Kitchen
Where he hails from: Afghanistan
Years as cabbie: 2
Previous profession: Always a driver
I had a pretty good year. My son started going to school, so my wife had the chance to start working; that’s been useful. We needed the money. Other than that, I still have my health and job, so that’s good. But I am looking forward to 2010. Changing years is like changing clothes; you feel better when things are fresh.
Where I hailed him: Port Authority
Where he hails from: New Jersey
Years as cabbie: 5
Previous profession: Retail
2009 wasn’t a bad year, but it wasn’t anything special. It was like we were all hungover, since 2008 was so crazy with the economy and election. 2009 was just recovering from that. [What did you make of the 2000s?] Man, what a terrible decade. It started off bad with Bush, then we had 9/11 and the wars and then Bush got re-elected! Unbelievable. Nothing good happened this decade. Well, Obama. But that’s eight crappy years of Bush and then one year of Obama.
Where I hailed him: Midtown
Where he hails from: The Bronx
Years as cabbie: Less than a year
Previous profession: Parking lot attendant
This year was nothing for me. I can hardly even remember anything that happened in it. I remember Michael Jackson dying and the Yankees winning, but that’s it. Oh, and I started this job. That’s it. Boring year. Go Yankees.
Where I hailed him: Williamsburg
Where he hails from: Pakistan
Years as cabbie: 4
Previous profession: Construction worker
The best thing about 2009 is that I’m still alive, man! I’m sitting here with you! Every year I make it through, I’m happy. I love my job, and I’m glad I still have it. Each ride brings a new atmosphere in my cab. When you stay in public, as I do, you are never bored.