Ask a Cabbie: Are You Going to Make a 2015 Resolution?

01/05/2015 9:00 AM |
Illustration by Rachel Clark

Michael

Hailed in: Park Slope
Hails from: North Dakota
I don’t really do resolutions, but after Christmas I need to start saving money. Like, seriously. I have credit card debt, student loan debt—so much student loan debt—and I really do need to start actually saving. Luckily an aunt of mine died this year. Well, not luckily, since she died, but luckily since we weren’t close and I inherited a little. Really I need to stop eating out next year. That’s the killer.

 

Manuel

Hailed in: Fort Greene
Hails from: Mexico City
I finally got health care this year, after years without it, so my goal is to go to the dentist. Do you know how long it’s been since I’ve seen a dentist? Probably five years. My teeth are fine, I even floss, but they could be really gross and I’d have no idea. Mostly I need to do it so my mom will stop telling me to go.

 

Tom

Hailed in: Lower East Side
Hails from: Nairobi
I don’t know. What do people usually say? (Usually stuff like lose weight, quit smoking, save more money.) Well I’m not fat, I have a savings account, and I quit smoking two years ago. Just, boom, cold turkey. (Maybe if you’re looking for a resolution you could pick it back up?) Believe me, that’d be the easiest thing in the world.

 

Muhammad

Hailed in: Downtown Brooklyn
Hails from: Pakistan
I want to go home next year, visit my family. I haven’t seen my mom or dad in a few years and
I have two nephews I haven’t met yet, which kills me. Going home is always my goal, but it isn’t really up to me. It depends on whether Mr. Money shows up this year. It is very hard, with rent and everything else, to be able to take time off work and get a plane ticket. Very hard. You need to save at least $50 a week for a year.