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November 27, 2007


This past weekend I was a little down in the dumps. I couldn't put my finger on it. Maybe it's the month. Is anything bleaker than November? Or it could have been a case of post-Thanksgiving letdown.

When I'm plying the streets of Burlington feeling blue, I shamelessly trade on the goodwill of "Hackie" to cheer myself up. It's a simple process of casually working into the conversation with the fare that I'm Jernigan Pontiac, the writer of the column.

I would never, of course, simply announce, "Guess who I am?" That would be too much, even for the likes of me. Oh no, I just wait for the customer to come out with something like, "I bet you pick up some interesting people. You must have some great stories."

That's all it takes. I then come back with, "As a matter of fact, I have a separate mini-career in which I chronicle my taxi stories." You know, casual as can be.

About 90% of the time, the customer goes, "Oh my God! Don't tell me that you're the guy who writes those stories in Seven Days?"

I demurely bat my eyes and say, "Oh, do you read the column?"

"Are you kidding? We love that column! It's so great to meet you!"

And away goes those blues!

I don't know if I suffer from horribly low self-esteem or, like the large and lovely Harvey Fierstein, I just wanna be loved. Is that so wrong?

November 27, 2007 at 03:01 PM | Permalink


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Posted by: one_vermonter | Nov 29, 2007 3:20:15 PM

I rarely take cabs but I drove one for Benways for a while after I retired. But for that, I might not be as big a fan as I am of your column and blog but I certainly am a big fan. Your insight and compassion really come through in your writing. Thanks for sharing your experience with us.

Posted by: Bruce D. Cunningham | Nov 29, 2007 3:27:16 PM

Thanks, Bruce. I'm touched by any and all appreciation from my readers, but especially from cabbies or ex-cabbies.

Posted by: Jernigan Pontiac | Nov 29, 2007 3:32:17 PM

You got that right, one_vermonter. My role model and spiritual inspiration is RuPaul. ;)

Posted by: Jernigan Pontiac | Nov 29, 2007 3:35:13 PM

Aww, like SAlly Fields, you just wanna be liked! And luckily, YOU ARE!

Posted by: Eva | Nov 30, 2007 12:40:26 AM

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