I experienced a great deal of push back when I first started conducting the taxicab-interviews that you are about to read. However, right after I informed the independent taxicab drivers, some of whom who are in the United States illegally, that I am an independent journalist and that I represent the independent media, they were glad to provide intimate details about their daily lives and taxicab adventures.

I also showed the independent taxicab drivers some of my past news articles, and since they were quite familiar with my past news article concerning California’s Smog War they were eager to speak with me after telling me that they had also read my black history month article The Forgotten Black Americans which gave them a new found respect for the hidden historical sacrifices and contributions that African Americans and other world history blacks have made for hundreds and hundreds of years.

Ramon aged 46 and resident of Norwalk CA: When I first arrived in the USA I did not have any papers, so a coyote told me to go to downtown Los Angeles where I would be able to buy an American’s social security number and other documents like a fake passport and a green card that would either have a number on it or that would be the older style that wouldn’t have a number on it which is why I should tell them that I am ten yoers older than I really am since the older green card will make me seem like I have been in the USA ever since 1977.

I was then told to go to the DMV on Grand in Los Angeles and to ask for a certain person that would hook me up with a Driver’s License way before the state of California decided to give all foreign citizens living in America illegally Driver’s Licenses

After I got the license I took out a loan for 1000.00 which allowed me to buy a car and to start my taxicab business more than 8 years ago. I had to pay the guy from the Mexican Mafia 1300.00 since he wanted 300.00 in interest which I gave him within 3 months of starting my business. I gave him a fake name so he has no idea where I am really from since I told him that I was from Mexico City.

My first cab fare was crazy because I received the call and when I picked up the black lady and received the information for where she wanted to go I completely forgot that she was in the back seat of the car after I started driving and listening to the music. You know what my friend? I drove the lady to my house because I thought I was going home since I didn’t realize that she was in the back seat of the car until she said, “Excuse me, but where are you taking me? I need to go to church.” Man I started sweating and shaking and all I could do was to apologize and give her a discount on the fare. I told her I am sorry and that I have only been here for two months. Her husband called me two weeks later for a ride and now they are regular customers.

Lesbia aged 23 and resident of Bellflower CA: Lesbia is my middle name and it doesn’t really mean anything because I only like men and would never be involved sexually with another woman, so I just want to get that straight since some people often get the wrong idea about me when they hear my mother calling me by my middle name.

I have owned my own taxicab business for 4 years and wouldn’t give it up for anything in the world since I consider myself to be a “Taxicab Vampire” since I only work at night since I work with my father during the day. I love being a taxicab driver since every day is different. I pick up fares for the airport and nightclubs and restaurants and get to meet a lot of interesting people.

When I was 19 years old my first fare was a woman and her mentally disabled son who had to wear a diaper. I remember this fare just like it was yesterday since it was the very first time that I had seen a naked man. The mother had to change her 18 year old son’s diaper since he had urinated on himself. I couldn’t take my eyes off of it until the mother said, “What’s your problem haven’t you ever seen a naked man before?” I had to admit that it was my very first time since I didn’t have a boyfriend at the time. The mother looked puzzled at first until I told her that I am an only child and don’t have brothers.

I had another fare one night and the man had a cheese pizza since he doesn’t eat meat due to his religion. The man could tell that I was starving by the way that I was looking at his pizza and to my surprise he opened the box and said you take the first piece. This was the first time that I had ever met an African American Hindu. He didn’t care that I was a woman he just saw another human being that was hungry which is why my mother said the feminists are crazy because you can’t automatically judge a person because of the genitals that they were born with because otherwise your father wouldn’t have given you to me since you came out of his body as a living female sperm just like I came out of my father’s body 57 years ago.

Mr. Patel aged 52 and Resident of La Mirada CA: I came here from India as a legal immigrant since I respect the laws of the USA and its citizens. I have hundreds of stories that I could tell you but the one that sticks out in my mind is a fare that I picked up at the SEARS at the Cerritos Mall. I didn’t know that another cab had also been called to the same location, so when I saw the man standing outside the SEARS I waved to him and said your cab is here. And when he got into the cab I said your name is Ben and you are going to Bellflower CA. The man said “My name is not Ben and I am not going to Bellflower. “ After looking at my dash mounted screen I replied no sir I have your information on my screen, so just sit back and I will take you to your destination. And once I put the car in drive another cab pulled up on my right side and it was the cab that the man had called directly and once he got out my cab I started searching for my passenger who was nowhere in sight. I was so embarrassed since I had already told the man that his name was Ben when it was Keith. This is the first time in 22 years that something like this has happened to me, which is why I am looking forward to being the first taxicab driver to pilot/drive a flying taxicab after reading your 2035 news article and since you told me that your plan calls for passengers to have a chip or a sensor that will point the flying car to the person that they are supposed to pick up which will eliminate mistakes like mine.    

The taxicab-interviews allow the independent-taxicab drivers to talk about their world which existed long before Uber and Lift and cellphone Apps.

Nathaniel Armstrong, Jr.

Cerritos, CA –

 

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