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2013-04-03 09:40:30 AM
WBUR made no mention of this when they talked about the Globe story about the taxi cab corruption scandal. I'm gonna go with this is made up or the herald reporter trashed the car
 
2013-04-03 11:15:59 AM
The Boston Herald comes in handy when a dog isn't house trained.  When I win the lottery I'll open a school that trains dogs to shiat on Howie Carr's face.  If he has the day off, Borges or Barnicle will do just fine.
 
2013-04-03 11:20:31 AM
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2013-04-03 11:22:50 AM

Elegy: You are not authorized to access this page.


I got the same message try to access it from the Herald's home page.
 
2013-04-03 11:39:17 AM
Spending a year driving a Boston cab was an enlightening experience for me. The daily tug-of-war between cautious and moderately-aggressive driving changes one's outlook. Not that being, say, a delivery driver isn't more or less the same thing, but the combination of trying to get from point A to point B in the least time, while total strangers sit in your back seat, plus the small but significant chance that they may attack you for you money definitely creates an edge that doesn't go away even years after you've quit the business.

Do it long enough and accidents will happen. That's why even after I was fully embedded in that job I would hang up the cab at bar-closing time, or at least not risk Storrow Drive (Sorrow Drive). Seen too many college kids flip their cars at the Kenmore exit, graze guard rails, etc to make it worth the extra dough.
 
2013-04-03 11:43:03 AM
Oh, thank God. Those fish weren't gonna wrap themselves.
 
2013-04-03 11:45:49 AM

Barnstormer: Seen too many college kids flip their cars at the Kenmore exit, graze guard rails, etc to make it worth the extra dough.


In their defense, Storrow gets curvy in that section and those kids are very drunk.
 
2013-04-03 11:51:13 AM

somedude210: WBUR made no mention of this when they talked about the Globe story about the taxi cab corruption scandal. I'm gonna go with this is made up or the herald reporter trashed the car


Nope, it's in the long ass investigation articles the Globe published themselves.  I believe it was mentioned near the beginning of part 3, but I'm not 100% sure.  It's definitely in there though.
 
2013-04-03 11:54:39 AM

Nana's Vibrator: Barnstormer: Seen too many college kids flip their cars at the Kenmore exit, graze guard rails, etc to make it worth the extra dough.

In their defense, Storrow gets curvy in that section and those kids are very drunk.


Seriously, fark Storrow Drive.
 
2013-04-03 11:57:39 AM
Also, I gotta say that the '98 Caprice Classic I drove (with the police suspension option) was a WAY better car than the Crown Vics that most fleets used. Today, between the 5-year-old rule and the green regs that encourage hybrids, most cabs on the street are under-powered and lack the handling to get out of a really tight situation.
 
2013-04-03 12:02:57 PM
You talkin' to me?
 
2013-04-03 12:22:59 PM
Every stereotype about Boston drivers is true.
 
2013-04-03 12:32:04 PM

Barnstormer: ...green regs that encourage hybrids...


If I ordered a cab to take my family to the airport and one of those tiny things showed up, I'd be furious.  Send two and charge me for one, because the four of us and luggage aren't fitting in a hybrid.
 
2013-04-03 12:36:11 PM

Barnstormer: Spending a year driving a Boston cab was an enlightening experience for me. The daily tug-of-war between cautious and moderately-aggressive driving changes one's outlook. Not that being, say, a delivery driver isn't more or less the same thing, but the combination of trying to get from point A to point B in the least time, while total strangers sit in your back seat, plus the small but significant chance that they may attack you for you money definitely creates an edge that doesn't go away even years after you've quit the business.

Do it long enough and accidents will happen. That's why even after I was fully embedded in that job I would hang up the cab at bar-closing time, or at least not risk Storrow Drive (Sorrow Drive). Seen too many college kids flip their cars at the Kenmore exit, graze guard rails, etc to make it worth the extra dough.


Maybe the kids are out drunk driving because all the taxi drivers "hang up the cab at bar-closing time".
 
2013-04-03 12:54:10 PM

God Is My Co-Pirate: Every stereotype about Boston drivers is true.


Let me explain this in a language that someone in Canada can understand:
In order to get to the NHL, you need to already be among the best hockey players in the world.  You have to have been a great player in school, and you need to be continuously promoted until you reach that NHL apex.

In order to drive in Boston, you just need a license and a car.  So maybe in order to get to Boston, you drove a little ways through some easy stretches.  Maybe you think because you drove through New York that you're ready.  But it turns out New York driving is nothing more than the Montreal Canadiens.  They beep and yell loudly, but when it comes to tough driving they turtle.  Every time.
So you get to Boston, you think you're ready, and you pull onto your first shift.  Except your first shift is against Tie Domi.  And no, not just one Tie Domi.  Every f*cking one of us is Tie Domi and we didn't bother to wear gloves.  We didn't even wait for the light to change/puck to drop and your shirt's already over your head.
You might think because you follow the rules that you're better or that you won, but you leave damaged physically and with a damaged psyche.  In actuality you lost every facet of the game.  You go home and just say we're terrible.  But secretly, you know you just weren't good enough to go up against us.
 
2013-04-03 12:57:03 PM
Ha!

That'll teach journalism grads to leave cab-driving to foreign-born doctors, Ph.D.s, minor ex-dictators and sociology majors.

And let us not forget anthropologists from local star systems. About half of all big city cab drivers are doing a graduate thesis on humans for the University of the Universe (Arcturus campus). Driving cab is a convenient cover, a source of pocket money, and usually part of their thesis field work.

Their class chant is: U U, yes, you f***ing ****, you cut me off, I'll cut your ****s off! You ... camel parasite ... ****!

The rest of the chant is obscene in over eight million languages. Oddly enough, ancient Arcturian isn't one of them. The Ancient Arcturians didn't have sexual reproduction, religion or politics. They were the most
 
2013-04-03 01:10:34 PM

Nana's Vibrator: God Is My Co-Pirate: Every stereotype about Boston drivers is true.

Let me explain this in a language that someone in Canada can understand:
In order to get to the NHL, you need to already be among the best hockey players in the world.  You have to have been a great player in school, and you need to be continuously promoted until you reach that NHL apex.

In order to drive in Boston, you just need a license and a car.  So maybe in order to get to Boston, you drove a little ways through some easy stretches.  Maybe you think because you drove through New York that you're ready.  But it turns out New York driving is nothing more than the Montreal Canadiens.  They beep and yell loudly, but when it comes to tough driving they turtle.  Every time.
So you get to Boston, you think you're ready, and you pull onto your first shift.  Except your first shift is against Tie Domi.  And no, not just one Tie Domi.  Every f*cking one of us is Tie Domi and we didn't bother to wear gloves.  We didn't even wait for the light to change/puck to drop and your shirt's already over your head.
You might think because you follow the rules that you're better or that you won, but you leave damaged physically and with a damaged psyche.  In actuality you lost every facet of the game.  You go home and just say we're terrible.  But secretly, you know you just weren't good enough to go up against us.


Wicked good analogy.
 
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2013-04-03 01:12:33 PM

Barnstormer: Also, I gotta say that the '98 Caprice Classic I drove (with the police suspension option)...


Looks like The Globe and The Herald aren't the only parties that need to do some fact-checking here...
 
2013-04-03 01:23:10 PM

Barnstormer: Nana's Vibrator: God Is My Co-Pirate: Every stereotype about Boston drivers is true.

Let me explain this in a language that someone in Canada can understand:
In order to get to the NHL, you need to already be among the best hockey players in the world.  You have to have been a great player in school, and you need to be continuously promoted until you reach that NHL apex.

In order to drive in Boston, you just need a license and a car.  So maybe in order to get to Boston, you drove a little ways through some easy stretches.  Maybe you think because you drove through New York that you're ready.  But it turns out New York driving is nothing more than the Montreal Canadiens.  They beep and yell loudly, but when it comes to tough driving they turtle.  Every time.
So you get to Boston, you think you're ready, and you pull onto your first shift.  Except your first shift is against Tie Domi.  And no, not just one Tie Domi.  Every f*cking one of us is Tie Domi and we didn't bother to wear gloves.  We didn't even wait for the light to change/puck to drop and your shirt's already over your head.
You might think because you follow the rules that you're better or that you won, but you leave damaged physically and with a damaged psyche.  In actuality you lost every facet of the game.  You go home and just say we're terrible.  But secretly, you know you just weren't good enough to go up against us.

Wicked good analogy.


It is. It explains why so many Boston drivers seem to have concussions.
 
2013-04-03 01:40:54 PM

Nana's Vibrator: God Is My Co-Pirate: Every stereotype about Boston drivers is true.

Let me explain this in a language that someone in Canada can understand:
In order to get to the NHL, you need to already be among the best hockey players in the world.  You have to have been a great player in school, and you need to be continuously promoted until you reach that NHL apex.

In order to drive in Boston, you just need a license and a car.  So maybe in order to get to Boston, you drove a little ways through some easy stretches.  Maybe you think because you drove through New York that you're ready.  But it turns out New York driving is nothing more than the Montreal Canadiens.  They beep and yell loudly, but when it comes to tough driving they turtle.  Every time.
So you get to Boston, you think you're ready, and you pull onto your first shift.  Except your first shift is against Tie Domi.  And no, not just one Tie Domi.  Every f*cking one of us is Tie Domi and we didn't bother to wear gloves.  We didn't even wait for the light to change/puck to drop and your shirt's already over your head.
You might think because you follow the rules that you're better or that you won, but you leave damaged physically and with a damaged psyche.  In actuality you lost every facet of the game.  You go home and just say we're terrible.  But secretly, you know you just weren't good enough to go up against us.


Awesome. Lived in Boston for five years. You are farkied.
 
2013-04-03 01:48:30 PM
Mm, just realized that came across as biatchier than I intended. Tell you what, Nana, I owe you a timbit and a double-double.
 
2013-04-03 02:24:57 PM

God Is My Co-Pirate: Mm, just realized that came across as biatchier than I intended. Tell you what, Nana, I owe you a timbit and a double-double.


Actually I found both of your comments to be funny-true and very Boston appropriate.  I'll take the timbit and double-double anyways, even if after Googling it turns out they're nothing close to what I was hoping they were.
 
2013-04-03 02:56:57 PM

God Is My Co-Pirate: Mm, just realized that came across as biatchier than I intended. Tell you what, Nana, I owe you a timbit and a double-double.


just be forewarned.  She's not actually paying for them, but trading in soggy rolled up rims.
//double-double always sounds more exciting than it is.
 
2013-04-03 03:11:24 PM
so the slimeball owner of the boston cab co. has some friends at the herald.  BIG SURPRISE.
 
2013-04-03 03:18:33 PM

Nana's Vibrator: God Is My Co-Pirate: Every stereotype about Boston drivers is true.

Let me explain this in a language that someone in Canada can understand:
In order to get to the NHL, you need to already be among the best hockey players in the world.  You have to have been a great player in school, and you need to be continuously promoted until you reach that NHL apex.

In order to drive in Boston, you just need a license and a car.  So maybe in order to get to Boston, you drove a little ways through some easy stretches.  Maybe you think because you drove through New York that you're ready.  But it turns out New York driving is nothing more than the Montreal Canadiens.  They beep and yell loudly, but when it comes to tough driving they turtle.  Every time.
So you get to Boston, you think you're ready, and you pull onto your first shift.  Except your first shift is against Tie Domi.  And no, not just one Tie Domi.  Every f*cking one of us is Tie Domi and we didn't bother to wear gloves.  We didn't even wait for the light to change/puck to drop and your shirt's already over your head.
You might think because you follow the rules that you're better or that you won, but you leave damaged physically and with a damaged psyche.  In actuality you lost every facet of the game.  You go home and just say we're terrible.  But secretly, you know you just weren't good enough to go up against us.


I don't even know hockey that well but that is the greatest analogy ever. Bless your soul!

/MA driver
//refuse to drive in Boston
///too much to live for
 
2013-04-03 06:05:19 PM
People, driving in Boston isn't impossible. As a transplant from a western city with a nice gridded layout I tell you this. It just seems insane because you're making the wrong assumptions. The streets here make it topologically impossible to drive in a rational manner. The shortest distance from Point A to Point B usually involves a space-time wormhole. Driving in Boston takes determination, resilience, patience and a strong sense of the absurd. It's not necessarily the people, it's the layout, although there are chucklefarks out there. You have to bend the rules or else no one is going anywhere. Once you give in and just let things drift holistically, you find it all starts to sort itself out. Just pretend you're a colonial cow being driven to market.
 
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