Saturday, May 13, 2006
I AM BACK TO DIAMOND CAB COMPANY.
About 90% of taxi cabs in the Washington DC are real hackers hustling the streets with no radio dispatch and I was one of them. But with the gas price going to the roof I made a financial decision to be a radio cab, so I joined my old company DIAMOND CAB, I call it the old cab divers club. Most of the drivers I knew are still here, I drove cabs almost twenty years and some of the drivers still call me a rookie. DIAMOND CAB COMPANY is like the secret society of cab drivers, they have their own circles, they think they are better than the rest of city drivers, in fact they call other cab drivers "gypsy" or "scavengers".There are lot of American cab drivers and I think they are the only cab company with a good number of white drivers and management left in a bushiness dominated by foreigners, story is diamond was the last cab company in Washington DC to accept black drivers and they used to have the exclusive stand at Union station to pick up white passengers only back in the 30's and 40's.
These days the Washington elites call Diamond or Yellow cab, they are the only cab companies in the city where you can call a cab and that there is a real good chance that a cab will show up at your door, not only that, there is a very good chance that your driver speaks English and the driver holds the blue prints of the city road, they know their shit.
So today I am officially a Diamond driver cab # ***, my Chevy with the new company logo and paint. I don't know what to expect tonight, the good thing is I can take radio calls and still hack on the streets. It takes a while to adjust but in the meanwhile I will try to break the DIAMOND code.
Posted by Mad Cabbie at 10:16 AM