Saturday, May 1, 2010


Shift #52

SUNDAY, MAY 22 -- W Hotel to Lombard/Polk -- $8.95

MY FIRST FIVE RIDES have been long ones -- one over to Oakland and four to or from SFO. The winter rains have been dragging on much longer than San Franciscans are used to, but today we’ve had nothing but sunshine. It seems that the entire populace is out enjoying this gift from the weather gods and trying to forget, for a while, if possible, that millions of gallons of oil are this very minute gushing from the floor of the Gulf of Mexico. The young couple I pick up at the W are in a lazy Sunday afternoon mood. They slump down in the backseat, leaning in toward each other and murmuring so quietly that I would be rude were I to intrude. I don’t even bother to eavesdrop... At the end of the ride they graciously and delightedly accept the gift that they had no idea was coming.

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