Melissa Plaut, author of Hack: How I Stopped Worrying About What To Do With My Life and Started Driving a Yellow Cab talks about passengersâ€™ pick-up lines, fare beaters, and sex in the backseat.
Howâ€™d you start driving a cab, anyway?
I was about to turn 29 and had been laid off from my corporate office job, which was never fulfilling. I was collecting my unemployment benefits and thinking about what I was going to do for the rest of my life, and it was sending me into a panic. Finally I realized that I didnâ€™t know whether I was ever going to be able to do any one thing with the rest of my life. Instead, I decided that I would live my life as a series of adventures, and my first would be getting behind the wheel of a yellow cab.
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It looks like I’m living in the wrong city — and there is little to no chance I will be moving to LA…ever. Oh well, at least single people are in the majority these days. Woohoo! [The Boston Globe] Keep reading »
New York City is known for being dirty, but even out on Long Island, New Yorkâ€™s finest are apparently too filthy for a fundraiser. Officials in Long Beach have banned the sale of the volunteer firefightersâ€™ calendar which features a dozen volunteer models straddling city property. From February, which features a lady riding a fire hose in a miniskirt, to December, which has a woman wearing nothing but oxygen tanks, the pictures were sure to raise more than charitable donations. But unless you got them while they were hot, the calendar has been pulled from shelves and all sales have been stopped. Although, perhaps thereâ€™s still hope you can sneak a peek, if you feel like going through the trashâ€¦ [UPI] Keep reading »
I met Duke* in Paris. He was actually British, visiting from London, and I was there from New York, sent by the magazine I worked for to cover the fashion shows. My boyfriend back in New York had just broken up with me for the bajillionth time, and I was devastated (as usual). When I met Duke, a blue-eyed scruffster with a gorgeous accent and a mischievous grin, the chemistry was immediate, and somehow I knew that he might provide just the rebound romp to lift me out of Dumpsville. Keep reading »
Thereâ€™s a new apple bottom in the Big Apple — Venezuelan baseball stud Johan Santana. The 150 million dollar man was traded from the Minnesota Twins for four other players. With that kinda 1:4 ratio, you know the guy must be packing some serious heat — we know weâ€™d love to get a hit off the New York Mets’ new pitcher! He looked so confident and hunky in his blue baseball cap at the press conference that we canâ€™t wait to see the talented 28-year-old all suited up in his new uniform. Santana will be wearing number 57, just like a Heinz ketchup bottle, so how can we resist giving him a squeeze? Keep reading »
It sure seems that way. The Politico reports that during the period of time when Rudy Giuliani allegedly struck up an extra-marital affair with future wife Judith Nathan, he billed obscure city agencies for tens of thousands of dollars in extra security — security which seems to have been used to ensure the then-mayor’s…ahem…privacy while he was wooing Judith in the Hamptons. Scandal like this always brings to mind the hullabaloo over Clinton’s dalliance with Monica Lewinsky and his subsequent lie about it. (“I did not have sexual relations with that woman.”) While some had a serious problem with Clinton’s philandering, others were simply turned off by the fact that he would lie about it while under oath. But how does this political/sexual scandal rate on your meter? Do you have a problem voting for a candidate who has cheated? Do you not care what happens in a candidates personal life so long as they’re a solid leader? Or does any impropriety — cheating, lying, misuse of city funds — affect your ability to vote for a candidate? Discuss how you feel about Giuliani’s shady dealings after the jump! [The Politico] Keep reading »
You know a “New York Tale of Hipster Love” has gone mainstream when Diane Sawyer is cooing about it on Good Morning America. Patrick Moberg, the author and illustrator behind the infamous “Dreamgirl” website/doodle, appeared on the show with his finally found paramour. The recap? They went out on a date and totally clicked! And she looks exactly like his drawing of her! And she’s so cute we kind of want to date her! She’s Australian! She makes him blush! Are you “awwing” on overload yet? [Good Morning America] Keep reading »
Guy sees dream girl on subway, guy misses opportunity to woo dream girl, guy posts adorable doodle on internet with his phone number. We would be skeeved out by the potential creepiness if we weren’t too busy going, “Aww!” [NY Girl Of My Dreams] Keep reading »