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Business as Usual: Last exit

Business as Usual

After the robbery of Leon Bath (cf. Ep. 6), it is revealed the cabdrivers have been targeted by a Local Drug Gang. It is also revealed that this gang has been getting robbed by an unknown third party, which is what provokes the taxi robberies. This scene immediately follows with our heroes ditching work to […]

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Business as Usual: Tire cutter blues

Business as Usual

Wednesday night is a slow hell. Downtown chokes with dozens of unneeded cabs, each company representing like a corner gang squaring against the other cliques. Unable to find standing anywhere, I realize each of these little operations, like pebbles in the crow’s pitcher, has squeezed us out. I feel like a foreigner in my own […]

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Business as Usual: Partytown U.S.A.

Business as Usual

Over the summer, some witch ran the drum circle out of the Ped Mall. Now every Football Saturday I laugh my ass off at her, trapped in her tower. I wonder if that’s not her giant alabaster face staring down on where the party throbs on like a forgotten Cold War beacon, and taxicabs, like […]

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Business As Usual: The Stranger

Business as Usual

Taxi Driver Vic Pasternak is back with another episode of “Business as Usual,” a 12-part storytelling series. This edition is an excerpt from ‘All the Help You Need,’ coming soon from Slow Collision Press. Captain Jerry Nicodemus leans on the helm looking at the slow clock, and I hang around the taxi shack looking to […]

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Business as Usual: The trouble with Leon

Business as Usual

When I get to the taxi shack, everybody’s freaking the fuck out. My dispatcher Paulie Floyd is in the parking yard smoking grass and has three cigarettes burning, two of them wedged in the downspout outside his office door. Our rookie, #12, also wears a long face like he’s going to bust out crying. “Fuck’s […]

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