Shout-at (Travel edition)

F* you to cabdrivers who want to make small talk and chit-chat at 4am on the way to the airport.  I hate this guy so much.  Who wants to tell a stranger about their hobbies and politics at 4am?  You just lost all my future business for your company.

F* you also to cabdrivers who don’t know how to get places and have to ask me.  Ask Siri, use GPS, f*ing memorize an atlas in your free time, I don’t care.  If I could get there myself I wouldn’t have to pay you.  Do your job.

Related f* you to all people who are incompetent at their jobs!  Also f*-you to the awful Mexican place in the Denver airport, you know the one, with the extremely uninspiring food and the slow-ass service.

Shout-out, though, to the awesome Vietnamese place in Silver Spring, MD, who had delicious food and brought all our complex orders right, and fast, the first time.  Yum yum yum!  A+ would eat again.

#2 doesn’t mind chatty cab drivers (in fact, in her profession, cab drivers are the only regular people that many of the top folks in her field ever talk to…so she hears about their views at conferences as if they’re the “man on the street”), but she would mind them at 4am.

Shout-out to the grandparents who came to visit even though we don’t live in a big interesting city.  And even though you had to miss an important football game.

Do you have any travel-related shout-ats or shout-outs?

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22 Responses to “Shout-at (Travel edition)”

  1. Jane Says:

    Shouldn’t one reserve the curses for something more egregious than a chatty cab driver?

    • nicoleandmaggie Says:

      You must have missed the 4am part. Anything that interferes with sleep merits cursing.

      • OMDG Says:

        That wasn’t really the cab driver’s fault, though, was it?

      • nicoleandmaggie Says:

        It’s not the cab driver’s fault that he’s talking at 4am?

      • becca Says:

        You’re the one taking a cab at 4am. Isn’t it YOUR fault HE is awake at bullshit o clock?

      • nicoleandmaggie Says:

        That makes no sense. He’d be awake at 4am without a fare instead of with a fare. His being awake is a sunk cost. It’s not like it’s a small-town limo service where the person is called out of bed. Because if it was, it’s unlikely he’d be chatty at 4am.

      • OMDG Says:

        Did you tell him you just wanted to snooze?

      • becca Says:

        yes, and no one should bother being vegetarian because the animals are already dead by the time they get to the supermarket

      • nicoleandmaggie Says:

        We’re not vegetarian, and that analogy also makes no sense.

        I assume you never take taxis then?

      • becca Says:

        You opted for the early flight. I know how constrained that choice can be, but you probably have more options than the cab driver. The taxi isn’t the real source of the sleep problem so much as your optimization parameters and the airline.
        Look, I’ve spent the past few months working the opening shift at a YMCA- starting at 5am (I had to get up at 3:30 because it’s not close to my house). There are a few legitimate morning people who like to be up that early- I honestly find them unfathomable. Given my preferences, I’d much rather be *up* until that hour. It’s actually pretty likely the taxi driver hates that hour too. He might be chatty to keep awake, or because his company has insisted, or because on average he gets better tips that way.

        Mind you, I’d love robot cars. I often use the self check out at the grocery, and I often would rather avoid dealing with other humans on general principle. However, the fact is that this is a service economy. There are a lot of people serving you. They often have shitty working conditions in one way or another (and yes, I count 4am as a shitty working condition- the neuroscience on sleep is pretty fascinating). You don’t have to like them or give them repeat business if their manner isn’t your preference. But in this particular case, you are creating the market demand that MAKES their job more shitty. In the same way the grumpy people banging on my doors at 5 am at the Y were. On any particular day you choose to use it, that taxi driver was probably already up (just like meat at the supermarket is already dead). But collectively, if people had no demand for 4 am taxis, drivers wouldn’t have to get up then (and ultimately flight time is NOT a cosmic fact of Nature, it is a parameter that is likely a choice for you and definitely for the airlines).

      • nicoleandmaggie Says:

        Honey, people get compensated for demand. Also traffic is better at 4am. And some people prefer shifts that are at opposite times as their partners for childcare reasons. Or they have school or other employment during regular hours.

        Cab driving isn’t a command economy where people are forced to work when they don’t want to. They get to choose their own schedules. If everybody flew at rush hour, traffic would be even worse.

        Like I said, cab driving is pretty heavily studied in my field.

  2. Comradde PhysioProffe Says:

    Shout out to Oliver, the bartender at Wollensky Grill, who serves us after-hours food when we arrive back in the City very late.

    Speaking of Vietnamese, did you see my post of PhysioWife’s pho? It was stupendous!

  3. Leigh Says:

    Ugh! And screw you to the cab drivers who run red lights, turn into the wrong lane, etc. I’m so glad I live in a city where we have app-based ride services instead of regular cabs. You can actually provide feedback! And they all take credit cards!

  4. hen3ry Says:

    I like chatty cab drivers, at whatever time. (It’s not like I’d be sleeping in a cab anyway.) They usually have interesting insights into their community, especially about what’s going on construction-wise (road and other).

  5. Alyssa Says:

    Ugh – I hate chatty cab drivers at any time, let alone 4am!

    Shout out to United Air for quickly finding my dad’d passport AND getting someone to walk it out to him while he was waiting for a shuttle bus at the airport! YAY for great service!

  6. rented life Says:

    F* you to the idiots out traveling during the DRIVING BANS and making it hard for roads to be cleared (or worse, one person hit a cop car and now the cop is in the hospital). Driving bans mean stay the heck home.

  7. oil_garlic Says:

    I like chatty cab drivers sometimes but just like with anybody, you hit it off more with some than others. At 4am however, I’m half asleep in the cab and cannot carry a conversation. Maybe the driver was trying to stay awake!

  8. chacha1 Says:

    I also do not love chatty cab drivers at any hour, but at 4 a.m. I would hate them very much.

    Shout-at to the professional driver who went to the wrong address because “zip code” is a foreign concept and apparently we cannot read maps anymore. WTF.

  9. Ana Says:

    Yes to shout-ats at cab drivers that are asking ME how to get somewhere. I don’t f*cking know, I don’t drive, that’s why I am in your stinky hot/cold (depending on the season) cab listening to your long phone conversations and battling nausea with your terrible driving. And no, I would not want to chat at 4am either. There is something to said about comfortable silence.
    And hooray for grandparents that visit even though its negative something something degrees outside and the boys are at home behaving like caged animals.

  10. Donna Freedman Says:

    Rant against service people who say, “How’s your day going?” Right now my days are going pretty awful, thanks, due to a family illness.
    Ditto, “Hope you have a great day!” when you leave. My day is unlikely to be great due to said illness.
    Maybe “How’s your day going?” or “How are you doing today?” are part of a company script all employees must follow. To which I implore managers to come up with a more sensitive customer service plan.
    For example, cashiers could simply say, “Hello” or “Good morning/afternoon/evening” and then take care of your transaction, followed by “Thanks for shopping at Grumpeteers.”
    I’ve noticed for years that we use “Hi, how are you doing today?” fairly automatically in this country. That means that the person whose child is in the intensive care unit (been there!) or who is caring for an elder with end-stage dementia has to paste on a smile and say, “Fine, thanks.”
    Sometimes we’re NOT fine. So is it too much to ask employees to offer a polite “How can I help you?” or a “Hello,” to take care of whatever it is you need and then to thank you for your business?
    Ohhhh, and don’t get me started on the people (usually men) who tell you to “Smile! It can’t be all that bad!” You know, sometimes it really IS that bad.


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