NY City Cab Driver by Day, Blogger by Night

Melissa Plaut left a corporate advertising job to become a New York City cab driver ... and wrote all about her experience in her blog (and now a book):

She has suffered neck spasms, kidney pains and eye twitches from driving 12-hour shifts. She has scraped dirt from beneath her fingernails from handling so many dollar bills.

"After each shift I would come home and type," she says. "I would vent and complain and curse. I would bitch about traffic. I would bitch about cops."

Her friends had gone off to work high-profile jobs they loved. Her parents were embarrassed to tell friends their daughter drove a cab.

"I'm thirty years old. I live alone with two cats. And I'm a cab driver," Plaut writes in her book.

The job has taken its toll, but not everything about it depresses her. Along the way, she has learned a lot about people, the world and herself.

Links: LA Times Article | Melissa's blog (Photo: Carolyn Cole / LAT)

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You're my kinda guy, Melissa. I'd be doing it now myself but age, lemme tellya, age is a bitch. I don't have 12-hour shifts in me anymore. Let's be honest: I don't want to have to find out whether I've got 12-hour shifts in me anymore. Good on you for going out there and getting upclose and personal with The Beast.
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