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Recently, I've been taking a taxi to the airport instead of driving and parking. It's nicer because I can sleep on the trip and not have to ride the annoying O'Hare tram and sit in the cold while my car warms up. It's a bit more expensive, but since I pre-arrange the taxi, it's still a lot cheaper than grabbing a taxi at the airport where they get to charge meter-and-a-half for the burbs.
The tricky part has been finding a reliable taxi company. One around here is Taxi Mex but their cars are pretty run down and prefer me to use cash instead of credit card. But then I found one called Americana Express that has several Lincoln Towncars instead of your standard run down taxis. I gave them a call and was surprised to find the dispatcher had some sort of an Asian accent.
When the cab finally showed up, I found out that my cab driver was Korean. After a few more trips, I found that the entire driving staff is Korean, some who don't even speak English very well. But whatever, they seem to be pretty reliable so I've been sticking with them.
My one complaint is some of the drivers. The guy I get most often is pretty good, but every once in a while I'll get one of two that is really bad. First is the older guy who drives in the left lane going 60 and brakes hard when he sees brake lights, even if they're a quarter mile away. He also gets on the gas hard, resulting in a jerky ride that you just know is pissing everyone else off.
Then there's the younger guy who also brakes really early and hard and hits the gas hard too. But he's not as bad about it. What he is bad at, however, is staying in his lane. Even if another car is next to him he may still drift onto the line. He constantly goes from the left side of the lane to the right side and back. It had me wondering if maybe the steering on his minivan was a bit loose so the car would drift without his input. I dunno...
Posted 02/03/2008 02:58 AM in Ramblings, Travel | Total Comments: (2)
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Reminds me of the worse drivers actually in Korea, which makes sense if they're recent immigrants. I just wonder what the average drivers ed. is like for people over there, as aggressive driving is the norm and drivers don't usually yield to pedestrians.
Submitted by Dan on 02/03/2008 06:22 AM
maybe next time take the name of the one you like and ask specifically for him. or just tell the one you like directly that you like him best and strike up a deal with him.
Submitted by Wynne on 02/03/2008 11:06 AM