6 to 6: El Pendejo

I had an American guy in my cab the other day. He was pushing 60 and had a face like an alcoholic attorney. As I was transporting him, my wife, who…


In the Shadow of the Belt, Chapter 3: Cognizing Life

Sadist Uncle Zhora The Crime For the first time, I faced the most severe flogging of a child during the first summer school holidays; this happened…


6 to 6: No Way

Costco fares are the pits. Negotiating my cab into the Costco parking lot on Saturday afternoon is like trying to fit a camel into a preacher’s…


In the Shadow of the Belt, Chapter 2: School? This is Just the Beginning, Baby…

The First Pass in First Class I remember the first class due to several events that were unexpected for me: the huge bouquet that my mother and aunt…


6 to 6: 112 Degrees

I was driving my cab through the parking lot of a monstrous apartment complex yesterday trying to scan the apartment numbers. Where the hell was…


The Problem with Freedom: A “Sins We Remember Fondly” Postscript

XIII. How many people, if they were given the power to instantly have anything they wanted, would quickly self-destruct? I believe it is the vast…


In the Shadow of the Belt, Chapter 1: Early Childhood

And Then My Childhood Began... My very first childhood memory is a bunch of dead rabbits. After graduation, my father looked for work, and we moved…


6 to 6: Book People

I am on the freeway in my taxi going the speed limit with a passenger lady reading her book in the back seat. Without warning, a truck darts in front…


In the Shadow of the Belt: Introduction

How Do You Discipline Children? In various countries, physical punishment of children is treated differently. According to my friend, a purebred…


6 to 6: You Can Have a Seat, Sir

In my cab, I will often be called to pick up someone from a medical facility. It happens frequently that when I arrive, the patient/passenger is not…