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Jernigan Pontiac

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Jernigan Pontiac is a Burlington cab driver whose biweekly "Hackie" column has been appearing in Seven Days since 2000. He has published two book-length collections, Hackie: Cab Driving and Life, and Hackie 2: Perfect Autumn.

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  • Le King
  • Le King

    What the heck do Los Angelenos talk about all day? I was contemplating this question as I sat idling at the Church Street taxi…

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  • Hackie: Warrior Princess
  • Hackie: Warrior Princess

    "What a night," Tommy, a regular customer, said to me as I drove him to his apartment in Winooski. "You'd think things'll slow down when…

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  • Hackie: Happy Hoosier
  • Hackie: Happy Hoosier

    "So, Burlington is a fun little town," my customer said to me as she settled into the shotgun seat of my taxi. She had…

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  • Hackie: Gumshoe
  • Hackie: Gumshoe

    When Ted Wilkerson called me to book a ride, I sensed he was a man with a big presence; I could feel his energy…

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  • Hackie: Twizzlers
  • Hackie: Twizzlers

    A couple stood on the Pearl Street sidewalk in front of the UU, the church from which Burlington's Church Street takes its name. They…

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  • Hackie: An American Story
  • Hackie: An American Story

    "Joseph?" I called through the open passenger window to the young black man standing in front of the hospital. He was a good-looking kid,…

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  • Hackie: Awoken and Woke
  • Hackie: Awoken and Woke

    Awoken, I glanced over at my alarm clocks. I use two because one would put me in a fitful sleep, fretful over the possibility…

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  • Hackie: Two Taylors
  • Hackie: Two Taylors

    "Hi. I'm at Harris-Millis dorm at UVM. Can you come pick me up to go to the airport?" "Sure thing," I replied into my…

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  • Hackie: Murph
  • Murph

    En route to the Sheraton, I said to the four folks in my taxi, "Let me take a wild guess — you guys are…

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  • Hackie: Rainy Rendezvous
  • Rainy Rendezvous

    I glanced over at the strapping young man, Chris Johansen-Jones, sitting beside me and said, "Man, you are one large unit. You gotta be…

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  • Out of My Orbit
  • Out of My Orbit

    A big man approached my cab at the taxi stand on lower Church Street. With one steady hand he was maintaining the stability of…

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  • Hackie: Solo Maria
  • Solo Maria

    It was a perfect late-spring afternoon when I pulled up to the August First bakery just off of lower Main Street to hook up…

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  • Hackie: A Member of the Tribe
  • A Member of the Tribe

    "In 300 feet, your destination is on your left." I can never get used to the strangely inert voice of my GPS narrator. I…

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  • Hackie: McDonald's, 2 a.m.
  • Hackie: McDonald's, 2 a.m.

    "Look at you, Jernigan — you've grown a beard." "Yeah, and it's mostly white. I've gone full geezer, brother. You don't like the way…

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  • Hackie: Driving to Bombay
  • Hackie: Driving to Bombay

    "Apparently, an early landowner named the town in tribute to his wife, who grew up in Bombay, India. That's the story, anyway." I was…

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  • Hackie: Little Sister
  • Little Sister

    "They've modernized the décor, and it really looks great," Alex explained to me from the shotgun seat. "Yeah, two of the old bartenders bought…

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  • Choosing Burlington
  • Choosing Burlington

    "Mostly what he likes doing is taking things apart. And he has an uncanny ability to dismantle our household items. Not destructively, mind you,…

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  • Little Vera, the Artist
  • Little Vera, the Artist

    "Will you take me out to Essex?" A short brunette — looking ultra-cute as she stood there shivering in her fluffy woolen hat —…

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