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    • Hackie: Mercy, Mercy Me
    • Hackie: Mercy, Mercy Me

      I had just dropped off a customer at the hospital when a woman signaled to me and approached my cab. Her traditional African garb…
    • Hackie: Smitten
    • Hackie: Smitten

      The moon was still visible in the dawn sky when I reached the small apartment complex in Enosburg Falls, about 20 miles northeast of…
    • Hackie: Adopting Reba
    • Hackie: Adopting Reba

      John Wordsworth, a Washington, D.C., resident, was going to hike the Long Trail with three friends. He planned on flying into Burlington and taking…
    • Hackie: Big Softies
    • Hackie: Big Softies

      "I'm a mason," my customer told me. "I started when I was a teenager working with my uncle. I've worked jobs all over the…
    • Hackie: Montréal Two-Step
    • Hackie: Montréal Two-Step

      "Where do you live?" Border guards are intimidating by design and training. With all the Montréal trips I take, you'd think by now I'd be…
    • Hackie: Prom and Mom
    • Hackie: Prom and Mom

      "I'm a nurse, so I understand the process, but still I'm so frustrated," said Sharon Bostwick as she settled into the seat next to…
    • Hackie: Saranac Lake
    • Hackie: Saranac Lake

      Getting to Jackie Cochran's apartment took three attempts. When I pulled into Saranac Lake, I discovered that his address was in a hilly section…
    • Hackie: The Grapes Are Dead
    • Hackie: The Grapes Are Dead

      "I'm a seventh-generation Ver-monter," Cindy shared with me — matter-of-factly with just a sliver of pride — as we got underway to her home…
    • Hackie: Keep Your Shirt On
    • Hackie: Keep Your Shirt On

      "I knew they'd rescind the ban eventually," Franny said. "Jeezum, it's not like I shot somebody." My customer was sitting next to me as…
    • Hackie: Reggie Snow
    • Hackie: Reggie Snow

      Pinned to the wall above my computer desk is an old picture postcard given to me by a friend. It features a photo of…
    • Hackie: Semicentennial
    • Hackie: Semicentennial

      The Mill Market & Deli is located on Dorset Street in South Burlington, just north of the Shelburne town line. The "Mill" part of…
    • Hackie: Seventeen in ’18
    • Hackie: Seventeen in ’18

      In my considered opinion, the single best buy in modern America is the shopping mall easy-chair massage. For one measly dollar, you get to…
    • Hackie: Flatty BBQ
    • Hackie: Flatty BBQ

      Ray Nolan relaxed in the back of my taxi with his wife, Sheila, as we rolled down the highway. He was a big man,…
    • 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…
    • 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…
    • 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…
    • 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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