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    • See Y'all
    • See Y'all

      This is it. The Yo, Hackie! blog is going, going, gone . . . It's been a wonderful year of blogging. I got to share…
    • Le Mot Juste
    • Le Mot Juste

      Those loquacious French have an expression for the perfect, the most precise word in a given context:  le mot juste. Say what you will about…
    • Sleigh Me
    • Sleigh Me

      Lucky hackie got booked for a fare into the Eastern Townships of Quebec. My customers and I tooled around the border towns just north…
    • Happy Trails to You
    • Happy Trails to You

      As George Harrison wrote, all things must pass.Seven Days is making some changes to the newspaper's on-line presence and the "Yo Hackie" blog will not…
    • Ten Years After
    • Ten Years After

      In the most recent "Hackie" column, "A Friend of Grace," I write about two customers of mine, Gracie and Janet. After penning this story, it…
    • Letters
    • Letters

      Only rarely does a Seven Days reader write a letter to the paper commenting on a "Hackie" column. I used to worry that this means…
    • The Apeman
    • The Apeman

      Driving crazy hours in the taxicab, I listen to a lot of radio. Endlessly. Sports, music, talk - everything.  Here's two Tarzan stories I recently…
    • Slip Sliding Away
    • Slip Sliding Away

      How awesome is Patchen Road?True, the South Burlington constables ticket speeders all day long along this stretch of road. (To paraphrase Nancy Reagan:  just slow…
    • Thinking of Moonie
    • Thinking of Moonie

      One would think that after 11 years I'd have the column writing down pat. But I don't. What follows is a recently composed would-be story.…
    • Political Hackie
    • Political Hackie

      About five years ago, Damon Brink and a couple of partners bought out the venerable Nectar Rorris and became the new owners of Nectar's Lounge…
    • Still a Flower Child
    • Still a Flower Child

      On V-day I discovered a winter sanctuary: the Four Seasons greenhouse at Taft's Corner. For some reason, I hadn't been there in years. My…
    • Ice, Ice, Baby
    • Ice, Ice, Baby

      Something's always going on in this town. It's easy to get jaded, but let's not. We are fortunate to live in such a lively place.…
    • Brake
    • Brake

      "My mom's favorite was Bonnie Raitt.""She's cool, your mom."The three young women in the back of my cab were chatting about the musical preferences of…
    • Like A Rolling Stone
    • Like A Rolling Stone

      In the last "Hackie" column, "Plan A," I told about my ride with a man who had, like the protagonist in the tune "Proud Mary,"…
    • Hockey For Limeys
    • Hockey For Limeys

      The two young men in the back of my taxi were jabbering away in English - that is, the Queen's English or some variant thereof.…
    • Smelt Time
    • Smelt Time

      "Man, this weather makes me want to go smelting."The young man sitting in the shotgun seat of my taxi was speaking to his friends in…
    • Alison in My Mind
    • Alison in My Mind

      Sad to report, my TV addiction rolls on unabated. The writer's strike is killing me - killing me, I tell you. New episodes of my…
    • The Second Oldest Profession
    • The Second Oldest Profession

      Last night was a strange one. Early on things were super-slow. The "adults," it appeared, were not yet recovered from the holidays and were staying…
    • Evoking Mississippi
    • Evoking Mississippi

      Though I've been penning the "Hackie" column for 11 years (Egad), the creative process has never grown rote. If ever it should become automatic, that's…
    • Weld
    • Weld

      Though it sometimes seems that way, not all the downtown weekend revelers are young and unattached. Saturday night I drove a married working man home…
    • Jersey Girl
    • Jersey Girl

      Last night northern Vermont descended into the deep freeze, which is just how I like it when I'm driving cab in the winter. Cold people,…
    • Rude Boys
    • Rude Boys

      The last "Hackie" column, "A Happy Hoosier Tale," found me transporting three young men, Norwich College students, to Boston's Logan Airport. In the story, I…
    • Appreciate Your Woman
    • Appreciate Your Woman

      Last night, on my way to the Treetop Condos, two female friends in the back seat of the taxi:So, Ken walks through the door, you…
    • "Janet" & Jean
    • "Janet" & Jean

      In the "Hackie" column of 12/26 entitled, "A Poetess Blossoms," I wrote about my friendship with a customer I called "Janet." I described her as…

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