Thursday, September 2, 2010
The slowest week
The slowest week of the year in this business is either the week before Labor Day or the week after New Year's Eve. Both are truly miserable.
In August, families go on vacation, traveling the world and giving their money to cab drivers in far off, distant cities. Tourists come in of course, but they don't make up for the loss. Tourists tend to go to sleep early, by 11:00. I drive until 4:00.
About half of the money I make every shift goes towards expenses, the lease and gas. These numbers are pretty much fixed, so the slow down comes out of my pocket. If business is off by 25%, my take home is off by 50%. Which is about where things are at nowadays making it awfully hard to maintain a drug habit.
Things will get better starting next week. Kids will have school, so all the family vacations will be over. And the college kids will be back, spending their late nights bar hopping. A good deal of my business is bringing drunken college kids from one bar to next and then home.
So, I have to hang in there for another week, and business will slowly improve until the madness of Christmastime and then the glory of New Year's, the best night of the year.
And then, another screeching halt, as credit card bills and New Year resolutions drive the public into the subway.
Such is the career I chose.