Monday, April 26, 2010

Fine Feathered Taxi

Some Bangkok cabbies don't fit the stereotype of a grubby unshaven character who stinks like somtum. Some are well-groomed with neatly pressed shirts and hair slicked to the side or formed into perfect spikes. And many cab drivers keep their taxis spic-and-span from top to bottom. Sometimes the vinyl upholstery is so shiny you can practically eat pad thai noodles off of it. The other day my driver obsessively cleaned off his dashboard with a feather duster every few minutes. Besides keeping the dash dust-free, it must be a way for him to kill time. Either that or he was a bird in a past life.