Sunday, April 8, 2007

Only in America...

Alright, Alright, I figure I can stop for a moment from bashing the lefties about 'Blowhard Smarming', fo'get about it!, so I found a cute story that is right here in our backyard. Seems this retired couple from New York want to move to Phoenix, 'cept they don't own a car. So what did they do? they hired a New York cabbie complete with a cabbie Yellow SUV and he is going to drive them to Sedona, which is northwest of Phoenix, give or take a few miles, beautiful country anyway. So, I posted the story from the AP. I told the EP at the station about it and we ran it on the news this morning, but we still might catch their arrival in Sedona on Tuesday, LOL.

New York City Couple Hails Cab to... Arizona!
Sunday , April 08, 2007
NEW YORK — Betty and Bob Matas have retired and are moving to Arizona, but like many New Yorkers they don't drive, and they don't want their cats to travel all that way in an airliner cargo hold.

Their solution: "Hey, cabbie."

They met taxi driver Douglas Guldeniz when they hailed his cab after a shopping trip several weeks ago.
They got to talking about their upcoming move, and "we said 'Do you want to come?'" said Bob

Matas, 72, a former audio and video engineer for advertising agencies. "And he said 'Sure.'"

It was initially a gag, Matas said, but as they talked over the ensuing weeks it became reality.
They plan to leave Tuesday on the 2,400-mile trip to Sedona, Ariz., with Guldeniz driving his yellow SUV cab 10 hours a day for a flat fee of $3,000, plus gas, meals and lodging.

They're getting a break. The standard, metered fare would be about $5,000 — each way, according to David Pollack, executive director of the Committee for Taxi Safety, a drivers' group. But city Taxi and Limousine Commission rules direct drivers and passengers to negotiate a flat fare for trips outside the city and a few suburban areas.

It's also a good deal for Guldeniz.

"This job is not easy, and I want to do something different," said Guldeniz, 45, who has been driving a taxi for two years. "I want to have some good memories."

The Matases will ride in relaxed comfort in Guldeniz's sport utility vehicle while their cats ride in the back in their travel cases. A mover will haul their belongings.

"It's a little unusual, but it will be fun," said Betty Matas, 71, a retired executive administrative assistant.