About Me

My name is Christopher Harley and I'm a cab driver living and working in Portland, Oregon. In my eight years of cabbing, I've ferried close to 25,000 customers. Some of those people only made it a few feet from their departure point whereas others journeyed hundreds of miles away. Every person has a story to tell. Sometimes I just sit and listen, for others, it takes all I can muster to help them form a more coherent narrative. Either way it's life in full flower and it's up-to-the-minute at two dollars for every mile.

My passion is ...

solving problems.

I know too much about ...

the rickety furniture of human interiors.

My parents always told me ...

that I'd end up working at a carwash because the cops could pick me out of a crowd.

My childhood ambition ...

was to figure out how to re-deposit all of my father's canceled checks.

My favorite memory ...

has to struggle for supremacy.

Why I write ...

Because speech-reconition software isn't quite there yet.

My first job ...

Was cashiering at the hamburger stand in Yosemite's Curry Village. Summer, 1981

My best moment ...

came when I awoke, still alive, ready to con the nurse into letting me drink some water.

My inspiration ...

comes from knowing that it's the process, not the goal.