This is a blog about my experience as a TNC driver and taxi driver in San Francisco.

I started driving for Lyft in March 2014. In May, I began driving for Uber as well. I logged almost 3,000 rides with a 4.9 rating through both platforms as a full-time driver. And I bitched about it the entire time.

In February 2015, I went to taxi school and started driving a cab.

Besides this blog, and the one preceding it, my writing has appeared on Disinfo.com and Broke-Ass Stuart’s Goddamn Website, in The Utne Reader and currently appears each Friday in a weekly column for the S.F. Examiner.

I’ve also published three zines about my experiences as an Uber/Lyft driver, which usually sell out at bookstores around San Francisco. They are available online in print, eBook and PDF formats.


In case you’re wondering, I have been involved with publishing as a writer, editor, designer and publisher for over fifteen years. Which means, I’m usually broke and always looking for a job that won’t interfere with my passions.

I started out doing zines and then moved on to the harder stuff. I founded Phony Lid Books in 1999 and over the next five years, published numerous books and chapbooks before I went broke and half insane.

Since 2010, I’ve released multiple zines under the name Piltdownlad.

I’m the author of a novel called A Masque of Infamy and a forthcoming memoir, No Fun: How Punk Rock Saved My Life.

If you want to know more about my different activities, you can check out my website: www.kellydessaint.com.

Thanks for reading.



4 thoughts on “About

  1. Poet Dressed In Black

    I read your column in the Examiner every Friday, with my morning java, or Saturday, if I effing forget, “It’s Friday today. All Day.” Love your stories, love your writing. (I think you write tons better than Broke-Ass. Ugh, he bores me. I quit reading him. He thinks he’s a poet. I beg to differ. I know he tries, but…) Great stuff, man. Great stuff. Brilliant.

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  2. Ed Healy

    Hi, I’m Ed Healy of fleeting “The Phantom Cab Driver Phites Back” fame. Do to burn out and other interests I’m about to wrap it up. You look like you could be decent successor. Or maybe better since you have a double back ground in transportation.

    I have a question on the surge pricing thing that you might be able to answer. If you average out the surges and the lowes how do Uber and Lyft prices compare to taxi prices?

    The Soon-to-be Former Phantom

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    1. piltdownlad Post author

      That’s unfortunate you’re wrapping up The Phantom Driver blog. It was the first blog I discovered when I began to investigate the whole rideshare thing and the consequences for taxis. I hope you’ll continue to update it occasionally, at least. I know it’s a strain to keep up with everything and blog as well.

      As far as the money goes, I make more driving a taxi. I had a hard time dealing with the injustice of surge pricing and all the scamming required to be a successful TNC driver. I just added a new blog post detailing some of my difficulties with the rideshare system:


      I wasn’t good at playing the game. I just wanted to drive. Now that I’m in a taxi, I can do that. And I’m making good money. Not as great as it used to be for taxi drivers, based on what old timers tell me, but I’m satisfied with my take home. And baseball season is right around the corner. Then summer… etc. etc. I’m very optimistic about the earning potential as I get better at driving a cab.

      Thanks for all your hard work.


  3. Vazquezl

    Hello! I appreciate your work and I wanted to let you know that I linked to your magazine on my blog LYFTDRIVER.NET under driver resources and tips. This should help drive traffic to you and help you out. Best.



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