Dear Friends, Today I started my day at 4.30 a.m. It was very cold and the roads were almost empty. I looked at the temperature on the dash board and it was 17 degree Fahrenheit. I came to Manhattan through upper roadway of Queens Borough Bridge to 2nd Ave. I drove all the way to Houston Street..there was no one I found on the street. I made a right turn and went to 6th Ave. I made a right turn and made another right turn on Bleecker St and look everywhere in the village, but no one. The cold really took a bite out of the business of all the bars. Anyway back and forth I went so many places but could not find any passenger. So about 5.50 a.m. I went to Hilton Hotel taxi line and started to wait and hoping to get an airport job. I took a nap for about 25 minutes and there was not a car moved. So I tried to take another nap. Finally after about 1 hour and 50 minutes my turn came and guess what..I got a shorty. It was already about 7.45 am and all I had was $9. The whole city was almost empty and the traffic was less than regular Saturday traffic. Anyway today was a disaster as I made all together $155 dollars when finally I was done around 4 p.m. But the disastrous day was saved by one passenger. About 2.30 p.m. I was waiting on the red light on 22nd St and Park Ave. Someone knocked on the window and I unlocked the door. There was a gentleman came into the cab while having a conversation on his cell phone. He told me to go to 42nd St between 9th and 10th Ave and right away he engaged in a deep conversation on his phone. I was trying to mind my own business but could not stop listening his conversation as he was speaking normally and confined in with each other in such a small place it was almost impossible to ignore. Since I really did not see his face I was not curious about him. But as the time gone by I became more and more interested on him. I looked back to see his face. I saw a bearded gentleman talking to someone over his cell phone.
Once he finished talking I asked him if he was working in film industry and if he was an actor. He told me that he was an actor. Since I am not a movie buff I really could not recognize him and when I told him that I did not know who he was. It seemed that he was kind of offended because I did not know who he was.So when I asked him to give me an autograph he told me,” What would you do with my autograph..? You don’t even know me.” I told him,” I am sorry that I did not know who you are but it will take me few seconds to find out and as soon as I go home I will find all the information about you.” I gave him a small paper so that he could give me an autograph but he actually wrote his name on the paper instead of an autograph and I did not mind that. While I was talking to him I actually used my smart phone HTC HD2 which has a large 4.3 inch HD screen and googled him. It took only about 2 seconds to find him and when I showed him that he seemed to be appreciative of the fact that I took time to find him. He was very nice to me after that.I dropped him off at 42nd St between 9th Ave and 10th Ave.
Before he left I asked him if I could take a picture of him sitting in my cab. He gladly posed for the photo which I published
in this post.
I came home and started to read about him. He is a very talented actor who has many movies under his belt. He is also a writer and director. While I was going through his credentials I found that I actually saw two of his movies (Training Day with Denzel Washington in 2001 and Dead Poets Society with Robin Williams in 1989). I could not recognize him may be because he had beard but on the other hand I think I would not be able to recognize him even he was clean shaved as I am not a movie buff. I thank him for his generosity.
I just read that Hawke’s ‘Exit Strategy’ picked up by Fox
Sunday, January 23 2011, 2:46pm EST
Written By Tom Ayres, Comics Reporter
20th Century Fox has ordered a pilot episode for the new Ethan Hawke series Exit Strategy.
The series will be written by David Guggenheim and directed by Training Day Helmer Antoine Fuqua.
Hawke has officially signed on to star in the show, which is being seen as a potential successor to the company’s popular series 24 due to its use of real-time elements.
The Daybreakers actor will play a CIA team leader who takes on various crises across the world in order to save operations that end badly.
No announcement has been made as to when the pilot for Exit Strategy will air.