Thursday, April 29th, 2010

Fondly Recalling The Age Of "Please Remembah To Take Ya Belongins"

And remember this?Here in New York, eventually everything becomes an exercise in nostalgia, no matter how abrasive and offensive it was in the first place. Today, let's take the case of Liz Danzico, "user experience consultant," and head of the Interaction Design Department at the School of Visual Arts. Danzico is quoted in an analysis of a recent survey showing that a majority of city cab riders dislike and immediately turn off those annoying TVs in the back of the car. She looks back to an earlier, more pleasant era of taxi greetings.

She fondly recalled those recorded voices of such New York City icons as Joe Torre, Jackie Mason, Dr. Ruth Westheimer and Elmo that greeted you when you got into your cab during the Giuliani era. These weren't universally beloved either, but compared to the cacophony that confronts us now they seem quaint and reassuring.

Yeah, totally! Remember when Yo-Yo Ma kept reminding you not to leave your cello in the trunk? Those were the days. You young kids today have no idea what kind of Eden you missed out on.


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Maevemealone (#968)

Reading a moving animated screen makes me extra cab sick, and I get cab sick pretty easily anyways. But sometimes I'll read the People ticker because, for the same reasons I devour it at a doctors office, I refuse to buy People magazine.

Bittersweet (#765)

This is why there are doctors offices, supermarket lines and salons, so we don't actually have to buy People and US Weekly.

"I want to work long hours. And I want to hear Jackie Mason say the same fucking thing over and over again."

ProfessorBen (#1,254)

Robert DeNiro is HOT in that movie, and Taxi Driver has almost nothing to do with Jodie Foster's prostitute character, despite the attention that role got the movie. So yeah, thanks for the screen-cap!

I miss truckers, amphetamines and CB radios.

atipofthehat (#797)

10-4, good buddy!

I'm at marker 259 on the double-nickel and we've got a bear in the air with two chasers.

carpetblogger (#306)

Well we rolled up interstate fourty-four
Like a rocket sled on rails
We tore up all a our swindle sheets
An' left 'em settin' on the scales
By the time we hit that Chi-Town
Them bears was a gittin' smart
They'd brought up some reinforcements
From the Illinois National Guard
There 'as armored cars, and tanks, and Jeeps
An' rigs of every size
Yeah them chicken coops 'as full a bears
An' choppers filled the skies
Well we shot the line, an' we went for broke
With a thousand screamin' trucks
And eleven long-haired friends of Jesus
In a chartreusse microbus

mjfrombuffalo (#2,561)

I loved that song when I was 9. Thanks for the mind jog ;)

NinetyNine (#98)

Every time someone want to do one of these gimmes, why don't they do it Slate-style? Find someone who likes the cab TV shit. Of course they may have. I never click on the source material.

KarenUhOh (#19)

The last time I engaged a "user experience consultant" I had to back into an alley and flash my headlights three times.

Well, the TLC has solved that "turn off the screens" problem by just making sure that most of them won't actually turn off no matter how hard you PRESS THE GODDAMN BUTTON THANK YOU VERY MUCH MICHAEL FUCKING BLOOMBERG…ok, I'm calm now.

Tuna Surprise (#573)

You must have missed the Regis and Kelli video where they teach you not to press the button, just "tap" it.

I try very hard to miss every Regis & Kelly video. Thankfully, I mostly succeed, except sometimes I accidentally catch one of those awful TDBank ads before I can grab the remote.

katiebakes (#32)


Matt (#26)

Here in DC, we're just happy when the cabbie doesn't fall asleep at the wheel and crash into the front of the bar we just left.

cherrispryte (#444)

Oh, Solly's.

Matt (#26)

And then a few weeks later down the street at Local 16! My roommate was working the bar when it happened!!

cherrispryte (#444)

Jesus. I know somebody who got hurt sorta badly at the Solly's crash, but I didn't hear about the one at Local 16.

kneetoe (#1,881)

Run this by me again when they have televisions in the buses.

There are TVs in the buses in LA.

Also in the checkout lines at grocery stores and at gas pumps.

Miles Klee (#3,657)

The prerecorded voices usually prompted me to loose a teenaged "DON'T TELL ME WHAT TO DO" that worried the cabbie greatly with its forcefulness

fairest (#413)

I forgot about those! Those were cool. Thanks, Awl.

katiebakes (#32)

I hate the lady that used to do "Neighborhood Eats." They've promoted her to "anchor" now, clearly I didn't Twitter my displeasure hard enough.

Bettytron (#575)

So what horrible development will make us nostalgic for the tvs? Will we be fondly remembering the days when they HAD an off button?

When the microcamera starts reading your retinas and tailoring adverts just for you: "Hello, Bettytron, how did that 5-hour-energy work out for you after that late night out?"

MaryHaines (#3,666)

I for one require entertainment at all times. The more vapid and advertisement-driven the better. I will not be happy until subway platforms are also fitted with blaring television screens.

kneetoe (#1,881)

Have you experienced the ones at gas pumps? Pretty damn annoying.

I don't think Mediocre Subway Musicians' Local 286 will ever allow that.

sailor (#396)

Yes siree, we can thank Bloomberg for those endlessly annoying taxi TVs, along with other idiotic ideas like pedestrian malls at key intersections that cause endless traffic jams which force passengers to watch the…

Most overrated public official in the history of New York City, which is saying something.

mathnet (#27)

Do I remember it? Like it was yesterday when you last used it to illustrate a post.

kneetoe (#1,881)

Yes, I long for the time before this post was posted.

Right? Did they get a discount or something on the pic?

Abe Sauer (#148)

Ever been in a cab in Japan and the river's all white-gloved and the door opens all by itself so you don't have to touch it? THAT'S a user experience.

egg cream (#4,667)

I was genuinely surprised by this, because I find myself staring at the screen, head cocked to one side like the RCA dog, enthralled, as soon as I slide into the backseat. But I guess that could be because I only take cabs when I'm too drunk to walk.

Steve (#1,777)

We will all look back fondly to the days before they installed cell phone reception in the subways. Mark my words, those will be the end times.

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