The Orion

Nobody likes a violent pothead

Kevin Crittenden

March 8, 2014


Filed under Blogs, Opinion

  Looking at me with a clenched jaw and wide open eyes, the man who, a moment ago, had held a knife to my neck lunged towards the open window of my cab. Reacting without thinking, I found drive—slamming the gas, car lurching forward, I watched the bastard roll across the apartment driveway from my rearview mirro...

Cab drivers deserve cash tips, respect

Kevin Crittenden

March 1, 2014


Filed under Blogs, Opinion

Before I lived in Chico I could count how many times I had used a taxi on both hands. In the three years that I’ve lived here I’ve spent countless nighttime hours in the back seat and as a driver, carting people around. This is a short list of rules I think everyone who uses a cab sho...

Common phrases carry hidden meaning

Kevin Crittenden

February 22, 2014


Filed under Blogs, Opinion

There are many odd features of the English language and idioms are just one. Idioms are phrases that contain a hidden meaning and many of them have outlived the circumstances within which they were produced. Nonetheless they persist in language for their effectiveness. And yet sometimes they seem c...

Contemplating cautions, charisma of Craigslist

Contemplating cautions, charisma of Craigslist

Kevin Crittenden

February 22, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Craigslist is the online frontier for all manner of weirdness. It’s a perfect example of the glory and horror of the digital age.The name is soiled with associations of murder, prostitution and trickery.But I believe people are mostly good, that they want to connect with each other and take part in life. Nonetheless, the anonymity of the Internet makes it easy to ride the fen...

Chico isn’t all that weird

Chico isn’t all that weird

Kevin Crittenden

February 17, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

  “Let’s get weird!” is a mantra used for a wide range of purposes, from booze-drenched revelry to neon hula hooping. In Chico, this slogan has given way to a new one — “Keep Chico Weird.” But can Chico really be appropriately described as weird? Don’t get me wrong — by North Valle...

TED talks provide free, fascinating education

TED talks provide free, fascinating education

Kevin Crittenden

February 13, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Everybody wants to think of the next big thing. Fortunately, the pursuit of quality knowledge doesn’t need to be as boring as heavy reading. TED talks offer a wide range of remarkable stories that once can watch.For those who haven’t heard of TED, the acronym stands for Technology, Entertainment & Des...

Night shift workers see rare worlds

Night shift workers see rare worlds

Kevin Crittenden

January 29, 2014


Filed under Blogs, Opinion

I use to wonder what it would be like to live the night owl lifestyle, until I got a taste for it during my stint as a night driver. When working as a cab driver I found that after constant sleep deprivation, nothing surprised me anymore. Weird activities would unfold in front of me and in my cab. But I d...

Science can still save us

Science can still save us

Kevin Crittenden

January 28, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Although science and technology have shaped our society, there is a dangerous lack of understanding of science’s role as a way of thinking and living. The innate curiosity that makes us human, the desire to know why things are the way they are, is beaten out of us by scared teachers or squelched b...

Eye of the driver

Eye of the driver

Kevin Crittenden

January 22, 2014


Filed under Blogs, Opinion

Driving a cab in Chico was the best crappy job I’ve ever had.I gave rides to hookers, lawyers, lowlifes and lonely drunks. I was always surprised at the quality of conversation, the openness of communication my passengers felt riding with me. If it wasn’t for the dangerous people and crazy hours I mig...

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