My new BFF taxi driver in Manhattan this morning was making good time on the FDR. He chose that route to La Guardia 'cause one of the lanes in the Mid-Town Tunnel was closed, and traffic was already (0730, EDT) backing up. I also learned this fact: my driver leases his car on a daily basis, for which he pays the owner $150. Driver collects $50.00 from me (including the toll on the TriBoro and a 20% tip) which means he has to log at least three good fares like airport runs just to stay even. Tough way to make a living, though the view through the windshield belies the fact.