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Sunday, January 30, 2021

So you catch a cab. You slide into the back seat, shut the door and set off. The driver greets you thusly:

“Where to, buddy; and, are you looking for a girlfriend/boyfriend?”

Offhand, it could be a bit creepy. But Ahmed Ibrahim’s made a nice little matchmaking hobby out of it, linking up Manhattan’s lonely hearts.

“I was joking around with this girl … who said she couldn’t find a boyfriend,” he recalled. Ibrahim took her number.

Three days later, a man got in his cab and bemoaned his bad luck finding a woman. Ibrahim called the woman and gave her the man’s number. Three weeks later, she called back and said they had gone on a date and were getting along great.

“I thought, ‘Oh my God, this is my new project,’” he said.

A star is born. In more ways than one:

Since then, he has been featured on Fox News Channel and NBC’s “Today” show and in The Wall Street Journal. He even has an agent shopping his story to producers in Hollywood.

I’m visualizing a Tony Shalhoub big-screen vehicle coming out of this…

In a way, this strikes me as a real-life flipside of the “Taxicab Confessions” environment. The cabbie hears all kinds of wacko stuff every day; instead of the seamier stuff, the romantic impulse comes to the forefront.

- Costa Tsiokos, Sun 01/30/2005 07:44:40 PM
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