The Cab Ride

Posted: December 28, 2015 in Services Review

I am so old school. I still hail a cab the old fashion way which meant I pray to God that the cab I would hail will have a nice cab driver, sweet smelling interior, un-tampered meter and a working air conditioner.

Well I got that today while on my way back home from my old unit. His name is Cris John Paul who does not want his picture taken because he said he does not want to be famous. But I cannot help myself because I was fascinated with his story so I took a picture of his ID and ran with the story below:

At such a young age, (just 23) he is already a widower. His lived in partner died a week after giving birth to their son. It had been 3 years but he still mourns her death. He said that he promised her that in three months he’d marry her but she succumbed to heart failure. He felt devastated that till now he is not looking for anyone to replace her. His friends told him to move on, he would wave them off saying only if you find someone who looks like Ella, thinks like Ella will I move on. For now his main priority is his son.

He has a degree in automotive which comes in handy whenever his cab would break down. He not only saves his operator thousands of money for towing, he also saves his operator the hassle of getting a mechanic to fix the cab. Cris said, he likes doing what he is doing because he can go around the metro. QC is his main turf though. He knows where the bottleneck is and what shortcut to take during rush hours. He says knowing your territory allows you to earn more in a day compared to when you wait for passengers coming out of the big malls.

His only vice is smoking. When his son was born, he quit drinking. Well there is an occasional beer or two before bedtime when he cant sleep but drinking himself silly is no longer something he does. He prefers to stay home, take care of his son, watch movies using his laptop and yes, smoke. He likes the solitude of being in his room since when he works or rather drives around everything is noisy. So he finds respite in coming home and tuning out the world.

Cris talked about a lot of things like when he was in high school, he tried cutting class and did not like it. He would run out of money because he has to spend it on food, a movie or in the arcade. After a week he just went back to school and stopped cutting class, he said that experiment didn’t fly. At least in school, you kill time by being present in class. He may not participate much but he listened to whatever was being shared by the teacher.

But one thing he’d stay away and wont even dabble in, is taking drugs. It would addle your brain and you’d be left with nothing he added. At least, he said, in smoking your brain wont get fried, your health wont be that compromised. Yes his skin is dry but at least he wont look like a living zombie. None of those bug eyes, shrunken cheeks and rotting teeth. He made sure his cousins would stay away from using drugs by getting them into a stable job at a big firm. They may just be glamorized kargadors but at least it is a decent living.

The almost one hour and a half ride was very entertaining. Cris was a gifted gabber and a good driver. For someone so young, he is quite responsible. He fixed the cab he has been driving for two years, he got his cousins work, he took care of the needs of his son, he imparts wisdom to his friends (he does not share cigarettes nor does he like a tag along, for him if you are earning then you can buy your own cigarette. He said you support your own vice and not rely on other people to finance you.)

If you get a chance to ride in his cab, enjoy the ride and story. I am telling you, it can be a very meaningful journey wherever you’d be heading.



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