Friday, February 20, 2009

Using Spanish

One of the great things about driving the cab is that I've been able to use my Spanish a lot more than I have in the past few years. It's usually pretty simple stuff - I ask where we're going, then answer their questions about how someone so white speaks Spanish. But I gotta tell you, it's a great way to start making conversation and creating the connection between passenger and driver. Luckily, the trips are usually short enough so I'm not exposed for not being a perfectly fluent (to put it mildly) speaker.

I picked up a guy today who worked in all 8 years of the Clinton White House and actually started working on the campaign in Little Rock in mid-1989! A Clinton lifer in my cab, pretty cool. He took down my number because he said we should keep in touch. I have no idea what that means, but my guess is that it probably means he'll just call for cab rides.