An Indian Civilizational Perspective

Tampa and the Cabbies

This week has been busy – have been in Tampa trying to get some stuff finished. Tampa is a nice city .. nice weather and not-so-overweight people as in Texas!

The funniest experience for me when I come to Tampa is the cab ride from the airport to downtown. There are 99% chances that your cab driver will be from an African country. And boy are they pissed with life! First its a major battle to have them accept credit cards – something that is a norm everywhere.. but these guys wont go for it! Ok, thats fine.. but at least smile a bit will you? I try my best to strike a conversation but have never been successful. They keep mum. The guy this time had a nice incense running that was kind of nice .. and there was almost negligible hint of body odor that is so prevalent in the cabs around the country… so I remarked “Nice smell” and smiled. He.. straight faced “Yeah”. And keeps driving on.

Oh well.. you cannot get everything to work everywhere.. do you?


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