I ended up having a "walking home fail" this evening but did manage to hail a cab. As soon as I got in, I had to ask my driver how he was doing. It really is the thing that all New Yorkers have been saying to each other this past week. Usually, the way hailing a cab in New York works is that you don't say much more to your driver other than the address you're going to, which I think is fine, but every once in a while you might want to start up a conversation.
I learned that my driver was Muslim and had immigrated to New York (Astoria specifically) in 2002. He lives in a one bedroom apartment that he pays $1300 a month for, and unfortunately his rent keeps going up. He lives in his one bedroom apartment with his wife and three kids, who he said never complain. "The secret is, you don't really need that much space. You go home to sleep but that's about it. Space is not as necessary as most people think."
I loved how he said his kids never complain, I loved his positive attitude. He had half a tank of gas and was doing what he could.
I love that our country is made up of immigrants just like my hard working, good fathering cab driver. Let's not forget where we all came from! My great grandmother was a maid, and two generations later her great granddaughter has a master's degree and a career. I'm sure my cab driver's children are going to have a very similar experience to my family's, who came here at the turn of the century.
Anyway, I thought my moment in the cab tonight was awfully fitting on election day. I love immigrants and I'm voting for a president who does too. Immigrants are the strongest most hard working people in the world, and isn't that what we want America to be made of?
Hope you got out and voted today. What was your experience like? Did you have crazy lines? I was in and out in 15 minutes but heard horror stories (one friend waited in line for 3 and half hours!) But how cool is it that people are willing to wait that long to vote! Please, tell me all about your voting experience comments, and happy election night!