30 minutes of fame

Pi is Exactly Three – Coltrane in Motion

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Due to the fact that I have a swollen foot, I had to take a cab either to work, or going home. It is quite expensive and out of my budget. But even if I have a choice, I am always running late. Work starts at 7 in the evening, and I am still not used to it; plus, the slow motion since I cannot put on some weight on my injury.

I always enjoy conversations with cab driver. Insights from the strangers are always fascinating. As the character in Fight Club said, strangers tend to be honest with you. And I agree to that. Our topic ranges from life in Mindanao to the recent gossip about Shaina Magdayao and John Lloyd Cruz.

What stick to my mind was this topic with a cab driver who from pity, considered taking me to work since I am almost soaking wet from the sudden rainfall and limping due to swollen foot. It was traffic in Buendia, as always on a rainy day. We started the conversation with how his daughter would cry since she might have a problem going home. It was really raining hard. Then we were talking about the new generation’s courtship.

“Swerte na nga sila” Manong Driver said. “Dati noon, mag-iigib ka pa, magpapaka-alila ka. Para lang mahawakan mo ang kamay ng babae.”

I laughed. “Ganun ho talaga.” I said.

“At kapag nang-ligaw, taon ang inaabot. Ngayon ite-text mo lang yung babae, magkikita lang sa motel, sila na.” He added.

I laughed some more. “Hindi naman siguro lahat.” I said.

“Naku,” he continued. “Tignan mo anak ko, puro sa ganun nadadale ang mga nagiging girlfriend. Ang swerte ng mga bata ngayon. Mas madali ang buhay nila.”

“Bakit naman ho?” I asked.

“Ako, hindi ako nakapag-aral. Kahit gusto ko. Kailangan ko kaagad magtrabaho kasi walang kakainin ang pamilya ko. Ang mga bata ngayon, pinapag-aral, pagaasawa inaatupag. Noon, kalabaw lang minamaneho ko. Aba ngayon, tignan mo, taksi na!

“Noon, magbabayad ka ng mahal, makanood lang ng boxing tulad ng kay Paquiao. Tignan mo naman, lahat ng laban niya pinanood ko! Sa tapat ng TV ko, hawak ang remote at bote ng beer. O noon, iigib ka ng tubig sa poso, pang inom na yun. Tignan mo, naka mineral water na ako. Meron pang C2!

“Huwag nilang sabihin na mas mahirap buhay ngayon. Noong nagaaral pa ako, wala akong sapatos. Tsinelas lang na kapag uwian, hinuhubad ko kasi magninipis ang swelas. Masisira agad. Gagamitin ko pa yun habang pumapasok ako.”

“Mahirap ho talaga siguro ang buhay ngayon.” I said.

“Wala lang kasiyahan mga bata ngayon. Kumapara sa panahon namin na talagang mahirap ang buhay.”

Then it hit me. Manong Driver is telling me about satisfaction. How you look at things in a different angle, in a different light. Is it bad asking for more? When did it start that we stopped looking for simpler things? Why does it have to be that Manong Driver, who earns measly income compared to most of my friends and I, is contented with what he has, instead of asking for what he has not?

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~ by Es on 27 September, 2010.

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