Kurt and Kim got married December 30, 2010!
I had to take a cab to Logan this morning. Last time I took a cab from Boston Cab the driver was cheery, talkative and enjoyable. He helped me get my bag out when I got to the airport and wished me a happy trip.
This morning-yes I got picked up early but I was the same time as last time-actually it was later! The driver didn’t even say hi-I had to initiate “Good morning how are you?” and he whispers “ok”. He tosses my bag in the trunk and the silent treatment begins.
We get to the airport and I ask to use the credit card machine. I have the option of picking 20% tip of $3 or other. Typically I do a 20% tip but I should have done $1 or zip! I finished paying, the driver opens the trunk, and then proceeded to pretend to be fiddling with something in the front seat. I get out and say thanks-get my luggage out of the trunk and head into the airport.
Maybe I’m lazy and don’t want to get my bag, but isn’t that what the tip is for? If I were just paying for the drive then I shouldn’t have to tip. I definitely have taken a lot of my other can drivers for granted! As they say-you never know what you’ve got until you lose it. Luckily I will still be able to have good cab drivers and I’ll appreciate them. It’s the little things that matter-the good morning and smile, the small talk the helping with the bag, the happy travel wishes. Yes it may be a standard routine-maybe it’s repetitive, but I think it is worth it for the customer. Maybe it isn’t $3 wasted? I think it was actually a good thing because I gained some appreciation for those nice cab drivers!
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My friend Kristina is running the Boston Marathon and raising money for the Boston Debate League (BDL). A tid bit from her page:
The BDL has been amazing for students throughout Boston Public Schools. Involvement in debate has helped keep students on track to graduate, improve their GPAs, and most of all, prepare them to succeed in college. Getting them to the stage to receive a diploma is only the first step. Making sure they have the analytical and interpersonal skills necessary to manage their time, work well with others, study for exams, and write term papers is even more important.
As a teacher, I’ve also gained much from the BDL. Like my students, I never thought I would debate in front of my peers. Through BDL’s Debate Across the Curriculum (DAC) training, I learned how to incorporate debate into my math lessons…starting by debating other teachers. Using DAC has made math more engaging for my students and given them new ways to delve deeper into content.
Your donations are the BDL’s primary source for tournaments, transportation, materials, and coaching.
For more information and to donate see Kristina’s donation page.