Thursday, April 29, 2010
My Latest Taxixperience
I Rarely take Taxi to get me to wherever I want to go, but unfortunately my car is in maintenance for the past 5 days or so, I had to take those flashy yellow cars to every destination i must go to. Basically I don't find my self a type of person who chats with taxi drivers they all talk about the same thing as if they are the same person in a million different bodies tossed around sharing the same "misery".
My last taxi ride was actually interesting that it actually pushed me to blog it and put it in words; it all started when I waved my hand to stop a taxi to get back home from work, I got in to the classical Nissan Sunny taxi a man in his 60 driving, nicely dressed, nice watch smelling good if I am not mistaken its dunhill blue, very uncommon for a taxi driver and the ride went on like this***please note the language used:
Me: Marj il Hamam
Driver: ok, no problem..
so he took a wrong turn and I pointed it out that he was not supposed to go from that way... and that's were it all started.
Driver: عمو please I am very sorry, extremely sorry يا عمي
Me: له يا عمو مش مشكلة الواحد بخربش, مو مشكلة
Driver: والله ماكان قصدي يا عمو سامحيني.
after few minutes
Driver: do you work there (extreme american accent)
Driver: I'm sorry بس شو بتشتغلي يا عمو؟
Me: I'm a music teacher
Driver:HERE IN JORDAN...... where did you obtain your degree?
Me: من المعهد الوطني للموسيقى
Driver: يا عمو you want to convince me there's a music conservatory in this part of the world.
Me: yes الحمدلله
Driver: So what instrument?
Me: the trumpet.
Driver: I don't believe that I am driving a girl that plays trumpet and in Jordan, it seems that God does exist in this part of the world...
Me: **no comments**
Driver: يا عمو I know I sound nosy to you, and that I don't mind my own business but I found it interesting that a girl is playing the trumpet, this rarely happens.... Don't laugh at me if i tell you why I'm driving a Taxi its on my list.
Me: عمو الشغل مو عيب. المهم الواحد يكون يطلع مصروفه و يدبر حاله
Driver:عمو انا مو شوفير تكسي, انا من 31 سنة و انا برة الاردن و حلم حياتي اسوق تكسي باسواْ مكان للسواقة.... عمان.....
عمو انا I've been a pilot for the American Airlines for the past 10 years, but I wanted to try the highs and lows I love flying but I wanted to try driving. So I came to Jordan I thought I'll visit my home town and I will show my wife and my daughter the city as they have never been here, we came 2 months ago my, my wife said you either get me a divorce or you send me back to the state, and my daughter was about to be FORCED to marry a relative because of what those ignorant people call شرف as if they have any of it. so this is my last week in this country we are leaving back. but I just can't believe it! how do you do it! how do you cope, I am 63 years old I can cry, this is not a country this is hell, there is no art, there is no music, youth have no proper life here, how do you do that.....
Me: we have to work things through, I am not happy as a musician in Jordan but I am trying to be.
by this time we were almost there
Driver: يا عمو انا بتمنى يكون في كمان ناس مثلك بس unfortunately this does not happen here! good luck
Bla Bla Blaaaahhhhh.... I know its just one of those cliches where I feel betrayed by my own country and all that none sense nor we can deny that what he is saying is actually true, I just found it coming from him very weird, usually its the other way around I nag shout fight and scream about how unfair this country is and then an elder person tells me what I'm doing and saying is wrong, I found it very weird coming from him and yes it is true!