It’s interesting being a driver. I get to have great conversations with bright people, and see sights around the area that I would not otherwise see, even try restaurants I would not have known about.
The negatives? Well, I don’t want to dwell on the mundane with such complaints as the traffic (particularly when it’s raining, or particularly on Rt. 9), nor the high price of gasoline (actually, I pay just $3.289 these days at Cumberland Farms on Rt. 9 near 495).
The other day I did have a bit of a problem. I was contracted to pick up a man and three of his friends at the airport, and as my car is midsize, I thought it wise to have a larger car. So I found a wonderful friend (a client, originally) to loan me her van for some consideration, it was a late night pickup.
However, it turns out there was a mixup, and he was coming in the following night, and there I was waiting for him at 2am in someone else’s vehicle, an hour from home. I was proud of the way we both handled it though. He took responsibility for the mistake, but asked me how I could help him solve the problem. So I told him to “pack lightly” for the next night, as I was not going to pay again to borrow the van, but would just charge him about 20% again as a fee.
It worked out. Luckily, my car has a cavernous trunk, and his young friends were okay with one suitcase across their lap. Everything worked out just fine.
So I guess the lesson is, we take the bad with the good, and just smile and do the best we can and things generally work out for the best. I’m grateful for the opportunity.