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Keeping My Positive Attitude

As I wrote in my last article, I am trying to keep a positive attitude. This was clear a few weeks back. It was a busy weekend so I decided to work both of my days off, Thursday and Friday. It also shows, even when tough things happen, there are ways to look at the situation in a positive way or to find something positive.

On both those days, I put over $300 on the meter, which I had never done before. As I left the yard Friday after turning in my money and paperwork I was Jazzed that I broke the $300 level 2 days in a row. As I exited the yard and turned to the area the scooters and motorcycles park, I saw mine was gone. Someone stole it.   I spoke to someone in security and was told it was not on company property so all I could do is call the police. When I called, I was told, since it is not a registered vehicle, all I can do is go to the police station and file a report. I said I do not have transportation and they would probably never find it so why bother. My positive thought was, at least I had money in the bank available to purchase another scooter.

I then saw a friend coming off work. I asked him if he would give me a ride home and the next day give me a ride to North Las Vegas to buy another scooter. He agreed to assist me but I he gets off at 2pm. I told him I would just come in early so not to inconvenience him.

The next day another friend drove me in at 3am even though my shift on Saturdays starts at 5:30am. At 3:10am, the coordinator asked me if I wanted to work the 3:30 shift, because someone called in sick. This way I would only have to lose one hour of work. Not only did I get to start early, the car I took over was brand new and only 7,000 miles. At 2pm I came in and my friend drove me to get the new scooter.

One Sunday, I scooted to work and locked it up in a less convenient location, but more secure and within the site of the security. I then went on my shift. On Sunday I do not have a full unrestricted taxi as I had on my two days off, but a geographically restricted which means I cannot pick up customers on the Strip, Downtown or at the airport. Well, even with my restriction I broke $300 a third time at $300.50 but the amazing thing is I made $152.50 in Tips. I looked up and solemnly gave my thanks.

For the people that know me, or read my site might wonder why I gave up the “easy life” in the Philippines to be just a taxi driver in Las Vegas. A taxi driver’s income is based on commissions from the fares and the generosity of the customers.   Well, my life in the Philippines was a precarious life. We lived on the small amount I received from an Annuity and the support from Elena’s nephew. He promised to always support us, but as we know, promises can be broken. A month before I left, he had reduced the amount he was sending us.

Well, my life in Las Vegas is not so bad. I have worked hard learning the city, the locations and how to converse with my customers. I am friendly, helpful and do not cheat. There are drivers known to “Long Haul” their customers. This is driving a less than direct route and causing the fare to be twice to three times the normal cost. I will not do that.

Every morning I stag at a local “Gentleman’s” club. They put out for the drivers coffee, bottled water and packaged cookies. I take about eight bottles and have them to offer it to my customers at no charge. I also tell them I cannot afford to be the “Cash Cab” but try to be the Fun Cab.

With my friendly attitude and sincerity, I have been doing well in tips and fares. I am making enough to cover my bills, send some to Elena and even save and watch my bank account grow. I am working 6 or 7 days a week, but I actually enjoy working. I have met and made friends with many of the drivers, most of which are Filipinos. I also get to talk and learn from the many customers I have had from many countries in the world.

I apologize again of the lack of new articles, but it is hard to write coherently when you are working 12 hours a day and not getting enough sleep. I appreciate the older readers who continue to follow my life and for the new readers who have found my site and enjoy me writings.
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14 Responses to “Keeping My Positive Attitude”

  1. Anthony Lane says:

    Hey ol Buddy! Keep up the good work there. If you ever need a taxi in davao you will get a 5% discount for you and your family!Hope you have a good lock and thick chain!! Lo Jack for scooters??

    • Bruce says:

      Anthony,
      I now have 2 different but good locks. One is longer than the other. When is your taxi company starting up and what is the name.

  2. don m. says:

    Hang in there Bruce. Boy are working the long hours. I only check your site about once a week and am always glad when I see a new blog.
    When I had my store I work for 7 and a half years with no days off. You can do it as you have a good reason. Hope the paper work is about done and you wife will be there soon. Best from don and mercy.

    • Bruce says:

      Don M,
      Our petition is in review and not just in the stack. I hope it is approved by USCIS by Nov. and will get to Manila soon after.

  3. maria says:

    hi bruce
    it must be a surprize for the filipino drivers to learn you lived in the philippines. i would certainly appreciate you not long hauling me as a passenger and i appreciate it as a reader of your blog.

    • Bruce says:

      Maria,
      I will not long haul anyone. At times that I know the traffic is bad on the surface streets, I will ask if they want the interstate which is faster but a little more cost.

  4. roy says:

    Hello Bruce,
    It’s nice to know that you’re doing ok. I’m going to the Phil after 6 years of being gone. When I come back to the states, I’m starting over as well.
    Regards,

    • queeniebee says:

      Hi Bruce, Boy, “When it rains it pours”! So sorry to hear about the theft of your scooter after you worked so hard to earn the money. I applaud your tenacity in recovering so quick, and continuing along on your way in such a patient and upbeat way. I know that helping your wife and anticipating her coming here is a big incentive, and I hope that happens soon for you both.

      • Bruce says:

        Queeniebee,

        As I write, I try to find at least one thing good each day to think of and not dwell on bad things. It makes the day go better and less stress.

    • queeniebee says:

      Hi Roy, I hope that you have a great trip and visit back to Manila! When you return to the States, I wish you best wishes as well in your new ventures.

  5. don m. says:

    I hope by Christmas you & your wife will be together.

  6. Henry says:

    Bruce, hang in there, buddy. I, too, work long & crazy hours (75 hours, Monday through Friday). As some people say things will get better, I certainly hope that’s true. Hope to meet you soon in 2011. The first round’s on me.

  7. Evelyn says:

    ohhhhh…i am soo sad to hear about your scooter..
    too bad there are some bad guys all over the world…
    anyway, i like your positivism..
    keep it up and u will live a long life…
    here’s hoping and praying elena will get here ASAP

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