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Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Learning, Teaching, Sharing and of Course, Gratitude

Real Conversation in a Taxi cab
(June 12th 2018) about The importance of 
Learning, Teaching, Sharing and of Course, Gratitude:

Fred: "You must be Wendy."
Me: "You must be Fred!"
Fred: "I'm so glad you said that! Because my real name is Fredrick and I hate it. "
Me: "Well the phone app told me Fred, was picking me up with a description of the car! "
Fed: "Oh, I don't know anything about technology. I didn't know that is what happens."
Me: "I can relate a little, I just got this phone a few months ago. My first time with a cellphone in 10 years."
Fred: "Well, let me tell you something, my first experience with a cell phone was in the 80's. My wife, who took computer science at Dal got me a cell phone. It was huge!!! Like a walkie talkie! She said she got it to keep track of me Hahaha. But back then you could drive and talk. And she was on the phone with me one night, I was driving a man in a 3 piece suit to the airport.. She was going on about something.. I dunno what she was going on about but anyways, I threw the phone out the window! "
Me: "Hahaha"
Fred: "She asked me after why I hung up on her and I told her I threw the phone out the window. Then you know what SHE did? She got another one. And she bolted it to the transmission somehow. Then said, you won't throw THIS ONE out the window!!!"
Me: "That's awesome, I like your wife. She sounds smart."
Fred: "oh you have no idea... But technology is fascinating hey?"
Me: "Yes, it's evolving so quickly now. Every new thing just blows my mind!!"
Fred: "Well, listen to this, I remember my mind being blown when we got a TV. I was 10. They didn't invent the TV, until I was 10!"
Me: "wait, what??? How old are you?"
Fred: "I'm 73."
Me: "Oh wow! Here I am remembering the internet as AMAZING, at a young age and tv wasn't even invented when you were that age."
Fred: "You could tell me that cars can fly and don't need people to drive them at this point and I will believe you!"
Me: "This is my stop on the right... Here is the phone app I booked the cab with. It shows all the cabs around and when you book, you get a name, cab number and you can watch them drive up to you in real time!!!"
Fred: "Wow!!! I didn't know that! That's something my wife didn't show me yet. That will be $8.25."
****I hand him $10 and tell him to keep the change***
Fred: "No. You take 5 back!"
Me: "Wait, what?"
Fred: "People ask me all the time, at 73, why are you still driving a cab? It because of this. People like you, who teach me. I'm still learning. You showed me something I never would know. That is what keeps me alive. I'm still learning. In my head, I am still 30 years old. It's just my body that tells me and everyone else, my age. As long as I keep learning though I never feel old. Thank you for that."
Me: "Fred, you couldn't have said that to someone who would appreciate it, more than me. I am so glad that it was YOU, who drove me tonight. Thank you!"
Fred: "No. Thank YOU!"