Good morning! DC is full of visitors this weekend for the Rally to Restore Sanity. Led by Jon Stewart of the Daily Show, the event was supposed to be a rally to bring people together. Unfortunately I think it ended up being attended almost exclusively by democrats. It would have been nice to have a more inclusive audience.
My dad came down from Pennsylvania and we went down to the rally. I can not tell you too much about what happened there because there were way more people there than what they expected. As a result, there were not enough speakers/jumbo screens for most of us to hear or see what was happening. It’s too bad too, because I really like Stewart. I think he is wickedly smart not to mention one of the funniest guys on television. I would have given him my $10 – but that didn’t happen. I did give it to a 16-year-old student from NC who attended the rally with his father. His story in a couple of weeks.
As for today, I want to introduce you to Luis. I met him a few weeks ago outside the Mayflower Hotel here in DC when the IMF sessions were taking place in Washington. Originally from El Salvador, Luis works in the private transportation industry. On this day, he was chauffeuring executives to and from their meetings. He’s been in this business for the past ten years he tells me. Some times he has been hired to make long trips too. “Last week I went to New York City twice,” Luis said.
In front of us was a herd of black Town Cars, Escalades, Suburbans – all with tinted windows. Some had signs in the window to indicate who they were reserved for. “BNP Paribas” read one sign referring to the French banking powerhouse. Another had a sign for the London-based HSBC.
A flight crew from Lufthansa exited and crowded the side entrance to the hotel, about 10 feet from where we were standing. They all lit cigarettes and a cloud of tobacco smoke settled over us. Luis, neatly dressed in a black suite with a blue tie, shook his head in disgust and took a few more steps away from the airline personnel.
His cell phone rang and he excused himself and took the call speaking in Spanish. He returned a few minutes later apologizing for the interruption. He explained that his clients were just about ready to leave so I let him get back to work.
Before shaking his hand and wishing him good luck, I asked him if he had thought about what he would do with the ten dollars. He said he would probably use it to buy some breakfast that week.
He asked not to be photographed and also preferred to not provide any contact information. Hopefully he will be in touch later so that I can make sure he gets information about the year-end celebration.