Thursday, August 31, 2006

Frustrated Driver?

Somebody placed a nail sidewise into the tire of my car. This has happened now for the second time since I moved into one of Manila’s best protected residential compounds two months ago.

Why do people do this to somebody they don’t know (yet)?
  1. Giant income gap: A driver makes about $200 a month and I am sure that he supports quite large families.
  2. Too much time: Drivers spent most of their time waiting to be ready to serve. If I would hire a paid driver I would only be able to offer him (it’s rarely a ‘her’) 30 to 35min of daily work (i.e. driving in the morning to work and returning in the late afternoon).
  3. Offensive dirty car: Sure, where my car is parked you will only see very clean cars. Most of the other cars are washed by paid drivers. Since I don’t have a paid driver, my car sometimes is dirty. Last Monday it was extremely dirty due to the fact that I just got back from a weekend in the countryside in the midst of the Philippines’ rainy season.
  4. Putting one, two and three together the conclusion might be that there is somebody telling me, if you don’t have a driver you might need at least somebody to clean your car?
  5. … or wasn’t it a driver at all?

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At August 31, 2006 at 8:02 PM, Blogger Sidney said...

Is that your car? It looks like a truck!
I agree with you. Being a driver must be very, very boring sometimes.

At August 31, 2006 at 8:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Too much carbon monoxide, I suppose. Drivers spend most of their time in so-called drivers' lounges right in the middle of parking garages. Early symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include drowsiness, headache and result in placing nails into tires.

At August 31, 2006 at 8:18 PM, Blogger brommel said...

Hi Sidney,
It's a 4x4 SUV, looks and stinks like a truck but its pure fun in the city and absolutely necessary where I usually go on the weekends.

Hi Manila Babe,
you must be right it's insaneness caused by fumes...

At September 2, 2006 at 9:13 PM, Blogger Sidney said...

May I ask you where you go on weekends? I will not stalk you but maybe you can give me some ideas for a weekend out of town...
Need to go out for a photoshoot soon to feed my photo blog... ;-)


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