I had a party to go to last Thursday night. It was mid-afternoon when I realized I should probably book a taxi (not an Uber fan) in advance, it being Christmas party season and all — when anyone with even half a brain leaves their car at home.
When I got downstairs there was no sign of the cab, which is very unusual — at least in my experience, especially when I’ve reserved one. Seems there was a fire somewhere — the concierge said it was in a subway, although I haven’t been able to verify that. But wherever it was, it was playing havoc with the traffic and cabs were in demand.
But I did notice a man standing outside, with a suitcase, also waiting. Not wanting him to take my cab, I sidled up to him and asked if he was waiting for a taxi. He was, from the same company I’d called.
It took a follow up call to the taxi company and about another 10 minutes and finally a car showed up. Turned out it was for me.
Feeling badly for him, I asked where he was going — which was to the Island Airport. Turns out my destination was sort of on his way. I know what it’s like when you’re worried you’ll miss your flight so I asked if he wanted to share my cab. He could drop me off first, I’d pay him for my share of the ride and he could continue on. Needless to say, he jumped at the chance.
We’d never laid eyes on each other before. He lives in another province, was here on business and was staying with a friend. Next thing I knew we were talking about U.S. politics. I can’t remember how the conversation started, but it was fascinating. He was really well-informed and had an interesting perspective.
Two total strangers who instantly found some common ground.
That’s what Donald Trump has done.
In the midst of the horror and turmoil of his presidency, people the world over (myself included) who have never before met each other (and may never do so because our “relationships” are restricted to private online groups, social media and blogs) are connecting. We’re sharing opinions, feelings and fears. We’re turning to each other for support, information, encouragement and solace.
Friendships are being formed, unconventional as they may be. I wonder if they’re to make up for the friendships and more intimate relationships that are being lost (primarily among Americans) because of the polarizing effect of the Trump presidency.
Interesting times, to say the least.