This is a very short story that I wrote immediately after being driven in a taxi my a man named Toma Lucia. I was coming home from a guitar lesson, and he began speaking. I found him to be a very interesting character, and wrote this story about him.

I drive a taxi. I wear sunglasses, and they have a deep color. They show my deep voice. I sound not Pakistani like most drivers, for I am not. I have a deep voice. It isn't Pakistani.

I have learned much as a driver, because I hear people. You know, they're talking, I hear them. It makes life much better. Much easier. I am interested in playing the music. Playing the guitar music, very much. I had a neighbor long ago. He was Joe. He was a musician that played the music. He told to me that my son, he had a good ear. He was a good singer. He told for me to get my son a guitar. He would be good at playing the music. I got my son the guitar. It was an electronic guitar. My son is 18 now. He did not play the music! He was a punk! Haha. Now my younger son wants to play the music, and I am thinking that maybe I can give him the electronic guitar. I am looking for a place to buy the book, the book which he can learn the music.

I come from Rumania. I have a wife, and two kids. I came to this country two years ago. My family is at my old country. I see them only on holidays. They want the American dollars. The dollars there, they are no good. The American dollars, they are good. So it is better when you have the American dollars being sent to you. It makes life much better. Much easier, to have the American dollars. It is much better to have somebody getting the American dollars for you!

In my old country it was. It was two years ago. The Rumanian dollars, they go down. I am worried. I need the money, but the money is nothing. I tell to my wife, "we will be poor. The money is nothing now."

She say to me, "Toma, in America the money is powerful! The American dollar is strong!"

"We are not in America," I told.

"You must go to America, Toma. Go to America where the money is good."

And I went to America and I made the dollar. I drove the taxi, and made the dollar, and sent it to Rumania. Their dollar is still no good. American dollar is very good. I see them only on vacations.

I wish to see them and return to my old country, but it makes life much better. Much easier, to have the American dollars. It is much better to have somebody getting the American dollars for you!