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Talking Dictionary978. African Cabbie Loves America


978. Lola said, "In a cab yesterday, the driver and I started talking. He came to America from Ethiopia 26 years ago. He met his wife in an ESL class in the Bronx. He's been happily married for 24 years. His daughter works on Wall Street. He says many of his fares are Americans who complain about how messed up America is. He tells them, 'This is the greatest country in the world. Look at all the wonderful things you have—running water, electricity, indoor toilets, not to mention all your schools and all the opportunity.'" Valerie said, "What's your point?" Lola said, "Americans complain too much. We don't know how good we’ve got it." Valerie said, "You found one cab driver who's got a wonderful life. I know ten who've got miserable lives. Want to meet one of them?" Lola said, "Spare me. I've got enough problems of my own." 4.9


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