Ted’s Taxi Follow-up

Some time back, I wrote about a trip home from the airport that got detoured to Baraga in order to help out some stranded travelers. You can read about it here. One of the gentlemen happened to hand me his business card as we were leaving, and I stuck it up on my bulletin board when I got home, and sort of forgot about it.

The other day I noticed he had a gmail account on the card, so I spent a minute sending him an email asking how the rest of his trip went and if he made it back home to Lagos OK. I got two warning messages from gmail saying they were having trouble delivering the message, and figured that was that. But the other day, an email from him showed up in my inbox. It was one of the best Christmas presents I’ve received.

Dear TED,

I wish to on behalf of my colleague thank you immensely for your kind gesture for giving us a ride to our hotel. I also wish to inform you that we’ve enjoyed our stay in Baraga.

I was in Minneapolis in the year 2005 for World Veterinary Congress and attended International Feed Regulators meeting in Atlanta early this year, to be precise January. My Baraga visit is the most memorable moment of all my visits to US. I want to believe that the unprecedented gesture of yours was the foundation and the hospitality of the people of Baraga added a spice to the experience.

I once again wish to thank you on behalf of myself and Nigerian Government for the hospitality and warm reception while in USA.

Complement of the season and best of regards to you and your family.

You never do know what twists and turns life can take, but I’m just happy Alice and I happened to be in the right place at the right time to help these gentlemen out. It sounds like we may have scored a diplomatic victory for the United States to boot. I don’t think this sort of thing works for all people, because let’s face it, there are a lot of a**holes among us. But if you don’t try, you’ll never know, at least that is how I look at it.

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