Last week’s New York Giants Superbowl game ended in a victory prompting plenty of local news puffery. But the real giants are among us in this city, in their towering vertical Jotunheim: corporate clients like those served by the car service I take on late nights. This driver’s vignette made me wonder who’s got it better:
He was asked on Sunday to take a “timed job,” in which the driver takes a client somewhere and waits for him to return to the car, getting paid the while—about $100 an hour. He was to take someone to a bar to watch the Giants game and then home after an estimated 4-5 hours.
But the driver turned down $500 because he wanted to watch the game with his extended family, and apparently one of his relatives wouldn’t let him live it down if he missed it. (As a side note, this relative was both his cousin and brother-in-law.)
“♫♪ Nice work if you don’t need it, and you can get it in N.Y.! ♫♫♪♫”