It's been especially humid and sticky in the great city of Washington, DC, these past few days, so when I wound up with some rather large purchase items from Bed, Bath & Beyond, I decided to catch a cab back to my building--the Georgetown Law school "dorm"--rather than Metro and walk.
I am always very nice to cab drivers--they have to cart around tourists and people who speak less than good English (and they themselves often have less than good English) not to mention passengers who don't have a clue where they're going (like me, on occasion.)
This, however, was not one such occasion. I was just going back to my dorm building where I have lived for weeks this year and my entire first year of law school. I know the address!
So I hop in the cab, dump my bulky bags in the trunk, and off we go...
Me: <Address>, please.
He(Driver): Okay...<repeat Address>
Me: Yes, that's it.
He: Okay. <Off we drive. About a block from where he picked me up...>
He: <Repeat Address>?
Me: That's right. It's the Georgetown Law dorm building.
He: That not Georgiatown (his pronunciation, not mine)
Me: Yes, Georgetown Law (slowly, as his English is not great)
He: You sure? I don't think that Georgiatown.
Me: I'm sure. <Repeat Address.>
He: <Repeats address>
He: Okay, I take you there, but I not sure that is Georgiatown.
Me: Trust me, it is right.
He: <Drives onto the highway into DC> Georgiatown that way. <Points toward Georgetown proper, NOT Georgetown Law> I take you there, right?
Me: No. Georgetown Law School is not with the rest of Georgetown. Take me to <Address>
He: I not think that right.
Me: (Trying not to yell) It's right!
He: By the Capitol?!
He: (Obviously thinks I'm an idiot) Okay...you say...
We: <Arrive at the Georgetown Law dorm.>
He: Oh. This Georgetown?
Me: (Thinking: No, buster, I'm getting out at the wrong location for kicks!) Yes. <Pays, gets bulky bags, bails>
Girl at front desk of dorm: What's so funny?
Me: My cab driver didn't believe me when I told him the address. He wanted to take me across town.
Girl at desk: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!
I'll be the first to admit I have no doubt that some cab passengers get in and don't have a clue where they're going. But I did. I should not have had to repeat myself half a dozen times.
Oh well, at least he closed the windows and turned on the air-conditioning. I was too decent to not tip him.