Today, I got my first ping at around 6:45 AM. I would rather began my day at 3 AM but laziness won me over and hold me into bed until 5AM. Got the routine of making coffee and checked the latest on social media.
In the background was my yobo prepping lunch for our boys whom already started the day nagging at each other about brotherly stuff, the likes of hurry up, you always make me late to class, you should have put away your bags last night, you spent too much time talking to your girlfriend, shut up and let’s go and on and on until I got tired and yelled some decorated Chuukese words toward their location.
These boys barely understand any Chuukese or Ifalikese for that matter so it’s only fair that I use those fancy words, I am sure as teenagers probably they already figured it out. Hehehe. But if one thing I am certain of, I didn’t start the nagging. I just tried to help end it.
After the boys left the house with their mom, I got my very first ping and it was a pretty good catch. It was a ride for 34.75 miles from Federal Way, WA to Kirkland, WA up in the north. It took us exactly 1 hour, 13 minutes and 47 seconds and a cost of $65.90 of $49.48 is directly awarded to me. The other $16.50 is going straight to the app service provider. In addition, I got a whopping $15 in tip so I made a total of $64.48 on this one trip alone. It’s a pretty damn successful morning.
You can say in 1 hour, I made $64.48 which is a darn good amount. Success! Two more rides of this kind and I am good for the day.
It was a pretty awesome and steady morning with riders pinging my phone off the hook. Nothing unusual until I picked up this big dude. He got into my car and said, how you doing sir, with a very heavy English accent. I said I am doing great sir, thank you. As we started out I turned and asked him if he’s English. He said yes and then I said, so tell me sir, which English is the correct one. The guy lost it. He laughed like there’s no freaking tomorrow. We both laughed and laughed and laughed. And then he said he love America and that should settle it. I said Ok sire. Let’s leave it at that.
Before he got out of the car, he asked me where I am from and I said I am from Ifalik. He gave me a funny look and said where the hell is that. I said, it’s a beautiful piece of land floating somewhere in the Western Pacific. He was like ok, that’s need, again in a very deep English accent. He got out and turned and thanked me for making his day.
The next rider I got was a beautiful brownish woman from North India. I picked her up in Redmond in the middle of Microsoft country. As soon as she got into my car she asked where I am from. I said what you mean madam, I am from Washington. No really where you from sir. I am sure you’re not from Washington. I said oh yes madam, I am from Micronesia. What? What is that? Are you kidding me now sir? I said no madam, that is where I am from.
After confirming I was serious about where I am from, she asked what kind of government we have in Micronesia. I said it’s a government by the people and for the people. It’s a Democratic government where the people elect the congress and the congress elect the president. She gave me a puzzling look and said really? You elect the people that elect the president. Pretty much, madam. Yes it is, I told her.
Before reaching her destination she asked me, how we measure success in Micronesia. I was puzzled not knowing what to say. I said, madam, I have not thought about that yet. Maybe next time I picked you up, I will be able to give you a perfect answer. She nodded in agreement but I am sure she’s fully understand that we may not see each other ever again. This is a big area I am driving in. Lots of places I go to.
Driving off into the distance, I kept asking myself, how do we measure success in Micronesia. I have never thought of it before.
If I were to pose this question to any of our current and former representatives or senators in Yap, what would their response be. If I were to ask our current Yap congressional delegation, Mr. Figir and Mr. Urusemal, I wonder what their response(s) is/are going to be.
What have they done so far as Yap’s delegation? Were they able to secure more funds for the state of Yap? What have they done in the past 5 years? Are they measured up to the expectations of their constituents? Can you point me to some measurable things you’ve accomplished in your tenure representing the people of Yap?
How about the government of the state of Yap? Is there a way to tell if the current Yap administration is measured up to the Yapese people’s expectations? Are there things you can point to and say, oh the current Yap administration is more successful than the last so far into their term? Are there more jobs created because of the current administration’s policies? Does Yap gets more revenue this fiscal year and spent less so far? Did Yap contributed more to its investment portfolios?
These are some of many questions we should ask of our leaders, from the local and state and on up to the national level. There has to be a way. I can’t wait to meet up with our Yap delegation if they ever come out in the states again. I missed that last one because of personal obligations and I hope they make one more trip. I will for sure be there to greet and meet them.
This really got me thinking. What if I wanted to run for an elected office? Where would I start and how would I measure the success of my being there representing my people? How would I compare myself to others? It’s just fascinating stuff.
Please let us know if you know the answer. Better yet, have our congressmen respond to this post and tell us what they think. It would be a great service to their constituents, both on Yap and here away from home.
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