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In my hour of need, a New York City taxi driver stepped up in a big way.

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In my hour of need, in the months following 9-11, New York City taxi driver Shahnur Talukder stepped up in a big way. Shahnur had only been in the U.S. for one year, hailing from Bangladesh with his wife and child.

When my pre-arranged van pick-up failed to arrive early one Sunday morning as scheduled, I suddenly found myself without a ride to JFK airport, and no one was willing to accept payment by credit card. I had, perhaps unwisely, spent all of my cash the day before, but went to bed with my van reservation made well in advance. I had no idea that NY taxis do not accept a credit card (as they do throughout North Carolina.) Six drivers out of six said, “sorry.”

When I hailed Shahnur’s cab, his first action was to take me to a bank to see if I could get a cash advance on my credit card. I didn’t know the pin number, however, as I had not conducted such a transaction previously.

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Slipping Away

The time was slipping away and my margin evaporating for getting to the airport on time. Without prompting, Shahnur decided to drive me to the airport. He trusted me to mail him the fare (which I did the next morning, along with several gifts for his wife and kids).

New York has many heroes and, for me, Shahnur Talukder of is one of them.

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Jeff Davidson is the world's only holder of the title "The Work-Life Balance Expert®" as awarded by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He is the premier thought leader on work-life balance, integration, and harmony. Jeff speaks to organizations that seek to enhance their overall productivity by improving the effectiveness of their people. He is the author of Breathing Space, Simpler Living, Dial it Down, and Everyday Project Management. Visit www.BreathingSpace.com for more information on Jeff's keynote speeches and seminars, including: Managing the Pace with Grace® * Achieving Work-Life Balance™ * Managing Information and Communication Overload®



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Send Boatloads, Not Plane Loads, of Migrants to Eastern Seaboard Sanctuary Cities

Ultra-wealthy liberal communities don’t want to handle an ultra-thin fraction of border-crossing illegal immigrants

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The Über-Liberals of Martha’s Vineyard got a tiny, tiny taste of what Texas and Arizona endure every hour, of every day, with no end in sight. What a wonderful glimpse for all the world to see: how an ultra-wealthy, sparsely populated island, in a virtual sanctuary state, handled a thin fraction of border-crossing illegal immigrants, yearning to be free! They sent them away in less than a day.

All those yard signs, all that virtue-signaling, and it all added up to what? Gross hypocrisy. Then the blame game started. DeSantis and Abbott… they are simply evil men, using the poor as political pawns. How do we know? The liberal press is blasting out this message via bullhorns.

As any thinking person knows, the blame lies in Washington, DC thanks to the lax administration of Joe Biden, his lackey Kamala Harris, and the super-incompetent Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas.

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Making the Dollars Go Further

Apparently Governor DeSantis had to pay handsomely to fly the 50 “exploited souls” to Martha’s Vineyard. However, here is a solution for sending even more, at a far lower cost per person. Buy or rent one of the many cruise ship for sale from the cruise companies which have been hit hard over last 30 months and that now seek to reduce some of their inventory.

Personally, having cruised 39 times, and I can tell you that the these big ships can comfortably accommodate between 2500 passengers. The mega-ships can accommodate 4500. For a short trip up the Atlantic coast, doubling and tripling the number of family members in each room would sum to nearly 10,000 on one voyage. From Texas, navigating the Gulf of Mexico, or directly from Florida, heading up the Atlantic Ocean, a ship could reach Massachusetts within three days.

During the time of the voyage, the facilities on board are excellent. There are health clubs, saunas, steam rooms, a running track, and even a swimming pool or two. These guests of Joe Biden, transported by governors, would actually enjoy themselves on the way up, and then, by golly, be rewarded via the largesse that represents the good people of Massachusetts.

Fulfilling Sanctuary Dreams

Governor DeSantis, as well as Governor Abbott, employing cruise ships could then supply all the sanctuary cities along the Atlantic Seaboard with exactly what they’ve been begging for. After all these years, hey, why not make a wonderful delivery to Baltimore, and then Rehoboth Beach, Delaware where the Bidens frequent?

And how about 1,000s of migrants delivered to Atlantic City, New Jersey, and the Hamptons in Long Island? Don’t forget Bridgeport and New Haven, Connecticut before proceeding to Newport, Rhode Island, Nantucket, and Boston. For good measure make some deliveries to the resort towns in Maine.

What a marvel to behold, as these self-described caring destinations welcome thousands and thousands of migrants, all at once, and artfully absorb them. Sure, there will be some adjustments; such locales will have to spend big bucks for food, shelter, and clothing for these new arrivals… and then find them longer term homes and jobs. So what if local schools are not equipped with foreign language teachers and curricula so that the new children can get up to snuff? Isn’t that what sanctuary cities are all about?

Just Checking In

Let’s revisit all of these places one year later and see exactly how these welcome guests have feared. How about crime? Have they had run-ins with the law? What about the schools? How about public health? Let’s take a very accurate snapshot of what happens on the day they arrived, versus one year later, two years later, and three years later.

Having people dumped into your community, or your home for that matter, despite liberal virtue-signaling, represents a huge change in how you live, and how they live. It’s humanitarian to help a migrant in need. Thousands of migrants, or tens of thousands of them, all at the same time, dropped into a community is not a humanitarian gesture, it is an attack on your way of life.

As Henry Kissinger famously advised then German chancellor Angela Merkel, helping one person in dire need to come to Germany is a humanitarian gesture. Having great masses come to Germany threatens your culture.

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Breathing Space for Autumn

As the trees let go of their leaves, let go of what no longer applies

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As summer gives way to autumn, use the season to enhance your breathing space. Clear the dead wood. As the trees let go of their leaves, why not let go of what no longer applies or can be given away?

Go through your kitchen cabinets, get all canned goods you don’t want or need, and donate them to your local food bank or homeless shelter. See if you can eliminate four things from your to-do list each week. Schedule at least an hour of uninterrupted time for yourself each day.

Put aside some of your earnings this month as an investment or for a vacation. Better yet, deposit your money into an interest-bearing account and don’t look at it or touch it again until at least the end of the year.

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Act Now!

Before it gets too cold, spend a Saturday morning cleaning all of your windows with vinegar and water. You’ll be amazed at the dimness you’ve accepted as light for so long. Set up your own home recycling center so you can conveniently stash newspapers, cans, bottles, and so forth. Knowing you’re helping the environment can give you a sense of breathing space.

Daylight savings time ends in eight weeks, so take advantage of fall evenings. Attend a free lecture some evening about a topic that is outside of your professional interests. Instead of listening to the radio or stereo, buy a self-help, motivational, or fiction tape. Libraries loan books on tape, too. Do this monthly.

Last, take one last swim in a nearby outdoor pool or lake. And take your children apple picking one autumn afternoon!

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