- Posted January 3, 2014 by
Capturing the Human Spirit: Ludo
The life of a cab driver: getting in the same beat up car everyday, pulling up to pick up people and witness things you would never even think to see. It’s like the saying “sex, drugs and rock and roll” from songwriter Ian Dury; there’s more to life than the 9 to 5 job. Well, in Ludo’s case, there’s more to life than driving a Taxi. While struggling in Orange County, trying to be successful as a member of a Punk Rock band, Ludo needed work. A guy running one of the joints he played at suggested he become a Taxi driver. Easy cash right? Well, that depends on how you define an ‘easy job’. From people doing a little more than just making out, to a drunk guy insisting on having pancakes with you, to secretly gay, married men walking out of their homes and away from their loving families to live as their alter egos, Ludo has seen it all, so much that it became normal life. It was one year packed full with a lot of shit. While speaking to Ludo on the phone, he recalled to me how many people would ask him what the hell was he doing with his life being a taxi driver. Imagine working a job in which you are berated for doing it. It’s like once a person enters the back of a cab, they turn into a genuine comedy club heckler.
Ludo soon made a change. He went back to community college, worked his way up to a four year and today, is a graduate from law school. Sounds like a big jump. So much accomplished, but what all for? I remember Ludo telling me about one lawyer talking about how he hates his job and another who lost his, consequently turning to pumping gas. So why do the mundane?
Ludo decided to share. He began to blog about his experiences as a taxi driver, quickly receiving a large following. Later, he published his stories in his first book, Keep The Meter Running. From college drop out, to punk rocker, to taxi driver, to lawyer; all in preparation for what he truly wants to do, share a few stories and make a few people laugh along the way. He may have been the quiet driver in the beaten up taxi, but now it’s his turn to speak.
Note: Ludo's work may be read on his website ludostories.com