His almendron would be ready one day--next year, he'd say, or maybe the year after--and he'd hire me to be a real cash-collecting taxi driver.
I drive his almendron, up and down las rutas, along avenues from Marianao to Regia and Bejucal, giving my cousin his daily cut of 30 cue, which I earn in seven or eight hours on the road.
There were arms out all over Prado, people waiting for an almendron to pick them up and take them farther along the route.
"You think you're special because you drive your cousin's almendron and you make more money than I do.
And when other people tried to flag down my almendron on the way, the girls commanded me from the backseat to ignore them, and said they would tip me extra to keep the ride private too.