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(DENVER, Colo., August 31, 2004) Mike, russia, and Stan, a driving colleague, work together to find a slow leak in another drivers back tire. The drivers look out for each other and the concern was justified when a leak was found. Mike gave a portable compressor to the driver to get him through to keep him from losing time while waiting on line or possibly losing a fare. The Commercial Vehicle area adjacent to Denver International Airport is the staging area for all public access vehicles from limos to shuttles to cabs. It is here, in the cab line that the ecclectic international community thrives, argues and prays together. A humble and loud mix of people, mostly men, many from other countries, battling the turf that is actually hot asphalt and concrete resembling an active runway, where the energy is ceaseless. The complaints are tiresome. The languages variety and intensity lay heavy on the air as the cabbies extol themselves and their ambitions. The staging area holds 125 cabs while the hold lot has 25 additional and the terminal has 20, 10 in the west and 10 in the east. The wait is approximately 3-5 hours on a good day, 5-7 on a bad day with the possibility of sitting all day and not getting out as patience determines it is time to leave. This according to driver David Kumm also known as "the mechanic". Many drivers work 7 days a week, 16-24 hours a day going home only infrequently. (Photo by: STEVEN R. NICKERSON / ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS)

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