The managers at Tampa international airport wanted to show their appreciation for the cab drivers, so the set up tables and chairs with nice table cloths and asked us to be their guest. They were going to serve a hot lunch and give a speech. Sounds great. So we all gathered. I'm hungry. Let's eat. Who cares about the speech.
The big wigs were there to hear themselves talk and say they appreciated what we do to serve the Tampa airport. In fact, they appreciate us so much, they allow Uber to steal our fares without paying the transportation authority a dime, when we pay an outrageous fee. How's that for friendship?
Anyway, someone in the holding area radioed and said they needed 12 cabs at the terminal STAT. So the guys started deserting. We need to make money. We are not ingrates. I mean, I don't often get invited for cookies and punch but I got bills. Man they started moving some cabs and soon everyone was gone. Nobody left to hear the sterling speech.
Bill and Sam
I guess they gave the talk to themselves. I was going to try and swing back later and see if they had saved me a plate. Never did get back and it started to rain anyway. Talk about pissing on their parade. So much for a good idea.
You know...I got a better idea. Why don't you guys do your fucking job and keep Uber out of the airport. The drivers together pay $17,000 a month for the right to serve the airport. Uber pays nothing and you guys then kick us in the nuts. That's rich. Take that free lunch you were going to serve and stick it up your ass.
The state run media is against Donald Trump. They are doing everything they can to get Hillary Clinton elected president. Their main tactic is to report on women who said he kissed them 500 years ago. The also promote rigged polls that are a complete fabrication. Even a casual observer knows Trump is miles ahead. Don't believe me? Take a drive through your neighborhood and see how many Trump yard signs you see to Hillary's. He will outnumber her 10 to 1.
Its rare that you see something that really stands out on the side of the road. Keep in mind that I driver all over Tampa Bay but protest signs using the word "Nigger" really stand out. Considering this was at a convention that was about 50% black.
Visitors from up north need to take care not to sunburn. Pasco county is a major nudist destination. It is recommended that you use sunscreen and a hat. Other than that, enjoy your time in the sun while in the Tampa Bay area.
Rarely do the clouds of chance undermine the plans of man. In this case, it was cold. Very cold. And a storm was rolling in as I recently swam in the Spring Masters meet at the North Shore pool in St. Petersburg. It was my first meet in 43 years but I had prepared with a year of consistent swimming. My only goal was to finish my events. That I did, with the first event being the 200 yard freestyle. It was my longest event and the one I was most worried about. What if I did not finish? What if they had to use a drag line to pull me from the pool like a distressed whale off the beach? The good news was I did it and went on to set PR's in the other events I entered. I even beat some people in the process.
Very happy after the 200 yard freestyle
I met my team mates and sat with them during the weekend. They say a journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step. I have taken that step.
The bad news was the next day I came down with Cellulitus, a potentially fatal bacteria infection if left untreated. I was even in the hospital for a while. It has taken seven weeks to get better and I am looking forward to getting back into the action.
I found a"suspicious package" tucked away in the arrival concourse today at Tampa International Airport. I took the steps from the taxi staging area to the bottom floor where the arrival area is located. This is where the bathrooms are at. Next to the service elevator was a brown box with two suitcases inside. They looked nondescript but looked way to neatly packed for someone who had decided to discard old luggage. What is strange is that in 21 years of working this airport, I have never seen any thing like this.
When I came out of the men's room, the box was still there. The concourse was deserted. There was nobody on this level. Strange. Who would leave such a thing behind. I do not want to get all paranoid but what the fuck was this. The overhead intercom kept saying "if you see anything suspicious, report it to authorities." That is what I was now going to do. Forget about my taxi upstairs, this involved saving lives.
Placed out of the way
Now, here is a real problem. There WERE NO SECURITY PERSONAL IN THE AIRPORT. WTF! You would think that in light of recent events, an airport would be crawling with personal. This place was not. Why!? I started running around in the concourse and there was nobody! I went outside where the Uber drivers were loading what used to be our customers (until the cowardly piece of shit taxi commission folded to political correctness) and could find no security personal.
No security to be found
I almost started yelling out "BOMB" "GET OUT OF HERE.' I really did not give a shit because I thought this side of the airport was ready to blow. I ran back into the terminal.
This time I found the courtesy desk and told the lady to call the police. She did and it still took 15 minutes for them to show up. Finally, someone else showed up with a metal box on wheels and they hauled it away. Was it a bomb? We will never know because I am sure they will not disclose that to the public.
One thing is certain. You are not safe at the Tampa airport. Yes, they do have a decoy police car as you enter on the road leading into the airport with its lights on. That is because writing speeding tickets is the priority of the TIA cops. Not national security.
I was able to download some photo sets I took in studio in 2007 on my new computer today. This new Dell computer is fantastic. The Windows 10 is the best one yet. I got the computer yesterday and have been downloading images from flash drives. What Windows is doing is separating them by date. You can see by the set posted here the day and date the images were taken. I have a real use for this computer.
I had a drop off in clearwater Beach (not far from where I live). The vacation home they were going to was right on beach access. Nice. They were from the cold north and were ready to enjoy their time in the sun. That is something many locals hardly do because they are busy making a living.
Accross the street was an abandoned home - a testament to the economic collapse that disrupted so many lives. As I was looking at it thinking of the potental, a nice cat walked up to me and rolled over. I bet he was just left ehind by the former owners. He really has it made being at the beach, instead of ome alley. I named him "Beah Bum."
This time of year in Clearwater there are many beach bums hanging out in the sun. It dawned on me that what you need to be a real beach bum is a cool hat. I am glad this young lady has a cool hat. It is her greatest asset. She has at least two other major assets but I can't think of them right now.
I am playing a nice lady on internet chess. I'm afraid I have the winning position by using pieces in combination to promote my pawn to Queen. The only way she can stop it is sacrifice the room. This game is over.
I found a nature park close to where I live. It was a beautiful day so I went for a walk.
Oh, Rick Dyer called today from out west. He has plans for shooting a reality show with Justin and Rictor. They want to add me to the cast. We will see how this develops.
After picking up Amanda this morning before sunrise, there was a message on the tablet about a bad accident on 275. We went right by that spot and I saw an overturned car. What I did not realize was that it was a Unitd Cab. There were about 10 cars involved and the taxi got the worst of it.
On the way back, I got this cell phone image while the cab was in motion. I hope the driver lived. You can see his car being pulled onto the flat bed tow. Dispatch never did update us as to his condition. I would have liked that.