Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Uber given warning to cease For-Hire Transportation Services in Tampa


Hillsborough County Public Transportation Commission yesterday sent Uber a stop order. Their legal division was advised that criminal prosecution was the next step if they do not comply. This is a wonderful way to close out 2014 and hope that 2015 will be the year when law and order are restored.

A contact I have with the commission gave me the copy of the letter above.

Remember people of Tampa - if you use Uber you are using an illegal business with no insurance. You will also be charged tonight 10 times the normally rate. They call it "surge pricing." The law calls it gouging which is illegal in Florida.

This is today's front page in the TBT exposing the Uber rip-off.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

A Singapore Cabby and the future of the taxi industry

Lim James on the left and blogger Genti on right
Lim James, the Diary of a Singapore Cabby blog was recently let go by the largest taxi company in Indonesia. It seems out of the 50,000 customers he has picked up over the years, one of them put in an exaggerated complaint. His blog is very successful worldwide and he has a large readership. He let his fans know what happened on his blog but first lamenting how he is getting older (he is 67) and how life is an injustice we never asked for, but must face on our own terms.

"Sometime I felt a tinge of sadness and misgivings. I wonder and so do many elderly people, how did time sped away so quickly? Wasn't it just yesterday that my eye sights and legs were stronger? My hair is still reasonably black but my skin is crumpled with age spots. Yesterday, my memories were like daylight. And climbing, running, jumping and squatting were taken for granted? Today, aches, pains and comatose are my un-welcomed friends. I learn to be philosophical and accept these changes that are beyond my control.
Growing old is like a journey on a train. You want to stay on to watch life pass by but your ticket has expired and the ticket inspector expelled you. Though I cannot resist growing old or avoid been eventually expelled, I hope to be as active as possible in my remaining years. "
Comfort Cab in Singapore does have nice cabs
He then exposes the Comfort cab company for the greedy bastards that they are. They are only interested in corporate profits and only make a pretense of caring about customer service. Poor customer service gives the company an excuse to let drivers go. This way they can get another driver to take over under a higher lease agreement. This practice is now becoming common in the taxi industry and can lead to millions of dollars in additional revenue for the taxi company.
"You might think that Comfort is strict with drivers so that passengers will get better customer service. No, I wish to differ. Please allow me to explain:
Firstly, if a hirer of Sonata taxi who is paying a rental of $105 is sacked, Comfort can immediately re-lease out the same taxi to a new hirer at $115...an additional rental income of $10 per day. In a year, Comfort gets an additional income of $3,600 per taxi. If 3,000 Sonata taxis are recycled to new hirers, an additional income of $10.8million is generated annually. Comfort has about 12,000 Sonata taxis to recycle and a large pool of anxious taxi drivers waiting to join them. Recycling only 3,000 Sonata taxi is an easy target to achieve. Therefore, in reality, they egregiously sack many of their Sonata drivers for the lucrative millions and certainly not to improve better customer service for passengers. 
Secondly, Comfort has a department delegated to handle passengers complaints. It is staffed with 3 or 4 executive officers, each with a private office and assistants. Most of these officers are long service old-timers. Day in and day out, they handle routine complaints of almost similar nature, like driver is rude, taking longer route, refusing to pick passengers, rejecting cashless payment, overcharging, late pick-up, silent-treatment, reckless driving and the list of complaints goes on and on.
My point is "Routine work breeds complacency and mediocrity". These Comfort officers hardly conduct thorough investigation into a passenger's complaint. They never leave their comfortable chair and desk to seek evidences, witness or visit the site of complaint for collaboration. Usually, after receiving a telephone or written customer's complaint, they will just call up the driver for their explanation and at most, they invite the taxi driver to their office to hear the driver's side of the story. Thereafter and inveterately without further ado, they will issue the driver with a STANDARD warning letter stressing that the driver had committed a "service lapse" and failed to uphold the company's good image. They never give a second thought as to what would be the traumatic emotional and finance impact of their warning/termination letter on their drivers. Needless to say, these affected Comfort drivers either swallow the indignation in silence or leave the company to join another taxi operator.   
In the taxi market, every taxi driver knows that Comfort would only accept the passenger's side of the story and penalize their drivers unreasonably. They unconditionally side with the passengers in all complaints. In addition, any passenger who made a successful complaint gets rewarded with free taxi vouchers."
He then goes on - with glee - to underscore how Uber and other ride shares are going to kick Comfort cab in the nuts in the coming years. Because of the dynamic that exist in Singapore (no real regulations), Comfort will become a non-factor, as the tech savvy Pan-Pacific population prefers to use the apps. 

I just hope Mr. James does all right with his new limo job and lives long enough to see the bastards that own Comfort cab suffer. Oh, how the worm turns!
What you see at the Singapore airport

taxi drivers in Singapore are incentivized and bombarded with an explosion of third-party taxi booking Apps like GrabTaxi (Malaysia, Oct 2013), EasyTaxi (Brazil, Dec 2013), Uber (USA, Sept, 2014) and Hailo (Nov, 2014). A lot had been written about these Apps in the press and blogsphere. You may want to read them at these links..(Boom In Taxi Booking Apps) (Vulcanpost - GrabTaxi) ( Say-Hello-to-Hailo-Apps ) (Mr. Tan Kim Lian Apps) 




Monday, December 29, 2014

Watch out for "Fast Jax"


Its been a while since I did a dog with his head out of the window post. This pooch may be named Fast Max, at least that was the name on the side of the car. For whatever reason, dogs love to do this. Even Norman use to stick his head out the window. Max looks like a friendly dog.

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The cat has a collar now


"Sukka" now has a collar. The wound on her neck was not healing because she kept scratching it. It happened when she got stuck trying to get under a fender. Elena hopes this will prevent her from digging at it. I hope so for Sucka is a sweet cat.


She does hunt small game and is quit skilled at it. It's hard to get angry at her when she leaves dead birds at the front door. She thinks she's contributing to the dining room table. Just put it in the rotisserie oven.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

MEET MARCUS MARIOTA!!!


The Tampa Bay Buccaneers just won the Marcus Mariota Sweepstakes!!!!!!

Losing to the Saints gives the Bucs the first pic in the 2015 NFL Draft. Let the party begin!!

The pick above shows how impressive his stats were two years before he won the Heisman Trophy. "Suck For The Duck" has woked in Tampa Bay.


This is Josh McCown who will he towed to the ash pile of sucking QB in Tampa history. Ironically, Tampa has DRAFTED great quarterbacks that won Super Bowls for other teams...Doug Williams, Steve Young, Trent Dilfer have won the Lombardi trophy. I believe Mariotta will do that with the Buccaneers.

A happy day today in Tampa Bay.

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Fire pit in the backyard


This is me by the fire pit in Kevin's backyard by the lake. It was not really cold but it was the holiday party and this helped set the mood.


There was even a fire in the living room. Computer generated but still cool



A nice glow from the fire. You could have fried an egg on my face. Too bad it was not a clear and cold winter night.

Too bad one of Kevin's friends chose to offend me about looking for Bigfoot and Kevin would not defend me. It gave me no choice but to leave. I believe my friendship with Kevin is in major jeopardy.


This is his dick head friend Steve sitting on the right. He is also a believer in flying saucers. A UFO guy should be more objective. Perhaps he is jealous that I have a modicum of fame.

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Friday, December 26, 2014

The campfire at the Holiday Party


This is the campfire with MUFON and Bigfoot researchers at our annual party.


The candles on the boat dock. It was a tranquil sunset tonight.

At the Holiday Party


Teri and Kevin are holding the annual holidays party and she is a major prayer candle person. This looks like I'm in church! Imagine that.


I'm hoping the sky clears so I can use my new stargazing app. We will have the campfire no matter what. This is going to be fun.


Relaxing for the holidays while others cab drivers work like coal miners. I work to live.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas


I hope everyone has an amazing Christmas with love one's and friends. Don't lose sight of the real meaning of Christmas. Enjoy good food and a little indulgence is not bad either...whatever that may be.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

BREAKING: Santa to use taxi this year

Santa Tim
After the reindeer came down with Kennel cough, Santa was in a jam. He must get those presents out under all circumstances. He had heard of Uber and decided to give them a try. The problem was the "surge pricing" they wanted for the night of the 24th. So he called United Cab after negotiations with Uber fell through. All I needed was cookies and milk, a tank of gas, and we are on the way. If you don't get your presents by morning, call dispatch. You might have trouble getting thru. I suspect the lines will be jammed.

A giant oak tree


Kevin and I were in the old growth section Starkey in Pasco. Down by the river, we found this giant oak. It could be centuries old. Anyway, it was a beautiful day for winter time here in Florida.

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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

No Christmas Party this year at United Cab


When the new management took over in 2011, we have had a Christmas party every years for the drivers and shop mechanics. It was always a huge spread of food. The fellowship with the drivers was important, and allowed you unwind in a social setting. That is something severely missing from many drivers lives.

This year, United Cab has decided not to have it. The reasons are not clear to me. Poor turn out by drivers, too much of a mess to clean up, save money. I also heard they did not want to offend Muslim drivers because there would be ham on the table. I can only  guess.

Jean did tell me she would try to get me a dish of her outstanding eggplant Parmesan. Wow! That stuff is good.

Anyway, I have good friends and we had our Christmas party last night, with a boat dock and campfire. Life moves on folks. I really will miss the party.

Don't get me wrong, United Cab of Tampa has been very good to me over the years. That is one of the things I am actually grateful for this holiday season. I just feel with the current environment of increased compitition, drivers must see the handwriting on the wall. It is not good nationwide for lease operatiors at cab companies. I am much to old to think I will survive this in the coming years and I have already made planes for an exit.
I started an internet business that is now making money which is my YouTube and blogs. I know looking for Bigfoot seems like a dumb thing for anyone to do. However, the most popular program on Animal Planet is "Finding Bigfoot" about that very thing. I never would have tried. But after going years without a vacation and living in grinding poverty, I am moving on.

There is no dignaty in the way I have been living.

Merry Christmas too all and to all a happy new year.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Sunrise on the winter solstice


Yesterday was the shortest day of year. I like it. You can turn your. Christmas tree on early, light a campfire early, and later football is played in the dark. Next year the Bucs will have a new quarterback who we can watch under the lights.

Bucs lose again...good!

Clay Matthews after beating the Bucs and sacking our QB all day long
The Bucs continue their qwest to secure the number one picked on the NFL draft. Losing to Green Bay was a good thing. It means massive change is in order. Everyone knows we need a quarterback. Even the announcers of the game said that. Josh McCown sucks. I would draft Marcus Mariotta, no doubt. Lovely Smith will keep his job but he is clearly on the hot seat next year.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Backpacking trip in the Green Swamp


Florida trail sign in the Green Swamp
Sign post for the Florida Trail
I had an opportunity to travel to the Green Swamp wilderness west track to do an overnight back country backpacking trip with our FaceBook group. This outing was organized by Nick who is new to Bigfoot and doing a great job.

 I got there around one and headed down main grade road to find the cut for the Florida Trail which would headed north to the camp. I passed a bunch of campers at the equestrIan camp who must of thought I looked funny dragging a suitcase like I was looking for the Hilton.

Packer fans invade Tampa


The Cheese Heads will make Raymond James Stadium a home field for the Packers tomorrow. They will party hard tonight in all the night spots. Then, they will watch the Bucs get massacred. The only good thing is our sorry ads team will have the first pick in the draft...The Marcus Mariotta sweepstakes. Go pack!

Friday, December 19, 2014

Leave the snow and party at Clearwater Beach for some fun

Working on her sun tan on Clearwater Beach
Come down to Clearwater Beach in the Tampa Bay area for some fun in the sun. While you are shoveling snow up north, you could be working on your tan - like these girls. Bring you golf clubs and your bathing suit. Clear blue skies and mid 70's await you. You just might mingle with these hot bikini babes. For sure if you go to Hogan's Beach Club. That is where all the hot people are hanging out.  Don't forget to ride in a legal taxi cab and not the illegal Uber or Lyft        

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Taxi driver fight at Greyhound Bus Tampa




These cab drivers are fighting over a fare, I guess. The Yellow cab driver parked behind them must have seen this coming and turned on his cell phone video. Clive said it was because his most recent fare only went two blocks and he thought thee other guy would hold him out...WTF? If you get a short fare that is just the breaks man. Clive has been around a long time and knows this.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Headed for Concession Stand camp Green Swamp


After getting back from the weekend camp trip, I am sorting through all the images of the wonderful time we had. I want to do a full essay and that will be up soon. I have put up five YouTube videos which you should watch. This photo is me looking for the Florida Trail cut off main grade road.

Fog at the airport


Zero visibility at the airport yesterday. Planes were delayed but we still moved a bunch through. The airport is a moneymaker and the last thing you want are cancellations. I just had to watch my speed. Multiple car pileup are often the result of figure.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Uber we are busy too

The board is alive with calls
The board is little up like a Christmas tree. The red means activity in zone. This is what drivers want to see.

Fog and lower gas prices

Gas is coming down
Foggy this morning at the gas station. I got here every morning for my coffee. World demand for oil is dropping and there could be no better Christmas present. People are still surprised to hear taxi drivers buy their own gas.

Monday, December 15, 2014

My new GALAXY Phone

A view from Kennedy blvd
A shot of downtown Tampa to test the quality of shots. It's amazing how far the technology has come.

Cabs stacked at airport

Early on a Monday morning
In 20 years I have never seen cabs stacked in holding at 8 in the morning. This is a sign of desperation. I bet it is true that the long haul Logistical care charges are being run in house. There could be no other reason. Perhaps Iberia and Lufthansa are killing us more then is commonly known and picking up at the airport.

Back at work


Back at work going for a good day in the cab business. I'm still trying to figure out all the bells and whistles. My other phone was three years old and I needed a serious upgrade. I'm on the T-Mobile network now.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

A weekend off


I am not working this weekend. I am tired of the 7 day a week grind that is normal for United Cab drivers. I went to a backcountry backpack site with, Nick, Rob, Kevin, and Teri. Its wonderful out here and the stars are unlike anything I have ever seen. Yes, campfire coffee on a cold morning is highbrow, even if its instant. More on the trip later

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Friday, December 12, 2014

Uber has flaws in their business model

A business model of defiance and law breaking has underscored the flaw in Uber's thinking. They are dealing with humans. Their driver are dangerous and have not been screened by law enforcement.

RIDING DIRTY: Uber exposed

The shine is fading on this fad. The bloom is off the rose as drivers and riders wise up to the Uber rip-off.

A beautiful sunrise over Tampa


This morning I noticed a cloud cover over Tampa. That was strange considering there was a 0% chance of rain. I continued on taking my fate to her appointment on the east side. While I was waiting, I noticed people taking photos in the parking lot. I then noticed the bright color of a typical Winter Sunset.


It only lasted for a few minutes.



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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Backcountry campsite


If your willing to backpack 3 miles in the Green Swamp to reach this camp, the state of Florida has a surprise for you. This primitive campsite will be home for Nick and I and there is no semblance of civilization. Coyotes and black bear are out here. We will have to be on guatd. Nick is a survivalist former army guy and I need new video for my growing YouTube channel. That's a good combination. My blogs and media site are taking off. This is a very exciting time and I am having fun along the way.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Uber was warned about rapist driver


These women are members of congress and are protesting Uber (I tried to warn you about Uber)


Nidhi Shah said she complained to the web-based taxi service after the driver stared at her and smiled "creepily" during a November 26 journey in the Indian capital.

"I took a cab with Shiv Kumar Yadav in Delhi on Nov 26th. Scares me beyond belief," Shah tweeted late Tuesday.

"He was staring at me and smiling -- made me feel quite uncomfortable."

Shah told the NDTV news channel she felt she should report the driver to the company.

"I had a bad feeling about him," she said.

US-based Uber has been banned from operating in Delhi after the passenger in her mid-20s accused Yadav, 32, of raping her when she fell asleep in his cab on Friday night.

On Tuesday it emerged that Yadav, who is now in custody, was working for the company while on bail on multiple charges including assault, robbery and rape.

Yadav was charged with molestation in 2003, with possessing a weapon without a licence in 2006 and with robbery and rape in 2013, deputy commissioner for north Delhi police Madhur Verma said.

Officials said earlier that a police certificate provided by the driver, which is supposed to detail any criminal convictions or pending charges, was a fake.

India has been struggling to overcome a reputation for sexual violence since the fatal gang-rape of a student in Delhi in December 2012.

That case sparked mass protests and drew international condemnation of India's treatment of women.

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

I was on a radio show


I was on the "Squatch Detective" radio show last night. Steve Kills is the host and the one that blew the lid on the 2008 Bigfoot in the freezer hoax. Steve wanted me in the show because my fame and reputation is spreading. I do more work then the FINDING BIGFOOT show in Animal Planet and I've found more evidence. I will put up the show on this blog when Steve releases the archives.

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Monday, December 8, 2014

GAME OF WAR


I have seen the commercials with Kate Upton. I still don't know if its a movie or a game. Damn. I don't know games but I know horses. They use this beautiful black horse to distract men like me. I never noticed the girl because of the horse. Its a beautiful horse undulating when it runs.

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Response to a comment

Thousands of subscribers and millions of views (told you)
A real asshole left a comment saying I do not have a successful YouTube channel that is becoming my prime form of income. I have THOUSANDS OF SUBSCRIBERS and I have gained another 12 subscribers just over the weekend and growing everyday and you can see I do have MILLIONS OF VIEWS. YouTube places my channel in their top 1%. That is why they approached me for the AdSense campaign. Sorry if the truth hurts guy. Oh, I do pay for that cab in which I take it home and use it as a personal vehicle and I do pay the insurance. Its amazing how wrong someone could be on such a simple comment. Why all the hate? Do you have hate yourself? I love my fat ass.

Moonlight thru the pines

While waiting for a fare this morning, I noticed the full moon. It was setting low and a fog was setting in. I mean, that's the perfect situation for a photographer. Only this time of year will you get the fig.
This was shot with a cell phone with a minimum of filter. I understand the new DSLR cameras have built in editing software. My eight year old Nikon has none of that. Anyway, I kind of like this image.
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Sunday, December 7, 2014

A new blog name


I really hated that a herbal viagra website had the URL dot com for Tampa Taxi Shots. In the new media age it is all about brand identity. You must have a dot com. Since the most popular taxi movie of all time is "Taxi Driver." I have fired up my old blog that will now be "Tampa Taxi Driver." With the dot com.

I also have a micro blog "TampaTaxiDriver.info" that has multiple photos, quick post, and video links. Things are happening fast and you need to stay informed. Hence, information.
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Saturday, December 6, 2014

The airport is moving


We are now on the new system where both United Cab and Yellow cab are on the same side of the airport. We are on the west quad and we will be for the next three years because of construction. It is a major project that will result in a larger and more efficient airport. In fact, the Marriott Hotel will be torn down and converted into a shopping mall. This project will allow more people to move easily through the airport. The economy is getting better and we are ready to rock and roll.


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Friday, December 5, 2014

Marcus Mariota and Oregon will destroy Arizona tonight


Marcus Mariota (future Buccaneers QB) will destroy Arizona tonight in the Pac-12 Championship. They need to so they can destroy Florida State. Oregon has more big play guys ever. Mariota is a generational guy that is the best ever. Do you want to have fun tonight? Watch the Pac-12 Championship tonight. Our dispatcher Mike is an alumni of Oregon and I have told him my sentiments about the great one Mariota. He is "The Flying Hawaiian." This post is before kickoff so you know I called it. Go Ducks!!! Go Bucs!

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Stuck in the mud and a ripoff tow


Kevin and I went to a walkthrough at a nature preserve. It was full of wildlife and we even found an abandoned hunting cabin from decades ago. That was there long before civilization found its way to north Hillsborough county.


I'm glad we found the cabin because it began to rain like crazy. It rained for a good half hour before we could finish the hike. We then went as far as we could but much of the trails were flooded. You see I have boots on.

When we got back to the cars, there was standing water for we were in the grass. I started the cab and buried it in the mud. You should have been there. You would have laughed your ass off.



After waiting 2.5 hours for the tow, he winched me on to the parking lot and charged $100. I found out the charge should have been $45. I think the company will dispute this. I hope.

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