Tuesday, January 28, 2014
When Kevin contacted me in 2011 about this project, I knew it would require long term dedication. We did the work, and now we can see the results. I am very proud of Kevin, George, Mike, Rob, and Terri. They have done an excellent job. Spike TV did not want us but if you want something done right, do it yourself.
Below are three videos outtakes of the show giving you a flavor of what was went down.
Monday, January 27, 2014
Not everybody that attended Tampa's pirate festival had the best of times. I saw many examples of girls passing out. Forget about ruffies, these chicks were doing it to themselves. I hope they recover and learn to party in a more civil way. I have tons of photos of litter and trash, beer cans, and half naked people everywhere. That is the face of Tampa the Mayors office does not want you to see.
Saturday, January 25, 2014
Thursday, January 23, 2014
He had to get south of Sarasota and he had cash in hand! Lets go. I'm your man. It seems he works for an auto dealership out of Ohio and needed to pick up a truck and drive it back to the Buckeye State. The estimate Mack gave him was $180. He did not bat an eye (its only short fares that complain). All I had to do was figure the fastest way to get there. That's when it hit me....I would have to cross the Sky Way Bridge! I hate that bridge and have a real phobia about crossing it. I almost close my eyes when I have to go over it.
|Approaching the bridge.|
|near the top|
There isn't much to see on the bridge, but bridge. The water is way down there and I tried not to look down. Anyway, I just kept talking to the fare and we were finally on the downside of the bridge. I did manage to get off a few images to record this historical event.
|Made it to the other side|
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Monday, January 20, 2014
|Tim, Rick, Tom, and Sharon|
Sunday, January 19, 2014
Its claims to fame are that it once was the tallest building in Florida and that Elvis stayed there in the 1950's.
Saturday, January 18, 2014
This is Shoe - no doubt
The famous former dispatcher "Shoe" was found on another blog about jogging. A blogger who takes images of where he runs was photographing this Jamaican restaurant, and the United Cab was parked out front. The driver loading the trunk is without a doubt Shoe. He has had the owner as a special account for years. Specials are good deals if they put real money in your pocket.
This was 100 feet from a homeless camp along the railroad tracks. The parking spaces for sale were on city property. Did I mention nowhere near the parade rout. I guess, in this Obama economy, capitalism looks good. I hope they made a bundle.
Friday, January 17, 2014
Thursday, January 16, 2014
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
The image below is a 2005 TBT article I still have about the Tampa blogger scene. The big boy was Tommy Duncan. He stopped blogging around 2008, and was never seen again. Here is what Creative Loafing said about that era:
"The 40-something blogger founded the most-often-cited independent Tampa Bay news blog, Sticks of Fire, in Feb. 2004, and the site, without much financial assistance from advertising, is still going strong today with a stable of more than a dozen regular contributors.
In 2005, Duncan was featured in a tbt* story about the young lions of the local Internet. Today, about half of them have fallen by the wayside or (in the case of famous sexy blogger Rachel Moran) moved to New Jersey. Duncan keeps on posting. The local digital scene has grown, but he's not sure it has improved in quality."
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
This weekend sucked. And there was a reason why...the computers not working properly. The photo shows how few miles I actually drove, and the number of cabs checked into stand 23. Instead of working, the guys were just sitting around. The company did the right thing and made it up to us with credit. I'm glad they admitted there was a problem. I thought we had lost our customers, which we will with more of this.
I am hopeful in the next few months to be able to get back to my photography. I need some equipment upgrades, and life is good again. Remember, I don't just shoot girls. I shoot nature and landscapes and wildlife. I also do portrait. What I really need right now is a new laptop. Mine is dead.
Sunday, January 12, 2014
I saw this cab bum sitting at a supermarket. It seems to be an off brand cab company. Geez, don't these guys understand that we have too much transportation in Tampa. There is no need for them. There is no money in this unless you work around the clock like this bum probably does. I really hate guys like this.
|Working on Paul (the drunk guys) patio|
Saturday, January 11, 2014
Friday, January 10, 2014
I could not believe all the semi-nude women that were walking around, and all of them had cell phones! This young lady in a black string bikini had a unique way of holding on to her phone (note the front of her bikini bottom).
The reason I mention this is that people often lose their phones in the taxi cabs. That creates a problem for the driver because we have to waste time returning the phone and people don't always give us a tip, so, we lose a fare. All cab drivers have this problem with phones. If we do return a phone, please understand that we have just missed a call and take care of us.
Now people, you can see there is no excuse for not having your phone on your person when you exit the taxi cab. Just leave some plastic gloves so we can handle it!
Thursday, January 9, 2014
|Yget his shit back|
|You can see the swanky joint|
Now, he will spend the rest of the month out on the streets. He has been doing this fir years. People say they care, but do they? From what I have seen there must be millions like him.
The problem is they make poor decisions that keep them down. He said he would take real help if he could get it. He did pay me with the last little bit of money he had. He walked off after getting his stuff back and has no idea what he will do.
Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Tuesday, January 7, 2014
Joggers and exercisers are a common site for the south Tampa fitness crowd. Unlike most of the year when it is extremely hot, you can get in a good run/walk and enjoy the view.
I find this time if year in Florida to be very enjoyable and I was out walking and getting in some cardio on my off day from Weight training.
I could see the herring bone fish sky which means very cold air is in Florida now. That is the extent of my meteorology knowledge. These are the sabel palms. They are actually the state tree. These trees are nursery grown. However, I come across the wild variety often in my backwoods adventure. I find wild citrus, as well. You see all kinds of things when you get out in the woods.
Monday, January 6, 2014
Whats crazy is that I WAS THERE when he came by. In fact, he took a photo my van parked across the street and he had no idea it was mine! I am one of the few United Cab drivers that park off lot. It seems he came by in the afternoon - right at the time I would be there. I really would have liked to have met him. I don't get many visitors and would have been flattered to know he came from New York to visit me. How cool is that! I wish he had asked Paul Hinto. He would have contacted me by cell. Now that I think about it, there was a commenter who moved to Tampa and drove taxi for a month. He wad from australia! This is what RETURN CABBIE had to say:
I see he has not posted in a year. I know how hard this blogging can be and coming up with new material is challenging. I seems he had someting going and should start back."I knew he drove for United Cab, and added stopping by his garage to my Tampa to-do list.I arrived in Tampa last Thursday evening, picked up a rental car and, after dropping my stuff off at my hotel room, phoned a friend. We made plans to link up within the hour. I headed off over the Gandy Bridge to meet up with him, only to run into a horrendous thunder-and-lightning storm. Torrential rainfall flooded the highway and power was intermittently knocked out, blocking the route and sending me back to my hotel.
That put me behind the eight ball for the first half of my Tampa Bay stay, as I rescheduled get-togethers and places I'd hoped to visit. In the end, I got out and about quite a bit, including to the Salvador Dalí Museum, but didn't reach the United Cab garage -- under the big Gulf Coast Transportation sign at 1701 West Cass Street -- until around noon on Monday, just a few hours before my scheduled return flight to La Guardia.
Gulf Coast has a garage and office and sizeable lot, and runs both United Cab and Tampa Bay Cab. It probably wasn't the right time of day to expect a shift change but I did run into a few drivers coming in and waiting to go out. Not one of them knew Fasano, so it wasn't going to be my lucky day. I learned that drivers had a choice to lease their cars for 12 or 24 hours but not much else.Who knows, but maybe I'll get back to Tampa again one day. In the meantime, Fasano goes onto my "missing persons" list. "
Sunday, January 5, 2014
I once did a post about "Motel row and Florida dreams." Many people come to Florida for a new life, but soon find out low pay won't pay the rent. This lady at the motel seems to have learned sunshine won't pay the rent either.
I have seen her before. She has been staying in motels while they "work on her condo."