The new logo and colors of the Tampa Bay Bucs are in display on the side of Raymond James stadium. I like the dark motifs and think it is mire menacing. With Lovie Smith at the helm, the Bucs may be looking at many years of stability like in the Tony Dingy era.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
I got a ride to Sarasota out of TIA today from a cameraman from NFL films (I could do his job). There is a practice combine down there that is showing potential draft picks how to put on the best show. He was part of a documentary about this. Crossing the bridge was the hard part. I did like the $154.00 I got for the ride.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
I picked up a family at the airport that had arived from Cuba (Tampa has direct flights to Havana). The man gave me a gift of a real Cuban Covina cigar. This is the brand that Fidel Castro smoked. It is illegal to sell them in the United States but you can bring in a small amount for personal consumption. I will smoke this on a special occasion. The photo below confirms it is authentic. I got it off a Havana website.
Monday, February 24, 2014
Sunday, February 23, 2014
There were thousands race walking in the Gasparillia run Saturday. It was raining hard but they looked happy. I caught a glimpse from the Hyde Park bridge and got this shot. Looked like fun. More fun then driving a taxi cab.
Saturday, February 22, 2014
I saw my first Hillary bumper sticker today. What? If you support her explain to me what she offers you.
I have no problem with a women leader. I just have a problem with this women who betrayed everything modern feminism represents. One is Tammy Wynette "stand by your man." She mocked it. Then, did exactly that for political expediency. We don't need that.
Friday, February 21, 2014
What happens when 9,000 people from Ohio State want cabs at the same time because they need to get to the Buckeye cruise? Meltdown. There were no car rentals available at TIA and our starter was gone. The airport director was out trying to organize the plaintiff hoards.
For drivers, this was awesome. Its good to have people approaching your cab like a third world flash mob. This beats the help out of sitting around in the scorching heat of July, with nothing to do. Lets hope this keeps up.
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
I had a ride to the Tradewinds resort and we passed Bats Taxi on St. Petersburg Beach. I had to direct my fares attention from their marquee because the advertising a rate to Tampa International Airport of $54. My meter was already over $75 and I did not want to field questions about our higher rate.
What I hear is Bats has the beach sowed up. They make their money on volume. Cool. I just hope their lease payment is lower then ours.
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Monday, February 17, 2014
I don't care what any driver says, we ARE NOT having a tourist season. Cruise ship passengers on the weekend does not make a season. Its Monday morning and no airport flights are going out, just like all last week. I am not making money.
I am on the brink of eviction. I owe the company money. I am wearing dirty clothes because I don't have the 5 bucks for Landry. I have nothing and I work 7 days a week, 10 hours a day. Something is wrong.
Sunday, February 16, 2014
Stacy and Dave won the final round on Spike TV Bigfoot Bounty. The won a research grant of $100,000. I could have used a piece of that to find no evidence. They were in the upper peninsula of Michigan in the final round which must have bee beyond awesome.
Saturday, February 15, 2014
These people were celebrating this morning from the balconybof a downtown Tampa condo. They were chanting "USA..USA" while cars were blowing their horns. I found out from a fare that we had just beat Russia in hockey at the Winter Olympics. Considering they said they would sacrifice all their gold medals just to win hockey, how cool is that,!
Thursday, February 13, 2014
This is Mac's desk at Tampa International Airport. He is not there. No reason. What the heck. Most of the flights have been cancelled at a time of year when we should be cooking. People just can't get to Florida. We pay the lease no matter what and we are hurting. I have not seen it this bad
Some people subscribe to the Urban Myth of the homeless guy “Flying a Sign” and making a couple hundred a day and then going home to his spread in the suburbs. I don’t know about that. Flying a sign does not seem to be a very profitable activity, considering the competition today. Some people believe we should give them a bag with some lame ass crackers and directions to a social center inside instead of money. I think the condition that exist today cannot be solved by directions to a county office. It is more chronic than that
A few years ago, I considered these people to be bums. Nowadays, I’m not so sure. Driving my cab for 12 hours a day, makes me familiar with these people. I don’t think they are bums, they are the homeless and the unemployed. The ones I have talked to HAVE NO JOB. Simple.
A homeless guy named “Billy” hangs out at the Hyde Park taxi stand #21. He talks to the drivers and seems normal. He is just “down on his luck.“ He claims to have been homeless for years and often panhandles for money. He survives, but that’s about all he does. He has found places around downtown to get food. Some are better than others, but most will feed you and give you some sandwiches to take with you. That helps them for today. What about tomorrow.
Billy goes on Sundays to an old venerable church near down town called Hyde Park United Methodist. They feed the homeless on Sundays with a hot buffet of scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, toast, hotcakes, juice, fruit and so forth. The dichotomy this creates is that this act of kindness is in the shadow of swanky high rise condominiums and Bayshore Mansions.
Many of the people that eat at this church, hang out and sleep on Bayshore and many of the buildings in East Hyde Park. They are now calling this area Homeless Hyde Park. It is a problem that is getting worse as time goes on. The homeless women Missy Sjostrom was killed by a hit-and-run driver in this area one night while crossing the street at the base of the Davis Island bridge, another area were rich people live. The young women that hit her has rich parents and they hired a good lawyer to protect her from the legal system.
What these people need is HOPE and CHANGE. Maybe, one day, someone will come along and actually do something that will give real hope to these people, like a job and a place to live.
My understanding is that we are in the worst economy since 1936. Over 250,000 more people lost their jobs in America last month, and there seems to be no end in site. The unemployment rate is 9.8% and climbing. There are no jobs. Face it people.
The homeless people need work, money, health insurance and drug counseling. Giving them some lame crackers thru the window of your car is not helping them. You say you don’t want to enable these people since they may have an alcohol problem. You might be, but you are enabling them to live and keep going on. That is more kind.
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
|Always use caution when picking up flaggers|
|Just to be fair about the matter...its not raining!!|
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Sunday, February 9, 2014
Saturday, February 8, 2014
Many think this historic cigar factory is haunted. It once employed hundreds of cuban and Italian cigar rollers decades ago. The tobacco was brought to Tampa from Havana because of its natural port and skilled labor. Tampa known as the Cigar capital of the world.
Now, these factories ate empty or used as art studios. Several paranormal groups have investigated for energy or spirits. Enigmatic Anomalies did a live remote from there last year. The results were inconclusive.
Friday, February 7, 2014
The weather had been strange. We will have two days of sunshine, then, two days of rain and forty degree temps. The north is covered in snow (global warming). Airlines are canceling flights by the thousands and adversely affecting the taxi business in Tampa.
That's not all.
Kevin and I can't even get into the woods. George has booked a few dates later this month for a primitive campsite. I hope the dry, cool weather will be here then.
I had the winter Olympic Games on last night. They were showing some kind of boogie board downhill event with jumps. It looked like an X game event. It was rather cool. Everyone that watches must have in the back of their mind security. Lets hope there is NO incident.
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
I saw Philip Seymour Hoffman in the Academy Award winning CAPOTIE. He was brilliant and displayed an amazing range of character development rare in today's cinema. That being said, Hoffman killed himself.
As someone who first hand had a loved one continue on a path that leed to her death, there is NO other conclusion. He was an addict. Nobody's love would have been enough. Its sad but like the song says "if you love them, let them go." That is something I should have done and moved on with my life.
Hoffman, you killed yourself. The tragedy is someone actually gave a shit.
Monday, February 3, 2014
Almost. After giving my landlord all the money I made this weekend. I now start Monday with $3 for gas. I also need to pay $182 to the taxi company for the lease on the taxi. I will put in about 12 hours today to go home with three dollars again. This is what I do every day and I am getting nowhere. I'm like a herbal on a wheel and there is NO way out of this crab trap. I never have a day (1 day off in the last 5 years). I am tired and long over this shit.
Sunday, February 2, 2014
It is halftime at the superbowl and the Denver Broncos are losing 22-0. I think its funny. John Elway can look at stats all he wants but Payton does not play well under adversity. Tim Tebow thrived in that environment. You kicked Tim to the curb and now your Broncos are flaming in epic proportions. Tebow would be the guy to bring you back now, but front runner Payton is not. I'm just a Gator fan named Tim hoping your enjoying your shit sandwich..
|The Colts run the flea flicker and Earl Morrall missed a wide open Jimmy Ore for a certain TD|
Why would they throw the game?
Simple, the league wanted this to happen. The Superbowl was not the event it is today. The game kicked off at 3:30 pm similar to most normal NFL games. The NFL needed to make credible the AFL which they had merged with. A New York win would create a mythology about the game and propel Joe Namath to super stardom. The league could see the billions around the corner. A Jets win would start the process of creating the goose that lays the golden egg. The league had every reason to fix this game.
Saturday, February 1, 2014
|Photography by Tim Fasano|