I fell down a limestone rock face at the river rapids last week at the Campout. 1:00 AM with an empty bottle of Jack Daniels back at camp was not the ideal circumstances to do this. I went to a doctor and I'm now on antibiotics.
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Tampa Police Like To Write Cheap Traffic... by skunkapehunter
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Monday, May 26, 2014
Sunday, May 25, 2014
I had a ride today to Disney World Orlando. Could not have come at a better time. It was my first run of the day and I was not in the mood to work. Its a holiday weekend and I wanted to keep it that way. Instead of being out in the hot sun, I am home watching baseball. I got some chicken and corn on the cob. Life is getting better. What is there about corn that the human body cannot digest it?
Friday, May 23, 2014
|Tim Fasano with the axe|
|Striking the wood with one even blow|
|The log cabin style of fire|
|You see it burns very nice|
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
I saw this dude by the courthouse downtown Tampa. He had a microphone with a speaker and was spreading the word. The cops nearby can't stop him on constitutional grounds. The sad thing was his equipment was not very good and it was hard to understand him. Anyway, glad to see someone spreading the word. He was putting on a good show.
The United States government is finally coloring our paper money. Other countries already do that. In my job I have to make change fast and I can't afford to cheat myself. Also, I think this may be an anti-counterfeiting measure. Anyway, I like the new money. I just wish I saw mote $100 bills!
Sunday, May 18, 2014
A 27-year-old cab driver's license has been suspended for 30 days after he was photographed wearing a Nazi armband while on duty.
The Taxi and Limousine Commission said the driver broke a rule that says prohibits any "act that is against the best interest of the public."
The Anti-Defamation Leage of New York issued a statement praising the decision.
"By openly displaying this hate symbol identified with Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party while operating a New York City taxicab, the driver sent a frightening and offensive message to New Yorkers about who might be welcome – and unwelcome - in the taxicab he was driving," the ADL said in a statement posted on its website.
Saturday, May 17, 2014
|The Mosley Motel|
I was surprised when she said she needed to go to St. Petersburg on 34th street. That's an out of town trip and that is when I get nervous about getting paid. I hope the John was nice enough to give her money for the fair. They usually do. I ask a few qualifying questions and I'm now satisfied she has money because she knows exactly what the fare will run because she has done this before. We settle down for a nice ride.
|A typical swinging night at the Mosley|
|Ain't got nothing to do|
|Obama has made their life so much better.|
He must be a 'hook.' In normal person terms, that is a middle man. He never touches the dope or the money. He waits for people who want to score dope and he takes them to the place. He gets a fee for his services. I saw a hook get the shit beat out of him when he demanded money. It was in the backseat of my taxi. They had called for a taxi to go to the hood. I never ask people what they are doing, but you know. You know what I mean. The buyer was upset because he knew the dope boy and said the could get the rock on his own.
"Fuck you nigger!" he says
The hooked continued to demand his money. Then the buyer dives over the seat and beats the shit out of him. I stop and get out of the cab. Realize folks I was in deep hood. I mean DEEP HOOD. My white ass was standing there while a crowd was gathering. I hop back in as the buyer got out and I hit the gas. The origin of that fare was a crack motel in Tampa. The point I am making is these places are not safe.
|Do these people ever go inside. They did pay for the room, right?|
Friday, May 16, 2014
It will be held in Orlando Florida on September 19th-20th at the Embassy inn & suites Jamaican court.
Speakers will include Dr. Jeff Meldrum, Lyle Blackburn, Stacy Brown Jr., David Lauer, Robert Robinson, Bill Brock and Tim Fasano. Tickets are $50 and will include a meet and greet Friday the 19th from 7:30 to 10:30. That also includes 15% off your stay at the hotel. Conference starts Saturday the 20th at 9 a.m. and will go thru 8 p.m.
Thursday, May 15, 2014
|Tim and Santa Claus on vacation from the north pole|
No Santa is camera shy, so my fare posed for a selfie with me. How cool was that! I got my picture taken with a real Santa - the department store one. These were not the "Bad Santas." These were the good ones.
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
For some reason the batteries won't hold a charge for long and the car chargers will stop working only a couple days after you get one. Your only option is to take time and go to the shop and trade them in for something you know won't work for long. The weekend is more problematic. The shop is closed and the girls in the office now have to charge batteries and look for chargers. You can tell they would rather be doing something else. But they don't have much choice, with all the drivers coming in and shift workers complaining that the car their taking out has a bad Blackberry. Faced with having to shop my taxi for a loaner cab did not appeal to me. Why should I? All that just for a battery while I continued to lose fares. Baloney. I went to a convienience. Store and bought a charger for twelve bucks. It works and I am back trying to make money. For the money I pay them, I expect better service then this. As a cab driver, I am their customer and I can have certain expectations.
Monday, May 12, 2014
They were going to the Tradewinds Resort on St. Pete Beach next to Guy Harvey. I picked the ladies up at TIA and they were in for a teachers conference, and some R&R. I am very thankful after tourist season to be getting rides out to the beach. That was Sunday. Today, I got a ride to Bartow for $132 which I needed baldly. Luck does go in trends.
Sunday, May 11, 2014
|I was in a lot better shape then|
|Bob, Scchuman (shoe), and Dean|
|A different angle|
Friday, May 9, 2014
What is billed as a world class hotel has crack motel standards. Cab drivers are getting dispatched to this property and they are loading the first cab that rolls by. They have NO RESPECT for working drivers, who now, waste their time and gas. This is what happens in the poorest motels in the hood. It is not what I would have expected from a five star resort. Stop calling us and use horses or something.
The photo below I took when I got the order this morning because I knew I was going to be no-showed. I got there in six minutes and saw a Yellow Cab pulling out with my fare! Epicurean, why are you doing this to us? What if 90% of your reservations never showd up? Its the same thing. I will never serve your place again and the largest taxi company in Tampa is considering the same thing. I hope your duechbag hotel burns to the ground.
Thursday, May 8, 2014
I wish the HCPTC would stop granting permits while cab drivers starve
I a sky writer yesterday taking advantage of a clear blue sky to send his message. He spelled out "U + God = (:*)"
It seems he has been doing this for years as a ministry. He only does it on clear days and the message can be seen from 35 miles away. I thought it was cool.
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
The weather was great and the watter was warm (at the time of filming alligators were an endangered species - today those waters are infested with gators) and in one scene they both swam naked in the Silver River. Unfortunately, the year this move was filmed was when they came out with the motion picture rating code and the nude scenes had to be cut. The current DVD release has the scenes added in.
Believe me, if I had Johnny's body, I would go naked too. I'm straight; don't worry. I was his age once.
Pasco County Florida to this day is the nudist capital of the United States. Many naturalist come to the Tampa area to enjoy the lifestyle you can experience here. In fact, Florida is the tourist capital of the world. It is not just Micky Mouse.
Tuesday, May 6, 2014
|My attack platform|
|The view from the Whitney Bank Club|
|Me watching the game|
The starting pitchers Josh Becket and Jeff Neiman pitched eight lights out innings and left the game with the score tied at 0-0. Tampa had their chances with many long shots that almost went out for home runs. Boston had left 14 men on base at the end of nine innings. By rights, they could have easily won this game. It was by watching this, that I saw how good a defensive team the Rays are. They don't miss a beat. Sam Fauld ran down many long shots with terrific speed, and Johnny Damon got two hits and plays at a high level for a 37 years old dude; Even Longoria got a nice hit to break his streak (he is coming back from injury). Neither team gave an inch and the game went extra innings. It seemed that nobody was going to score. The Red Sox loaded the bases twice, but hit into double plays both times. The Rays could not get a man passed second base the whole night.
|Tom on our private balcony|
One thing I noticed was that the majority of the crowd were Tampa Bay Ray fans. Years ago in a Boston series, that would not be the case. I am glad to see the trend is turning. Friends of mine know my opinion on this. If you are going to live in the Tampa Bay area, support our teams. If not, go back too where you came from. Its as simple as that.
I am going to miss this place as I head back to the 'cheap seats' were taxi driver should be at anyway. A hot dog still taste good there. However, if you can swing it, the experience you will have at the Whitney Bank Club is well worth. it. Just having privacy was worth it for me.
Monday, May 5, 2014
My best taxi driver friend Tom Castros took a high-roller to the airport this morning and they businessman said he had the tickets, but his plans had changed and he wanted to just give Tom the tickets for the $25 fare. Tom took them in a heartbeat and called me on my cellphone. I said "hell ya! Lets go!" The game was set for a 4:15 start and we were both hungry. Free drink and food...I'm all over it! We would soon be surrounded by beautiful women and the rich and powerful in the Tampa Bay area. Wait till they get a hold of us.
Since we are cab drivers, we know how to get within two blocks from the stadium without ever encountering traffic. I am not exaggerating on this. Most people are on the interstate and it is gridlock. We know a parking lot that charges only $10 to park, and you are in the shadow of Tropicania field. How cool is that? We walked right up to the stadium and got someone to take are picture. We were on our way and breaking all the rules We felt like Thelma and Louise. This was going to be awesome.
|Tim and Tom outside Topicania Field|
|Sir...There is a problem|
It was very hot and we just wanted to get to some kind of air condition. We had no water because we were going to get that in the club suite. When we went back to the parking lot, the guy asked us why we were leaving so early. We told him that we had been ripped off and he was good enough to give us a refund of the $10 parking fee. At least something went right.
Sunday, May 4, 2014