Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Taxi driver and a sailboat

There is a rather Bohemian type of cab driver that lives on his sailboat. It is anchored in the Davis Island Yacht basin. Good deal for him. It seems due to some quirky zoning, there is no rent for boats. They can live there free.

This cab driver has a generator and potable water. He sleeps well at night with the mesmerizing sounds of the waves cascading of the hull if his boat. That does sound peaceful. But it won't last forever.

Most drivers have the wanderlust, and so does Charles. He will soon literally sail off into the sunset on his way to Key West, and all points south. He has many ideas on how to make money. One thing he knows for sure is he does not want to drop anchor anywhere. Perhaps, a mistake I have made.

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Saturday, April 25, 2015


Nice large images which I like. A real media formatting for mobile devices
Go to the Typepad blog where Tampa Taxi Shots has been before this blog. Its all about mobile formatting today. The Typepad just seems to be more responsive with the bigger images and snap to screen format. I like it better then Blogger which has always looked carton to me. It will also allow me to consolidate to one blog. My interest may change but my name will remain the same.

Watching Uber pick up our fares

Night drivers of taxi cabs have no choice but to sit and watch Uber pick up in Hyde Park. Uber driver has more rights than taxi driver. This is not right.

Taxi divers must pay for their hack license and follow all rules and regulations. We contract through heavely regulated companies that must comply with HCPTC and meet insurance regulations. Uber does none of that.

We can't pick up on Howard ave while Uber does. We can't pull into the terminal at the airport, Uber does. They just do whatever they want, and mayor Bob Buckhorn supports them. How strange a democrat would support an enterprise that was as legal as a speak easy while letting our industry (and the poor in Tampa) suffer.

It is becoming obvious to any observer that we have lost over half our business. Did you know my company recently raised our leases to $100 a day and I have to by the gas. That is a nut that is hard to reach, much less, make any money for myself. I hear there is a waiting list to be a driver. That is only because of the Logistcare charges.

We have become a medical transport company. There are a ton of these charges and they are keeping me alive. Right now, its the goose that laid the golden egg. Without it, we would be in a world of shit. It would be like the NFL losing beer advertising. It would be a mortal blow.

I am saving money for my Vegas move. I do have one foot out the door. I just want to ride this pony a little more and see what happens. I can make my exit on my terms.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Uber Driver Arrested in San Francisco for road rage

An Uber driver was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon Sunday in an alleged road rage incident with a bicyclist at San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf.
According to police, the incident happened at 1:30 p.m. at North Point and Taylor Streets.
Police said the bicyclist rode up to the Uber driver’s black 4-door Toyota Camry and started yelling at him and pounding on the window. He continued swearing at the Uber driver, identified as 38-year-old Emerson Decarvalho of Daly City, and pushed his side-mirror in.
After a heated exchange, the bicyclist peddled off, but the Uber vehicle sped up and struck the back of the bike, police said.
The bicyclist was thrown from his bike and suffered a punctured lung, broken ribs and a broken collar bone.
“I saw a man being hauled onto a stretcher and he was turning bright blue and purple,” said Nicole Brooks, who works nearby. She told KPIX the crowd quickly turned on the Uber driver.
“I heard the screams of people saying ‘Get the f*** out of the car,'” she said.
Decarvalho remained at the scene and was arrested. He was booked into San Francisco County Jail on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon, police said.
Uber later released a statement to KPIX: “Our thoughts are with the victim of this terrible incident. We are gathering more information and will assist the authorities in their investigation.”
Police have not identified the cyclist, but said he is a 45-year-old man from San Francisco. He is in stable condition at General Hospital.

Chet Horton and natural bodybuilding

Chet Yorton began lifting weights after he was badly injured in a car accident as a teenager. He only had two dumbbells to work with, and no information on how to do it. He essentially invented the push/pull split.

He eventually defeated Arnold Schwarzenegger in the Mr. Universe contest in London. Just shows that things can lead in other directions if you just do what you love.

You can see this was when JFK was president. Great results were obtained without drugs or Smoothie King.
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Sunday, April 19, 2015

A day at the races

Tom and I went to Tampa Bay Downs to get in our annual trip before the Kentucky Derby. I was interested in the system Tom has used in the past to cash big tickets. All was set and I was ready to race.

We met at the main entrance. Paid the two bucks to get in. Then, paid for the program. I got the Daily Racing Form because back in the day, it had all the handicapping information. I should have just stuck with the program.

I used to love the track but a lot has changed. The program now has detailed info crunched from computer software. They have pace, speed, class info, that basically steers the general public onto the best horses. Years ago, a horse player could get an edge by burning the midnight oil. It was worth it because there would be real value in his picks. Now, they are all chalk. I found that disappointing.

The track handicapper would come on the jumbo screen and basically underscores the computer picks. I did cash some tickets but they were low pay. Frankly, I have been out of the loop for many years. There must be a way to get an edge on the game in the modern information age. More study is needed before I come back.

Tom wanted to sit in the sun. December will be better.

Not the largest crowd in the world. I here the national simulcast handle is hugh.

Tom looking for his winning ticket. His system, with some modifications, has promise.

The jumbotron is the only way to watch the races.

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Uber hits roadblock in Florida

Ubers exponential growth has not been without problems. After amazing advances throughout the United States and Europe, they have hit a roadblock in Florida. Uber is now fighting it out with Miami and Tampa, where they are currently illegal. Understand it is against the law to ride in an uber car in Tampa. It's currently against the law for an uber car to be dispatched in under an hour.

Tampa and Miami classify ride-share as a limousine company. The rules are a $50 minimum, and 1 hour advance notification. Why? This rule is to protect taxi ccompanies and drivers, who've invested in medallions. Travis Kalanick says these rules are crazy. he says he is spending too much time fighting the officials in Florida. he says he would rather be at the Miami Shore Club. that is a swanky boutique hotel in South Beach. google it and see if you have the money to stay there.

As much as people say they like uber, they are contributing to the demise of a regulated industry that serves the general public. When the local Tampa news caster asked the Hillsborough County Commissioner if it was still legal for her to use uber, he tried to be polite about it. I am NOT polite about it. Your made up fake ass should be thrown in jail miss channel 8 news caster. sorry about mincing words.
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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Tampa Bay Downs

I went to the horse races at Tampa Bay Downs Sunday. It had been years since I had been there. Not much had changed except the Daily Racing Form is now 9 bucks. I paid it because I am from the old school, and want more comprehensive information then the track program. It did not seem to do me much good.

The horse above was a maiden claiming horse. She had the top jockey and trainer on the track. Even one of the handicappers in the DRF picked the horse. So, I bet her across the board. She came in dead last. I mean I took a photo of her chasing the other horses. They not even in the frame.

I actually felt sorry for the horse. Anyway, Tom could not make it, so I only stayed for a few races. I even managed to win a race. As you can see it was a nice day, so I enjoy the sights and sounds of the racetrack. They had a good crowd and most people seemed to be having fun. Of course, at the track, you see the same characters that you find at most tracks. There are the wandering around retirees who just seem to be enjoying a cold beer and playing the handicappers picks. and then, you have the professional. This is the guy with the large book filled with Racing Form entries. He has a cellphone, and of course, a cigar. He is sending out a vibe that he is not approachable. He thinks he knows everything. He is, however, a degenerate. In the long run he has no chance. He bets exotic bets and the track takes 25 percent. Those odds cannot be overcome. That is why I do it for fun and recreation. You can always get lucky and make a few bucks but you cannot make a living at it.

Anyway, I kept calling Tom's phone but he was not answering. I believe he drove Taxi all night and was sleeping. I cashed my winning ticket and went home. I had forgotten how fun this could be.

The kentucky derby is coming up in a few weeks, perhaps tom and I will be able to go the first saturday in may. I know it will be crowded but that makes it extra fun. My horse may have come in last but she wasn't pretty 1 out there.

The horses are so far a head of her you can't see them!
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Sunday, April 12, 2015

Uber driver arrested in Brooklyn for robbing passengers

Uber first denied this had happened until Jewish Political News reported this. Uber is now in damage control

A 51-year-old Uber driver was caught stealing $5,000 worth of jewelry from a Jewish couple, who took a ride with him from Borough Park to Williamsburg 9 days ago, JP has learned.

The driver, identified as Morales Juan, 51, from Brooklyn was driving an Orthodox Jewish couple in their 30’s on Friday April 3rd from the Borough Park section of Brooklyn to Williamsburg to celebrate the first two days of the Passover holiday. Two hours after they left the car the woman realized that her bag of jewelry is missing, but they couldn’t contact the police since it was after sundown.

On Sunday after sunset, the couple contacted Juan who denied taking the jewelry. After another attempt on Monday, the driver agreed to come down to a location in Borough Park and return the the jewelry in exchange for a cash reward.

The family then contacted Borough Park Shomrim and asked for assistance while they are about to meet the driver. Shomrim alerted the NYPD’s 66th precinct to be on alert.

On Monday evening, the Uber driver arrived at the set location to return the jewelry in exchange for cash. But the couple realizing that some jewelry was missing winked to the police officers who were on standby to arrest him.

Police took Juan into custody, and after further investigation it was revealed that he had already sold parts of the jewelry for a local pawn shop. Detectives went down to the pawn shop where they discovered the missing jewelry and returned it the family.

Juan was charged with grand larceny and criminal possession of stolen property.

After learning of the story on Sunday, JP reached out to Uber for a comment, but we were told that the company will conduct an internal investigation, since they have not received a single complaint or a copy of the police report.

After 5 hours, Uber informed us that the driver has been suspended.

“We apologize to our riders for this experience. Uber is committed to maintaining the highest standard and have removed this driver from the platform. We stand ready to assist the authorities in any investigation,” Lane Kasselman, head of communications for North America, told JP in an emailed statement. “The driver-partner identified in this report was operating on the uberBLACK platform and had passed a TLC background check before being hired by Uber.”

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Under the paw

This cat waits for me every morning at my specials house. She is so used to seeing me, she doesn't even get out of the way, completely blocking the driveway. I had to get out and move her aside.

Black cats are not bad luck. This cat has been bringing me luck for a long time. And she's also very friendly.

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Friday, April 10, 2015

Swimming and weight training

I am now doing something positive for my health..I'm swimming and lifting weights. I have a long way to go but there is no goal. Fitness is a lifestyle that should be maintained for life. I am making it a priority.

The beauty if Florida is this pool (Bobby Hicks) is now open year long. They have a heater but may not even need it untill October. I just hope I am still doing it then. Got to stay motivated.

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Tampa suing Uber

This is what happened to an Uber driver in Germany. I hope Hillsborough County can shut Uber down to avoid potential violence. ..

The request for a cease-and-desist order, which names 53 drivers in addition to the company, says Uber behaves like a taxi service but operates outside of the PTC's legal purview.

"They have to agree to operate by the rules and regulations that we put in place," said PTC chairman Victor Crist. He said that includes commercial liability and personal injury insurance, vehicle safety inspections, and Level 2 fingerprint background checks on their drivers.

Ride-share companies Uber and Lyft have long quarreled with PTC regulators over whether they must meet those and other requirements. The companies, which use smartphone apps to connect riders with private drivers, started operating in Tampa in April 2014. Almost immediately, the PTC began issuing tickets, calling the services illegal.

The cease and desist order does not mention Lyft. And Crist said Tuesday that Uber could operate in Hillsborough County tomorrow if they met legal requirements. "But they come into town and claim, 'we're not a cab, we're not a limousine,' " said Crist, who also is a Hillsborough County commissioner.

This is not the first attempt by the PTC to close Uber down. The commission voted in early February to pursue injunctive relief against Uber and Lyft after both ride-share companies failed to comply with a cease-and-desist letter.

"Anyone providing for-hire transportation service to the public within Hillsborough County … must comply with these regulations or be subject to civil penalties and even criminal prosecution as a misdemeanor," Kyle Cockream, the PTC's executive director, wrote in a memo issued last December.

Uber declined to comment Tuesday.

Contact Zack Peterson at Follow @zackpeterson918.

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Thursday, April 9, 2015

Thong Thursday - on the beach

I've been to a lot of Florida beaches and I only saw something like this in the late 1970's on Lido Beach. This beach was once a favorite if nudist ans open minded people. The bible thumpers got it shut down. Oh, hell no. We don't want European tourism in this area. They are rich, and do spend money. God help us is a naked lady is spotted. Florida was more advanced 40 years ago then it is now.
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Uber driver Victorious52 is demented

Don't ride with Victorious52 if you use Uber. This gavone has been fired by every cab company in Tampa for reasons they will not say (one could only guess the horrible acts he committed). He is with Uber now. This dumb shit has been a failure at everything he has ever done in life. He now thinks he will find success with Uber. Life doesn't work that way. A loser is a loser.

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Uber dominates at U.S. airports

This blurb in the business section of the Tampa Times pretty much confirms my worst fears. Uber has cracked the last vestige of protected business that the taxi companies have. If that percentage is even close st TIA, then the writing is on the wall. The authorities at the airport are extending their middle finger at the cab companies and drivers. They charge an outrageous fee for the right to serve them, force drivers to follow stupid rules. Then, they allow an unlicensed and uninsured Uber to operate at the airport. That is wrong and I swear to God we Will stop it.

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Monday, April 6, 2015

The Bobby Hicks Pool

Its about time they started using this excellent facility. On the south side of Tampa is a long course pool called Bobby Hicks. The problem has been in recent years, it just remains closed. Don't know why.

Florida is the place where there is a demand for a pool. You have fitness folks and your 26.2 folks. I will try to get there soon and start regular exercise. You know I will stop about as soon as I start.

Lets see what happens this time.

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Saturday, April 4, 2015


Duncan Burton served 14 years for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine, according to court records and the U.S. Bureau of Prisons. He was convicted by a jury in Houston and served time in Beaumont, Louisiana and Georgia before being released in 2012, according to the federal prison agency.

Although sentenced originally to 18 years, he had earned nearly three years of good conduct time and had about two years of jail time.

Burton, 57, was arrested Wednesday and charged with one count of sexual assault, a second-degree felony. If convicted, Burton faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. He remains in the Harris County Jail without bail.

Uber spokeswoman Debbee Hancock said Monday that  Burton passed the company's background checks. She could not immediately be reached Tuesday to respond to the disclosure of Burton's drug conviction.

Someone with a negotiated drug conviction on his or her record would not be eligible for a city-issued permit, but could appeal and attempt to receive one, said Lara Cottingham, deputy assistant director in the city's Regulatory Affairs Department.osted by: william2000 (ZEROCENSORSHIP.COM)

An Uber driver is accused of sexually assaulting a customer in Houston. Police say Duncan Eric Burton raped a passenger.

According to the Houston Police Department, the victim, who was visiting from out of town and out with a group of friends at a bar in the Midtown area, was picked up by the driver.

Police said she was too drunk to tell the driver where she was staying, so he offered to take her to his home to sleep. That's when she alleges he raped her.Would you get into a cab with this guy?

UPDATE: this Uber driver was released in 2012 from Federal Prison on a drug cconviction. After serving 14 years in Prison, he still cleared tthe Uber background check

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Revolt at the airport

I heard Ron Seaman was fired after a group of airport drivers went into the office to complain. It seems the rules he implemented (that would make us more efficient in the Uber era) were more then the guys could stand. Face it, the taxi industry has received bad press in the last year for dirty cars and poor service. We have lost accounts to Nancy, and business to Uber. The airport is our last vestige of protection. Zellow app was a good idea but the drivers wanted to go back to the old way..everyone loses. ..Uber wins..Mark My words.
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Thursday, April 2, 2015

Cheek of the Week - Thong Thursday

This is a tradition that needs to be upheld. The cheek of the week is something most men, and cab drivers can enjoy. I have taken many cheek images myself BUT I cannot claim this one. Nothing sagging or bagging on these yoga pants girls hanging low.

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Two Hall of Fame guys in one day

Tony Dungy (just blocks from Uncle Toby's)
Two future NFL Hall of Fame guys were photographed by me on the same day, with the same roll of film, that the Uncle Toby images were taken with. How cool is that! Tony Dungy and Warren Sapp were leaving the old training camp at the University of Tampa and I got there shots. We had no idea back then what an impact they would make to Buc and football history.
Warren Sapp was in shape back then
The Bucs practice field was in the shadow of downtown Tampa

Uncle Toby's HOT & ALOT

Uncle Toby was very proud of what he was cooking up.
If you drove cab in Tampa in the late 1990's and early 2000's, you
may remember "Uncle Toby's HOT & ALOT" diner. It was home cooked gourmet diner food. I used to eat there because I  like that type of food. Toby would pile it on and I was in my glory.

Toby was a retired Navy guy who always wanted to open a restaurant. He found the vacant building three blocks down from United can, and just around the corner from Yellow Cab. The location was ideal for many industrial business were in the area and many lacked a chow hall. Toby would pack them in for breakfast and lunch. The place did well for a long time.

Toby had a simple formula. Feed people decent portions without a high price and they will come back. Repeat customers will make or break a business. His claim to fame was meatloaf on Tuesdays. This photo of me is eating his award winning meatloaf with mash potatoes, green beans, and roll. Yum!

Making like a pig
His business did well over the years and Toby finally had a chance to sell at a good profit. He went into the hurricane shutter business, the last I heard. I lost touch with Toby and have not seen him in years.

Others tried to make a go of the location without much success. In fact, there were a couple of guys that tried to run it before Toby. They shut down and the property laid fallow for many years. That is why I was so excited to see Toby come along.

Keep in mind there was business back then. I did work more hours because the call count kept me interested. Now, a baloney sandwich is the order of the day.

Uber driver arrested for burglary

A Denver Colorado Uber driver has been arrested for burglary on the house of a fare he dropped off at the airport. It seems the Uber driver had found an angle for his life of crime, become an Uber driver. They don't screen drivers and it gets you in close proximity to hot women, and knowledge of people's whereabouts. This is scary folks. Uber drivers are committing crime on a daily basis. Why do people think they are safer? Because they are mostly American born?
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