|No level TWO BACKGROUND CHECK like cab drivers in Tampa|
Friday, September 25, 2015
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
The state of the business is sunk so low that I am facing homelessness. This was something that I debated whether I should reveal that. I am out of fares, out of money, out of luck, and out of a place to live.
The very forces I was counting on to come through for me, have failed. The transportation commission seems to have no power or authority to do anything about Uber. With Tea Party politicians and corrupt judges on Uber's side, we have no chance.
The only good thing is I ddon't owe the company any money. I have managed to pay United Cab the daily $100 leases six days a week, plus gas. After coffee and food, the end of a 10 hour day leaves me with basically nothing. It should not be that way.
I am 59 years old and on the streets. I am not lazy. I work 70 hours a week. Because of Uber I make peanuts. Someone said go driver for Uber. I would if I had a car. I have the lease cab and twenty bucks in my pocket. Not gonna do much there. Maybe tomorrow I can make enough to get a cheap motel room to shower and have a bed to sleep well in.
The only thing in my life I look forward to is my swimming. I am getting in great shape and look forward to my workouts. Thank God for that. Other than that, I am tired.
I am learning exceptence. I think of all the things iv'e had to except. Its been a load. Doesn't seem fair. I'm not a bad person. Because of Uber, my life is altered. This shall pass; I hope.
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
The night air has a certain quality to it. Over the years I have seen people become intoxicated by it. Everything changes at night. Qualitative and quantitative perceptions change after the midnight hour. Soon, a quite sets over the city; people vanish from their pursuit of the vain and tawdry. A stillness overcomes your perceptions and your observations become keenly aware of activities not seen during daylight. The ubiquitous scrum of traffic no longer dominates the urban sprawl.
As a night driver in the city, you develop a relationship with your surroundings. The delivery man unloading milk behind the supermarket becomes your friend even if we have never spoke. This is where I often sleep while waiting to be summed by the $2.40 a mile idol starring at me from the dashboard. Strangely, he has never been my friend. More like a prison guard, always watching but only capable of doing what its been told to do. Seems appropriate for cab driving becomes a form of incarceration.
All is well tonight untill the guy in the street sweeper truck awakes me up with a sound louder than a jet engine. What gets me is the parking lot looks no cleaner after he's done. Whatever happened to a broom?
Sunday, September 20, 2015
One of the cabs in this photo has been checked into the zone for three hours and the other cab for two. They are turning down calls offered to hold their position. That means customers are not being served because of the desperation of taxi drivers. The people in that house on Fern st must be nervous about the vultures hanging out in the neighborhood.
I really don't want to do this. I served this lady seven days a week for over a year. I was even the Godfather at her sons baptism but that means nothing to the company. I have sacrificed a lot for this account and I believe the company should give me respect.
Now, vultures have found out about it and are behaving like desperate prison escapees. Its a humiliating experience. And it lacks dignity. There are no winners. At least Uber driver can maintain his dignity and not have to act like a street beggar.
It pisses me off that at my age the people in charge (HCPTC Yellow and United Cab) can't protect and provide for me when I pay them $600 a week to operate the cab. Just saying as my life goes down the fucking drain.
Saturday, September 19, 2015
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Thursday, September 17, 2015
I will have a full essay on this soon. The claim made by the Tampa Tribune this morning was that Uber was picking up the ignored and the disenfranchised. Without Uber, these people would never get a ride from taxi companies.
Wrong. The Tribune had it backwards.
Uber only cherry picks hipsters and white people. Since they are an outlaw company, they are not compelled to work the urban street calls that taxi companies must.
If not for us, black people would not be picked up by the racist Uber and Lyft.
Gypsy cabs came about because they actually provided a service. There was a real demand. With Uber, the need was being filled by taxi companies. Uber is just do you want bib lettuce or Belgium Endive for the same price. Uber just cannibalizes off what was already there. They add nothing but the distruction of jobs and an industry.
posted from Bloggeroid
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
|A little ding on the left side of rear bumper|
Basically no damage to my car and I was soon on my way. The Crown Victoria is a pretty tough car.
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Sunday, September 13, 2015
In January, 2006.I wrote this about the themes of the show from a philosophy standpoint. It was obvious to me, they were exploring some of the major themes of philosophy and I believed it would lead to only one conclusion. Looking back, it seems I nailed it. In fact, I WAS THE ONLY ONE that nailed it. This is what I wrote:
" Meet John Locke: One of the main characters in the show is named after the father of deductive reason. This is an important point and not an accident. You can Google John Locke and find out his total belief in pure reason.
The Character on this show(played by the imminent American actor Terry O'quinn) has all of his life put stock in reason and logic. It has got him nowhere. On this Island everything has come alive. His hopes, His dreams, His ability to walk.
What appeared on the surface to be an item of science - The Hatch - has now become an article of faith. To believe without evidence now becomes the prime mover in his life.
The writers of this show have gone a long way in a misinformation campaign by planting the red herring of the "electromagnetism" as if that was the simple solution to this unbelievable problem the castaways face.
Meet Hannes Alfvén: He was a computer expert who wrote prolifically about computers taking over the world and man being at their disposal. Again Google Hannes Alfven. There are those that believe he can be seen briefly in the DHARMA FILM! This is brilliant!
The attempt by the writers is to throw everyone off!Example, much of the Orientation film and what Desmond says is false and purely to ensure that our heroes are led into a false reality. So they press those buttons every 108 minutes. The writers want you to think the purpose is to provide a focus for the community - a reason to go on and something meaningful that goes beyond rational decision-making; secondly, to protect the hatch/power-supply/scientists behind the concrete; and, thirdly, to download the information from the Oersted satellite as it orbits the Earth every 108 minutes (please Google this) to get the latest on the magnetic poles.
Stop all of this. I said I'd be brief. The absolute main part of this is the PARANT/CHILD CONFLICTS. AND THE KIDNAPPING OF THE CHILDREN. Not the science stuff.
All of the characters have had a parent/child conflict. My thought on this is it can be seen as the Christ Child separation from the holy father in the garden. It has to be important to the final outcome. OR WHY WOULD IT BE A CENTRAL THEME IN THE SHOW.
Notice all the children in the show have been taken. Why include this in the show if it had no meaning. This is very important. What the Jesuits taught me was that in the Catholic theology of Purgatory children are taken from their parent's to a place called LIMBUS INFANTIUM. Please Google this. I hate to span this stuff so quickly but children are seen to have been born in Original Sin and denyed the regeneration of Christ Sacrifice. This matter has been debated for centuries and it is believed that children enjoy eternal happiness with God.
Now to Kant and Melville. Both of these great philosophers had a monumental problem with God. More so Melville. He believed that "free agency" was to much of a burden and man would always make imperfect decisions(note that all cast members before getting on the plane where faced with profound moral and ethical decisions. including the latest is it right to kill because someone else killed? - think Chick with pistol). Especially as he tried to come to an understanding of his world and what was happening. Not going to happen. You could catch the whale but what do you do with it. All men filter their life Thru their own experiences and will always arrive at a different point. If Moby represented absolute knowledge it was of course unobtainable.
Kant in his Critique of Pure Reason believed that using science to understand the metaphysical was an illegitimate use of reason (THINK DHARMA CORPORATION). For man was always locked into quantitative and qualitative concepts. These are tools derived from experience and cannot be used to understand something that transcends experience. Dharma like man could never anticipate all contingencies. I mean why was it we could put man on the moon 37 years ago and we can't even get off the ground now?
The conclusion of both these men was that man could know God by certain regulating factors such as ethics and morals and a sense of right and wrong. Man ultimately in his imperfection had only one hope and that was to surrender with blind credulity to the omnipotence of God.
Such are blogs. Be brief. That did cover some heavy stuff.
If the writers of this show are going anywhere close to these subjects then it has to be the greatest show ever on TV.
Friday, September 11, 2015
I had just finished swimming laps at the Bobby Hicks pool when I spotted a guy that was dressed in Spider Man outfit go into the lifeguard office. I went over there to check it out. Spider Man pulled what looked like a 9mm and pointed it at me. The lifeguards were nervous and did not know him. My only thought was the Batman shootings in Colorado.
I dove into the pool and swam underwater to my gear on the pool deck. When I surfaced, he was still in the office so I took off out the back gate and over to the Boys and Girls club next door. They put the facility on lockdown as I called the police. I had no idea if he was shooting people at this point.
He emerged into the parking lot and got in his car. A cop blocked him in and told him to hold up his hands. The cops gun was drawn and he looked ready to shoot. The suspect complied.
It turned out they were realistic looking bb guns but they scared me. The guy said it was just a joke. Real funny.
The cops cuffed him and took him sway.
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Monday, September 7, 2015
I hope this is not a metaphor but I took this image as I was leaving downtown Tampa on Kennedy. Perhaps, better times are coming. As Frank Sinatra sand "The best is yet to come." Who knows. My birthday is next week and I believe there will be exciting changes up ahead. A lot of this is because of Uber. Maybe its time for a change.
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Friday, September 4, 2015
|After a speed workout today|