Thursday, February 23, 2017

My game against chess master Tom Stroup

Play online chess

The game is still in progress but I am playing him even. Tom is rated in the top 2% of all players, so I am happy for such a result so far. He has analyzed the remaining moves and sees this as a possible draw. Don't worry, I can still screw this up. I used the "Donald Trump" opening on him. Since he is a Hillary supporter, he seems befuddled by it. LOL>
The game is still in progress but I am playing him even. Tom is rated in the top 2% of all players, so I am happy for such a result so far. He has analyzed the remaining moves and sees this as a possible draw. Don't worry, I can still screw this up. I used the "Donald Trump" opening on him. Since he is a Hillary supporter, he seems befuddled by it. LOL&gt

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Busy as Hell - then why am I pissed?

Why can't I teleport to other places?
Maybe I'll go purse snatching at WallMart!
The business on all fronts has finally kicked in. The airport is off the hook and Pinellas country is going bat shit crazy. The problem I have is I can't be in two places at the same time. I could have really used the Clearwater business a few weeks ago, but now, I have to work the airport. That is what I have always done this time of year.

I've been getting hauls to the beaches and all over the place. The wait times at the airport are not long right now. It is moving and you will get rides.

While I am waiting,  I take a look at the tablet and can see they are begging for drivers in St. Pete and Clearwater. That is too bad for I am not in a financial position to do that and that really sucks.

I need cash and the only way I can get it right now is by working streets and the airport. You have to
Look at the calls on this board!
have gas money to work the charges all day long.

Unfortunately, I got too far behind in the last few months, and out of necessity, must do what I'm doing. Even though its great right now, I feel like I'm screwed. But with this kind of activity, we should be alright over the next couple of months.

As far as the charges go, I have a girl I am sandbagging who comes out every morning. I normally don't like sandbagging but she lives only three blocks from my house. It is almost automatic. Her ride is part of the "liquid gold" that comes out of PAR (methadone clinic). It seems addiction is big business now. At this point, I'll take the money anyway I can.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Reading Fake News with discust

Tim Fasano reading the fake news
The St. Pete Times is getting lazy. Not only do they print fake news, lies, and twisted facts about Donald J Trump, they can't even write their own shit. Is there some reason why in the TBT all they can do is reprint SLATE? They search high and low for anything that will give a false impression about the President of the United States. Their bias really shows.

The only good news about this is their readership is on the decline because nobody gives a shit about them anymore. Just note how many of their staff have been layed off. I guess they have to use other sources because they don't have enough people left to write a grocery list.

Strong coffee to read
the crap put out by
the fake MSM
Their efforts against Trump are in vain (just like the fake polls that showed Hillary winning by a large margin). All that did was instill a false sense of confidence, and people stayed home. Their efforts now are only going to cement the "we against them" felling that many of us Trump supporters have. This will make us even more determined to stay the course and not let the fools at the St. Pete Times influence us by using SLATE. Did I mention they only use SLATE?

Trump kicked off his 2020 re-election campaign Saturday and he has just served one month in office. He is doing great things and there is much more to come. America will be great again and we will not hand our country over to the Islamist who will destroy any record of our way of life. Trump, and others, know this. The St. Pete Times will only lie about this fact. Just think of Sweden.

NOTE: tomorrow I should have something about the looping audio that is being broadcast on the taxi radio at TIA that states "Africans were sold as slaves in North America." This is really getting strange folks.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Travis Kalanick is violating federal law in an attempt to establish a monopoly

Rockefeller and Kalanick - both criminals
John D Rockefeller would be very proud of Uber. What Travis Kalanick has been able to do is violate established law set over a century ago. The Sherman Act and the Clayton Anti Trust Act were reasoned decisions by the Supreme Court to stop the criminal activates of the Robber Barron's.

At its heart is a clearly unfair practice called "low balling." What Rockefeller did was run his railroads at a deliberate loss for a five year period. He was making so much money off of Standard Oil, that this was no problem. His competitors (who needed to make a profit) were unable to keep matching Rockefeller's price. They all eventually went out of business. Then, JD was able to charge any damn price he wanted to move product by rail. The same thing is happening today with Uber.

Kalanick calls it "customer behavior modification." He is low balling the Tampa area to get all of the former taxi riders. Soon, United Cab and Yellow (regulated transportation) will be gone. Then, Uber can run 10x surge all day long. Don't like it? Then fucking walk. Most people will then call the taxi companies but get a recording stating that the number they have reached is out of order.

Anyone with a reasoned mind can see how this would not be good for any community. People need to understand just what they are doing by supporting ride share. They are cutting their own throats.

At the local Tampa area, I read today in the TBT that Uber is paying only 10% of the rate that the cab companies pay for licensing fees to the PTC. Uber pays ZERO to the airport but they let them pick up anyway which only cuts our fares and we pay $250,000 a year to serve the airport. Is this fair? Is this right?

The business people I pick up everyday from TIA say they are very much aware of Uber and their illegal activities. That is why they deliberately walked to the taxi quad to get a ride. (Uber is allowed to pick up in the tunnel...we are banned. This is totally unfair)

An anti-trust law suit has been filled by the largest cab company in the nation out of San Francisco. I hope it makes it to the Supreme Court because they have precedent and case law on their side. This time, they won't break up Uber, they will get rid of it and throw Kalnaick in jail where he belongs.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

American Remains - I'll Ride Again

I was ridin' a Tampa taxi and everything was fine,
Till we took a shorter road
to save some time.
The bandits only fired once,
They shot me in the chest.
They may have wounded me but,
They'll never get the best
of better men.
'Cause I'll ride again.

Thanks to Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson for the inspiration. I have seen better days and I will see them again. Current circumstances will never get the best of me. I will ride again. There will be an exciting future full of hope and wonder. This journey has only begun.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

The Taxi Truman Show

I may have found the escape hatch
Regulated Taxi driving is now dead. Uber has taken over. The current situation is no longer tenable for drivers who face an old model of cab leasing, and can no longer continue paying a Pre-Uber lease. Today was the tipping point. This time of year we should be very busy...EXTREMLY BUSY. We are not. It is dead as a doornail with drivers at the airport waiting up to 5 hours to a ride. It should be off the hook. It is for Uber. They pay no fee to the airport, yet they are allowed to operate.

I made a good living for years. Transportation was regulated in Hillsborough County. This insured uniformity or rates, insurance, and accountability. But no more. The HCPTC has now allowed a gypsy cab company take over. Uber has not only taken some or part of our business - they have taken it all. This is because they are low balling the market in an attempt to establish a monopoly. They are well on their way to doing that with the compliance and help of the politicians and agencies that are supposed to protect the ridding public.

Like Truman, I am living a false reality by continuing to believe everything is real. It is not. I do not have a job. I do not have a gainful enterprise that I can make a living with. I am tired of  it. I am facing eviction from my apartment. I have not paid this months rent and I have exactly $17 in my pocket. Phone was cut off. My electricity is scheduled for shut off. The only reason I have a cell phone is because a homeless women gave me her Obama Phone. That's what it has come down too, being supported by the homeless.

There is no business. I have no clue as what to do. Does it matter? I don't even have gas money.

One thing that I will take to my grave is why Transportation? I mean, you can't run a hot dog cart without the right permits. You can't open a bar without a liquor license. You can't run a barber shop without the correct insurance and permits. Can you start a pirate radio station without a FCC license?
What about law? If you do what Uber does, you would practice law and argue cases in court without a law degree. After all, why fool around with such silly stuff such as Bar Exams!

The point I'm making is that Transportation is not the only regulated industry. Virtually everything is.

Again. Why my form of work? Why did the politicians, courts, lawyers, Mayor, airport, media, think illegal operators were fine as long as they served the general public?

They really don't. And that's the dirty little secret about Uber - Racism.

Uber is a racist company, Their entire business model is set up to exclude many individuals. Their model is similar to Jim Crow.

What they have done is "Red Line" every city they work in. By requiring credit cards (no pre-paid debit cards allowed). This way, they exclude the poor parts of town. We all know that is the black and Hispanic parts of any city. They just don't want your business.

Taxi cabs are required to pick up in all areas. We have PHONE NUMBER and anyone can call. Uber will only use an app, and you must financially qualify to be a customer. That alone should have been the reason the political types put a stop to it. But with the strong Uber lobby, there was no way these corrupt people would have done the job they were elected to do.

I blame a lot of people for this travesty. The one I blame the most is Victor Crist. He was compromised early in the process and was determined to let this gypsy company take hold. They have not taken hold - they have taken over.

It is done folks. That is why I have been looking for an out. All of my energies now are for moving on and reinventing myself.

My ability to make a living is over.

I hope to have a Truman Burbank moment. In The Truman Show, Jim Carey was sailing away on a boat because he had pieced it together that his reality was fake. That is were I am now. I cannot continue thinking it is real. I hope to do what Truman did and bump into a stairway that leads to the door which he can escape his false reality.

So in advance of that happening, "and in case I don't see ya again, good afternoon, good evening, and good night!"

Thursday, February 2, 2017

My Outdoor Gym

This is from my new blog I will now put all of my workout stuff on this blog and try to keep Tampa Taxi Shots about taxi driving. I will try. Check out the new blog.

My backyard gym
I took it outdoors today to enjoy a very nice February day this time of year in Florida. The equipment you see is everything from an EZ Bar to a slam ball, kettlebell, dumbbells, dip bars, and an overturned planter to put my feet on for raised pushups. I did the incline bench press inside. Then, I took the same dumbbells outside for the farmers walk.

  1. Incline Bench Press - 12 reps
  2. Split Stance Squat - 10 each leg
  3. Farmers Walk - 60 yards
  4. Dips - 10 reps
  5. Walking Lunges - 10 each leg
  6. Elevated Pushups - 10 reps
  7. Romanian Dead Lifts with kettlebell - 10 reps
  8. EZ Bar Curls - 10 reps
My motto on rest intervals..."take as much as you little as possible."

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Taxi driver uprising in Tampa over Uber

I can honestly say that in the 22 years I have driven a taxi in Tampa, that I have been treated more than fairly by the company. In fact, I consider the management friends. As I have stated repeatedly on this blog, the problem is not the ownership of United Cab. The problem is the HCPTC which, in my opinion, has been compromised by the deep pockets of Uber.

This is why the commission treats them with kit gloves and makes tremendous concessions that would never be made in another industry.

Drivers gathering at United Cab Tampa
Running a cab company is costly. That is where Uber has an absolute advantage. They have managed to shift all the cost onto the worker and Uber takes no risk. This is an anti-labor practice that has gained ground under the stagnation of the Obama administration. Fortunately, that may soon end. I read the other day that the leading employer in the United States is Wall Mart. Most of their workers make minimum wage. I also read that nationwide over one million people are signed up to drive for Uber. That, in my opinion, is a reflection of a poor economy. I think most of them would rather have a decent job with traditional benefits.

Believe me, hauling drunks around at all hours of the night is not what most people would rather do to make a living. Under the Trump economy, I think it will simply be harder for Uber to hire the desperate people they currently have driving for them. This will self correct but probably not in time for me. My situation has been devastated by Uber. I find that I may soon have to move on.


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