Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Chess is giving me joy

My record right now is 13-5-2
Right now I am rated 675,000 in the world (out of 2.6 million). I am training for a more modern opening for over the board tournaments. This is the Kings Indian Attack Sicilian variation. I like it for you can control the center directly and indirectly without your king ever being in trouble.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

From the recession in 2010


What is going on now in the taxi business in Tampa is not just having "a bad day." Most drivers are getting somewhere between two to five calls a day. That's it. "Don't worry, it will be better tomorrow." a customer told me. I am worried.  Each day is just the same. For example, this morning I came out at Five a.m. and did not get a call until Nine. There has never been a time when a driver during the morning hours would not get a call for over 4 hours.

The new dispatch system is inherently unfair. If you are not close to a call, it will not give you one, nor will it even send you a f*g bid. Without the bid, I cannot make any money. Paul Hinton says I simply need to park my cab where the calls are going to come out. How in the hell do I do that? The calls could come out from anywhere. I have no psychic abilities, so I guess I am screwed.

Talking to Paul Hinton and Eddie Munster (the computer guy) has proved useless. They don't even know what the algorithms are set at or the parameters of how it will give out a call. Paul just says that one day he will call the main office and find that out. Great! That will do me a lot of good while I STARVE!

The only reason I have not left United Cab to go to Yellow Cab is that I am in the Lighthouse program for the blind school children. After that, I am on my way to a company that will put me to work and provide me with business. I am ready to work and I  need to work. With my years of experience, I will be an asset to any company that wants a quality driver, not just someone that can fog a mirror.

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Friday, March 24, 2017

The Storms of Chance

Once in a great while the storms of change will overshadow the plans of man. That would happen today. A cold wind blew over Tampa Bay this morning, a brief repose from the subtropical heat ever-present most of the year. The cool air felt good on my face and brought my spirits to a new high. I needed a lift.

I had a ride out to Boco Ciega which is a beautiful part of the area. I had a scheduled ride of some significance and I felt hopeful. This ride I was on would put some serious money and my pocket. I was excided because I needed a break. Today was going to be a good day. Would I at least have an auspicious start?

 It is believed Desoto once landed in this area. It was all jungle prada then. It had to have been very inhospitable to his gallant crew. Today, it is airy homes, many built in a time of no air conditioning. The natural winds off the bay during storm season will cool a house off. You just need to be near the shore.

Its the end of winter in Tampa Bay. Winter is our spring. It brings a sense of renewal and hope. There is something optimistic about sunrise this time of year. The sky is clear and birds seem happy as they celebrate a new day by soring high - just like my hopes. Hope was is in the air as this new day dawned. I needed a good day to make up for all the no shows I  have had lately. The trip I was now rolling on was scheduled to go out of town. Good. I could use a decent charge.

I arrived on time to see no lights on inside. It was a quaint, if not charming cottage across from the bay. This was a typical Key West home with a wide porch, wicker furniture, wind chimes, and other bric o bac, the things that bring comfort to the soul and a sense of the spiritual.

Standing at the door, you could see the functionality. Homes built by the bay are subjected to summer squall lines that move in fast during storms. The wind and rain can be brutal. The clouds eventually roll offshore and a couple hours later they become distant gels that cast color for a beautiful sunset. This pattern keeps repeating itself almost every day.

I knocked on the door and noticed the artwork hanging inside. I wondered what decisions he had made that resulted in the direction he took in life. Clearly he went on a path much different then mine. I wondered if he had a clue as to how important it was for me to actually pick him up and take him where he was going. Thoreau said most men live a life of quiet desperation. Did the home owner know how desperate I really was.

He answered the door in his bathrobe - never a good sign. He said his doctors appointment was scheduled for the next day. He wanted me to cancel the order. Great. Just what I needed. A capricious act of no order to him. Devastating to me. You may have figured out business has not been going well. I am doing well.  There is so much in life now that gives me meaning and identity. That was not possible in my youth. I just need a gig that will justify my pursuits.

Anyway, I did take advantage of the situation to get some great images of the bay right at sunrise. The storms of chance seemed to iron out in the long run. The images were not bad for a cell phone.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

New Blog Design

New flowers for my garden
Blogger is now offering modern type of designs to chose from. They have not updated their templates in years and I find these to be refreshing. This design has what is called a Hero post. I guess that is the last post you did. If it is one you choose, I have not found a way to do that yet. I just started working with it and hope I can get all the functions to work. This post is an experiment to see what will happen.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

A checkmate in five moves!

launching an attack on the back rank of my opponent
I am playing chess and working out to keep my mind and body sharp as I go thru this difficult period in my life. I just started playing blitz chess on Chess.com which is the best chess site on the internet. It is where all the top players in the world play. The world champion Magnus Carlson plays on this site almost every day. In a game last night, I checkmated a guy in 5 moves! I did not think that was possible. You can view the game below.

Monday, March 6, 2017

A ten year history of my chess rating

Chart off of chess site
This is my chart on Gameknot which shows I had a great rating before the economy collapsed and I lost my internet connection. You will also note I am on the rise again. That feels good.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Tim Fasano is alive!

At the doctors office today my blood pressure measured 123/66. The diastolic was actually a little low! You people who are not emotionally involved (like what is left of my family) have no idea how significate this is.

The hard work of resistance training and metabolic cardio conditioning has brought me from a state of congestive heart failure to a super charged heart!! I am beating this diseases ass and it fells wonderful.

The best part is that I am just reaching the stage where I will be able to turn this up several notches. The best is yet to come. I am now on my way to a different life.

My goal is next month to go on a solo backpacking overnight hike in the Green Swamp of several miles and camp out. I now know I  have the physical conditioning to do this. You have no idea how great his feels.

I am celebrating life!

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