Sunday, March 29, 2009

State of the blog/ger

So I guess it's getting on a year since I my last post. Insane how time flies. The hiatus was not intended but it happened and here I am logged into this thing for the first time in months. I would like to apologize about that and at the same time thank everybody for all of your support throughout this....well, whatever this is. I like the word "endeavor" but that sounds a bit much. This whole thing has been fun and I think it's high time we get back on the horse. I've had a few ideas floating around for a while now and some new stories to tell as well so let's see if we can make good on some promises.

In other news, you may have noticed the small advertisement that appeared here briefly. My thoughts on running ads have been stated before but I was approached with an offer I couldn't refuse. After 90 days, and presumably substantially less visits than the advertiser imagined, they chose not to renew the contract. If any other advertisers out there are interested in grossly overpaying me for a simple text ad shoot me an email, I am always willing to listen to your offers.

As far as the business is concerned, everything is way down for obvious reasons. I made the joke that Vegas isn't exactly the cure for being broke. My best guess is my personal numbers are down about 30% and I believe that to be as fare of a snapshot as to what's going on in the city as anything. That said this past weekend was one of the better weekends that I've had in a while and despite all the doom and gloom, I remain optimistic about our future. All this bullshit in the media has got everybody all riled up for no other reason than to further the agenda. As far as I'm concerned, the economy is more of a state of mind than it is anything actual. It's bad because we're told it is and we act our part.

As far as my personal life is concerned, well I guess I've never really discussed my personal life here now have I? I cant say I'm planning on starting now but that's not to say that it won't ever happen. I had planned on remaining largely anonymous but then again I've made some crucial errors along that path. Nonetheless I find it easier to be honest if nobody knows who I am. And if you want to know the truth, I also fear employer backlash. Once my driving days are are behind me, I might take that opportunity to give you the real low-down on how the cab business operates in this city. That wouldn't be such a good idea right now. Cab driving, and anonymity for that matter, are extremely volatile conditions.

Without being specific I will tell you that my time away from the cab is as enjoyable as it is worthwhile and you should know that I feel like I have a beautiful life. As cliche' as it may sound to just say "it's all in your mind", it just might be that simple. It makes more sense to focus on what you have as opposed to the opposite anyways. Doesn't it? In that vein the biggest news of late is that I'll be vacationing in the far east for a month and I'm leaving very soon. I'm very excited. Picture me buried in a mosh of bus tourists sporting UNLV gear, a digital camera, at least two brochures all while mispronouncing local landmarks and worrying that my Cabbie is taking me the long way. Talk about ultimate role reversals. And speaking of role reversals, I plan on hitting the ground running on this motherfucker after I get back.

Thanks for reading


Anonymous said...

Glad that you are back. I missed you while you were away. I've got you on Google Reader so I don't miss any posts. Enjoy your trip to the Far East. I hope that includes Japan.

Christina LMT said...

He's ALIVE!!!! *cue maniacal laughter and timely thunder crash*

Hope you have a fantastic vacation and that you have lots to blog about when you come back...:)

PTg0ldfish said...

About time! Welcome back. Enjoy your vacation and, see you on tour this summer ;p

NYC taxi photo said...

ahh, now that's better, some more good las vegas cabbie writing. I agree about the state of mind thing, only it's easier for a cabbie, we go where the iron is hot, so we're always looking for the positive and the potential in everyday. but to the people who've lost their job, it's a lot harder to change a bad state of mind, when they can't find a job.

enjoy the vacation!

Anonymous said...

You tease! I was very excited to read of your intention to post new articles, but to wait another month! Have fun.

BTW- My numbers are up 30%.

Anonymous, but no newbie

Anonymous said...

Looking forward to vacation stories and recommendations as well as the usual cabbie stuff. Safe travels.

SPRUNT said...

YAY! Glad to see you're back at it (or will be soon.)

I look forward to reading more about your adventures in cab driving, as well as your take on life in general.

I often think about your story about happening upon a wreck and everything that followed. It inspires me to be a "better" person. Even if it's little things like helping to pick up something that someone dropped, jumpstarting a car (if I have my cables), or even pulling over under an underpass so the cop doesn't get as wet (once, but it may have led to the warning instead of a ticket.)

You tend to make me think, and I like that.

But just to make sure you don't feel any pressure, I really like dick and fart jokes, too. :)

Anonymous said...

Thanks for updating, you had us worried. Looking forward to the next update.


Anonymous said...

Glad to see you back!

Anonymous said...

So glad to hear you are off on your adventure. I hope it brings some inspiration and some well deserved time away. I miss your words of wisdom and look forward to the day we can sit down and comment on life in person again.
Carry on

Anonymous said...

fluffhead says welcome back

Anonymous said...

Periodic checking seem to work, he IS alive

VegasTaxiDriverDotCom said...

Keep on posting. Give me some more to read. The natives are restless. Peace.