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