Acting a Fool, Street View Style
As a cab driver I spend A LOT of time on the road. I drive 5 days a week most of the time and that adds up to a lot of ground covered. Being a driver that likes to work the “residentials” in Vegas, I average 1000 miles a week just at work. That means I see a lot of things around town. Some are cool and others really get to me. But over the last few weeks I’ve been seeing one of those cool things over and over.
Over the last few weeks I guess it has been Las Vegas’ turn to get Google Street Views updated. This car has been popping up everywhere so I decided that the next time I see it, I’m going to start waving like a mad man in the hopes that I would make the cut. I was hoping to be on the “Street View” for the area if I do this. I kept seeing the car but by the time I turned to chase after it I either got a call or lost track of it.
Then the day came. The day I hope made all my hard work pay off. I was dropping off at a store on the eastside of town when I spotted it. They were going down a cul-de-sac. I had to rush my fare out and hurry to the light where they were coming out. I made it just as my light turned red.
This was it. It was my chance to take the stage. I tapped the horn as they started to go and began waving like a mad man. At this point I wasn’t sure if I would be shot by onlookers (I was on the east-side) or if they would call the cops on me but there was no going back. I want to be on google maps and damn it, I’ll try anything twice. So they pull down the street and I lose track of them. But the good news is that I was there, finally.
The next day I ran into them again. This time on the other end of town. So to not regret not trying again, I tapped the horn and once again the hands started waving. The guys in the car started to laugh and point. I took this as a sign that they liked me stalking them and were honored that I would go to these extremes to show gratitude for them giving me the Street Views I’ve come accustom to.
This interaction replayed another handful of times and I can just hope I’ve made the cut. So far, the views have not featured yours truly but here are a list of intersections that I hope will feature this Hack
Charleston @ Sacramento
Dean Martin @ Tropicana
Tropicana @ Maryland
Rancho @ Cheyenne
Rampart @ Charleston
So who knows, the next time you’re looking something up on Google Maps here in Las Vegas you may see this Hack acting a fool in the “Street View”.
If you want your chance to act a fool go here and find out if the Google car is in your city.