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I Love Award Shows

Posted in Driving Basics with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 20, 2012 by HackingVegas

I picked up a lady headed to church. She says she nearly 80 years old and this is her first time out of her home state of Iowa. I ask how she decided Las Vegas for her first trip? She says it was where her sister wanted to go for her 85th birthday. The small chat continues for a while then she asks the big question…

I asked my bellman what the AVN is I keep hearing about. He told me he didn’t know but to make sure and ask my next cabbie because you guys know everything. So what is it?

For those of you who don’t know but want to know more than I’m going to tell you, go ahead and click HERE for a safe link to Wikipedia that will fill you in.

Not knowing what to say to this 80-year-old on her way to church I simply said, it’s an award show they do in Las Vegas every year. Little did I know she LOVED award shows. She Started in on 20 questions.

What kind of award show is it?
Well, its like the Oscars but not….

Do you think I would still be able to buy tickets?
Um… I don’t know. But I don’t think you would want to go.

Why? I love award shows. I would love to see stars walking the red carpet.
Well Ma’am these are not the stars you’re thinking of. This award show is for adult entertainment not your normal movies.

She was still a little confused so I put it as blunt as possible without describing it to her.

“Ma’am this is a porn movie award show. The people there are getting awards for being in those type of movies.”

She was shocked and turned beet red, as did I. It felt like I just got done having this talk with my own grandma. The trip was almost done at this point but I was scared that she would keep asking so I simply turned the radio up as I pulled up to the church. I quickly jumped to open her door. As I helped her out she hands me the money and simply said “sorry”, as she quickly shuffles into the church.

I think this ride alone trumps all of the in cab break ups, fights and shady deals as one of the most awkward rides I’ve ever had…

Is It, Or Isn’t It

Posted in Driving Basics, Random Info with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 5, 2011 by HackingVegas

The economy really took its toll on this city. It started a few months after the rest of the country but once it hit jobs disappeared, businesses closed, and homes were lost. As far as worst hit cities, I think Las Vegas was on the top. In about a year and a half our population dropped about 500,000 and our unemployment jumped about as quick as our homeless. I realized that having the job I did was a blessing in disguise. The hardest part for my family and I was dealing with my income being cut nearly in half at one point. I kept reminding myself that it could be worse, at least I have a job and we have a roof over our head.

Over the last year it seems industries around the world are making a come back and traffic flow rose about 20% in Las Vegas. If our convention traffic is up then things must be doing well. But it wasn’t just the convention traffic, our tourist traffic was on the rise also. As our city started to shift back into gear we simply had to accept that the way we made money had to change. People were no longer coming to town to gamble and just toss their hard-earned money around, but were here doing things outside the casinos and making sure they are getting something for their money. It seemed to take a few weeks (maybe months) for some but the city shifted with the time and is moving forward. We’ve had two new properties open totaling 4 Hotels and 2 condo towers during the slump and while not pulling the numbers they may have hoped for, are doing well enough. Unfortunately, we still have some dirt lots and partly constructed properties out there. But all in all we are on the up swing, at least I think.

With traffic increasing and my income raising we are still hitting some massive bumps in the road that cause me too worry a bit. New Year’s Eve didn’t seem as busy as I thought it would be based on the months leading up to it. Thank god for “CES” a week later.That was a perfect start to what seemed to be another better year to come. Both “CES” and the “AVN” show’s drew better numbers than last year and hopes were high. “Concrete” and “SHOT” came to town and really boosted our hopes with record income days for me in the last two years. Even the week between shows I found ways to pull in good numbers and was coming at this last week with high hopes and not a bad thought in mind. This last week was WMC and I have a little secret that only a few of us drivers know about that brings in a ton of fares and high tips.

The show started and I pulled up to my little secret and loaded with in seconds. Sweet, we are off to a good start. I drop off and headed flew back to get my next fare. I pull in the parking lot only to see a bus in my way. I can’t see if there is any one needing a ride and I’m getting pissed now. I monuver around to the doors and see a ton of people standing there. I give the horn a tap and wave at them only to get blank stares in return. What are they waiting for? Why is my cab empty? WAIT! Why are they all getting on the bus? No one out there would talk to me, not even guys who I’ve been taking to this market for the last 4 years twice a year. I know they recognized me but wouldn’t even come close enough to the cab to give me the middle finger. After the last of the group got on the bus I pulled off mad as hell. Now what am I going to do?

I weave through downtown and notice all the cab lines are full and no one is moving. I then slither around the strip only to see long lines and angry drivers. After seeing the poor state on the strip I quickly pick up my radio mic and swipe the first open call. I talked to someone from my super secret location and found out that all the Vendors showing this year chipped in and got all the companies bus transportation to and from the show (about twice as many busses as normal). This was the way they were able to get the numbers for the show so high. The furniture industry is not doing so well and people are tightening the belts. All I have to say is good for them for finding a way to get people here, but a part of me curses them for taking all my fares.

Needless to say I spent the rest of WMC in the residentials.

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