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Lines, Lines, and More Lines

Posted in Driving Basics, Random Info, Road Rage with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 12, 2011 by HackingVegas

This week has been a tough one. We have the National Broadcasting Association in town which brings a lot of people out here. For some reason once again the Taxi Authority approved way too many extra cabs for this event. The cab stands are long as hell and a lot of drivers are making between $100-$150 less then they do on a normal non-convention day. I have gone up and down the strip a few times this week and all I see are line, lines, and more lines. Its for this reason why I’m glad I work the north end of town a lot.

It’s now Tuesday and I stumble into work to this.



I guess the largest company in town can’t afford a computer system that doesn’t crash all the time or freeze. They are hand writing our trip sheets which is taking forever. I had enough time to write this and could’ve re-written it about 5 times. Total wait time: 30 mins. Normal wait time 30 seconds to 3 mins.


Undercover Boss?

Posted in Driving Basics with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 23, 2011 by HackingVegas

I watch the show “Undercover Boss ” all the time. It’s about CEO’s finding out what’s going on in their company and seeing what they can do to help. The sad thing is that this actually needs to happen to get company heads in sync with their company. I’ve worked for many companies over the years and some keep employee morale in mind while others only care about the bottom line and don’t mind unhappy employees. You can run a succesful company either way, but Google and many other fast growing multi-billion dollar companies didn’t do it by not caring about who got them there. So with that said, It was nice to take a CEO shopping for his employees.

This last week we had the “World Of Concrete” convention in town and it’s a big one. They estimate having about 70,000 people coming this year (up from 40,000 last year and down from 110,000 the years prior). These are a bunch of guys and gals who come to town to handle their business, but most of all have a good time. They are one of a few groups that know how to party. So when I picked up from the Wynn and was told to take him shopping for his guests, I was shocked to hear the full story.

Come to find out, this guy was the CEO of a small company that makes a ton of money making parts for some concrete machines. He comes to this convention every year to meet clients and set up new accounts. The part I thought was really cool was when he told me that he was shopping for the families of his employees who are coming out. See, he flies all 20 of his employees and their families to Vegas every year at the same time of the convention. They don’t have to work or even worry about it. They just come out here knowing that the shop is shut down and they can just have fun. The CEO pays for the whole trip. And yes, if the single guys want to go to the clubs he takes care of it. If the family men want to take their kids on a helicopter flight over the Grand Canyon, he pays for it. Everything is covered 100% and he just asks that they don’t get in too much trouble and they make it back to work the next week. I couldn’t believe it and thought this may have been just another story that I hear all the time from guys trying to sound better off then they really are. But when I pulled back up to the Wynn and I opened the door of the van I was driving,  the bellman said,:

Bellman: Hi Mr……. Welcome back. Do you want this to your room or one of the others?

Mr.: You can take it to my mom’s room she’s going to help me put the bags together.

Bellman: No Problem, when is everyone else showing up?

Mr.: Later tonight, so if you can help me get in their rooms later so they have everything when the get here that would be great.

Bellman: Of course you have the 22nd floor right?

HOLY SHIT! (I’m thinking to myself)

This guy booked an entire floor at the Wynn and is paying for everything. Now that’s a boss! I know that not every company can do that but this guy could, and is. In my opinion, a little goes a long way and your employees know how the company is doing for the most part. I still remember the Christmas party the owner of a coffee shop through for us back in the day. He had a good year and rewarded us with a little party and gifts to show he knows who did it for him.

Someone Hates CES

Posted in Driving Basics with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 7, 2011 by HackingVegas

Yesterday was a day for the record books.  It was the start of CES (Consumer Electronic Show). The day started liked any other with thousands of cabs driving like mad trying to get everyone where they needed to be, knowing that they have 120,000 people all needing to get to the same 3 places all at the same time. It’s hard but we seem to do pretty good. The cabs almost feel like they are on auto pilot or just a well oiled machine. Little did we know the good times were about to come to a screeching halt. At about 8 am I see security at the Wynn Las Vegas running out with foam. They start pouring it all over the liquid on the sidewalk. I then hear sirens everywhere and Metro Police is CLOSING THE STRIP!!!!! Well SHIT, that’s the last thing we need. They close about a 1/4 mile right at the main artery leading to the convention center where CES is due to a chemical spill at the entrance of the Wynn.  Traffic backs up everywhere around the closure and the cabs all start to our back roads. Next I hear that another artery going to the convention center is now closed to one lane due to a car crash. We are now down to only 2 of 4 ways to approach the convention.  Drivers start talking about the airport having about 5,000 people needing cabs. So like a colony of ants, we all turn towards the airport and prepare to attack. I’m about 1/8 mile from the airport when I hear about an overturned car going into the airport and we are told we need to approach from the south end only. SHIT X3.  They always say that things tend to happen in 3’s, so knowing that the worst is over and it’s just a waiting game for everything to re-open I do an about-face. I haul ass to the residential parts of Vegas and hide until the all clear is called.

What a way to kick off the busiest weekend of the year. Is this just a sign of whats to come in the new year of better attended conventions? Lets hope not or I may become a much crankier Hack.

News Clip Covering the spill

Happy New Year

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