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What’s EDC Las Vegas

Posted in Driving Basics with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 11, 2011 by HackingVegas

Vegas gets all kinds of events throughout the year. This year we were lucky enough to get Electric Daisy Carnival for the first time ever. This 3 day event brings the worlds best DJ’s together for a party that filled the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Inside you found everything from carnival rides to lighting and fire effects that goes to the music energizing around 80,000 people a night. Here’s a look inside the party courtesy of Erik Kabik (@erik_kabik) of the Las Vegas office for Retna and a couple from Robin Leach ( @Robin_Leach) and DJ KATarina (@DJ_KATarina) one of the many kickass DJ’s at the party.

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I don’t know about you but that looks like a blast. Luckily this event signed a 5 year contract and even our great Mayor Oscar Goodman declared that week “Electric Daisy  Carnival Week”. So it looks like this party is here to stay and Ill be sharing a few of my stories coming up

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.

Drugs or Plant Food

Posted in Drugs with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 30, 2010 by HackingVegas

Over the years I’ve met people from all over the world and have found that you can’t always judge a book by its cover, well almost. I recently picked up a local from his condo who was in a hurry to get to his new store that had just opened. He got in the cab looking high as all hell but not smelling like weed, which about 3/4 of the people I take to work do.  He started talking up this new business he had started and bragged about how he’s “found a way around the system”.  He started telling me how all types of people, from cops to day-workers, have found out about this and have come in for help. He said that he’s the third store to open here in Las Vegas and he hopes to grow fast before the laws change. He also made it clear to me that if the laws can change, so can his ingredients. His store sells “Plant Food” so he says at first.

He started in on me by asking how often I’m asked for drugs. I tell him that as a day driver not too often. Mainly the night drivers are hit up for that. Day drivers mainly get asked about weed and that’s few and far between.  He then started discussing how  he needed to get us (cabbies) to help advertise and distribute for him, yes distribute, and no this really isn’t “plant food”.  I tried to explain that I don’t know too many driver that would do this due to the fact that we would never be able to drive in Las Vegas again if we got busted.  Once again, he started in on the legal side of things and explained how he got his store. The “plant food” is clearly marked that it’s not for human consumption.   It is sold as “plant food”. Oh what the hell- I almost have him to his store and I’m not going to win in this discussion, so I decided to just sit and listen.  When we got to the store  he handed me a baggy and two small jars.  He urged me to take a look, try it out, and let him know what I thought. I drive off trying to figure out what I’m going to do with this shit.  I call my wife and she says I should just dump them. So I did. 

 The next day, I found it odd that I picked up a group who started talking about this stuff. They were making fun of the guy who was trying to sell it. They said he looked “fried” and yet was trying to say it has no lasting effects and is 100% legal.  They had some of the same thoughts I did which was it was BULLSHIT. So I dropped them off and get myself a radio call for a condo pick up.  I start that way and find out it’s the same guy from yesterday, the “fried guy”! This happens all the time. I have a few regulars now because I try to work the same parts of town. 

I picked him up and took him back to work. He fills me in on more info about the “Spice” (that’s what they are calling it).  He told me more about the samples he had given me, what they do and how he gets the word out. I hear about how he goes to the clubs to sell and spread the word and once again how it’s “legal” because its “plant food”.  I listen to it all and wonder how long this new shit will last before we’ll start hearing about it on the news. The samples he gave me were “Spice”, “XTC”, and something similar to cocaine with a chemical compound on it “GBL” and”BZP”.

I decided to look it up and figure out whats really going into this stuff, you know the “plant food”. “Spice” aka legal weed,K2, or JWH-018  are a few ways it’s known, depending on where you get it and whats in it. I had a hard time getting a true answer on the web as to what it really is, but everything I saw was out of Germany and had to do with chemical compounds and labs. XTC was mainly a Chinese herb, Ephedrine, and caffeine.  The Cocaine was Cinnamon, Wasabi, and VERY HIGH levels of Caffeine (one small pill had more than 3 time the caffeine of any coffee or energy drink).

So basically think about the crap going into your body. I’m all for legalizing “real weed” (you know the shit you grow, not chemicaly engineer) because it is natural and it really isn’t worse than drinking. But, I have a hard time getting on board with these things that are made in a lab. And don’t forget, they have to sell it as “plant food”.  So be carefull while out there and have fun.

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