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Keeping My Positive Attitude

As I wrote in my last article, I am trying to keep a positive attitude. This was clear a few weeks back. It was a busy weekend so I decided to work both of my days off, Thursday and Friday. It also shows, even when tough things happen, there are ways to look at the situation in a positive way or to find something positive. On both those days, I put over $300 on the meter, which I had never done before. As I left the...

Having a Positive Attitude

This morning, Thursday, my day off, I went to Starbucks for coffee, their cranberry and orange scone and to work on this article. Just as I booted my laptop, I struck a conversation with a lady at the next table. She was from northern Nevada and was here on business. While talking of our life’s situation, she commented on the fact I was very upbeat and looked happy and content even though I was a taxi driver and just...

My Life Las Vegas

Some comments have asked about my life in Las Vegas. I have mentioned in a past article that I moved out of the house of the people who invited me to come back and am in my own apartment. Furnishing it was a two stop shopping trip. I bought my bedroom furniture at a hotel liquidator furniture warehouse and my living room set from a furniture store. I was also lucky to have made a friend from the new hire class who is...

My New Experiences as a Taxi Driver

It is getting difficult to keep up with new articles about my life but I will do my best and appreciate all that keeps coming back and looking for new articles. I am still working and doing ok. I had my 90-day review and had good comments. I amnow off probationary status. This is because I am keeping close or above the “Average.” A driver who is below 15% of the average can be fired. I am usually within 1%. I have...

Almost Three Months in Las Vegas

Again I need to apologize to all my visitors for being lax in updating but I have been busy. First I have been working the long 12 hour shifts. Originally I worked Saturday and Sundays on the North-North shift and then Monday through Wednesday on “Extra Board.” Extra Board is where you are not assigned to a shift and you wait to see if someone who called in sick, quit or had a day off and you work their shift for...

Progress in the Spousal Visa Saga

As I had mentioned, I had mailed in the Application for Elena’s Spousal Visa. Well last week I received notice it was received and now to enter the process of review. Once I received this notice, I contacted all the Senators and Congressmen in Nevada for assistance and also contacted the Senator in Florida that assisted me in the past. So far, I have not received any reply from any of them. In addition, last week...

The In’s and Out’s of a Taxi Driver

There were some comments trying to understand how and what a taxi driver pays and earns driving in Las Vegas. In addition, comments about tipping and what amount should be given in a tip. I will try to explain as the best I can. Of all the different companies in the Valley, some are individually owned and some companies have a few taxi company names under one ownership. The costs and benefits vary per company but...

First Week Driving a Taxi in Las Vegas

First, I need to apologize for the delays of my writings here, but as you will see, the hours are not beneficial to having much of a life until I get a better shift. I will try to do my best to better chronicle my life in a timelier manner. Well, after all the paper work, drug screening, physical, studying, testing, training, I am finally a Taxi Driver.  My schedule is Saturday through Wednesday from 4:00 am to 4:00...

A Sign of Kindness – School Supplies for “My...

In the past, I wrote about a friend of mine, Tom Martin. Tom also comments here every so often. He is also known as Father Tom since he is a retired priest. For all the time I have known Tom, he has always wanted to help people and families in a charitable way. He gives of his heart, soul and pocket and most of the time, what he gets back is hurt. He has been insulted when he gives and gives and then when he offers...

Expats in Davao

Here is another article from Rob, also known as m60man. He is very good at expressing his views and I thank him for assisting me in keeping this site with writings about Davao. Thank you Jon. I just read Tom Martin’s post and his last comment rang true to me as well. Bruce met my wife and me for lunch before he left for Vegas. We chatted about many things. He was a little upset due to some expats comments, and...