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August 16, 2019

Uber vs Lyft – Our Review

It seems that the Uber software has issues when a member has more than one phone.  We exchanged emails for three weeks and my contention was that my I-Phone blew up and quit working so I could not use it to cancel my account.  Every time we tried a message that Uber was sending an email to my phone to confirm the phone number.  We kept saying we could not confirm because we could not use the phone.  So then we would get transferred to someone else and start the explaining all over again.  Finally we found the perfect solution; we created a Lyft account and started using Lyft.  We figured our Uber karma was used up and we needed to go with the Lyft karma we had available.

Around this area we though that most of the drivers worked for Uber and Lyft but we quickly found out that many only drive for Lyft.  We have had some amazing Lyft rides since we started.  One thing we noticed that when we his the tab to book a ride we have never waited more than two minutes to get a response as opposed to Uber where we sometimes waited more than 10 minutes and had several requests accepted and then canceled by the driver.  We even had the Uber driver call and ask where we were going and then cancel our ride.  We had one driver that picked us up and then threatened to drop us off before we complete the ride because he was late for an appointment.

Our last ride was amazing and because we believe that everything happens for a reason this one brought together Greg the driver, Paul and myself the passengers.  When it came to drop off Paul we asked the name of where he worked and he said “The Billion to One Genetic Test Laboratory” where they do blood tests on pregnant mothers that wish to see if there babies are doing well in the womb.” He said that after 10 weeks the babies DNA is in the mothers’ blood so they can test for abnormalities.  He said they can’t test for everything but they do test for the most common.  Then the diver said “I sure wish my step-daughter would have tested the babies blood when she got pregnant because she had twins born with Canavan Disease which is one of the more rare genetic diseases and the twins were even featured on TV.  Here is the link to see the story on ABC <<<< Concord Ca Twins with Canavan  >>>>>>

Greg continued that there isn’t a cure for the disease but two babies have had brain operations and one baby dies on the table and the others results are being held as private.  Greg asked Paul for his phone number and they exchanged numbers.  What are the odds that these two guys would meet and we were there to document the event.  Greg said he felt helpless but supported the babies as mush as possible. The twins are basically completely immobile and their life span is short.  The care is very expensive, but they all pitch-in and help the family.

We pray everyday for the twins and we ask all of you out there in cyberland to maybe send a prayer or two for the twins and the family.

In one of our resent post we mentioned that we had a cyst on our spine and were going to the Spine Dept. of Stanford for a consultation.  We did the consultation and found we had two cysts on our spine (cancer free) and saw the MRI image which shows a very healthy spine and the cysts are not interfering with any of the nerves. We don’t need an operation but we will be going for therapy to solve the “burning” sensation and pain in our hips when we exert ourselves.  Medication is another option, but only if therapy does not work.  Prior to therapy we are going for a test to check the circulation in our legs.  We had this test back in December last year and there was not a problem.  We are on a mission to get our legs stronger so we can travel to other countries like Bhutan.  We of course will be assisting by sending Reiki healing energy to the Lumbar section of our spine.

We wish to thank all of you for supporting our site and stopping by ro check out the posts.  The mass shootings in the last few weeks were very sad and we have been praying for the families of the victims.  We must stop this madness and we will work to get assault weapons of the streets.

We have nothing else to report except to say to all of you that you have the power to change the world and along with others we shall overcome the madness.  God bless all of you.

 

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July 26, 2019

New Journey – More Medical Stuff Found (No biggie)

A few weeks ago we were at an appointment with our Rheumatologist and we were telling het that our thighs feel like they are tingling and if we exert ourselves they feel like they are on fire.  She ask us what did we think was causing this?  We said “We guess the Ortho-Static Hypotension.”  She said, “No it’s not that.  It is something that has to do with your back. You better make an appointment with your primary care doctor, which we did right then.  We discussed the symptoms with our primary care doctor (We don’t put her name because she is awesome and she might get over-run with new patients that we could not get another appointment with her)  She scheduled an MRI and X-Ray of our lower back lumbar spine.  So off we went and when the day came went to get the MRI and X-ray.

We have not gone through an MRI for years and when we had to fill out the pre-exam form we remembered that it was loud and cramped.  Cramped being that they slide you into a long tube with ear plugs and several towels wrapped around your head covering your ears.  From what we understand that if you are uncomfortable in close places or you flat out have claustrophobia they can administer you something to relax you.  We don’t have that fear so we made a point to close our eyes and start a mindfulness meditation and when the noise began we became one with all the various sounds.  (Just so you know when you are fully in the tube your face is about two inches from the tube side).  Our test took twenty minutes and we meditated through the entire time and felt great when we got out.  Prior to the MRI we did get the x-ray and that took about 10 minutes.  He said to check in with your primary care doctor in a few days.

Sure enough because we have the Stanford My Health “AP” the test results came though there along with notes from our primary care doctor.  The results were “you have a cyst and some lower nerve compression.”  The results were sent to the ortho-spine doctors for further review.  They said that surgery would not be required but a consultation needs to be made to discuss the best way to proceed for a cure.  We have an appointment next week and part of the discussion will be if the cyst needs to be drained.  From what we understand there are non-invasive treatments for everything we have discussed so far.  (Just another opportunity on our journey )

The odd thing about this is when I told several friends many of them have the same symptoms and are seeing a doctor about them.  Some have tingling in lower calves or entire leg.  We did have severe cramping on our calves but we cure that with mindfulness mediation a long time ago.  We have started a series of intense meditations to heal the cyst and nerves by using meditations that rebuild cells back to when we were born.  We also do meditations that change our DNA to eliminate this “issue”.  Just three hours a day and we focus healing energy on the cyst and nerves for an hour and then our entire body from head to toe, and end with a cleaning of our aura.  We send long distance healing energy to many of our friends and now we will add ourselves to the “send”.

We have been following a site where we know we can get an upbeat felling every time we visit.  The site is authored by a teacher in Sweden and she has some really great comments. The Name of the site is “joypassiondesire” <<Click on name.  Here is the link to the meditation video we are listening to right this very moment.  < The You Tube Video we are listening to link   >

We have completely switched over to Lyft from Uber because of the Uber issue which they admitted they have issues with a client when the client has more than one phone.  We told them to cancel the other account and said we will be switching to Lyft.  So far Lyft is basically the same as Uber but we like the application better because it informs you every step of the way when your car is coming and it seems to be cheaper then Uber.  We will be reporting soon as we build some time on our rides.  By the way one of the “bitches” about Lyft is they are slow and if this was true then when we call for our last ride we hooked up in two minutes.  Slow?  We do not think so.

So my friends we hope all is great with all of you and we continue to send blessings to all of you.  You probably received some when we were in the MRI have our test.  They might have been loud so we apologize for the noise.  Thank you all for supporting our site and please take a minute to either hit the “like” button or subscribe. We welcome all.

We have nothing else to report except that we have started researching the trip to France and have added Italy, Norway, Sweden, and England.  We are still open to find a guide that knows all these countries.

April 9, 2018

Driver-less /Hands Free Vehicles Editorial

Filed under: Consumer — alaboutnothing @ 6:49 pm
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When I was driving for Uber driver-less cars was the subject of 50% of the conversations and out of that 50%, 80% would not use a driver-less car.  So its been discussed and this is our opinion.

A driver-less car is basically totally controlled by a “CPU” with special software, and the software is probably as complicated as we have ever seen.  Then the software controls a bunch of gadgets like gas pedal, brakes, and just about every other component that it takes to drive the car. Being an “EX” software developer that has written software for over 5 decades and some very complicated (Not like this) we can safely say “There is  no way in hell that this software can completely be tested.  The basic routines probably yes, but the little used routines probably got over-looked or not all the conceivable possibilities that can happen while driving a car are included.”

Just think about how many software AP’s, operating systems, etc. you use that have been around for years and they still get errors?  An error in a driver-less car could mean injury or worse to the passenger. The “CPU” may not know what to do on an error or might use the wrong routine to attempt a solution.

Juts think you might be in the back seat, rock & roll blasting the audio system, enjoying the ride going down 101 South and unknown to you there there is a car chase and the car being chased in Northbound in your lane , about a mile away in your lane, and coming head-on toward you at about 90 MPH.  So in less than a minute the two of you will meet.  You see the other cars going in your direction moving off to the left and right to avoid the oncoming car and then you see it about a 1/4 mile away, coming fast.  You notice the “CPU” has not done anything except flash a warning on the overhead message center that it’s having a problem that it does not know what to do.  Comforting huh?  You thought about jumping in the front seat and take control, but it’s to late.  You can only hope that the car coming at you is going to veer around you but at the last second you see that driver is looking back at the chasing police cars, not at you and “BOOM!”.

You might survive, but if you find yourself floating about a hundred feet over the crash site and you look down and see the driver-less car in about a million and one pieces, and notice there are angels on each side of you guiding upwards, then you probably did not make it.  We you get to the Pearly Gates you see a huge sign, “Driver-less Car victims go to the right and follow the arrows to the processing center.  Everyone else come right in, your party has started.”  When you get to the “Processing Center” you find out that because you died in the hands of a computer/software they did not know you were coming and on their books you had another 80 years to live.  So now they are scrambling for somewhere to put you and because of the outer thousands of souls in your line, it turns out that the Devil is taking the overflow in holding for 30 days and then you will be processed.

So we are taking a humorous look at this, but think about it.  When you get in or use a driver-less car, you have no idea how it functions or what you need to do if it malfunctions.  When you get in that car you are now a “Test Rat” and you are paying to be a “Test at”.  If you have ever driven you know that things come up that even surprised you.  The “chases” example above actually happened to us in Southern California in the mid eighties and the stolen car was a truck driven by a young kid.  When we saw the helicopter, we moved along with everyone else to the side of the road.  The driver-less cars stayed in their lanes. (There were none).

There is another worry is these vehicles use a electronic (GPS) map,  and the map might be wrong.  Example is when I was driving for Uber I was taking three students from Menlo College to China Town and when we were getting close, we came to a stop light.  The “map” said “Go straight a mile and then turn left.”  I showed this to the passengers because looking out the front window we saw that the road went about 1/2 mile and there was a six foot hight brick wall completely across the street blocking all traffic.  You have to ask yourself, “Would a driver-less car noticed?” Of course, the speed limit was only 35 MPH so a minimum of damage would have been done, but hopefully when the car got near it would do a U-Turn and continue on another way.  BUT you being a “Test Rat” don’t know for sure do you?

The only time this soul would get in a driver-less car is if a confirmed report has a comet coming toward Earth and a confirmed report that the comet is going to destroy the Earth, we would take driver-less car to the nearest bar and get really, really drunk. (If we made it that far).

We have nothing else to report and we thank you all for stopping by.  God bless all of you and have a great week,  We think the POTUS should be the first one to use a driver-less car to prove they are safe.

December 24, 2016

My Uber Journey Journal Entry – Christmas 2016

Filed under: UBER Journey — alaboutnothing @ 8:44 pm
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uber_chopperIt’s finally here, Christmas 2016 and we would like to send out holiday greetings and many blessings to all of our friends and we are happy to include all the Uber riders we have had the honor to serve in the last few months.  It sure has been a journey and we are enjoying every moment and we hope they are also enjoying.

It’s been busy the last few weeks with the holiday parties and travel to places all over the world.

UBER News Flash —  A Toyota Prius was seen and tracked doing 67 MPH in a 65 MPH speed zone!  Yes, I could hardly believe my eyes when I look at me odometer and saw the Prius was 2 MPH faster than the speed limit.  I then checked the plates and found them to be from Canada.  Aha!  I waved as I passed them and thought “Maybe 60 liters per kilometer is doable by Canadians.”

We are still surprised by the riders we pick up and how up-beat everyone is.  The conversations are always a learning experience and no matter what age, it’s always an exchange of ideas and culture.  One common subject of conversation lately has been the “Driver-less” cars.  Since California is demanding Uber get the proper permits and such, Uber has decided to go elsewhere for testing.  We still see the Google cars on the roadways, so they must have complied.  So far the common agreement by many passengers is that they would not want to ride in one yet, even with a driver along just in case.  Most do agree that using “Driverless” semi-trucks across the countries roadways is a great ides, but cars not yet.  The conflict is mainly that mixing driverless cars and cars with drivers is like mixing oil and water.

Uber Newbie Alert — Recently we have heard rumors that there are actually people who don’t understand how the Uber experience works.  Yes, I was shocked too, and then I experienced a call for a ride by an Uber “Newbie”.  Here is what happened – I received a pick up alert and when I accepted I saw that the pick was at Rosewood Hotel a place we pick up riders often.  So I was about 5 miles away at the Stanford Mall and we headed toward Sand Hill road on my way for the pickup, when my phone rang.  I pulled over to answer and when I said “Hello”, I immediately heard “Where are you?” No identification, but the voice sounded like a friend of mine so I said, “At the Stanford Mall on my way to a pick up”.  Then I heard, “How come you are not here and when will you be here?”  I was now confused so I said, “Who is this?”.  The answer was, “Ms Chou and I am waiting at the Rosewood Hotel and you should have been here by now!”  Then she asked “How long until you get here?” I said, “About 10 to 15 minutes depending on the traffic.”  I added that I just received the pickup notice about 20 seconds ago and I was now on my way.  Then she said again, “You should be here now and I don’t want to wait that long so I am going to cancel and call someone else.”  I said, “Okay, that is your choice and the only way I can get there now is to call Scottie from Star-Trek” and have him beam over, but that is an extra fee.” (DUH).  15 minutes later I get another pickup alert for Ms Chou and accept it, knowing that a phone call was imminent and sure enough here she was again.  She said, “Why did you accept this ride request?”  I said, because if I did not it would go on my Uber record as a cancellation and I did not want that to happen.”  She then said, “Just turn off your phone.”  I said, “You should know that you are not the only person in the universe using Uber and I was waiting for the next trip.” She then hung up.  (Probably called Lyft or a cab)

** Uber-Up  — So to Ms Chou (And any other Uber newbie) I dedicate how to Use the Uber APP instructions once you send the request.  Just know that an Uber driver will be receiving the request for pick up and you can see at the lower right of your screen how  many minutes away the driver is and this will update as the driver get closer.  Also when the drive arrives you will be notified that he/she/it has arrived and is waiting.  You have 2 minutes to confirm, and if you don’t the driver has the option to cancel.  That’s it!  You don’t need to be a rocket scientist and 99.9999% of the population has figured this out, and now you know also.

Something I have on order is a dash-cam.  I want to capture the “I own that real-estate lane changers” on video and then post on here.  I have also seen a few close call accidents and figured that if I had one on video it might help the police is solving the case.  Once I was stopped at a red light and a car from behind me swerved around me and sped away through a busy intersection.  I was amazed no one hit him/her/it as they went through and down the street.  So when I get it installed I will be posting some test videos.

We have nothing at add except “Happy Holidays to all and to all a good night!”

** Update – Our new catch phrase will be “Uber-Up” for people who have not used Uber.

December 5, 2016

My Uber Journey — The Start

uber_logoWe are back and loaded with about a thousand pounds (hash tags) of notes starting a new phase of AAN posts.

About three months ago we started driving for Uber.  At first we were a bit fearful about it because throughout entire career (50+ years) we were software developers and manual labor was not part of the job description, so we researched it until we found everything we needed.  One of our limitations was we did not own car that could be used, but then we found a way to lease a car from Uber, and overall it’s a great deal.  (Limitation eliminated).  We won’t go into details because we don’t know if this option is in all the cities across the US.  You need to check in your area.

Once we decided to go ahead everything simply fell in place in just a few days.  When it came time to go get the car, we did an Uber ride and the guy (Old friend) who picked me up had been doing Uber for 3 years so we chatted the entire way and he gave me some great tips.  We used his driver id as a referral so when I hit me 100 ride we both got a great bonus.  It was funny, because just when I completed my 100th passenger ride within a few minutes he called me.  We weren’t keeping count so it was a surprise.  The 1st words we heard were “I am dancing around my chair because you just completed 100 rides!”  I laughed and said “Wow, already!” Sure enough my bonus had been deposited.  I said, “We need to meet and celebrate at Starbuck’s in a few days.” (We did).

Once we picked the car and signed the paperwork we were on our way to an awesome experience.  We call it a journey because this feels like a new part of our life, a life extension so to say.  One of the parts of being a software developer the last 10 years was that we mainly worked from home over the web.  It is convenient, but the part of doing software for me is the people contact not only solving issues by coding.  (The phone is not the same a face to face).

So this was the main reason that got us past our fear, and when we completed the 1st pick-up and drop-off, the fear disappeared in a heart beat.  We knew this is exactly what I will be doing for a long time to come.

Here we are in the San Francisco Bay area where Facebook HQ, Google HQ, Apple HQ, Uber HQ, and about a zillion other “.com” companies reside and of course Stanford University.  Then there is the diversity of people from all over the world coming to visit and to live or go to school.  Yes folks, this is an awesome journey.  I can only quote Emma from New Zealand who was visiting her daughter on her way back home.  She said “This is an exchange in cultures and a sharing of ideas between people of the world.”  (She nailed it)  It’s a matter of talking directly to another human, not via text, but with eye contact and feeling and sharing our energy.  Of course many things we share are common, but the uniqueness is the icing on the cake.

We plan to document my Uber journey with observations I make along the way.  For example Uber does not push for rider’s tips on a completed ride, but we once picked up a Stanford Student at Trader Joe’s and when we dropped her off she gave me a banana as a tip.  Know what?  We were hungry so we peeled it right there and started eating it as we thanked her.

So now when we start my day we get in the car and take a few deep breaths and think. “Who are we going to meet today and what new places will we be discovering?”  It is always a surprise we must say.

We would suggest to you all out there in cyberland that if you enjoy people, have some rime on your hands, that instead of becoming a couch potato try out Uber or at least research it and see if it fits you.  If you decide to do it please use my driver Id. as a reference (5ZZEQH3UUE) when you fill out the online application.  We will both share a nice bonus when you complete your 100 trips.

We have read some “bad” things about Uber, but in my opinion it’s great.  Not perfect, but they always updating the driver application, and their support has been very good.  What they do need is some formal online training.  There are some U-Tube video’s that are okay, but we would suggest maybe in the major cities a one day seminar covering how the “ap” works and answering questions.  We am still finding new stuff.

We have nothing to ad at this time but maybe someday you will visit the Bay are and when you do an Uber ride we will pick you up.  If any of you have a question please leaves a comment and we will get back to you.

 

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