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April 24, 2018

Belief System / Daily Hints / Daily Challenges

There are events that are everyday occurrences, some we consider negative or an aggravation to you, which eliminates you ever getting to a peaceful life.  We have experienced everything that we are going to describe and we will continue to only describe our experiences.  This is why we all are on this planet!

Way back when we lived in Indiana and working as a software developer we spent a lot of our time driving.  Good old Illinois Toll Road and I-94 were our friends.  There was always a day when we were in a hurry and low and behold there was a traffic jam.  So we would sit there looking at our watch, rolling down our window to try and see what’s ahead, flipping radio channels to see if the reason was there.  In short, getting aggravated waiting.  Prior to getting on the road we happen to be reading one of Marianne Williamson’s books that actually mentioned waiting in line and her suggestion as to how better deal with it.  So here we are and we take three slow deep breaths, relaxing with each breath.  We actually felt relaxed and then we thought “The only big hurry is in our mind.  We will get to where we are going when we get there. Let’s take this time to enjoy these moments and besides, we don’t know the cause of the traffic so why attempt to run every possible cause of traffic jams through your head?  Why not relax and clear your head with a quick meditation, of course stay alert to the traffic because we don’t want to be the cause of people behind us going trough massive aggravations because of our fender bender.  We changed the radio to some rock and roll (Yes we sometimes meditate to classic rock and roll) and enjoyed.  Sure enough, the traffic started moving, showily at first, the up to the limit.  To this day we do the same process except when we see the traffic ahead we send the intention to the “traffic angels” to possibly get the traffic going soon.  Of course, if we get “stuck”, we accept it and enjoy the time until we are motoring along.  This also applies to the people at the other end where we are going.  If someone is late, so be it.  You have no idea why they are late and here is a phrase we use often, “Is the world going to end if….” they don’t show up, we don’t get there quick?  Add what you choose and we find it to be a good alert to pondering the answer depending on the event.

So then when the traffic gets moving we motor along watching the people speed because they think the world is going to end if they don’t get to their destination.  Then some guy cuts you off.  He swerves from the right lane moving to the left missing you by inches and ends up in the far left lane.  Normally we would imaging a mushroom cloud above our head because of the explosion of profanities coming out of our mouth and going into max aggravation mode for several minutes.  This was also in Marianne’s book and we use it all the time.  When we get cut off we say out load “God Bless you!”, “Great job of driving!” That’s it.  No profanity. No aggravation for several minutes. It’s done, let’s move on.

See, in just two examples we have removed many minutes’ even hours of aggravation that we would normally bring on ourselves.  Sometimes we dwell on a simple “cut of” for several hours.  It’s all about changing our thoughts and responses to make a more peaceful and happy life for ourselves.  Remember if you’re on RT 101 going north to San Francisco and you get cut off by an Uber driver with a passenger that has white hair and a pony-tail be sure to send blessings to the driver and passenger.

Link to Marianne Williamson Bio (Click on link)

There are also the daily surprises where something doesn’t go the way you expected, like someone was suppose to pick you up and did not show up or they are late.  We used to freak out similar to when someone “cut” us off.  Now first of all we don’t expect anything.  This way if it doesn’t happen then there is no disappointment and if something happens then we welcome it.  Now instead of “freaking out” we welcome the opportunity to create a solution and thank The Universe.  We know The Universe will show us the solution and because we have a clear head, we will know it immediately.  Here is an example that happened a few weeks ago:

We were leaving our doctor appointment and we could not get an Uber signal.  We tried several times and then we moved closer to the parking lot.  Then we called a friend and as we were talking a lady passing by asked “Where are you going?  Maybe I can give you a ride?”.  We told her and she said she wasn’t going that way.  We thanked her and said “God Bless you and have a great day.”  Still taking with our friend, the Uber Signal appeared (10 seconds later), so we hung up and did our Uber Booking.  Here is something else we do and that is when we book an Uber ride we always look forward to enjoying meeting the driver and because we usually ride “pool”, picking up a passenger along the way.  Juts last week we were “Ubering” and we were telling the driver that we were planning a trip to Mount Shasta this summer.  He asked why, and we said “Because it’s a energy vortex area and we plan to do some meditations there and enjoy the energy”.  He looked at us and smiled and said, “I have been looking for a place just like that sine I came to this country.” He immediately wrote the name and said, “I will go there for a day.  Do you want to go with me?”  We said, “Thank you, but we plan to stay longer”.  The point here being, we shared and connected with the driver.  Give sharing with others a shot (“try” is not a word in our vocabulary).  We guarantee you will be surprised.

We have nothing to add at this time. (To be continued)

Message to visitors:

We admit were hesitant in doing posts about our Belief System and now that we started, we received hundreds of likes, hits, and many new subscribers.  We now know why we started this series and it came to us recently.  In my post about my Near Death Experience, when we were on the other-side and it was so peaceful and calm, and that voice said “We are sending you back, you have many things to complete in your lifetime before you come back here.”  I did beg to stay there, but here we are and we truly believe this is one of the things the voice was talking about.  God Bless every one of you and thank you for allowing our words to be part of you.

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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.

February 16, 2018

Following Dreams continued

This post is dedicated to Uber Drivers Edgar and Luizpaulo, passenger Charles/Albert, the young lady I met in the 401 Quarry lobby with the green hair, and Erin (Awesome), all of these people I had an awesome conversation with.  Well, not the green haired young lady, all I said to her was “Great hair color!”.  I need to ask Edgar if he assisted that young lady that looked like she was needing a ride when he drooped me off?

So the conversation was “Following Dreams”, and “Meditation”.  We all shared our experiences and had a good time.  I learned from each and they all seem to be following their dreams.  This is what I believe life is all about and I talk about it all the time.  The “Face-to-face” meeting people and having a good time is the best medicine.  With the deluge of information in this day and age is sometimes overwhelming to others and meeting people and sharing that it the same for everyone seems to lift the stress off and we feel like we are part of something bigger.

Meditation is a great way to ease stress, but I believe that once we master that, the next challenge is to find out what is causing the stress and learn how to remove the cause from our lives.  This is where I go with my meditations, not only for stress, but for everything in my life that I feel negative energy.  First I meditate to keep my head clear and that way when something comes along that “does feel right” I notice and make a mental note to ponder what happen and how to handle the experience next time.  With a clear head I also notice the positive experiences that get my attention and I thank the Universe for all that they do and share the feeling with everyone.  The point is to notice, and the way to get to that point is to meditate.

I start my day immediately when I get out of bed with a this morning meditation “Morning meditation” that is nine minutes and you can just listen or go about your morning duties.  I grab a cup of coffee and then close my eyes, take three deep breaths, and relax for a few minutes to decide which of the meditations I have saved to listen to.  Maybe its something I have been pondering or I have several clearing negative energy video meditations saved.  Because I am in touch with Chakra’s being a Reiki Healer, I have some awesome video meditations saved and I make sure to keep my Chakra’s in balance.  Then because I believe we can cure some of our aches and pains I have some video meditations that are for healing myself at the DNA level, cell level, and body in general.  Sometimes I randomly pick one, it depends on what the moment holds.

I subscribe to “Meditative Mind” on You Tube and when I get a new video meditation each day if it “rings positive” I make sure to send it out to my friends that I have on a phone list and send out the link via “Message”.  (Note to self – automate)

When I talk to some of my friends about meditation some say that “I don’t have the time.” Then I say, “choose to have the time.” When they say that they will not have the time because the ego will make sure they don’t have the time and they they will be right.  When they “choose” the are making a contract with themselves to complete the task.  Words are important, especially when we are talking to ourself.  Another word is “Try”, replace with “Choose”, or “I will”.   Many self-help books discuss these actions.

When I look at my book library I see the progression of my journey as I have read various books in the order of my growth.  Of course there have been highs and lows.  I am grateful for both the highs and lows.  The lows are opportunities to learn and grow. There have been times we have faced the fear and found the other-side to be slam dunk awesome.  Something I have learned is when something amazing comes my way we make sure to mentally send the energy out to everyone that is and every will be.

When we go out and about our intention is for a party to break out with whomever we interact with, even if it just a smile and a wave. Have fun with it and enjoy.

We have nothing to add except to thank everyone for the positive energy yesterday and hopefully the Ubers guys got some great tips.

February 14, 2018

Following Your Dream and more

Filed under: General Nothing — alaboutnothing @ 1:34 pm
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We are dedicating this post to Vanessa, the Uber driver that brought us home yesterday and something we discussed inspired this post.  If you know a Vanessa from the West Bay that drives for Uber, call her to and tell her to come and read this post.  Also thank her for the inspiration.

Because I believe that everyone is living their dream I often ask so we asked Vanessa because she was saying how much she liked driving for Uber.  When we drove for Uber we loved it also because of the flexible hours giving us the freedom to work when we wanted to.  When we asked Vanessa she said “I am actually an accountant but I did not like the confines of working in an office.  I want to travel the world and experience new things.”  Then she said “I guess I should get a normal job”.  This was probably coming from someone in her life that is telling her what they want her to do.  These are the people who live life projecting their opinions toward you.  Many think they are helping you, but what they are really doing is pushing the opinion of their own needs onto you. So her dream is to travel the world and we said “Go for it!”  Find someplace that promotes employees traveling of create your own business where you would be, for example, a traveling accountant. Of coursed we get a hesitation, which is usually the reaction because we have created a new idea for them to pursue.  When we exited the car we said “For you Vanessa we will ask the Universe to help you find a way you can pursue your dream.”  This adds energy to the new idea and our energy along with hers is starting the process.  This is why we meditate.  Meditation clears our mind so that when we send a request out to the Universe we are clear and when the answer comes we see it. Or if we send a request out on behalf of someone else it gets attention.  It’s like praying, which is actually meditation when you’re focused.  We believe that if she is ready the request will come her way, and even if she is not ready, it will be fulfilled when she is ready.

So what’s our experience is following dreams?  We have followed our dreams from the day we were born.  We have lived a blessed life and we thank the Universe everyday.  In the area of the country where we grew up the steel mills employed most people.  All my friends went to the mills to work and the money was good.  But my Dad said to me that in twenty years this area will be all hi tech so pursue the computer stuff you like so much and we did.  My Dad being an Aquarius always seem to know what the future held and 20 years later that area is now high tech.  We worked 50 years as a software developer and loved every moment.  There were times we loved it so mush that we probably would have worked for free, but did not mention that to the client.  We also traveled to hundreds of cities in the U.S. throughout our career meeting and met awesome people everywhere, not only at the client, but other travelers. We get happy just thinking about some of our adventures like helping a older lady get home to Travers City and her family. The flight from San Jose, CA to Detroit and then on to Traverse City, but when we landed at Detroit the airport was closed because of thunderstorms.  She was supposed to be escorted by airline employees but we saw her wandering around with no one in sight so we went over and took her to the airline desk.  The lady behind the desk asked me to please take charge because her escorts were not available.  I said “Of course” and the airline booked us in to a local Marriot and set us up for the first flight out the next morning.  We had a car take us to the hotel where I told the desk what the circumstances were so that calls to the older ladies room would transfer to me.  I call the family in Traverse City and informed they what was going on.  The next day we had a free breakfast and a car took up to the airport where we caught the next flight out.  Upon arrival we “delivered” her to the family who was full of thanks and I went on my way.  About a month later I received a letter from Northwest Airlines say that the family thought I was an airline employee and they were impressed that we took it upon ourselves to take care of their mom.  (She looked exactly like our grandma so we could not resist).  The airline gave the family a full refund and they gave me a ticket to fly round trip anywhere in the world they serviced.  Stuff like this happened often and every time we boarded an airplane if the seat next to us was vacant, we thought “This seat is reserved for someone special”.

As a footnote when we refer to the “Universe” we believe that everything that is and ever was is connected. So you might say God because it’s what you believe in and we honor all.  The point is we are all here to help each other get though this life and all the other lives.  (Smile)  Yes, we believe in reincarnation. J

So far we have lived and loved every moment and even after we retired and now we are continue meeting amazing people in a place where we love and thrive.  If we can help someone get to live their dream then we get brownie points with the Universe. J (Karma)

We are closing on a happy note with a post we saw on our “Alaboutnothing” Facebook page.  (We have a Facebook and Twitter account)

Grandma said to grand-daughter, “Do you know what day is coming up?”

Grand-daughters response, “Yes, it’s Presidents Day.”

Grandma thinking she has a smart grand-daughter followed with, “Do you know what it means?”

Grand-daughter, “The President comes out of the White House and if he sees his shadow, we have another year of bull-shit!” (We almost feel off chair laughing)

We have nothing else to report at this time.  Thank you all for taking the time to stop by by and God Bless all.

Song now playing as we complete this post is by Joe Walsh, “Life’s been good

January 7, 2017

My Uber Journey Journal Entry – New Year 2017

Filed under: UBER Journey — alaboutnothing @ 1:35 am
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uber_logoWell folks, we saw a article that said the Uber will be giving about 15 million rides over New Years Eve and we made sure we were part of it.  It proved to be an interesting experience and we even did some research prior.  We found the between 7:00 PM and 11:00 PM we were taking party goers to the various parties through out this area.  Then we took a few hours off and started driving again at around 1:00 AM.  All of these trips were taking many happy and one fairly “woozy” passenger home from the parties.  As usual we met some awesome folks and had some great conversations.

New Years Day Revelation —  I don’t know if it was because this was the first day of a new year, but it seems that two Prius drivers broke out of the normal slow speed syndrome and decided to live on the wild side.  I was on I-280 doing about 5 MPH over the 65 MPH speed limit when a Silver Prius passed me like I was standing still.  I was stunned when I realized when had just happened.  I figured that it would never happen again, so I gave a chuckle and drove on.  Then later, I was on the Dumbarton Bridge doing the posted 55 MPH when a Blue Prius passed me doing about 65 mph.  Now we were double stunned.  We thought maybe 2017 marked the start of some secret rule that the Prius community should start speeding, but that came to and end when I had to swerve around a Prius doing 45 MPH in the 55 MPH zone.  Still an amazing start to 2017 we must say.

Google Alert – We had a passenger (Denali) today that we picked up at Facebook and it turns out that Denali just had completed an interview and was seriously looking for a new position.  We asked Denali if Google was on the list and Denali said that she was waiting for Google to get back to her, but late next week she was going to an interview down in Venice Beach.  So to GOOGLE we say “Hey! Denali is a Northern California Native and is well qualified based on my conversation I think Denali would fit nicely in the Google community.  We can’t let a So Cal company steal Northern California techie talent.”  It’s now on you Google, don’t blow this.

Driver-less Car Conversation – The driver-less car conversation goes on and now the question has arisen that if all the cars are built identical then they will all perform the same.  We thought a great test would be to take some of these vehicles to a drag strip and race them against each other.  If they are all in fact the same, then the final race result will always be a tie.

New Uber Driver Alert – Hey Nigel get it done!

We have nothing else to report at this time, but we will be posting the Google result on the Denali interview later this week.  We are in the middle of starting a Twitter movement to get Starbuck’s or any other coffee café to give San Francisco Uber drivers a discount.  (Peet’s Coffee are you listening?)

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 13, 2016

My Uber Journey Journal Entry 1 (MUJJ for short)

Filed under: UBER Journey — alaboutnothing @ 5:00 pm
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uber_logo  If you are considering becoming an Uber driver once you are approved all you need is a smart phone and a car phone holder.  The car phone holder we first stared using was a cheap one that just suctioned cupped to the window.  It worked at first, but because there wasn’t any support, it would vibrate and that made it hard to read.  After a few weeks of bending it to where we wanted to see the phone screen better, it became unmanageable, so we tossed it.  The next one was much better because it has a support leg that rested on the dashboard.  No more messing around because once we set it up, it stayed in place.

Something else is to be sure to get a phone charger and keep the phone charging the entire time.  If you don’t and you are on a trip and the phone goes dead you go in to “Uber-Land”, which in not someplace you want to go.  Even though you don’t see it, the trip continues and Uber knows where you are going and how long the ride is.  Once the time exceeds the ride length it starts to deduct from the total ride amount and when it gets down to zero, it starts billing you for the ride.  Not somewhere you want to go because it will continue billing you until you can complete the ride, and that may take hours.  One of the Uber drivers this happen to, told me it cost him $1,000.00, and hours of working it out with Uber get the charges removed.  (This entire explanation is bogus, but we wanted to make sure you were paying attention).  Keep the phone changed and no worry.

It would also be a big help to you to meet some local Uber drivers so you can get the “feel” of where you will be driving.  Some locals require a license to operate on their premises.  My friend filled me in on some tricks like on a drop off in San Francisco when leaving the city, always use I-280 south because you can almost guarantee that US 101 will be a parking lot.  (Of course it depends on the time of day).  When in the city if you get lost, just find Van Ness and it will take you to US 1010 / I-280.  (I ask Siri).

Road Rule — When driving we have never seen a Toyota Prius going the speed limit or exceeding the speed limit.  They are always going 5 MPH or lower than the speed limit and sometimes even in the high speed left lane.  Yes folks, I have discussed this with numerous passengers and they all agree the Prius folks have their own agenda.  We did some research and found a study from the University of Aguilera (Fake name) that showed that if a Prious owner filled up the car three times and all three times the average miles per gallon came up less than 60 miles per gallon as advertised the owner went into a severe depression with low self esteem disorder.  Yes folks, they could be in therapy for years or until they get rid of the Prius or consistently get 60 miles per gallon.  (Unknown to them the kid next door is siphoning their gas into his car so they will never get the 60 MPG).   The only other explanation is back when gas went to $5.00 + per gallon these people all ran out and bought Prius’s and paid more than the going price.  Now that gas is less than $3.00 they are all pissed and are making the other drivers (us) miserable, even though it was on them for being in the panic mode.

Road Rule — They are some drivers that think just because they turn on their blinkers they have the right to change lanes even though there is only a foot between you and the car in front of you.  Yes, they think they own that foot and they are going to take it now.  We think the state of California should pass a proposition that allows us to shoot the illegal lane changer with a paint ball gun numerous times.  (Red, White, & Blue preferred) This will mark the car and alert the other legal drivers to be warned, this guy is out to score real-estate on the road.  (We will make this part of “calexit”).

Road Rule – When the City Taxi Cab Service drives bye and the driver is waving his hand with the “Uber is number 1 middle finger salute” we always return the wave with a peace sign and a really big smile.  Those guys are just a bunch of jokers and even though their mouth is moving, we assume they are sending their blessings.

So, are you excited about getting out there and Ubering?  We keep track of the countries our passengers come from and now we can add Bulgaria, Sweden, Russia, and Taiwan to our list.  All the trips were great conversations with the last one late night with Fred from Google.  He was going from Palo Alto to north San Francisco so we had time to chat.  He also said that he had called an Uber driver before me and when the guy showed up he refused to take Fred home.  Unreal!  We said we would report the driver to Uber, but it was his choice.  I had a few questions and how we were first introduced to Google way back in 1999 when they were on University Avenue where my friend and I went upstairs because we saw the light on and we met all the Google folks.  Then we talked about mindfulness medication and that Google actually has a Manager of Mindfulness on staff along with meditation rooms.  I said I wanted that job and I could start immediately.  We pointed out to Fred about the Insight Meditation Center in Redwood City and that we took a course every Wednesday for 6 weeks and that the audio for the course along with all teachings at the center are available on line for free at the “Insight Meditation Center Web Site”.

Finally, if we called Uber for a ride and the guy showed up and refused to take us where we wanted to go we would not only report the driver, we would whip out our paint gun and paint the driver and his car in patriotic RED, WHITE, and BLUE.  Then wave Uber is #1 as we dial another Uber dude.

We have nothing to add at this time except we are heading out because it’s “Uber Time”.

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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