A Debased Public

Debased Advertising For A Debased Public

This photo was shot on December 17, 2017. I just noticed it and thought about how we are debased as a whole now. How could a restaurant referencing “Pulling your Pork” stay in business. I’m not eating from a restaurant that uses sexual references for it’s advertising, but obvious others are.

Pull your pork advertising.
Debased sexual references for advertising.

A few days ago 2 Westerville police officers were killed when answering a domestic dispute. They guy who owns the 62 BBQ complained on Twitter that the news about this was more important than the golf he was watching.  Public outrage ensued.

I’m glad that the public was outraged at the comments, but the fact remains, many of them patronized him for many years before that. You couldn’t tell the stuff this guy was made of from the “Pulling your pork” in his advertising?

Think about who and what you support. I say this to myself as well. It matters. If you’re buddy is plastering sexual innuendos all over his business, consider what you’re associating with. At least ask him not to do it.

If you’re finding a golf game more important than the news 2 officers lives were needlessly ended short by a childish man throwing a temper tantrum over his girlfriend, look into life a little deeper and turn off the sports.

If you can’t understand this, you’ve been debased. Somehow, you’ve been reduced to nothing more than another useless chuckle head.

Character And Imperfections

Character And Imperfections

Antique Chevrolet Impala
An Imperfect Impala

This antique Chevrolet Impala is the wrong car for just about everybody. That would include people who want to restore an antique a Chevrolet Impala.

I can tell from looking that there are previous failed restorations. Many parts have been stripped that are going to be expensive to replace. Some of those parts are not obvious, like small chrome accents.

It would be my guess that the current owner would vastly over-estimate the car’s value.

For just about everyone, this car is a fail. There are few people that have the resources(cash, spare parts, skills, etc.) to turn this car into a masterpiece.

I was editing this photo and realized so many imperfections in the photo(ghosting, poor background, etc.) and thought about that. I just like the photo and I don’t care about the imperfections. I like the character displayed in this angle of this car.

Corporate Harsh Realities

The Harsh Realities Of Corporations

I’ve never been a fan of corporate law. Now many will attempt to twist that into saying I’m not a fan of business. The reality is that corporations don’t like business.

I say this because in business, responsible entities are helpful on all sides to create a beneficial transaction. Corporate law dictates that the top motivation for any decision is a profit for the corporate investors. Most of the time, that is short term profit. Corporations do and say anything to blind those they do business with to that top, legally mandated, priority.

Starcraft WS 2000
Deceptively named WS 2000 Starcraft. 2000 once denoted futuristic as did the word “Starcraft”.

I bring this fact about corporations up, because I listened to a corporate type employed by a multi-billion company just rip apart a group of people as he discussed with his coworker who they were going to downsize. He did this as I was taking him to the airport.

First, he stated how he threatened his management that they would be cut if they weren’t the top producers in comparison to other locations. He didn’t state that he assisted with a plan to help them achieve that. Then, he chatted about his personal likes and dislikes of the people he worked with. One example comment was, “I don’t even listen to that guy, he’s like 4′ 3″ with a mushroom top hair cut. Screw him!”.

I’ve noticed this with many modern corporations. They hire overgrown frat boys like this to run a company with threats and verbal beat downs. The rest of us are left to do the real work while they rake in the profits. If they don’t like the way you look, success will not happen for you.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying this type of management doesn’t work. This is a billion dollar company. I’m saying that it’s morally and ethically wrong and that this type of operation is common. If you’re on the receiving end of this type of operation, leave. The abused may thrive elsewhere, even if their income is decreased.

It’s OK to acknowledge and accept that a corporate environment is not a good fit. Don’t let society define what a “good job” is for you. Stop contributing to people that mistreat you once you’ve established that they don’t like you.

Thoughts On The Rideshare Business After 1 Month

Rideshare Business Thoughts: Month 1

The rideshare business is so new that a new world was created. A year ago “rideshare” did not exist in my vocabulary. I would be deceptive if I spoke with authority on the rideshare business model after my 1st month in it. This post is just about my thoughts and perspectives of the business from the first month.

I use photographs I take throughout the day to put perspective on life. It’s a strange way to think, but in a hectic world, it’s a way to grab fleeting thoughts and contemplate what is happening around me.

These photos guide me though these blog posts and I hope they add clarity for the reader. I hope they and more than the usual rideshare promotional posts that say “SIGN UP AND USE MY CODE”. 🙂

Coffee. It’s important.

Coffee vibrating from engine running.
Coffee with pattern caused by a running engine.

If you’re leaving the comfort of a salary or steady hourly job to pursue your own endeavors, sacrifices will be made. Choose your vice. Keeping an affordable luxury or comfort is not a bad idea. I’ve given up drinking and smoking, so expensive coffee isn’t that bad. It adds clarity to the day, it’s enjoyable, and it’s not that expensive.

It doesn’t have to be coffee, but pick your vice if you need one.

You Are NOT A Partner

Delta Jet Flying
Delta Jet Taking Off

Rideshare companies provide a business platform for drivers to operate with. Drivers must meet the requirements, abide by the platform rules, and pay fees to utilize the platform. The rideshare company or the driver can terminate the business relationship at any time. You are not a partner.

This is important to remember because it changes the way you operate. The rideshare companies use all sorts of Jedi mind tricks to get you to think that you’re partners, but there is no partnership agreement whatsoever. You are no more a partner with the rideshare company than you are a partner with the airport. Both are important to your business, but the partnership idea is a fallacy.

Rideshare companies provide a service and you are buying that service from them. Run your business accordingly. Your customers are the passengers.

Coyotes And Business

Coyote In Airfield
Coyote Hunting At The Airport

Many think of the roadrunner cartoons when coyotes are mentioned. The cartoon was very false though. Coyotes would not try for the same prey over and over while failing at every attempt. They are highly adaptable. They can group up and take down a bison or survive alone by eating rodents and insects.

What does this have to do with business? I watched the coyote in the field at the airport and noticed him surviving just fine in frigid temperatures. He blended in well with the field and most didn’t even notice him. That type of toughness, tenacity, intelligence, and adaptability is what a person needs to survive in rideshare and many other new businesses that are being created with new technology.

Of course, we’re not killing anything. We’re just giving people rides for a fee. The parallel I’m drawing is how we act and think to create a profit in a world where the environment we operate is constantly changing and out of our control.

Conclusion Of These Thoughts

These thoughts are a bit dramatic. All that I’m really doing is giving people a ride for a small fee. Turning that into a profitable business though is a bit more dramatic.

For part-time, small-scale operation, ridesharing is currently a great venture. For a full-time endeavor, it takes more. How you use the platforms provided are up to you, but it will take more than just using a rideshare platform and following the rideshare company lead to produce a sizable income.

On a personal level, I’m excited to have a business that allows me to be outside and make my own decisions. The business mindset is developing quickly in order to produce profits.

2018. Bring It On.

Plans For 2018

The plans for 2018 have already begun. A new job has started and new roads are being explored. The brutal low temperatures are hampering some efforts. The tough part of winter only last about 2 months, so I’ll lean into hard and look forward to warmer days.

Antique Chevrolet Master Deluxe Grill
Chevrolet Master Deluxe Grill

I started participating in ride sharing programs as a driver. It’s an interesting combination of tech, cars, and driving. These are 3 things that I have some thorough knowledge in. I know, ride sharing alone is not going to pay the bills. I have some other ideas that I hope to couple with it to make it profitable.

Antique Chevrolet Impala Project Car
60’s Chevrolet Impala Project Car

Like this project car above, there is a lot to do with the new venture before it’s worthy of much discussion. I can answer some of the big questions about ride sharing, but keep in perspective, I only have 1 month’s experience.

  1. Is there any money in ride sharing? It depends on the driver’s motivation to work and their knowledge of the market.
  2. What hours do you work? Any hours I want, but the market does dictate when you work if you are attempting to achieve maximum profit.
  3. Can I do it? Go to the company’s website and search the requirements.

I do have a driver referral code that will get a recruit and myself income if they sign up. At this time, I don’t feel comfortable suggesting this job to just anyone. There are simply to many factors that make this job right or wrong for you. I’m not at a level of expertise to make that recommendation.

 

 

Freedom’s Way

Freedom’s Way Bus

I found this bus near Belmont, Ohio. I’ve never named a vehicle or painted a name on my vehicles, but I’ve admired those that do. Freedom’s Way has seen better days for sure.

Freedom's Way old bus.
Freedom’s Way dilapidated bus.

Freedom looks and means different things to everybody. Take Hitler – he campaigned on what he considered a “free” Germany. In America, I guess about 50% understand freedom to mean being left alone to do what doesn’t infringe on another.

Sometimes, freedom is old, tired, worn, and frayed. Whatever freedom meant to this bus’s owner, meant traveling until this bus stopped here. It had current tags so it may still be free to go still. It’s tattered state made me think about what freedom is to me.

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