Monthly Archives: September 2010

NEW JOB UPDATE

WELL WORKING IN FALL RIVER IS A BIT DIFFERENT THAN WORKING IN PROVIDENCE. THERE IS ACTUALLY VERY LITTLE TO DO IN THIS TOWN. YOU SEE THE OCCASIONAL UGLY STREET WALKER COME UP TO YOU AND ASK FOR A SMOKE AND A DATE. I LOOK AT THEIR TEETH AND SEE HOW ROTTED THEY ARE AND ITS TIME TO SAY THAT, “I’M GAY!” ITS A GREAT PLOY, TOTALLY DISSAUDES THE UGLY HOOKERS IN SOLICITATING SEX. YUCK!

THE CREW IS NICE, EXCEPT THIS OLD TIMER THEY CALL ‘WABBIT’, BECAUSE HE TALKS LIKE ELMER FUDD. I AM NOT MAKING A JOKE OF IT BUT, HE TALK LIKE HIM. HE IS KIND OF STAND OFFISH. I REALLY DON’T CARE BUT, I HAVE TO MAKE LOTS OF MONEY SO I CAN SURVIVE.

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dressing for success

I like to dress up for work. It makes me feel good inside and out.The  other drivers dress like slobs off the shipyards. I wear a single color. BLACK. Thats’s all. I rather be me and that’s all. I am not out here to impress anyone, but to work and earn a living. I feel comfy dressing up! It empowers me.


The one true word: Believing!

I know for a fact that, I believe in myself. All my life, people have judged me and say: “You can’t do that. You too weak and feeble-minded!”

I like to prove people wrong all the time! About 11 years ago, I was working a dead end job at a pizza joint in Providence, RI. My landlord, Jack Bandoni, who owned a taxicab noticed I knew my streets better than him and really good shortcuts. So he talked me into getting my hackney permit! I wasn’t really sure about it! But, I told myself, that I can do this.

After a month of getting all my information, I got my first hack permit. I started to work. My first day, I worked the State House side of the Providence Train Station. I just sat in my cab reading a book that I bought a week ago! First up on the stand after waiting 3 hours and getting nothing.

I am then outside my cab, a nice looking Forest Green 1997 Buick Park Avenue Limited Edition smoking a cigarette and having a sip of bottled water. This guy comes up to me and asks if I would bring him to New York. I am thinking New York Avenue in Providence. He said, actually New York City.

The inner voice was telling me, take the fucking job! Jack would be pleased as punch with this one job on the sheet!

So I told him it would be about 450.00 on the meter. He told me no problem at all! He hands me 6 $100.00 bills! So I call Jack on the cell phone to tell him that I would be back at the yard around 7:00 p.m. Due to the fact, I was bringing some guy to New York City!

While all this was happening, these old timers that I hardly even knew at the time, were trying to muscle in on my job! This one guy, who now is my real good friend. Tried to scam me. I caught him within 2 seconds of him opening his mouth!

Please Russ, I know you need to make money also. But for the love of god! Get back to your cab and leave me alone! I heard about you and I think you don’t want to feel my wrath!

From the first time, Russ, knew that he just met a 5’9″ expatriate who knew that he was trying to get fucked by some asshole! So he backed off!

I drove this guy to Park and Lexington in Manhattan and drove back. But the one thing I did was stop in Co-Op City and bought Bagels! OMFG, New York Bagels the second thing in my life that brings me to orgasm!


The Waiting Game

Right now I am waiting to hear about a licence I applied for! I really hate the waiting game. It makes me feel like I am standing on pins and needles waiting for them to say “You are okay to drive” or “You suck, try again motherfucker!”

Nonetheless, I applied. I did get approval from the City Police Chief, which is a plus in my book! In this State, meaning the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, I have no bad driving record or criminal violations. I am a totally different person here. I like that!

Let it be known, I have a feeling that I am going to get approved by the city! I do miss working as a driver. Shuttling people around for groceries, laundry and other inconsequential things. It makes my life a little easier! I know the money is a plus, but it makes my life a little happier when I am helping others….

 

 

ON A LINER NOTE: THE CITY OF FALL RIVER IN THE COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS ACCEPTS JOSEPH A.R. VASTA AS A TAXICAB DRIVER IN ITS LITTLE CITY!!!!


Interviews

Oh, my goodness! I just had my first interview in almost 10 years. I actually felt good going in and leaving the interview I had a sense of acomplishment .

I know it’s up to the upper management to make their decesions on the hiring process. But it was a real good learning experience for me.


Turning and turned 41! OMFG!

So 9/1/2010 I just reached a milestone in my life. 41 years seems like it just dragged on like some bad ass acid trip. Maybe so I just feel that I am out of the loop sometimes when it comes to little things like loving someone, finding something I can grab onto and have some fun with in my life. Et cetera, et cetera. Is it me or am I starting to go through a midlife crisis right now and feel my youth just drift away like the tide. Maybe, I am just all screwed up right now with the stuff that has been buzzing through my head.

Living in Rhode Island doesn’t make my thoughts feel fluid anymore. I actually feel some form of moral disdain for the elements that make up this State. I know I am only one person, I tried to fight a good fight. But my head and heart can’t take anymore of this bullshit that makes me wanna puke my own entrails out on a nightly basis.

Fighting for the right thing is something we always do. I believe in that. When you know that something is wrong and you bring it up to everyone’s attention. They usually will stand up and join the fight. Not Rhode Island! I have never met a group of individuals who are so hell bent on screwing over their best friends for a nickle. I was away for almost 10 years and saw how the other side lives life. And I learned to appreciate the minute things. I just don’t understand how people in this State don’t realize that they are getting ass fucked without the KY Jelly or even a condom. You got people who are worrying about things that are so benign in this State and really pay attention to the internal corruption that is happening at a Statewide level. Watchdog groups are finally taking notice. But they are too late! The damage is already done. With Public Utilities really messing up the moving forward in making America ‘Green’ according to President Obama’s plan. Trying to stop a wind farm from ever coming into our lives. What the fuck you goddamn idiots. We are trying to save this planet and you want to keep it in the Stone Age. Real freaking nice.

Then the Motor Carriers Section of the PUC. My god, do they actually have an friggin clue of what they are doing. They give out Medallions (or Certificates) to the Dominicans and Africans because they are immigrants. I am not trying to be racist, but after doing a little research, most of the bozos back in Dominican Republic were actually criminals that were shipped over here so they would be someone else’s problem. Which is so wrong. I have been a driver for almost 10 plus years and I can’t even get my own plate. Due to the fact I am not an immigrant or something else to fit the PUC’s criterium to own a medallion in this state. So they are punishing themselves now with the debaucle that they gotten themselves into. They are now auditing these companies and trying to shut down these larger and older companies. They are in a mood of fucking over all that try to do the right thing for all.

Motor Carriers doesn’t have a clue of how to run this agency. They abuse the law. By creating rules that are not even legal according to the RI General Laws pertaining to Taxis and Public Plates (Livery plates). Here is a prime case for you. According to the RI legal database, a driver only needs to have a taxi and/or jitney endorsement on his or her operators card. But Motor Carriers wants you to shell out 17.50 for a Driving Abstract and 5.00 for a BCI (background criminal investigation). So its okay for them to circumvent the letter of the land and say, you have to do this and nothing else matters. I in my own mind really despise the PUC Motor Carrier section. They are ex cops who are getting a second pension and not really trying to make it better for the companies and the drivers.

I have fought long enough with the Motor Carriers Section and in my own words, they can go fuck themselves royally! because they are a real joke and makes me feel  that I am from this State!