New One-Liner Wednesday Badge Voting!

I recently entered a contest to bring forth a new badge for One-Liner Wednesday. This sexy beast here.

There are a few more people getting into the mix with some really nice badges. The thing is, it’s all going to be left up to a vote and the vote is TOMORROW!!!

Starting at noon tomorrow (Eastern, maybe?) and running for 24 hours, you’ll be able to place your vote on which badge should take over for One-Liner Wednesday, and you can do so at Linda G. Hill’s blog, who just so happens to be the awesome gal who created this whole thing in the first place.

You can check out her blog, and the other entries for the contest here. Of course if you want to enter your own badge, make sure you get it done soon!

So I guess what I’m saying is, make sure you head over there and vote FOR ME (*coughcough* or one of the other excellent badges *coughcough*) tomorrow at noon!

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Dealing With Uber Help

Just so you can see what kind of headache it is dealing with Uber Help as a driver, here are some recent conversations I’ve had with them.

This first one is about money and how money I made just disappeared. If you work for Uber, you have an option to get a debit card from Go Bank, and if you do, you can have money transfered directly to the card immediately for free. It’s really nice. But I’m now missing money and Uber is having problems figuring out what I mean. Here’s the conversation.

ME: My Go Bank card is showing that I am missing money. I should have $15.74 but I only have $7.23. Where did it go?

UBER: Thanks for reaching out about this Matthew, and I’m sorry to hear you’re experiencing this issue. Our engineering team has confirmed that this is an issue, and they are working to fix this as soon as possible.

I completely understand how much of an inconvenience this is to you, but I do want to leave you with an alternative solution while we work on this. Although you cannot currently cash out Instant Pay earnings in-app, you can still use the cash-out feature online at partners.uber.com.

I hope that this helps in the meantime and I truly apologize for the difficulty here.

ME: I’m glad it’s being worked on, but am i going to get my money?
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Do You Have Your Fake I.D.?

Well no, I never have. Actually, this story isn’t about a fake ID. I just thought I’d name this what I did because of the source material. You see, I follow this blog called Sauce Box and he recently published a story about a fake ID which is hysterical. I love life’s little moments like that. Go give it a read here.

My part of the title above is the question… “Do you have your ID?”

Back when I was twenty-*coughcoughcough*something I was really into the jam bands. It helped that I was friends with a guy who had one, and I was his “manager.” I’m sure I’ve talked about them once or twice. Those were fun times. Anyway, one night we were all going to go to this legendary music venue in Newport, Kentucky called The Southgate House to see Ohio jam band legends Ekoostick Hookah. This was going to be my first time seeing them and I was stoked. We were all stoned.

I left my car at my buddy’s house, cause we were going to have an after party at his place. He drove us all to the venue.

This was my first, and only time, in The Southgate House. It was awesome. Set up like a really big house, like an old school mansion, you went in through the front door into what would be the central hallway and up to the guy to pay. He was set up next to some stairs that went upstairs. Before getting to him was a room to the left, where a band was set up jamming away, playing to a handful of people. Straight ahead, it seemed, like there was another room with another band playing, and I think there was one upstairs. And then I think there was a way, after paying, that you went downstairs where the bigger venue was and that’s where Ekoostick Hookah was playing.

Again, this was my only time there well over 10 years ago, the layout is kind of a blur, but that’s pretty close.

All of my buddies paid, and then I got up to the guy. He asked for my ID. I went looking for my wallet and I didn’t have it. I had all the cash I needed in my pocket for some reason, but no wallet.

The guy was like, “no ID, no entry.”

And I was all…


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Live Friday Nights: Gov’t Mule – Don’t Step On The Grass, Sam

Warren Haynes and company have been one of the most jammingest best for the last 20+ years and continue to lead the jam band community in pure rockness today.

When my wife and I first got together in 2007, The Mule came around two months later and she bought us tickets to see them at the Madison Theater in Covington, KY. It wasn’t just a great concert, it was a superb concert, because opening for them was Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, another band her and I love.

That is still one of the greatest concerts I’ve ever seen. And of course when I hear either them or Grace Potter, I always think of my wife.


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Driving For Uber

Last year I decided to quit my job making decent money at a Walmart and start driving for Uber. I did that for five or six months and eventually quit because I actually needed to make some money. Well, I drove again recently for the first time since October of last year, and it immediately brought back all of the problems Uber has. I felt like maybe I should list some of them here for those of you who might be interested in driving for them.

First, I’m not saying I didn’t make money, it just wasn’t a lot. Keep in mind that I’m in Cincinnati, and there isn’t a strong need for Uber or Lyft during the week here. So to make more than just gas money, you have to drive during weekend nights. And even then nothing is guaranteed. Of course driving for an hour or two throughout the week can be good if you go during the right times, morning or afternoon rush hours.

It’s also best to have a car that doesn’t use a lot of gas. After paying for my gas usage, I brought home very little, and since it was my only source of income, it wasn’t helping pay the bills. We actually lost our car to repo because of it. Not my best hour. So if you already own your car, or you don’t have a lot of bills, this could be a great job for you.

But Cincinnati isn’t a big market to begin with, and the last time I checked, which was right before Uber or Lyft came here, there were 61 taxi companies in the Greater Cincinnati area, and that alone sounds absolutely ridiculous. Everyone drives here, and if they don’t, we have a pretty good damn bus system. Not a lot of need for all those taxi drivers. I saw them lined up at taxi stands all over, constantly, just waiting, not working.

So with the market already flooded with taxi companies, here comes Uber and Lyft. It’s just too much. I can’t tell you how many times I’d drive through downtown on a Friday or Saturday night when the bars close and have absolutely no rides. Glad I wasted my weekend night for nothing.
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YouTube Tuesday – Zach King

Zach King has taken magic and mixed it with modern video editing to bring us some really cool visual effects. Everyone knows magic is just visual trickery and not actual Hogwarts magic, no thanks to Fox, so Zach takes things a step further by having fun with CGI and his imagination, taking advantage of the idea that we all know it’s not entirely “real.”

You can check out his YouTube channel for many more awesome videos of his trickery.

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