Uber Rain

Our glorious (sarcasm) mayor has decided that Uber is not being “upfront” with it’s licensing practices here in our great city of Houston.

Honestly, I have not Ubered much in the last month.  Maybe 2 times.  I plan on using this as a summer job.  I really only have 5 weeks off in the summer and I have 2 of those 5 used up on vacations already.  So how can I really find a job for 3 weeks?  I can easily go and be an assistant principal at a summer school BUT I am tired of chasing thugs.  I am ready to get away from kids for those 5 weeks.

Each summer in the past I have worked at central office on different discipline and safety “stuff”.  I get paid $200 a day but my hours suck.  The atmosphere sucks at the office.  This is not too bad because its an extra $800 a week (we work Monday-Thursday) for 3 weeks.  So $2400 on top of my salary.  Great spending money.

So… I really don’t want to work there this summer.  I need a break.  So, I started thinking I could UBER again.  Maybe drive people into downtown in the morning.  Drive around the “surge” areas during the mornings and then grab some lunch.  I could make $100 a day maybe?  So it isn’t quiet $2400 but I could probably make $1500.  Plus add some weekend and night times again in May to reach $2500 or so…

Here is deal…

A Uber driver in Houston got arrested… read here

So now Uber de-activated all of our accounts if we have not registered with the city of Houston.  I don’t live in Houston but according to Uber, it does not matter.  So… I have been shut down.

Now we have to jump through the cities hoops to get registered:

  • get fingerprinted for $40
  • take drug test and physical $70
  • get city of Houston warrant check $20 (plus $5 to park)
  • buy fire extinguisher
  • take all forms down to courthouse and wait in line to get registered

No big deal right?


I have a full time job!  So yesterday I left work and got fingerprinted.  Today I left work and got drug test (I passed in case you were curious) and physical.  I also got the warrant check!

Making progress in the rain!!

Government Intervention

Government Intervention

My whole life I was raised a pretty solid Republican.  I remember a quote that my father always used to say to me that the only thing the Government should do is…

“deliver the mail, protect the coasts, and leave me alone.”

I do think I have lived faithfully by this Government help for most of my adult life.  At work I love it when students will come to me and say they actually have a real job with a paycheck.  This is such a rare occurrence because most of my students seem to find the life of robbery, theft, and extortion to be much more lucrative.   I had a big fella tell me this morning that he had a job interview at Popeyes Chicken after school.  I handed him a couple of my business cards and told him to ask for a manager and hand over my card.  I will be more than happy to highly recommend the young man for employment.  I looked at the kid and said, “I love it when people pay taxes…”

I often look at the teachers when their motivation starts to fade and walk by and say, “We are creating tax paying citizens….  Anything more is a bonus.”


This morning on my morning commute one of the radio stations got ahold of a news article that came out yesterday that made me chuckle.


The Government of New Zealand has decided to push themselves far into the lives of parents.  They have decided to require that you seek and gain approval for your child’s name!

Once I started to hear the story and then think about this I agree!  Bring on the government!

A 9 year old girl was forced by a judge to change his name.  What is wrong with her name…..

 Talula Does the Hula From Hawaii

That’s the name…  WOW.

Other names they have banned or censored:










And my personal favorite…  Number 16 Bus Shelter.

Who in their right mind would name their kid Number 16 Bus Shelter.  Was this where the poor child was conceived?  Can you imagine that being your name on the first day of school when the teacher tries to call roll?

For a full list and the number of times the government has stopped names take a peek at this article.  Absolutely crazy

With the nut-jobs in New Zealand I am glad they have a little Government Intervention.