Hello, again this is my second blogging attempt in as many years. I confess my first on WordPress was not that good as I really did not keep up with it. I would put articles I found of interest on the page every now and then more then than now usually. I would add my thoughts or comments to them and sometimes when I was inspired I might just do a page of my own. I finally removed the blog or it was removed due to not enough activity.
I was just going to forget about doing this again until this Covid-19 virus struck our world, Country and homes. I suddenly again felt I have not really done much for me to be a household name but maybe this could be something my kids and family could use to tell a little of my story when I am gone. Learn the things I have done in life maybe inspire one or two in the next generations to do something better or more or to just know it is alright to be just who you. I learned when my mom past away that it isn’t necessary to try and keep up with the Jones. Just be yourself do right by others enjoy our family do your best to provide a decent home and life as best you can with in the laws and rules of where you decide to live your life.
Respect your elders learn from those who know more in the family and your business so that you can excel with out hurting others along the way. Treat them the way you want to be treated and show them the respect you want to get. Recognize when you have done bad and be happy ang grateful when you done good. Know that you do not need others to tell you that you got it right as long as you know what you did is what needed to be done and you can sleep at night and be happy with your efforts.
Although as of late I do not get to enjoy them much anymore for one reason or another I do like to do things like:
fishing, collecting toy matchbox cars, and other collectible cars and trucks. I always had a dream to have my own collectible car for use as a daily driver and show car. Some thing I am working on and will be talking about in this blog. I hope at some point I can get it finished and get to enjoy before I can no longer drive or it is ruled unsafe to operate on the roads. Not a big fan of these new vehicles even though I sell them for a living.
I am a Ford commercial sales / fleet manager here in NYC This is me in front of my office or what was my office in 2018. I am pretty good I would like to think at what I do. It has served me so far for about 23 years or more. I hope to do it for another 15 to 20 more years yet. I am not rich and have made some bad investments or no investments when I should have made them. But I have a great family and I am content.
In this blog I plan to continue or renew putting out articles from others with my comments and also sharing some of what I think fleets should already know and what new fleets should be thinking about. Not looking to use this as a sales platform but as a branding tool for me and what I know and can offer a company that might be interested in a no bullshit approach to vehicles they may need and how they can obtain them.
IT started out like any other pandemic day, with one exception we found a new way to entertain our Autistic son Danny. Why we did not think of it sooner is beyond us as we have bought him toys like this before. Well we got him a radio remote car to help with his hand eye co-ordination and to just give him something to do out side besides kicking or tossing a ball around.
Great right I know, so we go out I give him time to get use to the car. then I start giving him task like I would drive car down the sidewalk away from us and he would have to bring it back. Great right I know then it happens. What happens you say? well we are in front of house by the Con-ed pole by driveway driving the car when we hear a loud cracking noise. What was that I say as our upstairs Neeighbor pulls up. All of a sudden wham the whole top of the Con_Ed pole comes tumbling down. just snaps right at the top above the street signs into the street. Sparks start flying everywhere and my neighbor is trapped in her car. We were lucky as hell because it fell in to the street instead of back our way which would have meant and obituary for me and Danny if it had. the car facing the worng way is my neighbor. I am standing now right in front of the house by my driveway where I was when it cracked and then fell. You cannot see it but across the street it started a hedge fire and burned it’s way into the street. It took Con-Ed about an hour to get the power off. This all happened at about 10:30 in the am. The rest of day no power and a great show of why we should be happy our police, Firefighters, Con-Ed, Verizon and Optimum are still on the job ready to act when needed.
What a great surprise and pleasure to see in the fleet of Con-Ed trucks to arrive we have an all new F750 show up. Driver explains it is one of the first and he has the pleasure of seeing how it will measure up and if Con-Ed should buy more. His answer to that question with me a lot better than the Freightliners that were on the scene in driving and handling and performance. Let me tell you it is quite a thing to watch as they labored well in to the night and early morning to get a new pole in and everything hooked up and power restored. they had the power back about 12am.
Never saw how they do the poles but it was quite interesting the way they use eye and hand and truck lift to co-ordinate set up and push the pole into the hole they dug for it. They came out and worked fast and efficiently to get the job done I thank them immensely for their dedication in this time we live in.
THE VIDEO ATTACHED IS ONE OF THE MANY REASONS I DO WHAT I DO IF I AM ALOUD PROPERLY. IT GETS HARD SOMETIMES WHEN THE OWNERS DO NOT REALLY UNDERSTAND WHAT IT TAKES TO CREATE A THRIVING COMMERCIAL VEHICLE CENTER ESPECIALLY IN THE HEART OF #NYC. I TRY ALL THE TIME TO KEEP PUSHING FOR THE WHAT IS NEEDED. SOME OF IT I GET BUT 90 % I DO NOT. BUT I DO LIKE THE BUSINESS AND THE CHALLENGE. I AM NOT AS PROFITABLE AS I WOULD LIKE BUT THAT TO SHALL CHANGE. SOME IN THE AREA AND MY FIELD THINK I AM CRAZY AND SHOULD MOVE BUT I AM NOT THAT TYPE EVEN WHEN I GET STABBED IN THE BACK SOME WHAT, I WANT TO MAKE IT HAPPEN HERE AND SAY SCREW YOU, DID IT ANYWAY IF YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN.
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I use to say I like classic cars because they just look cool. But today’s so called Iron just doesn’t always have that it. That it being the wow factor or the look factor. They have gotten better but then I started looking at old cars of the bygone eras and realized hey, my Dad or my Grandfather or Great Grandmother always drove one of those type of cars. Or maybe I use to go out with family in one on road trips something I always enjoyed. Then again the commercial or show attached to a car did it too for me. Like my featured car the Cordoba presented to the World by the Late Great Ricardo Montalban
how many of you remember this type of car. It was one of my favorite cars to ride in. My mother was studying at Harlem Hospital school of nursing and by proxy I ended up with a whole lot of mothers. One of those mothers had one it had the rear window that went down and you know who was hanging out. (no car seats in the sixties and seventies). Fun times for me and my cousins. She was a student putting herself through school through the air force reserves. Something few minorities knew about back then. Sadly she past away at an early age from Cancer but some things you never forget.
Like this Ford Galaxy 500 my great grandmother brought home four different colors yelling up to the house on the 6th floor for everyone to look and decide which was best to get. Right after surviving an accident in a LTD which the steering knuckle collapsed and she went down Amsterdam Ave from 129thstreet to 125st street. She hit almost 6 cars and ended up with a full body cast on the her right side. Saying all the time I love ford and I love that LTD, never bought anything but a #Ford all her life. Then the age of the Station wagon came about and I can remember another time when we all got into my Uncle Joe’s wagon and he’d take all us kids crabbing or to the movies or a cotillion for 2 of my cousins. you had the preverbal don’t touch me your sitting on my hand move over I need room don’t lean on me. then you heard don’t let me have to turn this car around or don’t let me have to pull over. Again all you younger older people no car seats or seat belts for that matter. You sat if you could get in a lap driving down the road thinking hey I am cool. Of course as you got older the term shot gun became like playing tag or musical chairs to get the window seat in front or at one of the doors in the back. Needless to say my sons think I am crazy and they don’t get the no seatbelt part or the riding of all who can fit get in. put the window down slightly so no one hangs out but get air in the summer was the thing and you complained but always thought this is cool.
But then there were the tv/movie cars that have always won over our hearts and sometimes dreams and for sure our fantasies of getting the girl and racing down the highway playing catch me if you can with the police. Cars like for me From the Show Cannon the Lincoln MarkV then the Ford Torino from Starsky and Hutch was another one always thought this was a cool crime fighting machine and loved the sweaters they wore in the show.
and who could forget that other car of cars the boss mustang from the movie that’s right you guessed it the movie was about a cop named Bullitt played by the Late great Steve McQueen. Of course some of you may not know who he is but that’s okay. Cause the car speaks for it’s self. And lets us not forget okay this is the last one I promise but I feel The show that stars David Hasselhoff as Michael Knight and a 1986 Camaro called KITT(KNIGHT INDUSTRIES TWO THOUSAND). A TALKING INDESTRUCTIBLE AI CAR IS COOL FOLKS right!!!
Well anyway there are so many more that were owned in the family and or on tv or a movie. but no matter what we all can live some of our personal history through the Iron of the past and now. With the now being what our sons and daughters may remember when they see older versions years later of a car they are riding around in now as teenager or young adult.
Sure would like to know what cars or trucks might do it for you, now that I brought it up? I bet when you do; the next thing you will do is smile or laugh and try and tell your significant other or kids the story. As if they, care but hey they are a captive audience right now right?
Have you ever stopped to think about the taxi cab? Not the driver but the car? The punishment they go through in a short life span of 3 to 5 years with a hefty price tag new or used. A used purchased retired cab from a fleet or independent who only drives new is even worse. But here is the thing The manufacture’s try to beef them up a car that is superior to the the one you or I might buy/lease right now.
New the vehicle of choice which there are not many is built to s specific blueprint which is online with emergency vehicles as far as suspension and transmission sometimes engine too. It is usually the same model or style as a police car or gov’t law enforcement vehicle.
But consider this is one of the oldest industries around, dating back to age of handsome cabs, stage coaches and buggy’s for rent if you didn’t own or horse or horse rental as well. Of course it was for the well to do and the stranger that came to town every now and again. the odd local needing a ride to the train maybe. But never the less it is a strong industry that is all over the world.
It is or was the car you hailed when you stepped off a plane or train in a strange town and had it take you to the hotel of yours or his choosing. His/her choice usually depends on how they perceive you the customer as you enter the car the amount of bags and how many in party? the car had many operators too some drove 24 hours a day 7 days a week 365 days a year. Average mileage on a real busy cab in a real busy town could be 180,000 miles per year. Like I said they take a lot of punishment in a short period of time. Considering the average driver these days does about 45000 per 3 years if they are lucky.
They come in different sizes and shapes and styles all over the country and world. take a look!!
You get the Idea right? different types of cars or vehicles as taxis. An amazing usually family handed down business from father and mother to the kids who want to be like dad or just felt that is what they are destined to do. some families didn’t want the children to follow into the business unless they could make it grow. there are millions of taxis on the road any given day around the world and they all look different and have there own vibrant history. But the vehicles used then and now are and were very interesting. Next time you see or get in a cab tell the car not the driver thankyou and then the driver for doing a hard job 16 to 18 hours a day. I could go on forever on the subject but I think You all get the message. Taxis are a rare breed that is strong and hard to die they will go in any kind of weather and almost any where they are pointed too.
I leave you with some old and new they are amazing vehicles, then and now.
View of a hansom cab, parked at the sidewalk, near Madison Square, New York, 1900s. (Photo by PhotoQuest/Getty Images)
Ford Transit Connect Taxis are making their debut on the streets of New Yor. (9/7/2011)
I was doing my usual readings and going over my to do list yesterday for today. Boring as always but necessary to get the deal right? Well to my delight one of my Clients who has become a professional friend called me just to see how I was doing and the family were doing. I was quite taken bac with the call. He is a person that when we talk business we always stop and talk family for a time as well not out of politeness but because we generally want to share. I thought wow when I was setting down to send out email blasts today to do same thing I get it first from one of my oldest clients and friend.
But that is not why I decided to share under this title today although it is a reason but then I see things like this from #Ford
I hope you can get a chance to see it. and then while driving home this morning from picking up my stepson from his essential job at Fedex I see this on the road still working. it felt good to see it cruising down the highway.
so they say pictures tell compiling story and I think this link and this picture of what #Ford is doing and a Ford on the road not dead but still working and providing for the business it is used even today almost 30 years later.
There was a time when we woke up on a Wednesday and thought we are almost there. The weekend is coming Right TGIF meant something. But now we celebrate that the virus is starting to peak or has peaked and now we pray that this is our guess what day it is or month it is moment against COVID-19. Do we see that light t the other end of the tunnel are we half way there? The reports seem to indicate it. The Comfort is leaving soon and some of the field hospitals are empty, hospitals celebrating patients surviving it is looking up folks so yeah I guess we can say
Hangin we are getting close to the end of a major battle and war. Let’s keep the Faith! LIVE LONG AND PROSPER PEOPLE.
Because like I always say I am and we are
Let’s all have a great day! By the way my Logins are fixed and back to some contacting and writing proposals. Already did one today and I can do some certifications as well. Better then nothing.
So here I am in to month #2 trying to etch out some type of living and dealing with my clients on already ordered vehicles and possible new orders. It is the start of the 2nd quarter of business and now I cannot get in to any of the systems at the company to do anything. It is password update time and I am unable to do it. I try several times only to get admin error.
So I email those who handle they send me the code for one app and still not able so I ask them to do all on there side because the reset is temp code and by time I see it I am unable to use. till time of this frustration unload nothing. Question becomes what do I do? I mean is it a sign they do not care to work with me for business? or are they out of business? which I highly do not think so or just big misunderstanding that just is not being addressed properly? All I know is right now I a cut off from my one means of making money right now and the ability to stay in touch with the departments and information that allows me to do my job.
Very very frustrating especially in times like these when there is no reason why I cannot work from home. So now I am trying again to get things straightened out. Something I hope happens soon because the ability to do this was one of the few things that will keep me from going nuts. My sleep times are all screwed up with this and it is starting to show with the family. There are only so many hours in the day of walking and working on my car which takes a little bit of money as well. so with out means of money nothing to do. I have my lodge duties to attend as well but that only takes a day nothing more. Really wish I could get through some of these hard times with a long period of good.
You see besides this pandemic I am a recent open heart surgery patient. I had a quadruple by pass dine last summer and had just gotten back to work in October. had the same thing happen then. Took almost the whole month of October being in the dealership to get things back up and running. Then when I got sick I was in the middle of renewing our bid contracts and that took 3 months to finish. Only to find out in March after I am home because I am a precondition risk and in non-essential role at first that I have to work from home. Everything fine till April and time to change passwords. I really am going nuts. Stuff that should not be is happening and everyone is not responding as they should or just not letting me in on the joke. Surgery to save my life in 2019 and a Pandemic to try and snuff t in 2020. This is going to be a year to remember for sure folks.
Which is why I still use this motto from Ford motor company
It is Monday the first work day of the week of 4/13/2020 and right now all I have to do is fill out a few job apps. Yes I am thinking of going to the other side in managing fleets or product sales in transportation other than vehicles if it feels right. since this lay off period been kind of thinking maybe the grass may be greener on other side. Only thinking mind you not sure if anything will be a proper fit or if I would take it. Everything involves travel which I am not to keen on especially 50% of the time. And especially of travel if it means getting on a plane. Over the years I have lost a lot of interest in air travel. But then again if I can be a road warrior then I would seriously consider it. like the idea of seeing the country and businesses from the road and maybe grasp a better feel of or seeing how vehicles are used first hand in the real world without a set up show and tell. Then turning around and maybe offering better solutions and upfits to make them more cost efficient and productive.
I like to stop and watch the people using the vehicles I sell in different applications and try to see how I might improve on the use or type of vehicle. I look to see if it is being purposed correctly from what I see or why use of that configuration. I even ask the operators if the vehicle matches there job or do they ask or wish for a different type vehicle or set up of currently used vehicle. Do they get a say or who makes decision if they don’t and are they willing to talk? It has or was a way I used to build a relationship with businesses and become the dealer of choice or as another avenue of purchase. does it work all the time no. I have some work with me and then use the suggestions with another organization. Even had them comeback to me and complain that my ideas did not work or could not be done or the design could not be implemented. Yet when I sat down again if given the chance I showed them how with a test vehicle purchase or lease and ended with a customer for at least one sale. But then again to loose when vehicle is perfected to a cheaper supplier of the vehicle or the up fit. Maybe lost because of fleet management company that had own suppliers and felt better with them. Just no loyalty between businesses these days some times. Although I have had great success with this approach to and that out weighs the disappointments.
Still it would be nice if I could get back to it. But between security measures and now health measures around it will get even harder. Plus so many new people coming in to management of a fleet and or businesses starting it is hard to get there attention vs. the big fleet companies. As a dealer trying to offer the same things and then being forced to sell some times to the fleet company (making less too I might add) instead can be a let down when both trying for the same business.
innovative thinking like rolling offices or screening trucks for jobs being offered and customers a like. Maybe a special vehicle to do location work have an office to work out of that can roll from site to site may be useful and unrealized. There are so many ways to help a client/business if allowed, just need the chance.
All well MONDAY MONDAY MONDAY , my thoughts on how I would like to be working right now. This too shall pass and we all will be better people and performers because of it.
Well we are in to April and I am depressed and angry a d mad because of what is going on. Feeling a bit hopeless and helpless with all that is happening. Not only can I not get a good stream of income for myself right now I cannot even get my Unemployment going either. It has been almost a month now of online apps and calling a number with no results. I finally get to the point of they will call back and here I am now waiting. I cannot believe how this decade is starting out for all of us.
I know others are feeling the same way just wonder what you guys are doing to coupe. We are doing the usual stuff here T.V., text messages and short videos between family, some board games, and tossing a foot ball in the yard. I do some work if I can on my computer but lately that has become impossible as I cannot get logged in to my dealer login for my dealership since I had to update password for the quarter. I have also not been able to do any bids for the dealership either that could help us stay afloat because I need our insurance information for the state that expired. To date I have gotten no answer on that either. IT is really making things even more stressful for me and not helping my mood any either.
The wife is doing her best to keep everyone and herself positive and grateful for how we are doing now and keeping a Brightside approach to everything. Thank god for her. One of the reasons I love her so much. Second go round for both of us and it seems to have been working for the last 18 years. It is what keeps me from giving up and falling into a deep depression about everything. Along with this post of my feelings and thoughts. I am sure others are doing the same thing and it does help for sure.
Well everyone stay safe and enjoy the family both around you and through all the different ways technology has granted us. HAPPY EASTER TO ALL!!!!!!!!