Broken Uber and Stupid Airport

So we are going to the airport early this morning and everything seemed to go wrong.

Because we needed an Uber early, we used the app to reserve one in advance.

I get an email that Uber charged us and the app says the driver is on the way.

However, it doesn’t identify any driver or car. 

It turns out that Uber never reserved any driver and no one was coming to get us and we had a flight to catch.

So much for reservations that go unreserved!

So we cancel the darn Uber and instead try to get a Lyft, but after many minutes trying in vain to locate a driver, we gave up on this as well,

Thank goodness, I could still call a regular cab!

The taxi company says he’ll be there in 10-20 minutes. 

Over 35 minutes later and 3 phones calls and he still hasn’t arrived and it’s getting late for the flight.

Finally, finally, he shows up and says they called up and he came from bed to pick us up. 

Wow, that’s pretty amazing–I was impressed and grateful.

He get us to the airport and we run in and through security.

We head to gate 30 for our flight and the picture shows you what we came up against.

Gate 29 and gate 31 in the corner of the airport, but no freakin gate 30 anywhere in sight!

After a swing around the other corners, we finally found it.

Why gate 30 isn’t after 29 and before 31, I will never understand!

Moreover, why Uber takes reservations in advance for a car, but doesn’t actually arrange a driver is also a complete mystery and a very broken business model.  ๐Ÿ˜‰

(Credit Photo: Dannielle Blumenthal)

The Sniffer Isn’t Working

Someone really had a premonition posting this sign before Covid!

The sign says simply:

Smell Me!!

The response to this now-a-days would be the person with Covid yelling back:

I can’t smell (or taste) anything!

Now frustrated, the other person replies:

But please, please smell me. 

Second person, tries and tries again:

Sniff, sniff–darn, the sniffer just isn’t working. 

Get out the smelling salts!

Six months later, I still can’t smell a skunk in the same room. 

What type of crazy pandemic is this!  ๐Ÿ˜‰

(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

What A Dumb Education System

School is supposed to help teach our children. 

Unfortunately, the education system here starts out dumb from the get-go!

As the WSJ today reports, $400 billion out of a $1.4 trillion educational loan portfolio is likely uncollectible.ย ย 

That’s almost 30% bad debt!

But what is unforgivable is that they system is geared towards crappy lending practices. 

As per a former head of the Congressional Budget Office (CBO):

“We make no attempt to evaluate the quality of the borrower, the ability to repay, the effectiveness of the loans…[so] the taxpayer ends up picking up the tab.”

Is that fair to all the responsible students and families that pay for their education and repay their student loans?

This systems is so broken, and on top of it yet we want to forgive more student debt all together and teach our children to be deadbeats!

It seems like this education system can’t teach anything of value except how to play an already broken system!  ๐Ÿ˜‰

(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)