Thanks Nevada for This Taxi Line

You gotta love crony capitalism.  Bowing to the demands of taxi companies, Uber is banned in Las Vegas.  As a result, this is me and many others standing in a taxi line waiting for a non-existent taxi.



My son** tells me that it was way worse when the club shows ended at 4AM.   Never since I was in pre-Uber Paris have I had so much trouble finding a damn cab.  Fortunately the weather was under 100F so walking was a fairly nice option.


  1. SamWah:

    Why is ** after "My son"?

  2. vikingvista:

    That's not cronyism. That's your public servants trying to keep you safe.

    Thanks folks. I'm here every Tuesday.

  3. Matthew Slyfield:

    The biggest lie ever told: "We're from the government and we are here to help"

  4. MNHawk:

    I'll ask the obvious. Why go to such a s***hole, where basic transportation is scarce?

  5. ErikTheRed:

    Can't find a cab? Big deal. The real outrage is that some (gag, make wincing face) ordinary people (eww) had the outrageous temerity to go and do something that was... wait for it... unapproved. This is unthinkable. And what makes it far, far worse is that this unapproved behavior wasn't given the public approbation it so obviously and richly deserved. No, no, no, the filthy, disgusting unwashed idiot masses... they actually love this unconscionable obscenity of a so-called "service." And in doing so they reject - reject! - the designs of their betters. The existing cab services are regulated! This means that loyal, obedient bureaucrats spent years... decades... probably even centuries worth of valuable government time carefully planning every tiny detail of your ride experience, and they spend even more priceless - priceless!!! (I mean, hey, check your tax bills) - time making sure that every "i" is dotted and "t" is crossed every time you franticly and impotently wave at a yellow car with a light on top of it. Your satisfaction is guaranteed - guaranteed, citizen!!! - by the same breed of selfless public servant that assured as all there would be weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Why, these cab companies have phone numbers! Some of them even toll-free, so that you can easily call them from a pay phone! And what more could you possibly want, in the year 2015? What... you want them to actually show up? Reliably? In less than three hours? But with these other services... OK, yes, they'll show up. But it's a complete stranger! It could be an illegal alien pedophile rapist drug smuggling mass-murderer with bad breath and herpes and a terrorist nuclear bomb that they are smuggling in the trunk so that they can kill you and everyone you know and love - even your puppy, citizen, even your puppy! No, that's never actually happened... but it could! The terror! The horror! You, citizen, should thank your lucky stars that you have the properly anointed watching out for you and that your biggest worry should be obscene waiting times followed by old vinyl seats with ancient chewing gum stuck to them driven by someone who wouldn't know the optimal route to your destination if it was tattooed backwards on their forehead at birth and they had spent every day of their lives seeing it in the mirror. Show some proper gratitude, citizen, or you will be made to be grateful by force. Count on it.

  6. ErikTheRed:

    Seriously. As far as I'm concerned, every place that has banned Uber is officially third-world status. It would be less of a hassle to have to boil my drinking water.

  7. Michael Stack:

    This reminds me of one of my favorite blog posts ever:

  8. Matthew Slyfield:

    Sir, would you like to buy some of my patented tiger repellent. I invented it while living in the Alaskan Interior.

    How do I know it works. I am gland that you asked that. In all my years living in the Alaskan interior, I was never once attacked by a man-eating tiger.

    Wait, what do you mean by "Why would I need tiger repellent in the Alaskan interior?"

    Go away fool you're bothering me.