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Cosmic Cabdrivers' Guide to Greater Phoenix, Arizona

edition 8.2 February 2015
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CONTENTS

The following 12 lists are all in one table. Scroll to the desired classification.
[1] BAR GUIDE: bars, restaurants, and other fun
[2] POLICE, PRISONS, MILITARY, DMV LOCATIONS
[3] HIGHER EDUCATION.a mind is a terrible thing to 10-8
[4] RADIO FREQUENCIES: the hertz you don't know can't watt you!
[5] FREEWAY CROSSPOINTSknow where to get off
[6] GOLF a sea of holes for the putts
[7] SHOPPING CENTERS you can't lose a mall
[8] METROCENTER ENTRANCE GUIDEdriving around in ovals?
[9] HOSPITALS and MEDICAL CENTERS. fare the ill and fare thee well
[10] INTERCITY MILEAGE. how far can they go?
[11] POINTS OF INTEREST- includes baseball Spring Training locations
[12] TRANSPORTATION STATIONS.....ports for buses, planes, and trains

AIRPORT CODES WORLDWIDE
AND OTHER AIRPORT INFORMATION.

FREEWAY CROSSPOINTS Table-formatted version

HOTELS and MOTELS. where to find the inn crowd... OVER 530 LISTED
HOTELS AND MOTELS LISTED BY CITY AND MAJOR CROSSROAD

LOCAL MILEAGE
a guide to the distance between major streets
MILEAGE EAST VALLEY
distances and equivalent block numbers in the nonconforming East Valley

BARS--REVERSE LISTING BY ADDRESS

Cab Chronicles- Taxi Tales
THE CAB RIDE What really matters.

THE COSMIC APPROACH is to look beyond ourselves, co-operating to provide more efficient and profitable cab service to more people, and to make the universe a better place.

Do not go sleepily into that good night.

CAB CUSTOMER GUIDE ... for the taxicab RIDER, toward more harmonious transportation.
WHERE'S MY CAB?
Why you can't always get a taxicab exactly when you want one.
DISPATCHING ZONES for efficient dispatching, the right size and number of zones is essential
TIPS FOR THE PROFESSIONAL CABDRIVER you, too can be a pro. read this.
TAXI FACTS FROM OTHER PLACES
a collection of data about how they do it elsewhere.
PHOENIX TAXI HISTORY a brief view of the wheels story
MORE THAN FARE a true taxi tale
TAXI TENCODES the language of the road on the radio...
Population Density Compared
We're not so dense in Phoenix
Local Density Varies
Greater Phoenix municipalities compared.
CAB NEWS Taxi Tales From Phoenix and Elsewhere
WHO REALLY OWNS AAA CAB?
SUNRISE CAB: A DRIVER'S OPINION... LION RIDES IN TAXI...AZ LEGISLATURE BLUNDERS...TLC GOES 10-7....A LATER LAST CALL...and other stories


Scanner Frequencies
Police Radio Codes

Two 203's

COMMENT, SUGGEST, OPINE, OR DROP A LINE

JUST WRITE THE RAT
Due to the constantly changing nature of bar and hotel information, no guarantee of current accuracy is possible. Users are asked to email all additions and corrections they encounter to:


COSMIC UNITY


Drivers of all companies should avoid unwarranted suspicions of one another, refrain from intentional call theft, and assist fellow drivers when needed. We should not allow ourselves to be played against one another by company management or unscrupulous customers.

THE COSMIC FOCUS


We drivers often have to put up with inefficient dispatching systems, inaccurate call information, poorly maintained equipment, and lack of respect and concern from management.
As professionals we must transcend such impediments, seeking to increase our knowledge, efficiency, and courtesy, to better inform and serve our customers, resulting in a more harmonious and profitable transportation business. It is hoped that this guide will serve as a useful tool of information toward that goal.
--COSMIC RAT

A growing new cab company--give him a try!

Cab driving is the world's most dangerous civilian profession, not because of accidents but due to assaults by robbers and other violent criminals. Visit a site that is trying to change that:
Save A Cabbie



GOOGLE MAPS
Sky Harbor International Airport
Google

THE COSMIC ATTITUDE:
Except for our profession itself, taxicab drivers have very little in common. We are among the most widely varied groups of people to be found anywhere. In fact, the very reason many of us have stuck with cabdriving despite its drawbacks is that it allows us to be ourselves.

As individualists, we are very protective of our rights. If they are challenged, we often react by asserting our freedom even more strongly. That is the way it should be.

We should also remember that, as we demand the right to be ourselves, we are obliged to extend that right to others.
Whether expressed or not, people become aware of prejudice and react accordingly. Nonprejudice means accepting everyone as a person regardless of any classification. Race, religion, sexual preference, lifestyle, profession, age, and handicap are some examples.

Ridding yourself of prejudice not only does more for your tips than any superficial pretentions, but makes your world friendlier, as well.
We must also avoid the trap of playing to other people's prejudices. There are many positive ways to please a customer. Pretending to share his bigotry is not a good way. Employers often discriminate based on what they assume their customers' prejudices are. In so doing, they insult the customer as well as deny good people employment.

Customers who feel free to be themselves are more relaxed, friendlier, and inclined to show their appreciation for good service. Drivers who both have that freedom and extend it to others can greet the public with genuine cheerfulness and self-respect.


COSMIC SYNTAX


Unnecessary punctuation has been eliminated to allow more natural alphabetization. City names are included only when the address does not follow the Phoenix and Maricopa County system, or when it might otherwise be unclear
We do not use number endings such as 4th, 3rd, 2nd or 1st, nor should they be used over the radio or telephone when accuracy is important. Each number should be spoken individually to reduce the number of soundalike errors.



GRAND AVENUE'S MAJOR INTERSECTIONS ARE ABOUT 1.4 MILES APART, 6/10 MILE
LESS THAN THE 2 MILES YOU WOULD OTHERWISE TRAVEL.
---pythagorus

About Uber

Technology brings us many benefits. Even nuclear tech can be quite useful when not used to destroy people and their habitats. Uber and its clones have misused communication technology to do severe harm to taxicab drivers' ability to make a living in an honorable profession.

It might have been thought to strike against taxi companies, to be a socialist alternative, but the real victims are the drivers themselves, whether independent or working for a company. They must meet insurance and other regulations, most of them necessary, that Uber evades to cut costs.
When you call your next ride, think about that, and choose wisely.




however thin you slice the cheese, some of it always sticks to the knife


THE RAT STORY

COSMIC RAT, unpatented inventor and unpublished writer (except for his self-published non-fiction work,
Cosmic Cabdriver's Guide to Greater Phoenix ),
lives in a little house in - Glendale, AZ... for the past 20 years he has worked in the taxiportation field as a provider, owner/operator and dispatcher thereof. Some say he is gathering experience in order to write a great novel. others believe it will be a semiautobiographical guide to greater earth which will eventually become the all-time best seller.

The main purpose of this site is to inform and verbally entertain. To maintain ease and speed of access, i am keeping the graphic content light.
All information should be accessible via any browser. I oppose any web programming used to trap browsers in commercial sites or to make viewing unnecessarily difficult by those with slower computers and modems and/or limited hard-drive space. How does it work for you? i welcome suggestions, both on content and style.
---cosmic rat

Edition 8.2 February 2015
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