Here are this week’s Life Pro Tips.
01. How to get a cab if they keep denying you a ride due to your destination being too far away
If you’re in a nightlife area of a major city and need a ride to the suburbs or to city limits, most taxi drivers will deny you a ride once you tell them your destination. They want to stay in the areas with most business to maximize rides during peak hours. So to get around this walk to nearest big hotel that’s within this nightlife area and hail one of the cabs waiting out front. You might have to enter the hotel from parking garage and exit through main lobby. They have deals with the hotels to provide their guests rides and turning them down jeopardizes their permission to wait outside the hotel. They will think you’re a guest and comply no matter what your destination is.
If you’re ballsy enough you can even ask a bellhop to hail a cab for you. As long as you’re exiting the lobby they will assume you’re a guest and oblige and you’ll get a cab guaranteed.
Uber, Lyft or any other ride sharing service is absolutely a better option if available in the area.
02. Before you point out a problem, first think of a realistic solution to suggest
People are eager to brainstorm what’s wrong, instead of brainstorming solutions. Before you bring a problem to a boss or even in a relationship, first think about a viable solution. Instead of being seen as a complainer you will be seen as a confident, assured, problem solver. People will soon ask for your advice giving you the opportunity to improve your status around the office.
In addition to that if you can’t think of a realistic solution throw out a ridiculous solution. People are generally a lot quicker to improve a bad idea than think of a good one. Might as well get the ball rolling.
03. Easy way to find those extremely tiny screws, pills, broken glass, etc. that fall somewhere on the floor
I’ve been working with electronics and other things that use extremely small parts for a few years. I’m also clumsy. I’m always dropping things. I’ve found the best way to find the stuff is to turn off the lights, grab a laser pointer, and get on the floor. Most lasers are cylindrical. you want one with the smallest diameter, because the beam will be closest to the floor. While sitting in the corner of the room, Put the laser down flat pointed toward where you dropped the object, and hold down the button. While doing this, turn the laser clockwise. It should look kind of like a sonar, or a hand on an analog clock. the beam will hit the dropped object, and it will light up really bright. This is great for finding small parts, or cleaning up broken glass.
04. Before hiking…
Download a free U.S. Geological Survey topographic map of the area you are hiking in and print a copy. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has been producing detailed topographic maps for more than 125 years. Today they are nearly all digitized and free to download through the USGS Map Store. I would also recommend learning how to read and utilize maps properly.
Smart phones get dropped, get wet, or sometimes just die on you. Don’t rely on a smart phone. Bring a map as well. Print one out and put it in a ziplock bag (and leave a copy with your planned route marked in your car at the trailhead) or buy a high-quality waterproof topographic map.
05. When feeling down; clean
When feeling unaccomplished, bored or even a little depressed – start cleaning or organizing something. Be it your place, car or notes. After you’ve finished you’ll feel as if you’ve achieved something (especially if it was a huge mess in the first place). It’ll distract you if not, make you forget what it was that made you feel down etc. in the first place.