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    Chaos is a ladder

    "Chaos isn't a pit. Chaos is a ladder. Many who try to climb it fail, and never get to try again — the fall breaks them. And some are given a chance to climb, but they refuse. They cling to the realm, or the gods, or love ... illusions. Only the ladder is real, the climb is all there is." Les...
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    Ant Happy Hour

    Folks, Virtual happy hours are all of the rage and Frankie is never one to be outdone. Therefore, I am starting our very own happy hour here on UP.net. Although the Slab-God said that deals and money never sleep, deal flow has indeed slowed in this environment. Given that, I have found myself...
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    New nickname for our beloved Doctor Ian

    Ants, Due to his relentless pursuit of educating the masses about the Chinese Virus scourge, Sir @Ian Richard Markham has been dubbed Doctor Ian. In the spirit of Grey’s Anatomy, I would like to give Doctor Ian a nickname a la McDreamy and McSteamy. I’m thinking McDrivey or McJuuly. What say...
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    Sounds like crazy Bernie has come around to the DLCs plan

    https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/488145-sanders-proposes-giving-2000-per-household-during-coronavirus-crisis
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    Lyft suspending shared rides

    According to Twitter. When do they suspend all operations?
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    How will you fill your time while practicing social distancing?

    Assuming we see a near shutdown similar to Italy, how do you plan to fill your time? One can only sit around and watch Netflix for so long. No more movies, no more dinners, concerts, social gatherings. No March Madness, no live sporting events. I have decided to terminate my gym routine and will...
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    Any ants starting to dip their toes back into this market?

    The last few weeks have obviously been very painful for the DLC and his stonks. I believe I lost more today than I’ve made driving U/L since I signed up almost exactly 5 years ago. However, I started to put some money to work on Friday and have taken some bites of the apple each leg down. The...
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    The DLC is back in the game

    Les Ants, After taking most of the first part of the year off, Frankie finally fired up the pinger this week. I only gave a few rides each of Tuesday and Wednesday night, but that doubled my total rides for the year. In reality, I haven't driven much since mid-November. With the holidays, work...
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    Share your story

    Les Ants, I'm interested to know 1) how complete of a driver profile do the ants have; and 2) what specific information you provide in the share your story section: a) Fun fact b) Other Experience c) Why I drive d) Tagline from the top of your profile Looking forward to the responses...
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    Why are driver ratings so pitifully low here?

    All of my drivers have had ratings of ~4.8. Sure they may smell a little, but the cars are nice, clean and new. My rating back in the states is an impeccable 4.97. Are Aussie riders just more discerning than their American counterparts?
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    Howdy Mates

    Frankie here, I’m a rather famous poster from the Dallas, TX boards. My fellow Ants initially hated me because I am something of a multi-threat. I am young and wealthy, very good looking, highly learned, tan, and fit. That kind of combination often causes envy and ire from the less fortunate...
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    Howdy Mates

    Frankie here, I’m a rather famous poster from the Dallas, TX boards. My fellow Ants initially hated me because I am something of a multi-threat. I am young and wealthy, very good looking, highly learned, tan, and fit. That kind of combination often causes envy and ire from the less fortunate...
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    Just received a nice compliment

    Upon arriving at my HP abode, of course in the multimillions, my driver makes the comment of “mommy I’m home.” Said driver figure I was young enough to be living with the folks. Anyways, I wish I could tell you folks of my accomplishments without giving myself away. I just partook in a once in...
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    What are you thankful for?

    Les Ants, In keeping with Dallas UP.net family tradition, The DLC would like everyone at the table to go around and say what they are thankful for. I will start. The lord our god, heavenly king, almighty god and father, the Holy One, the most high, lamb of god. The sun (for my tan and for...
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    What's everyone have planned for Thanksgiving

    Les Ants, Frankie de la crème is having a slow day at work and is daydreaming about his Thanksgiving vacation. The DLC will, of course, be heading to Orange County, CA to visit family. This year I will be taking the full week off and leaving the morning of Friday 11/22. I will be tailgating and...
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    UBER Self-Driving Laying the Groundwork in Dallas

    Les Ants, I found the following nuggets on ATG from the UBER conference call and believe it deserves its own thread. ATG is the Advanced Technologies Group that is a JV between UBER, Toyota, Softbank & Denso and houses the company's autonomous driving group. "We also announced that ATG will...
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    Frankie got promoted!

    Les Ants, Frankie has big news to share with the ants. I was promoted within my firm this week. Not only is it a nice bump in pay, but it's also just nice to be recognized for all of your hard work and dedication to the firm. I couldn't have done it without all of the support I receive from my...
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    A day in the life of Frankie-T

    Les Ants, I apologize for my recent absence. As you may know, my posting tends to come in spurts as inspiration hits. Lately, I have been posting to encourage better health and well-being. This is a continuation of that effort while also offering a glimpse into the life of yours truly. As I'm...
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    Frankie's beauty and longevity regimen

    Les Ants, On this episode of Frank Talk with Frank Tupelo, I'd like to discuss a couple of my favorite topics, beauty, and peak performance. Those ants that have followed along will know that Frankie is very proud of his youthful very good looks and is deathly afraid of his beauty withering...
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    As a Pax, what factors do you consider in re tipping

    Les Ants, Frankie took an UBER this morning to DFW. I will be attending a conference in Chicago the next couple of days. I don’t want to be the quintessential Parkie that doesn’t tip, but should one tip their Ant if the Ant did nothing out of their way to give a little extra effort? When I’m...
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