Whatever Happened To….

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In my early days as a chauffeur, there were certain things everyone did that seemed somewhat normal at the time, but now border on…well…crazy. Times change, and with times…things change as well, but there are some questions that pop into my head from time to time. This is just a view from my personal experiences, but I’m sure some of the “old timers” in the limo industry, and especially those in Chicago transportation, can relate.
Whatever happened to the 24-hour shift? It didn’t happen too often, but being in the car for 24 hours straight was always a possibility. I often wondered what clients thought of my wrinkled suit, red eyes, and coffee-induced jitters. Thankfully…those days are long gone. Most limo services nationwide recognized the folly of this type of scheduling and abandoned it years ago.
What ever happened to trunk space? You’ll hear this one more and more as the old style of sedan disappears from the limo scene. Quick fact>>>the trunk in a Lincoln Town Car sedan is the exact same size as the trunk of a Lincoln Town Car limousine. Most people don’t realize that, but it means nothing now that the Town Car, and all the other larger sedan models have been mothballed in favor of smaller, more fuel efficient vehicles. Learning to “use the cube” is more important than ever.
What ever happened to “monster luggage runs”? That’s and easy one. Once the airlines started charging per bag, travelers began to realize that carrying the kitchen sink wasn’t necessary. After all…there are sinks everywhere.
Whatever happened to regulation? Now, let me be the first to say that there is already too much government, but government has always been reaching into the pockets of limousine services, at least since I started. So why now has the government decided to ignore companies that “pretend” to be limo services by hiding behind smartphone apps? Meanwhile, they still have their hand in the pockets of “real” limo companies, which begs the question…who is paying who?
Whatever happed to time? Since I constantly run out, I wonder what happened to those days where nothing was going on, and I would look for things to occupy my time. Now, I can’t seem to find the time to complete my daily “to do” list. Like this blog…
…until next time…

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Dale Schahczinski
Goal driven team leader, with industry experience spanning all aspects of operations and administration.