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Mozart No. 21

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Reflections on Better Times

Mont Saint-Michel


Monaco
Few that stop by this blog know anything about me except how I feel about the US criminal justice system and its voluntary participants and perhaps many do not care. I have actually had people email me stating that they find my life story interesting and I must correct each as this terrible experience from Orlando is so far from my life story, but most of you guessed this much, hopefully.

I have not kept it a secret that I do not like life in the US and consider it a terrible place to end-up. If not for obligations in my life I would be long gone. I described my thoughts best in Third Culture Adults.


Mont Saint-Michel street
The images herein are all from Wikimedia Commons and the photographers are listed at the conclusion. I have had a serious interest in history since a child and actually have over 70 undergraduate credits in history courses (76 I believe without actually looking). All images are from places that I have lived or visited often prior to coming to the US.


Frankenstein Castle
 At one point (in 2006) I had intended to exit forever – sometimes one must be where they want to be. It was my desire (it still is, I'm sure) to purchase a château outside of Paris and restore it, adhering to historical specifications. This is something that I studied in-depth. You see, you have already learned something new about me.


Benidorm
 Believe it or not, such properties (in need of restoration) can be found for less than many houses in upper middle-class neighborhoods here. What did I intend to do with this château once the work was completed? This was up for debate and dependent on investor ideas because I sure couldn't pay for it all by myself. I did actually have a couple of parties interested in the investment.


Place de la République, Paris
 Perhaps I would do something similar to what Pierre Cardin did with the Marquis de Sade's château (Lacoste). Really I considered turning it into a private member-only club with a helipad – you must use your imagination on the type of club; I did.


Neuschwanstein Castle
On that note I will say goodbye for now and leave you with some images of my favorite places in the world.





 
 
 
Image credits:
 
 

Place de la République, Paris 2006,  ayustety
Mont Saint-Michel Street 2006 - Wife of Semnoz - June 2006)
Mont Saint-Michel in Normandy (Manche), France at night 2006, Benh LIEU SONG
Castle Neuschwanstein at Schwangau, Bavaria, Germany 2006, Konrad Kurzacz
Benidorm by night from Gran Hotel Bali (floor 33) 2010, FDV
Castle Frankenstein (Palatinate), viewed from East 2005, Photographed by Emil
Monaco 1999, Senet

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Blocking Escort Services in Orlando: Always Evolving

Since I first discovered that escort business lines in Orlando were being blocked in area resorts, the methods have certainly evolved. Make no mistake – the simple techniques of past are still in operation, though at a more advanced stage; however, other means became necessary as technology (and phones) progressed and improved.

Back in the early days it was all about blocking escort business telephone numbers in hotel PBX systems and also programming at the telco central office in the case of one particular telco. It took me a good year to figure out the how back in 1993-94, but few could manage to wrap their minds around it. I met with statements that it could not be done and was impossible – from telephone company security, believe it or not. Hell, if they were that stupid, no wonder it was easily implemented. Denial, denial, and more denial topped with a jab of “that's crazy”. Yet it was so simple when we look back today.

To simplify how it worked with the old PBX systems:

There were a variety of PBX systems on the market and many had such a “blocking” feature. It was as simple as the tech guy programming the PBX to block a list of telephone numbers from being dialed from a block of rooms, say rooms reserved through a convention services company for a specific convention. Yes, PBX systems had a call blocking feature – still, I was called “crazy” and the fact that this was even technically possible was denied by everyone.

By the time the attendees arrived and checked-into their rooms that list of numbers was blocked and that conventioneer couldn't dial a number on on the list from his room. Other rooms not reserved for the specific large convention at that resort could dial the number without trouble. This caused many to believe there were no blocks at all. In Memoirs I used the example of a convention booked at the Dolphin Hotel and discussed our investigation – the large convention of 900 attendees experienced the blocking; the smaller convention of 100 attendees did not. This is discussed in-depth in the book.

Back in those days there was also blocking at the central office level. I know this for fact as payphones on Disney property were also blocking the escort business numbers. The telephone company at that time was Vista United Telecommunications – the first all-digital telephone company in the world; however, in early 2001 Vista United was acquired by Smart City. This is also discussed in the book.



More Advances brought new forms of Blocking

As time progressed so does the technology utilized by the blockers. Website blocking entered the equation and conventioneers searching for escort business websites hit a wall in Orlando area resorts. This later evolved into blocking using WiFi. But the issue with both was that some callers still got through when using a more advanced phone or not using the hotel's WiFi or saving the telephone number on the website before they left home.



The Blockers found New Solutions

The practice of blocking escort service telephone numbers has certainly evolved since the early days, and even in the last year. We are dealing with an entirely different animal today. In my opinion there's a Lockheed Martin satellite involved and we have moved to an entirely different scale with added participants. If you live in Orlando you know who Big Brother is around here and I am not going to expound on that statement. Sound crazy?

I have a website that I have used in research for quite some time. Let me offer a sample of results from my ongoing research:

In late January of 2011 – the Golf Merchandise Show brought 45,000 people to International Drive and Disney resorts. This many people will fill-up many resorts in both areas, and then of course there were other smaller conventions going on at the same time. Result:

Not a single caller from any resort on International Drive or Lake Buena Vista / Disney area. Plenty of callers from out-of-the-way places, such as nearby Brevard County, Lake County, Volusia County, Polk County, and Seminole County. A handful of callers from deteriorated motels on the 192 strip in Kissimmee, but none from sizable resorts in Kissimmee or Osceola County.

The results are not believable, so it is a good thing that I have a couple of witnesses and take great notes for my research.

In February and March the same crap continued. We had many conventions in Orlando, including a list with 30,000+ attendees, and not a single phone call from anyone booked in any nice resort in Orange or Osceola counties. The website implements a tracking of sorts and was viewed an average of 600 times daily with at 200+ unique IP visits – that is daily! Some days the website had 1000+ visits. Yet not a single telephone call, even when switching telephone numbers and including a second number. It is as if the entire I-4 corridor through Orlando and Kissimmee has the numbers blocked, and that screams satellite.

I have one other party with an Orlando website to compare notes with. That party has experienced the same problems and still books calls, but the calls are the typical non-convention outside area calls. So is it busy? Sure, if you opened a service in Orlando to book drunk idiots out at UCF, men in groups in dumpy apartments, or people in surrounding counties.

As technology evolves, so do the blockers.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

My Blueprint Books: Expounding on the Issues

This discussion is about Blueprint for an Escort Service and it is not a book ad. Our world has many people that despise adult business for one reason or another. Sometimes the reasoning involves religion and other times it is the result of a bad experience or media hype. On occasion there is an agenda-based hatred for adult businesses of various types. I will address all of the stated reasoning here.


Why did I write and publish Blueprint for an Escort Service?

In all honesty my main reason was that Memoirs of an Accused Madam has never been a seller – the original or the second edition. Writing Blueprint was an idea that popped in my mind when I asked myself what type of books do sell these days. I wrote it in 3 weeks and by the end of week 4, I was looking at a paperback. The subsequent Blueprint books – Blueprint 2 and Complete Blueprint – were an answer to thoughts and questions concerning the original book. Blueprint 2 is mainly about doing it all on a budget and Complete Blueprint combines the two with some updates. They haven't hit the mainstream at this point, but they do sell decently for self-published books.

My secondary reasoning was to bring a level of professionalism to the escort business that often does not exist because of the lack of information out there. It was a closed club of sorts, but it isn't anymore. The few people that have information to sell in a how-to form charge a high price and do not necessarily offer the best information. Look at it this way: Someone in the business has nothing to gain and everything to lose by helping others enter the business. Someone convicted on charges involving an escort service has information with little appeal as obviously they seriously screwed-up.

Finally, the information is now at your fingertips if you want it. I managed to make opening an escort service something that anyone can do. I made it all accessible and took the mystery out of the equation. For $9.99 (ebook) or whatever amount Amazon is currently charging for the paperback, anyone can enter the escort business.

Why would anyone want to open an escort service?

There are many possible reasons, but most involve a need to survive and cover more than just the basic bills in life. The great thing that I have watched happen since Blueprint was published is that professionals are giving it a second look and getting into the business.

I have had the pleasure of corresponding with plenty of professionals or professional types that are the best thing that could ever happen to the entire industry. I cannot be too specific here, but I'll give you an idea: 
  • A really great guy in the NE US that could barely survive after alimony and child support were paid every month
  • An unemployed white collar professional in a major SW US city
  • An advertising and marketing professional in Los Angeles
  • A website designer in NYC
  • A professional consultant in Las Vegas
  • A security guard in Houston that couldn't pay the basic bills
  • An unemployed couple in NYC that was on the verge of foreclosure
  • A restaurant owner in the Midwest US

The list goes on and on, but the one trait that each person has in common is that they're entrepreneurial. They enter the business with enough knowledge to do it all correctly and earn a great living, but also know they'll never make $millions as bullshit ads claim or many in the general population seem to believe. If one operates correctly there are not $millions to be made – it is that simple.

Joe Scam the pimp has little interest in my book and if he does purchase it, it is highly unlikely that he'll follow through anyway. Why? Because doing it all correctly is far from easy and Joe would make much less money.

So what are cops saying?

The general consensus among police agencies is that I offer information that is about “legally circumventing the law” as it pertains to the escort business. The first question that I must respond with is: Why? Don't you want escort agencies to operate professionally and legally? Of course the answer is already evident – they do not want escort agencies at all.

The failure of that entire idea is that escort businesses will be around whether they want them or not. According to these people all escort services are fronts for prostitution and shouldn't exist at all. My response to that is that they should be attacking state and local authorities and getting that definition on the books legally, or just shut the hell up. Many are religious zealots like Sheriff Grady Judd and his troop of followers.

I have heard from Judd himself before. I would be lying if I said the call had zero effects on me – no one in their right mind wants to be booked into Polk County jail and put through hell for the next couple of years. I quickly overcame the effects though, so no issue. I know that they couldn't get much of a bond because I have proved that I show-up in court whether anyone wants me to or not. And a bond is all about making sure the defendant appears, right?

If ever arrested over my Blueprint book I would make the arresting agency the laughing stock and prevail in the end, so not much to lose there. Memoirs would sell then for sure, which is what none of them want.

End Results

Plenty of old school agency owners in that previously closed club have lost their grip on the business. As it turns out, me and my Blueprint books are more effective than any law enforcement agency in history as their escorts desert in droves. The stranglehold that many had on the business for so long is finished. Yes, I am aware of specific incidents and transformations in US cities, but do not have the liberty of expounding on the topic.

I think I will take all of the attacks on my books and my person with a cup of salt. I do thank my few defenders.