Bigger Passenger Story: Exploring addictive processes with a former gambling addict in Reno, Nevada

“There’s this program where you put your name on their list, and then if they see you in their casino they’ll kick you out and take all your money,” says Janet* the woman passenger I’ve just picked up outside a cafe in midtown Reno. “My gambling problem led me to enroll in it.” Her wordsContinue reading “Bigger Passenger Story: Exploring addictive processes with a former gambling addict in Reno, Nevada”

Ride with Me: Goddess energy, natural splendor, and an anthropological look at casinos in Reno, Nevada (Part 1)

Waking up in the Goddess Room of Reno’s Burner Hostel, I feel as if a mystical presence is watching over me.  A mural of a woman surrounds me on all four walls. Her purple and teal hair gently flows down from her head, becoming waves that blanket and soften the walls while enveloping the sleeperContinue reading “Ride with Me: Goddess energy, natural splendor, and an anthropological look at casinos in Reno, Nevada (Part 1)”

First Impressions Overturned Part 2: EQ Talks, Gay Stuff and Inn ‘N Out Feasting with a Nuanced Tech Bro

**This Part 2 of the First Impressions Overturned series, following last week’s post “Partying Police Officers, A Socially Conscious Bro, and a Misconstrued Pedestrian” ( https://bit.ly/3bAkJ8V ). ~~~ When Sean* gets into my car outside the apartment of a hilly San Francisco neighborhood, he asks if I’m okay with driving down to Palo Alto (a cityContinue reading “First Impressions Overturned Part 2: EQ Talks, Gay Stuff and Inn ‘N Out Feasting with a Nuanced Tech Bro”

Lyft Pawsenger Series Part 1: resplendent quetzal, a chill chihuahua, and the coyote face-down

Driving for Lyft put me in contact with a fair amount of furry, feathered, and scaled friends. Given how much I love animals, it was a true delight to have them as passengers. Even when no creatures were present, the excitement of fellow animal loving riders rubbed off on me. One time a woman from GuatamalaContinue reading “Lyft Pawsenger Series Part 1: resplendent quetzal, a chill chihuahua, and the coyote face-down”

Musical chairs road anxiety, our flawed U.S. food industry, and Amy Schumer rides the ever-expanding Toyota Corolla

In the lineup for this week: a wild #Lyft Dream featuring Amy Schumer and a car that lengthens on command. #Lyft Thoughts compares the discomfort of being caught in the middle of a four-way intersection when the light turns red to the anxiety of playing musical chairs. A #Lyft Quote features a passenger who drawsContinue reading “Musical chairs road anxiety, our flawed U.S. food industry, and Amy Schumer rides the ever-expanding Toyota Corolla”

Wild Lyft Ride Series, Part 3: A Weaponless Hold-up and the Salinas Sunrise Ride

A Weaponless Hold-up “Please. I’m on the car now. You can’t drive off,” says the woman with her head inside my passenger’s rolled-down window, hands gripping the car. Minutes earlier, I’d picked up Liana and Jessie* outside of Elbo Room in San Francisco’s Mission district.  “It was too hot in there!” they exclaimed, the fluffyContinue reading “Wild Lyft Ride Series, Part 3: A Weaponless Hold-up and the Salinas Sunrise Ride”

Wild Lyft Ride Series, Part 2: A Journey through the Woods with a Goat Yoga Instructor

After a slightly serpentine and bucolic ride up to *Marie’s house in the Aptos hills, I park in front of her rustic dwelling to find my phone has no service. Leaving the car to inform her of my arrival, I pass by dogs and goats along the way. Two friendly chocolate labs greet me atContinue reading “Wild Lyft Ride Series, Part 2: A Journey through the Woods with a Goat Yoga Instructor”

Wild Lyft Ride Series, Part 1: The Street is No Place for Snow Angels

“Hi, I’m calling because I just dropped off a Lyft passenger who was very intoxicated and is now lying down in the middle of the street. Any help would be much appreciated.” So went my frantic call to 911 from a residential neighborhood in north San Diego.  Let’s rewind a bit though to all thatContinue reading “Wild Lyft Ride Series, Part 1: The Street is No Place for Snow Angels”