The traffic-deterring giant slug, systemic honk reform and fruit-picking through the car window with a retired bat researcher

# Lyft Line # Kids Who Lyft A college-aged guy sits down in the front seat. After announcing that he has philosophy homework and a big research project to turn in, he gets to work.  The app tells me our ride has two stops; next we will be picking up his niece at her elementary school.Continue reading “The traffic-deterring giant slug, systemic honk reform and fruit-picking through the car window with a retired bat researcher”

A Lyft Line sickly symphony, the chinchilla at TJ’s, and my friend joins me for an Uber Eats run

#Lyft Line I kept yawning. Another passenger kept sneezing. A second passenger hiccuped, filling the air with the smell of beer. The guy next to me coughed continually. We were an unwell Lyft bunch if there ever was one. I briefly felt pride at our joint contributions to the Symphony of Sickliness. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Lyft Thought:Continue reading “A Lyft Line sickly symphony, the chinchilla at TJ’s, and my friend joins me for an Uber Eats run”

Cars Are Animals and the Road’s a Jungle

A porcupine stands in the middle of the road. Body completely still, its wide-open eyes stare placidly towards my passengers and me. I see it too late. We all brace ourselves as I slam the brakes and the car swerves violently. Just as it seems we’re about to crash into a stop sign, my ToyotaContinue reading “Cars Are Animals and the Road’s a Jungle”

Anders the Ambulai driver, Goldilocks and the three seat positions, and perspective taking when out on the road

# Lyft Thoughts Would Goldilocks have eventually habituated to the too big bed or the too soft chair or the too hot Oatmeal? is a question I ask myself when I notice I keep changing the seat position and the temperature dial on my car. First I’m too close, then I’m too far back. FirstContinue reading “Anders the Ambulai driver, Goldilocks and the three seat positions, and perspective taking when out on the road”

Lyft Pawsenger Series Part 2: parakeet PDA, the verbification of animals, and the psychology of crazy cat ladies

In honor of International Cat Day, here is part 2 of the Lyft Pawsenger series. In today’s batches: a passenger brings his parakeets, thoughts on using animals as verbs, and a ride with a male cat lover who fosters 22 cats with his wife and comments on the habit of hoarding. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Parakeet PDA PassengerContinue reading “Lyft Pawsenger Series Part 2: parakeet PDA, the verbification of animals, and the psychology of crazy cat ladies”

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”

Hike With Me: California Nature Trails, Part 2

*A continuation of yesterday’s entry, which featured Huckleberry Regional Preserve in Oakland, South Fork American River in Coloma, Blue Rock Springs trail in Vallejo, and Bull Valley Staging Area in Port Costa. Paradise Beach, American River (Sacramento, CA) Hike up and down dusty golden rabbit hills until you reach the river. On the path over,Continue reading “Hike With Me: California Nature Trails, Part 2”

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”