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”

Honks, Expletives, and Relentless Traffic: Dispatches from the Wild Wild Road

The driver lets out a sigh as he waits for pedestrians to cross the street at the speed of molasses. Seeing that one of them has a walker, he eases up on the steering wheel, which he’d been gripping tightly before. “No one to blame, Anger. Stay down,” he instructs his festering emotions. The walker scootsContinue reading “Honks, Expletives, and Relentless Traffic: Dispatches from the Wild Wild Road”

Toast with Me: Golden State Bars

Step inside and unwind at these California bars with memorable ambiences—all stumbled upon in my excursions as a Lyft driver across the state. **No need to worry, as I can assure you that sparkling water was my beverage of choice at pretty much all of these. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ First and Last Chance Saloon (Oakland, CA) PaperContinue reading “Toast with Me: Golden State Bars”

To Hug a Porcupine: A Marin County Passenger Talks Bojack Horseman and Intergenerational Trauma

*Names changed to protect confidentiality For many years, Marin County was home to Robin Williams. Its natural beauty and proximity to San Francisco have made it a popular dwelling for affluent retirees in search of sanctuary without having to forgo easy access to the culture and bustle of a city. When I look up fromContinue reading “To Hug a Porcupine: A Marin County Passenger Talks Bojack Horseman and Intergenerational Trauma”

Are we too Siri dependent? Comparing now to the climate of yesteryears

When I think back to the days before Siri, my mind lands on that time when my 18-year-old self drove from the East Bay down to Gilroy, California (a city 1.5 hours south), on a journey to retrieve a bag I’d left in my date’s car the previous night. I’d printed out Map Quest directionsContinue reading “Are we too Siri dependent? Comparing now to the climate of yesteryears”

Off the Beaten Path: Exploration of the Artsy & Historic in California & Nevada

Come explore artistic flair and interesting history in this latest batch of towns—all stumbled upon during my stint as a Lyft driver! Marysville, CA (Yuba County) Back in 1857, Marysville was a prospering city—one of the largest in California, due to its proximity to so many gold-mining sites. Though it was slated to become the “NewContinue reading “Off the Beaten Path: Exploration of the Artsy & Historic in California & Nevada”

Therapists, Policemen, and Zebra Fish Researchers: Passengers Talk Interesting Careers

“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” —Confucius Passengers here either currently worked in engaging careers, were in the process of pursuing one, or added a fresh perspective to one that most people probably already know about. One worked as a traveling psychologist and conducted appointmentsContinue reading “Therapists, Policemen, and Zebra Fish Researchers: Passengers Talk Interesting Careers”

Diamond poop clinic, Choose Your Own Adventure, and the Internet’s superfluity of biased chatter in East Oakland, CA

Many people’s negative stereotypes of Oakland as a “dangerous place” stem from biased perceptions of East Oakland. The Earl Warren Institute wrote that “Drug dealing in general, and the dealing of crack cocaine in particular in the 1980s, resulted in elevated rates of violent crime, causing Oakland to consistently be listed as one of America’sContinue reading “Diamond poop clinic, Choose Your Own Adventure, and the Internet’s superfluity of biased chatter in East Oakland, CA”

Spanish-sounding Greek guys, Belle departs the Beast on an Uber Carriage, and the old man who spurned selfie sticks

On the line-up for this week: My thoughts on Uber Carriage, a babysitter explains the concept of ride share to two young children, and an anecdote from a passenger inspires a short story about the line between altruism and boundarylessness. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Lyft Quote “People think we are Spanish because the accents are similar.” —Four GreekContinue reading “Spanish-sounding Greek guys, Belle departs the Beast on an Uber Carriage, and the old man who spurned selfie sticks”