Corgi butts, passive-aggressive road gab, and a universe run by Siri

It’s a busy street in SOMA. So busy that when Tu—an Asian-American girl with shortly trimmed spiky hair, glasses, and a bouncy gait—lands buoyantly in the backseat of my car, a nearby vehicle is already honking at us to move.  Tu holds in her hands a salmon-colored paper box of cupcakes. Once we escape theContinue reading “Corgi butts, passive-aggressive road gab, and a universe run by Siri”

Bros eat Girl Scout cookies, passengers talk Bitcoin, and the beastly pothole dream in San Jose, CA

On deck for this week: A male passenger describes how a bro bonding Girl Scout cookie binge sesh made up for a disappointing date. In “Spanish Practice,” a daughter reveals to her mom the shocking gift she plans to bestow on her dad for Father’s Day. Two passengers in #Lyft Line speculate over the futureContinue reading “Bros eat Girl Scout cookies, passengers talk Bitcoin, and the beastly pothole dream in San Jose, CA”

Heater versus AC: Balancing the Two Polarities on the Road and in Life

I’m driving home to Oakland one night, up the 5 on my way back from LA. Earlier that evening I stopped at a Denny’s for tea, which was comforting– to encounter a safe, reliable little cube of sameness out there on the otherwise dark unfamiliar stretch of road. Anyways, as I drive I find myselfContinue reading “Heater versus AC: Balancing the Two Polarities on the Road and in Life”

Valentine’s Day Special: Passengers Talk Love and Relationships

“Intimacy comes when two people, both standing clearly in their own lives—with their faults and their truths, their needs and their gifts—say to each other, ‘ This is me. I see you. I am willing to say the whole truth, make mistakes, forgive, trust, receive, give, allow our differences, argue, laugh, and stand together withContinue reading “Valentine’s Day Special: Passengers Talk Love and Relationships”

Passengers Talk Beauty and Messiness of Human Relationships

Relationships– whether between partners, two friends, or a mom and her son– are complicated. Conflicts will inevitably arise. Part of being your own separate person with distinct thoughts, beliefs, and ways of seeing the world means that you won’t always see eye to eye with others. The following entry explores some of these complexities. SomeContinue reading “Passengers Talk Beauty and Messiness of Human Relationships”

My car the church confession box, tattooed Lyft Line girls hit it off, and the bilingual city tour

On the line-up for this week: two girls in Lyft Line bond over their tattoos and shared past experiences, thoughts on passengers who bare their souls and what it means to know someone on a deeper level, and a dream wherein I give a tour of San Francisco in Spanish to a very important LyftContinue reading “My car the church confession box, tattooed Lyft Line girls hit it off, and the bilingual city tour”

Ride with Me: Hillside Coyotes, the Gambling Senior, and Passenger Talks Before and After recovery narrative in Richmond, CA

More and more people are moving to Richmond, a city of 109,000 occupants, as rent prices increase in Oakland and San Francisco. In recent years three breweries have opened, and it’s projected to be one of the next hubs of gentrification. Despite this, it still carries a reputation for being dangerous and undesireable, much like OaklandContinue reading “Ride with Me: Hillside Coyotes, the Gambling Senior, and Passenger Talks Before and After recovery narrative in Richmond, CA”

Grooving octopuses, Passenger empathy, and Dave the Compliment Machine

On the lineup for today: a woman passenger reminisces on Berkeley’s days of yore, a time when a passenger really had my back, and a short story sparked by a comment made in a Lyft ride. ~~~ Berkeley High Schooler in the ’70s “The teachers didn’t have a handle on the kids at all. We’dContinue reading “Grooving octopuses, Passenger empathy, and Dave the Compliment Machine”

Ride with Me: A penguin escapes from Sea World, hallucinating bunnies, and a future video game designer in San Diego, CA

Exploring the city Ample sun, countless breweries, heavenly tacos, eclectic cafes, miles and miles of beach. All of these noun-adjective pairings characterize San Diego, the coastal city of 1.4 million that brims with life two hours south of LA and twenty miles north of the Mexican border.  Almost every establishment I walk into, be itContinue reading “Ride with Me: A penguin escapes from Sea World, hallucinating bunnies, and a future video game designer in San Diego, CA”

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”