A quiet meet cute, the indignities of driving, and a giant vulture puts the kibosh on my Lyft driving days

This week’s road observations: I spy a man washing his car on a dark cold night. Which wasn’t as weird as seeing another man do yoga poses in the middle of the sidewalk later that (still dark, now rainy) night. ~~~~~~~~ #Lyft Line: The Quiet Meet Cute A girl with long black hair gets intoContinue reading “A quiet meet cute, the indignities of driving, and a giant vulture puts the kibosh on my Lyft driving days”

Carnal Questing: Passengers Talk Joys and Difficulties of Modern Dating

Perhaps more straightforward in our parents’ generation, dating takes so many different forms today. For some it’s exhaustingly uncertain and painful, for others it’s a dopamine rush and world-expanding. Some daters are out there looking for The One, others are experimenting with ethical non-monogamy, and still others are searching for (or open to) something inContinue reading “Carnal Questing: Passengers Talk Joys and Difficulties of Modern Dating”

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”

Rural passengers, 1950s vibes, and Walter the failed botanist in Ukiah, CA

Nice things people on Yelp had to say about Ukiah, a rustic town in Mendocino County with a population of 16,000: “The air is always sparkling clear (unless there are forest fires). Every night we can go outside and look up and feel as though we are camping in the Sierras—billions of stars! There areContinue reading “Rural passengers, 1950s vibes, and Walter the failed botanist in Ukiah, CA”

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”

Angsty, Insightful, Disobedient and Forlorn: When Teenagers Take Lyft

“The area of teenage life is not necessarily rarefied; we’ve all gone through that period. It’s not as rarefied as a western or a space adventure or a gangster film, but it has its own dynamic.” —Director and musician Gus Van Sant Swinging open the front door, an ebullient adolescent female plops herself without hesitation ontoContinue reading “Angsty, Insightful, Disobedient and Forlorn: When Teenagers Take Lyft”

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”

The Bucolic Life For Me: Exploring California’s Central Valley, Part 2

**This is a continuation of an entry from a few days ago that featured the towns Turlock, Modesto, and Fresno. ~~ Lodi, CA After I pull in to the parking lot of a 711, three humans dressed in wedding attire pile into my car, holding cardboard trays filled with burgers and fries. The bride’s dress takesContinue reading “The Bucolic Life For Me: Exploring California’s Central Valley, Part 2”