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”

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”

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 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”