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”

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”

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”