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”

Paint, Sculpt, and Ride: Passengers Talk Creating, Part 1

In the spirit of the new year, here are some stories from passengers who self-identified as artists or creators of some sort. On the line-up for today: an injured soccer player who discovered a love of painting, a woman documentary filmmaker on her process, and an aspiring musician who has trouble finishing projects and comparesContinue reading “Paint, Sculpt, and Ride: Passengers Talk Creating, Part 1”

NYE Special: Drunk Passengers Slur their Words of Wisdom

“I do not like people when they are drunk,  but I know some who become interesting when they are tipsy, who acquire what is not natural to them in their sober state; wit, beauty of thought, alertness, and richness of language. In such cases I am ready to bless wine.” —Leo Tolstoy (according to GeorgeContinue reading “NYE Special: Drunk Passengers Slur their Words of Wisdom”

Beach connoisseurs, soccer ball artists, and female celebrities v. paparazzi vultures in Los Angeles, CA

Exploring the city Along the lengthy path that runs parallel to Manhattan Beach, I hear a pre-teen boy and an older guy (both on their bikes) yelling out numbers between one and ten. My first thought is that they’re ranking the women who pass them by.  After turning to glare at them though, I realizeContinue reading “Beach connoisseurs, soccer ball artists, and female celebrities v. paparazzi vultures in Los Angeles, CA”

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”