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”

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”

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”

A tardy friend redeems himself, the firefly rescuer, and why driving behind massive trucks is scary

We’ve got a couple of father daughter stories in the line-up today! See “A Good Caring Dad” (the first in my Uber Eats series), and “The Frog and the Unsuspecting Firefly” (also part of a recurring series, “Passengers Speak Spanish”). #Lyft Thoughts explores the anxiety of driving behind big trucks with lots of items jostlingContinue reading “A tardy friend redeems himself, the firefly rescuer, and why driving behind massive trucks is scary”

Siri and Me: A Complex Relationship

As a Lyft driver, passengers talked to me about all kinds of things: the conflict between finding meaningful work and achieving financial security; the pull of a gambling addiction; the endearing habits of one’s lovable cross-eyed cat. One man recalled how he’d studied bats, flown helicopters, and met his wife down in Guadalajara, Mexico atContinue reading “Siri and Me: A Complex Relationship”