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”

First Impressions Overturned Part 2: EQ Talks, Gay Stuff and Inn ‘N Out Feasting with a Nuanced Tech Bro

**This Part 2 of the First Impressions Overturned series, following last week’s post “Partying Police Officers, A Socially Conscious Bro, and a Misconstrued Pedestrian” ( https://bit.ly/3bAkJ8V ). ~~~ When Sean* gets into my car outside the apartment of a hilly San Francisco neighborhood, he asks if I’m okay with driving down to Palo Alto (a cityContinue reading “First Impressions Overturned Part 2: EQ Talks, Gay Stuff and Inn ‘N Out Feasting with a Nuanced Tech Bro”

Musical chairs road anxiety, our flawed U.S. food industry, and Amy Schumer rides the ever-expanding Toyota Corolla

In the lineup for this week: a wild #Lyft Dream featuring Amy Schumer and a car that lengthens on command. #Lyft Thoughts compares the discomfort of being caught in the middle of a four-way intersection when the light turns red to the anxiety of playing musical chairs. A #Lyft Quote features a passenger who drawsContinue reading “Musical chairs road anxiety, our flawed U.S. food industry, and Amy Schumer rides the ever-expanding Toyota Corolla”

Pride Month Stories #5: A Transgender Passenger on Trans Inclusion and Acceptance

*Names and certain details have been changed to protect confidentiality ~~ “It’s not like I’d want to fight in the military, even if I could. But that’s not the point. Some members of my community might. That could be their dream. So the point is, fuck Trump.” It’s July 2017 and Passenger Bailey* is sharing hisContinue reading “Pride Month Stories #5: A Transgender Passenger on Trans Inclusion and Acceptance”

Pride Month Stories #4: Older Butch Talks 1960s Lesbian Dating

I love hearing lesbian couples’ meeting stories—especially from the days before dating apps existed, when avenues for doing so were far more limited—and it’s not every day that the opportunity to talk to a queer woman from an older generation presents itself. When Rita* gets into my car though, I’m in for the treat ofContinue reading “Pride Month Stories #4: Older Butch Talks 1960s Lesbian Dating”

Pride Month Stories #3: Demisexual Passenger on ‘Bi Men Are Real’

*Name and certain details have been changed for confidentiality ~~ How many times in your life have you met a bisexual guy? Did you believe that he was actually bisexual? Or did you privately think that he was probably gay and just hadn’t fully come to terms with his sexual orientation yet? More on thisContinue reading “Pride Month Stories #3: Demisexual Passenger on ‘Bi Men Are Real’”

Guerneville Gay Bear Talks Gender Roles in Queer Relationships

*This is entry #2 in a series on LGBT passengers, put together in honor of Pride month ~~~ Exploring the city Located along the Russian River in northern California’s Sonoma County, Guerneville has a funky, free-spirited vibe that SF Gate describes as being “as much a constant as the towering redwoods that surround the town.”Continue reading “Guerneville Gay Bear Talks Gender Roles in Queer Relationships”

LGBT Pride Month Passenger #1: QPOC on Parental Homophobia

*This is Part 1 in a special series I’ve put together for the month of June (Gay Pride month), that features in-depth stories on LGBT-identified passengers. Check back over the next couple of weeks for more pride-themed stories! **Passenger granted me permission to share her story, but names and some identifying details have still beenContinue reading “LGBT Pride Month Passenger #1: QPOC on Parental Homophobia”

Passenger Story: The Ellen Meme, Punching Down, and Personal Sensitivities

I’m pulled over in front of Delta of Venus– a hippie, LGBT-friendly cafe I spent much of my time at as an under-grad at UC Davis, inside of which funky music plays, vibrant paintings hang from multi-colored walls, and Queer Student Union dance parties occasionally infuse the space with life. While waiting for passenger Chase*Continue reading “Passenger Story: The Ellen Meme, Punching Down, and Personal Sensitivities”

Ride with Me: Passenger Talks Biculturalism in Oakland, CA

*Names and certain identifying details have been changed to protect confidentiality Exploring the city Known by many as San Francisco’s across the bridge neighbor, Oakland is the largest city in the East Bay region of the SF Bay Area, widely varied and home to 440,000. Accompanying its downtown’s urban grit are the hipster Temescal neighborhood,Continue reading “Ride with Me: Passenger Talks Biculturalism in Oakland, CA”