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”

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”

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”