Ride with Me: Hillside Coyotes, the Gambling Senior, and Passenger Talks Before and After recovery narrative in Richmond, CA

More and more people are moving to Richmond, a city of 109,000 occupants, as rent prices increase in Oakland and San Francisco. In recent years three breweries have opened, and it’s projected to be one of the next hubs of gentrification. Despite this, it still carries a reputation for being dangerous and undesireable, much like OaklandContinue reading “Ride with Me: Hillside Coyotes, the Gambling Senior, and Passenger Talks Before and After recovery narrative in Richmond, CA”

Anders the Ambulai driver, Goldilocks and the three seat positions, and perspective taking when out on the road

# Lyft Thoughts Would Goldilocks have eventually habituated to the too big bed or the too soft chair or the too hot Oatmeal? is a question I ask myself when I notice I keep changing the seat position and the temperature dial on my car. First I’m too close, then I’m too far back. FirstContinue reading “Anders the Ambulai driver, Goldilocks and the three seat positions, and perspective taking when out on the road”

Bigger Passenger Story: Exploring addictive processes with a former gambling addict in Reno, Nevada

“There’s this program where you put your name on their list, and then if they see you in their casino they’ll kick you out and take all your money,” says Janet* the woman passenger I’ve just picked up outside a cafe in midtown Reno. “My gambling problem led me to enroll in it.” Her wordsContinue reading “Bigger Passenger Story: Exploring addictive processes with a former gambling addict in Reno, Nevada”

First Impressions Overturned, Part 3: A Pristine Formerly Homeless Woman on the Homeless as Members of our Human Family

*This is the final entry in the First Impressions Overturned series. ~~ Many of us carry in our heads an ingrained idea of what a homeless person looks like and how they present themself: dirty clothes. Rambling speech. Someone whose mind is not quite there, or who perhaps leads us to feeling both unsafe andContinue reading “First Impressions Overturned, Part 3: A Pristine Formerly Homeless Woman on the Homeless as Members of our Human Family”

Butterscotch cookies, cotton candy sky, and a therapist’s emotional toolkit in Alameda, CA

*Names and some identifying details have been changed for confidentiality ~~~~~ The setting for today’s entry is Alameda, an East Bay island city of 78,000 that’s adjacent to Oakland. It’s home to Faction Brewery, where you can enjoy a beer outside next to picnic tables, hacky sack boards, and an expansive view of the BayContinue reading “Butterscotch cookies, cotton candy sky, and a therapist’s emotional toolkit in Alameda, CA”