Rural passengers, 1950s vibes, and Walter the failed botanist in Ukiah, CA

Nice things people on Yelp had to say about Ukiah, a rustic town in Mendocino County with a population of 16,000: “The air is always sparkling clear (unless there are forest fires). Every night we can go outside and look up and feel as though we are camping in the Sierras—billions of stars! There areContinue reading “Rural passengers, 1950s vibes, and Walter the failed botanist in Ukiah, CA”

Therapists, Policemen, and Zebra Fish Researchers: Passengers Talk Interesting Careers

“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” —Confucius Passengers here either currently worked in engaging careers, were in the process of pursuing one, or added a fresh perspective to one that most people probably already know about. One worked as a traveling psychologist and conducted appointmentsContinue reading “Therapists, Policemen, and Zebra Fish Researchers: Passengers Talk Interesting Careers”

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”

Edible ocean plants, how Lyft drivers and soccer goalies are similar, and passengers talk environmental psychology

On the line-up for today: an endearing quote about seaweed, comparisons between drivers and goalies, passengers’ experiences with environmental psychology, and a dystopian dream involving themed self-driving cars and Donald Trump running for re-election in 2034. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ #Lyft Overheard  “Do you eat that plant that lives underneath the water?” — A guy with an accentContinue reading “Edible ocean plants, how Lyft drivers and soccer goalies are similar, and passengers talk environmental psychology”

Heater versus AC: Balancing the Two Polarities on the Road and in Life

I’m driving home to Oakland one night, up the 5 on my way back from LA. Earlier that evening I stopped at a Denny’s for tea, which was comforting– to encounter a safe, reliable little cube of sameness out there on the otherwise dark unfamiliar stretch of road. Anyways, as I drive I find myselfContinue reading “Heater versus AC: Balancing the Two Polarities on the Road and in Life”

Valentine’s Day Special: Passengers Talk Love and Relationships

“Intimacy comes when two people, both standing clearly in their own lives—with their faults and their truths, their needs and their gifts—say to each other, ‘ This is me. I see you. I am willing to say the whole truth, make mistakes, forgive, trust, receive, give, allow our differences, argue, laugh, and stand together withContinue reading “Valentine’s Day Special: Passengers Talk Love and Relationships”

Coastal Redwoods, Cathartically Empty Roads, and the Erudite Cat Caller in Santa Cruz, CA

I love all the redwoods. I love the transcendentalist feel. Driving by the beach I saw screaming, sunburned teens plummeting down the Big Dipper Roller Coaster; sea lions being cute and blubbery out on the pier, with no regard for their neighbors’ personal space; people in bikinis playing volleyball in the sand. I wrote thisContinue reading “Coastal Redwoods, Cathartically Empty Roads, and the Erudite Cat Caller in Santa Cruz, CA”

Passengers Talk Beauty and Messiness of Human Relationships

Relationships– whether between partners, two friends, or a mom and her son– are complicated. Conflicts will inevitably arise. Part of being your own separate person with distinct thoughts, beliefs, and ways of seeing the world means that you won’t always see eye to eye with others. The following entry explores some of these complexities. SomeContinue reading “Passengers Talk Beauty and Messiness of Human Relationships”

Deluged Passengers and Flooded Freeways: Driving Lyft on a Rainy Day

“I like it when it rains hard. It sounds like white noise everywhere, which is like silence but not empty.” – Mark Haddon Picking people up in the rain can feel dramatic sometimes, like taking part in a scene from a rom-com. Often passengers run to the car– hoods on, umbrellas overhead. Once inside theyContinue reading “Deluged Passengers and Flooded Freeways: Driving Lyft on a Rainy Day”

My car the church confession box, tattooed Lyft Line girls hit it off, and the bilingual city tour

On the line-up for this week: two girls in Lyft Line bond over their tattoos and shared past experiences, thoughts on passengers who bare their souls and what it means to know someone on a deeper level, and a dream wherein I give a tour of San Francisco in Spanish to a very important LyftContinue reading “My car the church confession box, tattooed Lyft Line girls hit it off, and the bilingual city tour”