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”

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”

Grooving octopuses, Passenger empathy, and Dave the Compliment Machine

On the lineup for today: a woman passenger reminisces on Berkeley’s days of yore, a time when a passenger really had my back, and a short story sparked by a comment made in a Lyft ride. ~~~ Berkeley High Schooler in the ’70s “The teachers didn’t have a handle on the kids at all. We’dContinue reading “Grooving octopuses, Passenger empathy, and Dave the Compliment Machine”

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”

Ride with Me: Goddess energy, natural splendor, and an anthropological look at casinos in Reno, Nevada (Part 1)

Waking up in the Goddess Room of Reno’s Burner Hostel, I feel as if a mystical presence is watching over me.  A mural of a woman surrounds me on all four walls. Her purple and teal hair gently flows down from her head, becoming waves that blanket and soften the walls while enveloping the sleeperContinue reading “Ride with Me: Goddess energy, natural splendor, and an anthropological look at casinos in Reno, Nevada (Part 1)”

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”

First Impressions Overturned Part 1: Partying Police Officers, A Socially Conscious Bro, and a Misconstrued Pedestrian

When I first picked Devin* up, I thought I’d have nothing in common with this seemingly straight-laced white man who worked for a tech company. An hour later, we were eating Inn ‘N Out together and talking about everything from our country’s quick fix approach to handling emotions to how his brother’s coming out changedContinue reading “First Impressions Overturned Part 1: Partying Police Officers, A Socially Conscious Bro, and a Misconstrued Pedestrian”

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”

Beach connoisseurs, soccer ball artists, and female celebrities v. paparazzi vultures in Los Angeles, CA

Exploring the city Along the lengthy path that runs parallel to Manhattan Beach, I hear a pre-teen boy and an older guy (both on their bikes) yelling out numbers between one and ten. My first thought is that they’re ranking the women who pass them by.  After turning to glare at them though, I realizeContinue reading “Beach connoisseurs, soccer ball artists, and female celebrities v. paparazzi vultures in Los Angeles, CA”

A future guitar painter, retired globe-trotter on birthing happiness, and the Pizza Monster of North Beach

This week on #Passengers Speak Spanish, a little girl shares her future career aspirations—and they’re not what you’d expect. #Lyft Thoughts explores the difficulty of determining the degree to which distress is caused by one’s own faulty machinery versus when it’s the roads that need repair. In #Bigger Passenger Stories, Nancy discusses the joy ofContinue reading “A future guitar painter, retired globe-trotter on birthing happiness, and the Pizza Monster of North Beach”