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”

Bros eat Girl Scout cookies, passengers talk Bitcoin, and the beastly pothole dream in San Jose, CA

On deck for this week: A male passenger describes how a bro bonding Girl Scout cookie binge sesh made up for a disappointing date. In “Spanish Practice,” a daughter reveals to her mom the shocking gift she plans to bestow on her dad for Father’s Day. Two passengers in #Lyft Line speculate over the futureContinue reading “Bros eat Girl Scout cookies, passengers talk Bitcoin, and the beastly pothole dream in San Jose, CA”

Ostrich tattoos, antique shops, and the Greek island hangover store in Fremont, CA

I’m in Niles, a quiet, peaceful, and little-known neighborhood of the East Bay city of Fremont. Fremonts’ overall population is 238,000, while 7,500 reside in Niles. Antique shops pepper the buildings of the district’s main road, while yellow hills running parallel to train tracks mimic the parched humps of a giant camel. Outside one store, twoContinue reading “Ostrich tattoos, antique shops, and the Greek island hangover store in Fremont, CA”

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”

A Spanish-Speaking Crocodile Fighter, Hypervigilance as a Driver, and the Soft-spoken Jazz Mobile Operator

On the line-up for today: Spanish practice paired with 90s ‘arcade nostalgia, anxiety on the road, and a jazz-playing widow Lyft driver opens up about his methods for offering an impeccable music experience to his passengers. ~~~ # Passengers Speak Spanish : Luchador de Cocodrilos (Crocodile Fighter) “Me encantaba ese juego cuando era un niño.Continue reading “A Spanish-Speaking Crocodile Fighter, Hypervigilance as a Driver, and the Soft-spoken Jazz Mobile Operator”

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”

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”

Ride With Me: Mermaid Bars, a Guide Dog Passenger, and The Boxing Niece in Sacramento, CA

When crossing the overpass from Davis into Sacramento, you’ll see tall buildings begin to appear, jutting out and up from the surrounding farmlands. It almost looks like they’ve been dropped from the sky, scattered like dice across the cornfields by a higher power.  That said, this is the fantastical origin story I imagine of Sacramento everyContinue reading “Ride With Me: Mermaid Bars, a Guide Dog Passenger, and The Boxing Niece in Sacramento, 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”

The poke bowl couple, Salvadoran beaches, and car crash meet cutes

I’m walking past a small group of cows on a bucolic hike, and my heart rate is elevated. I’m irrationally afraid that one of them will charge me. Luckily, I’m able to calmly remind myself that there have been close to zero reported cases of a feral cow attacking a human (as far as IContinue reading “The poke bowl couple, Salvadoran beaches, and car crash meet cutes”