The Man From Nowhere #RideshareConfessional

By | December 14th, 2017|Ridesharing Confessional|

Photo by Patrick Tomasso via Unsplash It’s after 9pm in this small city on a week night which means light traffic, empty alleys. It’s cold outside. The long-haired, younger-than-middle-aged man slides into the back seat. He sits up very straight. He has perceptive eyes behind his glasses. Usually, [...]

“I Moved Up Here,” He Said, “For a Reason.”

By | December 7th, 2017|Ridesharing Confessional|

Photo by Patrick Tomasso via Unsplash I pick up the teenage boy in the south of the city outside a house that sits on a dark, narrow street. He climbs in without saying a word, tall and lanky and barely fitting. We drive off, making our way around [...]

A Mother’s Love for Her Autistic Son #RideshareConfessional

By | November 30th, 2017|Courageous People of Lancaster, My Uber Driving, Ridesharing Confessional|

Photo by Mike Wilson via Unsplash I pull up on the side of a busy street, and a Hispanic woman and her son climb into the back. She is well dressed. He is toting a backpack and sounds excited about getting new glasses. “Now, we didn’t get them [...]

The Father Embarrassed by His Son #RideshareConfessional

By | July 12th, 2017|Ridesharing Confessional|

Photo by John Price via Unsplash I pull to a stop outside a fancy golf course’s club house. It is late – midnight? 1am? – and the parking lot is empty. A man emerges from the shadows and confirms he is my passenger. He seems friendly, in a [...]

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The Girl Who Couldn’t Speak #RideshareConfessional

By | June 27th, 2017|A Contemplative Life, Ridesharing Confessional|

Photo by Ryan Pouncy via Unsplash She gets into the backseat of my car, a tiny thing, with limbs the wind might blow away. She is smiling and has had too much to drink but something about her seems unfamiliar with it. I wouldn’t be surprised if she [...]

The Biggest Uber Tip I Ever Got (or, Money Isn’t Everything) #RideshareConfessional

By | June 8th, 2017|Ridesharing Confessional|

Photo by Anthony Delanoix via Unsplash I pull up outside the bar, squeeze my car up against the curb on the corner and wait. A bouncer stands on the steps talking to two women. It’s 8 o’clock, a perfect summer night, and the sky is fading to steel [...]

When She Wanted to Go Back #RideshareConfessional

By | June 5th, 2017|Ridesharing Confessional|

Photo by Jez Timms via UnsplashThe The woman came through the hotel doors first, approached the car, and opened the rear passenger side door. She stood there for a moment outside the car, nervously smoothing her dress. The man she was with walked around the back of the [...]

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