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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Where He Was Going at 11pm #RideshareConfessional

By | May 23rd, 2017|Ridesharing Confessional|

Photo by Warlen Vasco via Unsplash I pull into the parking lot of the pizza shop in the heart of a local college town. The streets are dark. The shop is almost empty. It’s nearly 11pm. A college-age kid knocks on the window, opens the door, throws a [...]

This is the Next Generation #RideshareConfessional

By | May 17th, 2017|Ridesharing Confessional|

Photo by Nick Herasimenka via Unsplash The kid gets into the car. I pick him up from an orthodontist outside the city. Traffic is heavy and the weekend is close. “No, man,” he says into his phone. “What about Coby? We have to invite him.” He is quiet, [...]

When the Taxi Driver Asked Me if I’d Seen the Movie About the Taxi Driver Killing Everyone

By | May 15th, 2017|Ridesharing Confessional|

A bizarre thing can happen at night when I get called out to a strange area, drop that person off, then get another call 15 or 20 minutes further away from home, take that person to their destination, and then get another call. Sometimes, I completely lose track of exactly [...]

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