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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When a Passenger Might Have Thought I Was Going to Kill Her #RideshareConfessional

By | March 30th, 2017|Ridesharing Confessional|

Photo by Dogoff Zambrano via Unsplash I always try to remember to confirm a passenger’s destination before pulling away from the curb. When a girl climbed into the car a few days ago, I said the name of the street she was going to. “Yep,” she said, putting [...]

The Man With the Teardrop Tattoo #RideshareConfessional

By | March 28th, 2017|Ridesharing Confessional|

Photo by Reza Shayestehpour via Unsplash The rider canceled once, but I kept driving in their general direction because sometimes people cancel their ride request accidentally, or sometimes they want to try to get a driver who's closer but it’s just not going to happen, so I try [...]

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The Woman Who Never Said a Word #RideshareConfessional

By | March 20th, 2017|Ridesharing Confessional|

Photo by The How Photographer via Unsplash I picked them up in front of a nondescript science center, the name of which I can no longer remember. The mom was impatient and tired. The little guy, maybe eight years old, was only tired. They didn't crawl into the [...]

When I Picked Up an Angry Rider Who Said She Needed a Blunt #RideshareConfessional

By | March 17th, 2017|Ridesharing Confessional|

Photo by Ander Burdain via Unsplash I had my angriest rider ever the other day. This is what happened. Sometimes, it can be hard to find someone. Sometimes, a person's location pin drops in a strange place, or they request a ride from the back of their house [...]