Addiction, Recovery, and When I Almost Stole Someone’s Groceries #RideshareConfessional

By | March 15th, 2017|Ridesharing Confessional|

Photo by Jakob Owens via Unsplash “I’m surprised we could find each other,” the young man said, laughing. I stared at him for a moment and then laughed, too: we both had large, bushy beards in our profile pics, and we had both recently shaved those beards off. [...]

The Girl Who Cannot Leave #RideshareConfessional

By | March 13th, 2017|Ridesharing Confessional|

Photo by Anubhav Saxena via Unsplash Sometimes when I'm driving in Philadelphia, it can be difficult to find a customer, especially during rush hour when there are thousands of people on the sidewalks and impatient cars behind you. It's a busy place, and that's part of what makes [...]

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The Warrior Disguised as a Grandmother #RideshareConfessional

By | March 11th, 2017|Ridesharing Confessional|

Photo by Brendan Church via Unsplash The African-American grandmother climbs into the front seat of my car, propping her cane between her legs. She has a tube delivering oxygen, and the tube runs across her upper lip, but I cannot see what it is connected to. Her three [...]

Little Girls, Stuffed Animals, and the Men Who Wouldn’t Move Their Car #RideshareConfessional

By | March 9th, 2017|Ridesharing Confessional|

Photo by Filip Mroz via Unsplash It is 10pm on a Friday night in southwest Philadelphia. The streets there are pockmarked with holes and cracks and sections that have crumbled in on themselves. The sidewalks look like someone pushed them together, a strewn deck of cards, some leaning [...]

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When I Was Asked For Relationship Advice #RideshareConfessional

By | March 7th, 2017|Ridesharing Confessional|

Photo by Jacob Culp via Unsplash “Aw, man,” the young man says, practically jumping into the car. “I love these cars! I’ve always wanted to ride in one.” “Thanks,” I say, smiling. “How’s your day going?” The people back home where I grew up would be tempted to [...]

What I Found in Philadelphia #RideshareConfessional

By | March 6th, 2017|Ridesharing Confessional|

Photo by Jay Dantinne via Unsplash Driving into Philadelphia the traditional way – floating in on the highway and getting placed into center city with its glass and its architecture and its business people in suits – is the only way I had ever gone into Philadelphia. I [...]

What He Taught Me About Being Too Busy

By | February 23rd, 2017|Ridesharing Confessional|

Photo by Mauro Mora via Unsplash On the way to pick up a Lyft fare, I heard a DJ on the radio congratulate someone for winning a “snow-filled day of fun” at a local ski slope. It is February, but, unfortunately for the winner, it is also supposed [...]