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  1. Friday, April 28, 2017

    right before he snapped this picture 

    this dude told sam jackson

    hey, pose how you really feel about this right now.

    last night i had to hit the number so i went out to usc to get it done

    because creativity is so subjective, it’s nice to have a few elements in life that are

    all scoreboard.

    so on certain things, like number of trips in three days,

    it’s irresistible to have some goals out there.

    the goal was 35 in 3 days, which is easy if youre a full time driver

    and not so easy if you have a real job and you wanna do it in, say, 10 hours.

    went over there on wednesday night, did 22 rides, so i had to do 13 yesterday, nbd, right? but the word has gotten out with uber drivers that if you’re not doing so well, head over to sc on the last day of the bonus and finish the job

    so there were waaaay more drivers than kids so after two hours i was not even close to finishing.

    and it was windy, and it was weird.

    the devil santa ana winds whippin dirt and dust and giant hardened palm fronds itching to scratch a nice car that has no business being there in south central

    playing a fools game.

    so i thought like a fool, and drove the other way.

    it’s true i dont do things like everyone

    but very few have the numbers i have.

    last night i did my 4,000th lifetime trip to hit the goal.

    4.98 driver rating

    and i think about that .02

    constantly.

    with that same exact

    sam jackson face.

  2. Wednesday, April 19, 2017

    in the days of chimpanzees 

    fucked up and took an uber x ping while 6 rides short of the goal

    i figured, how far could this ride from the freshman dorm be?

    how about brentwood?

    good news, it turned out to be three of the sweetest sorority girls ever who were making the half hour trip to get some frozen yogurt for one of their sisters who lost a house election.

    apparently the Bigg Chill on olympic is magic.

    took a nice jewish lady from a passover party to her moms house by the fox hills mall

    then headed to the 10 so i could get back over to sc but made a pit stop at the jack in the box to get a deep fried chicken guacamole bacon sandwich with curly fries and a coke. did i mention i went to the doc this morning for my check up and ive lost like 8 pounds lately.

    pretty girl today asked why i never work out.

    i said if the xbi knows youre in shape they’ll trick you into working for them.

    picked up three rich ladies in culver city, uber select. all moms talking about their kids and what they’ll eat, how they shower, what to do about book bags (pack them for them, sigh)

    about 10 years ago they started building houses in these hills above brentwood and across the 405 near bel air. i dont know why they never built any houses there before but for some reason LA never figured it out until recently.

    id never been up in there. gated community. way more houses than i expected. close together. huge trees everywhere though. dropped off one of the ladies and the other two talked to each other about food.

    one was saying how she and her husband were vegans before having kids and now theyre at the mercy of them. theyve begun eating way too much red meat, she said. one of the kids doesnt like chicken. and fish you gotta be careful about. especially from japan. and shrimp, forget about it. and who can trust tofu?

    she wants to get them way more into beans.

    i could smell the remaining half of my jack in the box wafting from the trunk.

    like a captive, quietly knocking

    eat me

    eat

    me

  3. Monday, April 17, 2017

    some people you click with, some take time 

    some of them it only works in the sack

    some of them only works at work

    some of them on virtually

    some,

    never.

    but the ones i find the most interesting are the ones where you both sorta hate each other

    and yet you end up together for years.

    uber does this thing where they lie to you. they lie at you, specifically. frankly, and it happens so often that you dont even know when theyre telling the truth, to the point that sometimes you end up with someone telling you the straight up truth and it seems so weird that you dont believe it. literally you dont believe it.

    the other day someone wrote me after i wrote them and they basically said, oh no, we are INTENDING to rip you drivers off.

    because it was clearly from someone who understood the situation perfectly and because none of the lines were preprogrammed cookie cutter like 99% of the correspondences i get from them, my reaction was “oh”

    instead of WTF

    but now we have to go back to the pretend game that they didnt say what they did, which is sad, because if there was an actual person on the end of my monthly emails to them, theyd probably stop.

    they are one of those companies that you say to yourself, if they last thru 2020 i’ll be shocked

  4. Saturday, April 15, 2017

    one of these days the luck will run out 

    the pretty girls will stop coming over

    and doing pretty girl things.

    the hits will dry up.

    all my hair will fall out.

    and i’ll stop learning.

    but last night one thing led to another and i was able to rid my bedroom of cats for just long enough, to do what i have been studying all these many years.

    and when it was over, i gave her a pillow shaped as a poo emoji and i sat on my couch and said, great, now what?

    it was then i decided to move my car from a block away to in front of my house.

    and then i realized i was hungry. and then i realized it was friday night and all the other ubers were probs in coachella, maybe i should fill the void and ubes around LA with a funny little smile on my face.

    and so i did. i didnt really need to get a weekend bonus. it was so small, why bother, but then i figured, it’s there, if i can get it in 3 hours then perfect. otherwise who cares.

    so i drove and i was very close to getting it. i was two rides away. but i was getting sleepy.

    the passenger had purple hair. she told me about where we were headed, Koreatown. she had moved here from Ohio with her black boyfriend. important because in ohio she said they were discriminated against.

    here they were treated just as badly as anyone else in her apartment and she loved that but did not love: the cockroaches, the fact that she never gets hot water in the shower, or the fact that an upstairs neighbor dumped urine out the window and the building manager did nothing.

    dropped her off and i only had one more to go. K Town was about 15 minutes from my house. Let’s hope for a short one. When it came it was something on Wilshire. I was tempted to do the Bad Driver trick of accepting the ride and starting it before the passenger got into the car to check to see where the destination was — and then cancelling if it was too far — but i’m a good boy and good things always seem to come to me when i am good, so i found the woman, who seemed to be stumbling in the streets and allowed her into my car.

    come to find out she was headed to Pacific Palisades: a good half hour to the west. It would be an hour roundtrip, all for $18. but i did it. why not. i love the beach. i love LA. she didnt barf. she fell asleep a half dozen times. we didnt talk. i played 80s music. the roads were empty. it was 1am. Sunset all the way home. no one was out.

    note to self: if anyone wants to vacation in LA, find a weekend when Easter, Passover and Coachella are all going down, not only is there little traffic, but i bet every hotel has a vacant room or two.

  5. Saturday, April 8, 2017

    pride is a deadly sin 

    and i am the worlds biggest sinner about certain things.

     

    for example: im probably the greatest uber driver ever.

    and there are a lot of uber drivers.

    you dont need a tray of candy, condoms and mints.

    you dont need a lot of bottles of water.

    you need to be a good driver, and love people.

    if you know a little too much about the surroundings, thats a bonus.

    if you are genuinely curious about the world and the people who live there, even better.

    and i will say, it helps to have been around the block a few times.

    after a strange day at work it was really nice to drive the kids of usc

    around their weird campus in south central.

    one beautiful asian girl, after i asked her if she lives with her boyfriend said,

    “no because sometimes i like to get naked, put self tanner on, and stand with my arms out, eating grapes as i watch youtube videos. i dont need some man making fun.”

    got hit by this allergy attack yesterday probs due to the super bloom.

    on any other day i woulda called in sick but i had to go to this meeting which determines the whole next week.  runny nose, sneezing, general ickiness. the benedryl makes me feel sick.

    so driving around usc i had run out of kleenex and i got a ping from a young lady at the Taco Bell down from the 9-0.

    so i texted back “be right there, can you pick me up some napkins?”

    got there, she had the napkins, and i drove her and her friends to this cool taco joint + bar.

    we took a selfie by the curb

    got 15 rides in 3 hours for my $45 bonus.

    one dude said, do you know you look just like tom morello.

    and while going home i got a regular uber x ping. i said fine, why not.

    turned out to be two of the most beautiful young nurses you ever saw

    right outside of the natural history museum

    i was all, omg i guess its first friday, which it was and it had just let out.

    the ladies, one of them scandalously exposing her midriff, giggled, buzzed

    no clue who had just performed

    told me some wonderful stories about working at childrens hospital

    we drove to where the johnny rockets used to be on melrose

    somehow i only made $8 on the 8-mile ride

    but they were such a delight.

    let me tell you.

    i asked them about what college they went to.

    they said they met at this christian college in san berdue

    i said shut your mouth, the only thing i love more than the cubs is talking about the bible!

    whats your favorite story

    and the one told me about the story of Esther

    and she told it so well and so colorfully that we all clapped when she was done.

    it’s 2:20am. if i had an electric car i would still be out there.

  6. Thursday, April 6, 2017

    im not like them, i can’t pretend 

    do i know whats going on? nope.

    drove around USC last night hoping to get 15 rides but my secret is out and the place was flooded with Uber cars and I barely got 8. i’ll have to go back tomorrow.

    drove a professor to his apartment downtown. had a ride with three dudes one of em stunk.

    but the funniest was these two sorority girls who i picked up at a liquor store and took em to The Row. thats where all the frat and sorority houses are.  Half way there they realized they didnt have a place to store their booze. The original plan was to put it in the trunk of the car of one of their sisters, but they found out that she was caught up and couldn’t make it for a while.

    So on the way to the house they brainstormed:

    We could hide it in the bushes under the airconditioner behind the house.

    We could ask one of the frat dudes to hold it for us.

    We could try to sneak it in [the bottles were clanking as they said this]

    Finally we got to the sorority house and they got out, bottles still making bottle noises, they got out, super tight shorts, perfume that smelled of vanilla, and they looked around for a friendly face.

    And I drove away realizing exactly which women voted for Trump last November.

  7. Sunday, April 2, 2017

    first day doing lyft exclusively 

    yesterday was old school. yesterday i drove everywhere. yesterday i met everyone.

    yesterday i hit my goal.

    Lyft had a deal, drive 20 rides, get $75. friday i did three rides, so i only needed to do 17 yesterday. i got motivated around noon, so i calculated if i could do 2 an hour id be done at 8pm.

    plenty of time to hit up clipper girls cousin, who was showing some interest again.

    lets see how much i can remember without looking at my notes.

    gay dude fresh from nyc who was going to prep a property for a real estate company he sorta works for

    famous rappers i should know but im old who i picked up in a silver lake motel id never been to before who bumped their own wonderful tunes all the way to redondo beach

    21 yr old barback who had just bought a canon mark 4 for $4k and was bringing it to work for some reason

    cute mexican cousins having a staycation in manhattan beach who i picked up at the ralphs where they had bought booze to continue the celebration in their room who tipped me $5 cash for not being pissed that they made me wait in the crowded parking lot

    gay dude fresh from north carolina who took the red line from north hollywood to the blue line to the green line so he could then take a lyft to the Olive Garden where he works. his car was totaled a few weeks ago.

    posh manhattan beach housewife who had just gotten her nails done and didn’t want to walk the mile home. we passed Frys i said i could never live this close to a Frys, id spend all i own there. she said whats in there? i said, Man’s Heaven. she said women are in there? i said fine, most of Heaven.

    giant dude who barely fit in my back seat who works at the el segundo golf course which it turns out is only $15 because its city-owned. he’s worked there 5 years. he starts at 6am. he was headed to Compton. his mom was about to marry this man. i said oh her second marriage? he said, well she didnt ever marry my dad, so her first marriage. he was going to her house because her future inlaws were throwing a party for them. he said it was gonna be awkward. he said compton used to be really bad but its better now.

    because the Lyft bonus didnt cover rides that far south i drove to USC, got a photographer going to a shoot in DTLA. then i got a model and this fashion designer in the fashion district who Lyft Lined it to his Chinatown studio. along the way this sparkling beautiful asian waitress with black lipstick who told me about all these great pho places to eat in little tokyo. i said, i’ve been loyal to Mr. Ramen. she said omg i used to work there, i loved the reggae music. i said thats why im loyal!

    then this chinese rich girl who totalled her Beamer who was headed to the north hollywood bmw shop to buy her replacement car. she was super nervous. pisces. 23. works at a famous accounting firm. i was like whats to be nervous about, you’ll always have a car payment. plus im sure you know your budget. she said, to be honest, i feel like maybe i dont deserve a nice car after what i just did. i said, by the power vested in me in this magical lyft, you are forgiven, delicate flower.

    next was a young mexican dude who was at a party but needed a ride home real quick to feed and play with his 11 week old puppy. he said his parents were super into punk rock and named his older brother Joey and was about to name him Johnny but his grandma said you cannot name your children after the Ramones. we talked about old school punk pretty much the whole way to KTown.

    then there was the dude from a famous music streaming service who lived near a former infamous police station which everyone thought had been gutted but he said he has seen some undercover vehicles roll out of there that look exactly like plumbing trucks and exterminators but alas theyre surveillance vehicles y’all. he was going to yang chow home of the slippery shrimp and damn there was a giant line there due to the dodger game that just let out.

    got a ping up in echo park. three usc grad students who were snapchatting, instagramming and singing right as they entered the car because i was playing r kelly and they knew every word. they were going to see the Migos and Rae Srummurd – free concert at USC if you were a student. i said suddenly i am a student at USC! we talked about astrology. the libra in the back seat said Scorpios are garbage! i said Libra girl! her friend the Cancer said AGREED! later that night i heard the concert was shut down after just two songs from the Migos because the kids at USC let too many of their friends in and people felt unsafe.

    only one more ride left. got a recent USC grad, film major from hong kong. sharp as a tack. she said whats the easiest way to get an oscar before i turn 32? i want to beat Damien Chazelle. i said, first of all youre a woman so good luck with that. she gasped. i was all, jk, roll with me. then i said, Shorts is one way but you’ll probably have to finance that yourself because why would a producer give you money for something that wont make him any money. she said OR HER. i was all, didnt i say chill. she laughed. we picked up her friend along the way. i said ok another way is Foreign Language. she said what are the requirements, that i have to shoot it over seas? i said no, its gotta be in a foreign language. i said so like China. she said id rather it be in French. so i said bonne chance jeune fille.

    got hope, ate, drank, passed out before clipper girl texted me, which she did all night as i snoozed and the kittens tried to steal the blankets.

  8. Friday, March 31, 2017

    why am i so angry 

    like im really mad, almost all of the time.

    the only time im not is when im driving someone on uber or lyft.

    how crazy is that?

    last night people were cutting me off, making weird turns, not using their blinkers, swerving

    coulda sworn i saw a guy making a chinese chicken salad AS HE DROVE

    we were near the grove which is a magnet for terrible drivers.

    pretty sure that was an indian burial ground at some point.

    picked up these kids who worked on a tv show at Television City.

    they were talking about how the schedule for the movies that they are screening at the Hollywood Forever cemetery just came out and they were stoked to see Clueless there.

    one of the kids was all, how disrespectful, watching a movie on top of a dead body.

    other kid goes, and by kid i mean they were in their 20s, we were driving up into the hollywood hills to see a secret comedy show in a mansion.

    one of them called the place The Orgy House because of the decor.

    so the one kid says to the other, everywhere we go we are stepping on dead bodies, you think current cemeteries are the only place where there are dead people?

    there was talk about cavemen, indians, cowboys, mexicans, the poor.

    and yeah, we are constantly walking on the past.

    tramping them down deeper.

    forgetting about them, using them as roads, sidewalks, dirt paths.

    what do you think dirt is made of one of them asked indignantly.

    dreams, i whispered and sped up the mountain.

  9. Saturday, March 18, 2017

    way down in louisiana down in new orleans 

    drove a fancy dj girl around a little today

    she told me she had gotten food poisoning from Cafe Gratitude

    probably because they dont cook anything over there.

    she asked, what are you playing?

    i said, its the day after St. Paddys so i figured something chill

    incase you had a hangover

    she asked what is it what is it?

    i said Wes Montgomery from his Blue Note era.

    she said i love Wes Montgomery

    so i turned it up a little.

  10. Friday, March 10, 2017

    drove a guy named mario the other day 

    he told me marriage is a suckers game

    told me he met this woman who turned out was super rich because her dad owned a building in DTLA

    and when he died she got it

    and it brought in $100k a month.

    he said she bought so many shoes they needed their own bedroom. there were purses everywhere. after a while they stopped having sex so he was all, i want a divorce. secretly he was thinking maybe he would get some of this cash because he sure as hell wasnt making $100k a month.

    but in the divorce settlement it turned out that because that money went through a trust, it didn’t count as income for her in divorce court

    indeed in that court it appeared she had zero income,

    so he has to pay her alimony.

    he’s a baker.

    he told me: just go to hookers. it’s cheaper and better sex.