I hadn’t said anything about this before because really, I didn’t know if I was going to actually do it or not. I recently applied to be an Uber driver. I was accepted after the trip to Chicago. I did take an Uber ride whilst in Chicago, from the hotel to the airport and it was a fantastic experience. Much more personable than most cabbies that I’ve had to deal with. It’s cashless and it’s safe.

There’s been a lot of bad press about Uber lately but mostly it’s with bad background checking practices and their people, not the other way around. Plus, I know many people in this town who use it on a weekly if not several times during the week. Everyone around here raves about it.

So, the trick is finding time to do it. I decided I’d try Sunday morning into afternoon. UBER_logoI thought I’d get a few alerts from people looking to get from home back to their abandoned vehicles after a Saturday night of debauchery. I was kind of disappointed that I didn’t offer the ride of shame.

My first ride was picking someone up at a Walmart and delivering them to WSSU. Someone to the bus station, a few students to eat, a friend to see another friend and a great guy to the mall for some souvenirs before he went back to Europe. 5 rides in about 3.5 hours. I made enough to fill my car up. Not a lot, no. But, I wasn’t doing it during the busy times (Friday, Saturday night) and really only wanted to do it for fun. I know that’s odd, but it’s just how it is. I got to meet some really nice people and it wasn’t when someone was going to throw up all in my car. I had a good time and may make that a more regular thing. I think I’ll keep it to the daytime, though. You know, Dear Reader, from reading this blog that I really don’t have time to do much, so it’s a supplemental kind of thing. Even if I make just a few bucks, that’s a few bucks I wasn’t making sitting on my behind. It’s not bad work. It does burn a bit of gas and adds some miles to the car, but I got to listen to Clay Howard’s CD whilst riding around and 88.5 WFDD’s sub-channel 2 (the classical station) whilst driving riders. So there was a little “me time” and I liked it.

So, if you’re in WSNC and you’re doing an Uber ride, you may have me as your driver. And until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!

“Get picked up anywhere… – Uber