Saturday night sucked in the weirdest ways. To begin, I got a cheap Hannibal Lecter mask for Halloween weekend. The straps broke the moment I tried to adjust it so I had to shove it under my glasses to wear it. Also, half of my rides had me driving farther to pick them up than the actual trip they paid for. The highlight of my evening was having to cancel a ride because the rider had passed out drunk and her friends did not want to just unceremoniously dump her into my car. Here’s hoping things improve in the coming weeks as I see less hours at my main job and therefore more on the road.
Another driving session, another post. But before I get into the details, some contextual background about myself. Like a substantial amount of drivers, Uber supplements my income rather than being my main source. My primary position is working as a youth counselor in a system of group homes in Monroe, NC. The majority of my shifts consist of working 2-11 on some weekdays and 10-10 every other weekend. However, on occasion, I will be asked to work in day treatment, the company’s equivalent of school for clients who are not yet ready to return to traditional school. Yesterday was one such day thus significantly limiting my availability to drive in the afternoon hence the brevity of my observations. Also, between rides, I usually listen to podcasts off my phone and have decided to use quotes from them to title my posts. Now with the boring explanation out of the way, we can move on to my Ubering adventures.
While driving into the apartment complex of my rider, I witnessed someone transporting their bags of garbage to the dumpster by putting them all on the hood of their car and having their spouse hang out the passenger window in order to navigate them while they drive. Necessity is the mother of invention, as the idiom goes. Two trips later, I drove behind a plaza in order to avoid taking a U-turn and had my tires slam into my wheel-wells multiple times as I inched over the speed bumps. It’s almost as if they don’t want people back there. The majority of my trips had me in the Huntersville area which I enjoy because it gives me a chance to see an area I seldom go to on my own and it’s far enough away from the city where I rarely have much downtime between rides. That does it for this session. I will see you again on Halloween weekend.
After dinner last night, I went active and did so until nearly 4 am. Overall, the night wasn’t especially unusual but given the sheer volume of rides, there were some exceptional encounters. One of my first rides was a young lady with an education in chemistry, explaining to her friend how she inadvertently learned how to make such colorful compounds as meth and TNT over the course of her study. I also discovered the enormous splendor of the Duke Mansion, a legitimate sight to behold when lit against its surrounding vegetation. Last night also set a new precedent for me; it was the first time I had a drop-off in South Carolina so hooray for that. Next weekend, I have to work my day job but I do plan on putting in a few hours on the road as well as participating in Halloween festivities so watch for that and I will see you on the road.
My name is Joshua and I am an Uber driver in Charlotte, North Carolina. I’ve been driving with Uber since April and enjoy doing so with an enormous passion. Charlotte, also known as the Queen City, is an amazing place, situated right at the borderline of Northern and Southern culture creating a melting pot of unique experiences and people. By driving for Uber, I have had many extraordinary encounters, witnessed many unusual sights, and I want to share them with the world at large. All names will be changed, if not outright obscured, to protect privacy. Locations will be described in general terms for the same reason. I am not being paid by Uber to write this blog. I simply want to add my story to the rich narrative of the Queen City. I usually drive one weekday afternoon and one weekend night a week so expect my posting schedule to follow suit. I’ll also write about my adventures from my first 6 months so watch for that as well. That should do it for introductions, so I will see you on the road.