I enjoy this forced interaction with strangers when taking Uber / Lyft. Something about learning about what people are up to and broadening my understanding of this complex, yet simple city I live in. And they don't mind Talking usually. My questions are structured:
- How's your day going?
- Been driving for a while?
- What neighborhood do you live in?
- Is this your full time gig or are do you have other projects?
People in LA love talking about where they live. This is how I learn about back lounges, restaurants, and venues and quickly bookmark if it's interesting. They also have other projects and don't mind talking about them since Uber/Lyft is just a way to get some cash while they work towards something bigger. These four questions are sufficient in getting a good conversation going. And my rides are that much more pleasant. Here are a few Stories I shared on Facebook, but I want to continue to blog about them here.
My Driver this week told me that he managed the popular Nick's Cafe in Chinatown for two years. The owner told him to count every raisin that he gave the customers and would close the store randomly when the venue was used for filming. This is where most of the revenue comes from. The owner hated him and told him that she didn't need him. So he quite and the store remained closed for three months. "What? she said she didn't need me," he was sassy. "Any way, I'm going to open my own restaurant called 'Frit-Ta-Tas'. Everything will look like boobies...the eggs will have nipples."
December 2017 - Various
Today's driver told me about her Mac and Cheese recipe, her late ex-husband who's best friends with Muhammad Ali, and her sisters who love to drink. At the end she gave me a candy cane. .
Last week my driver told me how he worked in Office rental sales and how burnt out he became.
Another guy was a rapper and was interested in how I think cool neighborhoods die once they become wealthy and popular.
A passenger in a shared ride told me he owned two LA bars. Another passenger was an extra and was heading to film a train scene.
Another was a mom looking for a new place to live while going to school.
Another guy told me that he worked for movie studios in set design and that the hand on the volleyball (Wilson) from Castaway was actually his.
In LA, getting from here to there is a struggle, and for me story telling makes the journey more pleasant.
More stories to come.
More stories to come.