Thanks For Finding Me

Getting Rides and Stories from Strangers

The Encounters.

Raise The Roof

I tried to flag down my driver, but my hands were full with stuff and my cane. I had been standing outside for about 25 minutes. My brand new, Cadillac of all Cadillacs CPAP machine had to get reprogrammed because the internal clock was all wonky and the business was getting ready to close for […]

The Cycle Continues

My driver played a joke on me. He acted like he wasn’t there to pick me up, waiving me away. He almost got me. He’s one of my favorites, because we can bullshit and he lets me swear like a truck driver. When I got on there was another lady already seated, and I sat […]

Trippy

I had one of my regular drivers today that I hadn’t seen in a while, but he is always good for a chat. He has the kind of raspy voice that you aren’t sure has come from genes or 20 packs of cigarettes. All short bus drivers are required to stop for train tracks, open […]

Timing Is Everything

I thanked my driver for finding me. He is one of my regular cab drivers, so we have a certain amount of familiarity. My driver told me he was extremely tired, as he had just gotten in at 4 a.m. in the morning after driving about 4 hours round trip for a fare to Page, […]

World’s On Fire

I thanked my driver for finding me. I would just like to say that she was super cute, with a punk blond curly hair-do and bright green eye shadow. I asked my driver how she was doing, and she dragged out the word “Okay” followed by “I guess.” I asked her what was going on, […]

Tell Me A Story

I thanked my driver for finding me. I had returned to the best- or worst-kept secret in Mesa, AZ – a super inexpensive produce store. Shoppers must keep their wits about them and possibly wear pads and a helmet. It gets crowded and irrational. My bag that I lovingly call “Floyd” because it could probably […]

New Life

I thanked my driver for finding me. Immediately upon entering the van, I felt his good energy. He was young and so nice. I asked my driver where he was from originally, and he said he just moved to Phoenix two months ago from Chicago. My driver was excited because he had a friend visiting […]

Let’s Do Body Shots

I thanked my driver for finding me. I did not plan my morning well at all, mainly because it was actually raining, so I had to wait under the eaves of my building until it was nearly time for the driver to pull up. It wasn’t pouring, thank goodness, but I’m sure I was a […]

Aiming For Common Ground

I thanked my driver for finding me. He told me that he normally drives from 5 am to 8 am, really only to kill time, because he was going stir crazy not doing anything – and he was driving his wife nuts too. My driver said that for a while he was getting into his […]

Put Up Your Dukes

I got my Alabama driver again. He is always friendly and good for stories. My driver and I talked about sports and how we weren’t good at them. He doesn’t like getting hit, so if he can’t carry a stick and keep his personal space, he’s not playing. My driver told me about his granddaughter […]

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