Thanks For Finding Me

Getting Rides and Stories from Strangers

The Encounters.

Bookends

I thanked my driver for finding me. It started out a little iffy. At first, he seemed a little suspicious about my instruction to drive straight back to the only two-story building. It was a small parking lot, and the buildings weren’t big. There were five buildings, but each building only held one office. How […]

Earning Her Wings

I thanked my driver for finding me. It was kind of funny because she was driving a Tesla, and thanks to my previous exposure, I knew how to open the door. However, she figured I was like 99% of her other passengers and rolled down the window to tell me how to open it. I […]

Get Outta Here

I thanked my driver for finding me. It actually was this whole weird thing when my ride started. There was an older lady who was wearing stretchy black clothes that didn’t meet at the middle, so her middle was hanging out. And she didn’t want to get out of the car. And she was wondering […]

Gabriel, Blow Your Horn

I thanked my driver for finding me. It’s cold in the evenings now in Arizona; the desert doesn’t hang onto any daytime heat as soon as the sun disappears. My driver’s car was nice and warm. I was surprised that he was blasting thrash metal. “It’s metal night, Malcom?” I asked. [This is our first […]

Slow Down, You Move Too Fast

I thanked my driver for finding me. The dispatch company actually directed her to a daycare company in the same medical complex, so I decided to walk to that location instead of hope that she would somehow find me at the correct office. That turned out okay, she figured it out and scooped me up. […]

Divergent

I thanked my driver for finding me. About two minutes before he was due to pick me up, a big FedEx truck pulled up and blocked most of the entrance to the building, so I had to move to the side. There happened to be a woman waiting in a truck, and she yelled to […]

How Low Can You Go?

I thanked my driver for finding me. This week disability services changed to a new vendor for dispatching our rides. They have a different way of setting us up, but so far I’m managed to get to and from my destinations, so that’s a relief. I asked my driver how long she has been driving […]

But Here We Are

I thanked my driver for finding me. She was calling me as I was walking towards her car, but I couldn’t pick up because I can’t talk on the phone and walk at the same time; I have hand braces and a cane, and it gets really tricky. It turns out that my driver wasn’t […]

Complicated Cajun

I thanked my driver for finding me. Hers was the only car on my road and I was the only person outside on my block. I like these quiet mornings. I asked my driver where she was from originally. She said she was born in Louisiana and then moved to Portland. I asked her if […]

Drivers For My Driver

I thanked my driver for finding me. I told him we were heading to University Hospital downtown, and he said he had no idea what that was or where it was, so I told him we were starting with a right turn. Turns out he has only been in Phoenix for a few months. I […]

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