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Two for One

Uber or Lyft?    As a rider, I have only done one.  But after a couple of deary quiet weekends with Uber, I downloaded and completed the application for Lyft this past week.

If you are following me, you know that my initial impressions of Lyft were positive.  They remain that way, though I do see some Uber finer points outshining Lyft to the extent that I have used both.    My interactions this week with Lyft, as part of the application process were smooth and painless.  A question I posed was answered quickly.   Good stuff and it seemed that at the very least the service portion of Lyft outshines
that of Uber.

This morning at 5:45 a.m. I turned on both Apps to run simultaneously to see how they compared.  Within five minutes I had my very first Lyft ride request.  The notification was less jarring than that of Uber, but could be missed if you weren't paying careful attention.   The ride flashed as "prearranged" and was 17 minutes away.    Long?  Yes!  But after a couple…

Hurry, hurry.

As I sat in the Jacksonville, Florida International Airport I took a minute to relax and watch the world go by.  Oddly, I am in the midst of reading, "Thank You For Being Late" a book by Thomas L Friedman.    In the book, Freidman talks about the quickening pace of technology, climate change and politics and those are intertwined.    Freidman points to 2007 as the year when things really hit hyperdrive.

I watched the world go by in sadness.  Nowhere is there a better place to see the unforgiving hurriedness and "busy"ness of the world today.  You can literally feel the stress and tension in the air.   Folks are moving as quickly as their bodies can take them, often for no other reason than the sense that they must have to move quickly.

When did all this begin?   Where or will it ever end   Technology has outstripped humans ability to keep up.  Thus, many of the tools today put stress on your bodies and our wellbeing by pushing us to try to keep up when it isn'…

A beautiful- but zero- of a weekend.

After a nearly one month hiatus from my Uber driving, due to my "real" job having me on the road for a significant stretch, I was excited to fire up the Uber App this weekend and get back to saving for Spain.

 The sun broke as the clouds separated and began to move out.   All was looking good.  My hot coffee was in hand, windows down, waiting for a "ping."   And then, I waited, and waited and waited some more.  

People create very intricate tracking mechanisms so that they can track rideshare profits or losses.   Everyone wants to know their per hour earnings after expenses.   My Uber earnings for Saturday and Sunday mornings, for about 3.5 hours each morning from 6 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. was stunning.... Zero dollars per hour.  Yes, you read that right.  

This was a first for me.  I had some slow weekends in the past.  I had slow periods in the past.   Invariably, there would be a sudden shift and things would take off.  No so for this weekend.   The results were so po…