The Californian Crisis

While I was listening to a program on OPB yesterday about TriMet, a listener wrote in to the program to say they would rather pay for a ride-share than potentially sit next to a mentally disturbed person on the bus. I say, if you don't like sitting next to a mentally disturbed person on the bus, then push for Universal Health Care, don't denigrate the bus service. That's not a problem for mass transit. TriMet has expressed a commitment to help every member of the community, even if the Federal Government has not.

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After the Climax is the Denouement

When I started this blog mini-series, I said that I wanted to know what it was like to be a taxi driver, and now I feel like I had a good taste. It was just as fun as I had imagined to meet and interact with the full spectrum of people in my town. At moments, it was also as terrifying as I had imagined. The worst ride ever, even worse than almost getting shot, even worse than listening to passengers puke in the gutter, even worse than all of it, was Jordan.

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Sour times

The time of night around 2-3AM is my favorite time of the day. There is something cosmic that happens to the brain at that time. Maybe it has something to do with being an artist. Maybe we're more sensitive to the shift. I have a bunch of artist friends who say they experience the same thing early in the morning: the world quiets down, and there is a mental static that fades from the mind when everyone for miles around you is sleeping. It's like the collective subconscious quiets, and the mind opens up and tunes into the divine, channeling inspiration from the ether.

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Environmentally Hip

Beyond the branding, though, there is something magical about Portland. Whatever people come to find here, they can find it.
If Portland likes you, it will let you know. It will take you in with open arms, and you will be all you ever wanted to be.
On the other hand, if Portland doesn't like you, it'll let you know.
As one, sad rider put it, "Portland will chew you up and spit you out."

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Whiskey River

As a new Lyft driver, my first few rides were pretty awkward. Driving with strangers in the car took some getting used to. Throw in the fact that some people are awkward in general, and throw in the fact that I forgot to turn on the radio those first few rides, and yeah, those first rides were kind of awkward. Once I turned on some music, though, the rides got better.

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