Lyft Shifts

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2019-01-21: After 3 days in Seattle taking @Lyft rides, I am pretty shocked at the poor service compared to …

2019-01-09: Ride #929 Sometimes I practice therapy without a license. The passenger was agitated when I picked …

2019-01-09: Getting back from into a morning Lyfting routine. My next ride will be #928. Im getting close to …

2019-01-07: I’m getting back in the swing of Lyfting after a long holiday break. Or I thought I was until I made …

2018-08-17: Tonight I drove Rides #874-878. Two different parties were going out to Edgefield for a concert. Big …

2018-08-15: It’s been quite a while since I logged any Lyft ride experiences here. I just completed Ride #873. A …

2018-05-05: Ride #785. A trek across the Columbia River to Camas, WA. My passenger doesn’t drive and I …

2018-05-05: I woke up earlier than planned and decided to make the most of it. There’s usually a few people on …

2018-05-02: Ride #777. My sister Judy is in town. She thought it would be fun to request a Lyft and get assigned …

2018-05-01: Ride #776. A young couple who stayed up all night in New Orleans rather than get up early for their …

2018-05-01: Ride #772. An elderly couple. She’s got a cane. I confirm her name and joke, “He must be …

2018-05-01: Ride #770. A guy who lived on the same block as I did 25 years ago. We reminisced about favorite …

2018-05-01: (Of course, posting that you haven’t gotten a ping in 43 minutes means you’ll get one in the middle …

2018-05-01: In general, Lyft has been pretty busy, and I haven’t had much of a break between rides to post. But …

2018-02-10: Ride #676, 677, 678, 679. Surprisingly busy for Sat. afternoon, and unexpectedly interesting …

2018-02-06: Ride #673. I took a passenger to the shipyard at Swan Island. Everything there is huge for working …

2018-02-04: Ride #667. It’s Super Bowl Sunday. Dropped a couple off at Yur’s, a known Patriot fans …

2018-02-01: Review from either Ride #663 or Ride #664: “Very kind.” Either the guy who asked nicely …

2018-01-29: Ride #657. A perfect storm that every Lyft driver dreads: stuck behind an active school bus for two …

2018-01-26: Friday report card: my first perfect all 5 ⭐️! Only 13 rides due to dental surgery (😩), but hey, …

2018-01-26: Ride #645. Passenger Adam and I have a mutual friend @andymcmillan. We also have a mutual passion …

2018-01-21: Ride #630. Nice guy on his way to volunteer at the live judging event for the Oregon Beer Awards . …

2018-01-21: Ride #627 UNC! UNC! (I picked up a fellow Chapel Hill alumna tonight. Little surprise coincidences …

2018-01-20: Also in my weekly report card: flags for safety and navigation. I merited a negative flag only once …

2018-01-20: Weekly report card! “Best driver ever!” = the nicest comment ever. I was high on praise the whole …

2018-01-18: Ride #617. Got a late start. It’s mid-morning, typically a slow time and I consider blowing …

2018-01-17: PS. It might surprise you to know that the Wag walker application process has more hoops to jump …

2018-01-17: I decided to sign up for Wag! our of a similar curiosity that got me driving for Lyft. It’s an …

2018-01-05: Power Driver Bonus: I was shooting for it this week, but the Lyft gods did not smile on me. I got …

2018-01-03: NOT Ride #606. A father with two toddlers, no car seats. I told him that I couldn’t take them. …

2018-01-02: Ride #589. She answered “Not very well” to my greeting of “How are you …

2018-01-01: People who need to get to the airport + people who still need to get home after NYE – the drivers …

2017-12-31: I decided to call it a night at 10 pm. Quit while I’m ahead. I had such nice, interesting …

2017-12-31: New Year’s Eve is supposedly the biggest night for driving. I enjoyed shuttling folks to Christmas …

2017-12-28: Day 5 of no Lyft driving. We have a doctor’s appointment, a vet appointment, and a date to see The …

2017-12-26: Day 3 of no new Lyft Shifts. Freezing temperatures, snow and ice. Not even slightly tempted. One …

2017-12-24: Lyft Is Like A Video Game, part 2: Normally on a Sunday morning, you wouldn’t see all these “Prime …

2017-12-23: Lyft is like a video game, thanks to the Power Driver Bonus. If I get 4 more rides tonight, I’ll …

2017-12-23: Weekly report card! Nice comment and almost all 5⭐️ ratings. For one brief moment yesterday, my …

2017-12-22: Wicked pothole. The jolt knocked my iPhone off its holder. Front right tire was on its way to …

2017-12-22: (For those counting along at home, I skipped posts for Rides 492-562. I thought I’d be able to keep …

2017-12-22: Ride #563. Early morning pickup. A young guy who does construction by day and bartending at night. …

2017-12-20: Gave my first Lyft Line ride tonight, just one hour after I went to a Line orientation at the …

2017-12-19: Speaking of the holiday spirit, the tips are better too! (Yesterday’s earnings/2 hours driving.)

2017-12-19: I started with Lyft last January, so this is my first holiday season. It’s actually fun. Almost …

2017-12-11: Drat. They are bringing the Lyft Line option to Portland. That’s the “exciting …

2017-12-11: Headed back to Portland after a quick visit to NYC. I had been planning to take Lyft to the Newark …

2017-12-11: Exciting news coming from Lyft? I RSVP’d for the info session. Very curious to find out what Lyft’s …

2017-12-09: The good news in the Friday report card is that my rating is back up to 4.94. I asked Lyft to review …

2017-12-09: Friday report card. Sigh. Drivers have no control over the cost of a ride.

2017-12-07: In NYC for a quick visit, and I’m traveling old school. There’s a meter and everything. I would have …

2017-12-06: Rides #490, #491. Sometimes I’m a fount of recommendations that surprise. The couple visiting from …

2017-12-05: I must be doing something right today. 5 out of 6 passengers tipped me, even on the short rides. 💃🎉😇

2017-12-05: Speaking of ratings… did you know that Lyft drivers must keep their average above 4.6? If you …

2017-12-05: **Ride #488, 489. ** Basic short rides downtown to Starbucks, Storables. Unremarkable trips = 5⭐️ …

2017-12-04: Last week’s earnings details: $389, 44 rides, 30 hours logged into the app. $8.84 per ride. I’ll do …

2017-12-04: Tipping rideshare drivers is a subject I need more than 280 characters to cover. I always tip, so I …

2017-12-04: Ride #487. A nice couple from LA, bound for the train station. They were running quite late. I knew …

2017-12-03: The conclusion of our story: I picked up a guy who had dropped off a rental car and needed to get …

2017-12-03: On my way to pick up my passenger. I’ll give you the details later. Fingers crossed.

2017-12-03: Passed the two-hour mark waiting in the Lyft airport queue. Thank goodness I’m doing this for …

2017-12-03: Ride #486. Yesterday it finally happened. Portland is like a village sometimes. I should have …

2017-12-03: Update. I’ve moved up 4 places in 44 mins.🤦‍♀️ There are likely more drivers dropping off at this …

2017-12-03: Ride #484, 485 Dropped a passenger off at Union Station for his 1st time on the PDX-SEA train. I …

2017-12-03: Update: I’m #11 after 50 minutes. That’s about 4 minutes per spot. In other words, I’ll be here for …

2017-12-03: Early on I swore off the holding lot because of the ridiculously long waits for a ride. But there …

2017-12-03: I’m at the airport after an early morning dropoff. I didn’t get immediately rematched with an …

2017-12-02: Ride #479, 480, 481. Routine rides: Pearl District, Airport, Wayside Brewing., Rose City …

2017-12-02: Ride #478. Some people keep you waiting. That’s OK. Lyft has you wait 5 mins. before …

2017-12-01: Ride #477. I usually don’t like it when someone talks on their phone the whole ride. But today was …

2017-12-01: Ride #476. Pleasant airport ride. Woman on her way to Seattle for the day. A great way to start the …

2017-12-01: Friday is Lyft report card day. My ratings have been dropping the last month, from 4.99 a month ago …

2017-12-01: Rides #473, #474, #475. Transporting people to do fun things in Portland is always fun for me too. …

2017-11-30: Ride #472. Visitors from London going to the other side of town during rush hour. Waze takes us on a …

2017-11-30: Ride #471. A friendly 20-something woman from the Midwest talks about moving back to Chicago for a …

2017-11-29: If you live in a city known as Bridgetown, you’re going to get stuck waiting for a boat once in a …

2017-11-29: Ride #470. Quick trip downtown. Destination is on a busy bus route with no legal stopping. I suggest …

2017-11-29: Ride #469. Passenger headed downtown to catch the Bolt bus to Seattle. Nice despite the fact she was …

2017-11-28: When I started in January, I said I’d do 100 rides and see how I liked it. Now I’m …

2017-11-28: Ride #467 and #468. One passenger to the airport, and then an immediate “rematch” to pick up an …

2017-11-28: Ride #466. A straightforward morning rush drive downtown becomes a headache-inducing stress test …

2017-11-27: Got up at 5:30 am to catch some early rides and checked the local news. A semi-truck turned over on …