The mother turned back towards me and asked: “Did you just said to your son to girl up?”
The Journal of an Uber Driver
Disclaimer: The literary exercise to define a nowadays character for a novel led me to create these 30 blog posts. This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, businesses, places, events and incidents are either the products of the author’s imagination or used in a fictitious manner. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental.
Any opinion expressed about Uber should not be interpreted as having a negative connotation. I admire the company as an incumbent of the platform economy and I am a registered Uber driver for research purposes.
For all-out war and small victories – The Journal of an Uber Driver 25/25
When did life become an all-out war? And who’s really winning? It’s easy. To victor goes the spoils… and the winners are:
Entitled – The Journal of an Uber Driver 24/25
I think I’m a decent human being that will never be without sin and never feel entitled to pick up and throw a stone.
I’ve seen it before – The Journal of an Uber Driver 23/25
I have seen it before. As I start the engine, I place them each in a box large enough to fit them for the night, small enough to fit into a character description.
The list – The Journal of an Uber Driver 22/25
No matter how good the people I work with are, no matter how easy the project, there is always the what-if-something-goes-wrong worm digging through my brain.
The speed of life – The Journal of an Uber Driver 21/25
With age comes an awareness of your place as a human being in the bigger picture. The useless pursuit of material riches and the related expensively branded fake mindfulness you’re brainwashed to work for comes to an end. For 5% because they get what they want. For the other 95% because they realize they’ll never get it.
Forgetting faces – The Journal of an Uber Driver 20/25
Once you discover how big this world is, that emptiness in your chest grows ten thousand times fold.
The gravestone at the end of your keyboard – The Journal of an Uber Driver 19/25
We die a little with every keystroke. It’s all about what remains on the screen in a document or in social media posting. The daily gravestone.
The only habit of successful people that matters – The Journal of an Uber Driver 18/25
The entire mechanism of making money so you can afford more suffers a 180 degrees turn for some of the successful ones. Are they an example to follow?
Why keep doing it? – The Journal of an Uber Driver 17/25
How did we come up with this form of unethical distribution of wealth from which only the owner of the lottery or the company doing the promotion really wins?
Find you own voice is a form of organic search – The Journal of an Uber Driver 16/25
Writing, as any human activity, is a continuous search for you voice, relevant results, a narrowing, tough, and dirty decision process about how you live your life.
Purpose – The Journal of an Uber Driver 15/25
It also took me years to fight the two traits I hated the most about myself. Those that went extinct after I changed my career the first time and moved into project management.
What your Uber driver really does as a human being – The Journal of an Uber Driver 14/25
The first impression about an Uber driver is a pattern the passenger transfers from his earlier experience with using a taxi.
The freedom of having a job – The Journal of an Uber Driver 13/25
Be honest with yourself. You might discover that you have the life of a machine without nobody to support and keep you company when all the work is done.
My fracking time – The Journal of an Uber Driver 12/25
I fight this war every day. I oblige myself by making fun of my own person at least three times a day for one reason or another.
The role model – The Journal of an Uber Driver 11/25
It’s a fine balance between learning from other people experiences and missing the wonderful experience of making your own mistakes.
The flow of time – The Journal of an Uber Driver 10/25
A time-related business.
How are you? – The Journal of an Uber Driver 9/25
Small lies build up to an erroneous self-awareness and a misrepresented daily existence.
An immigrant (newcomer) goes to a job interview in Toronto – The Journal of an Uber Driver 8/25
If you really want this job, like the company, and are willing to work hard for it, tell them so, no matter their objection. Be hungry.
Undoing your future – The Journal of an Uber Driver 7/25
Stop procrastinating. Time passes anyway. You might as well look back a year from now and feel good that you tried and fail instead of just looking back and seeing yourself not doing things. Undoing your future.
A star on Uber’s Walk of Fame – The Journal of an Uber Driver 6/25
Congratulations! As an Uber rider you’re by design an inductee for the Uber’s Walk of Fame. We, the Driver, we’ll give you from one to five stars no matter if you want it or not.
Death comes for everybody… for some too late – The Journal of an Uber Driver 5/25
What I’m scared of is not death, but dying because some idiot doesn’t value his life at all, not to mention other people lives.
I wish you were an Uber – The Journal of an Uber Driver 4/25
With Uber and the platform economy comes a change that will affect not only the economy, but the entire society and also the existence of politically set national borders.
Big Ideas vs. Small Ideas – The Journal of an Uber Driver 3/25
When you decide to focus on one of your ideas, because your knowledge and gut feeling scream is the right one, a wonderful extinction event follows.
Why nobody likes Uber Pool – rant – The Journal of an Uber Driver 2/25
Even if the virtual world floods the reality with new ways of interacting and evaluating those interactions, you should use your brain to understand the difference. This is real life and your actions have real implications you should consider.
The first time – The Journal of an Uber Driver 1/25
I pray to the gods of technology. To one in particular: Uber.