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To consolidate, disseminate, and gather information concerning the 710 expansion into our San Rafael neighborhood and into our surrounding neighborhoods. If you have an item that you would like posted on this blog, please e-mail the item to Peggy Drouet at pdrouet@earthlink.net

Monday, March 3, 2014

8 Secrets You Learn Being an Uber Driver in Los Angeles

http://la.curbed.com/archives/2014/02/8_secrets_you_learn_being_an_uber_driver_in_los_angeles.php

By Bianca Barragan, February 28, 2014

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  Like it wasn't bad enough being driven around by out-of-work actors, now douchey GQ writers are driving for UberX, which (like Lyft, with the mustaches) is just like a cab, but without the strict regulations or high costs involved (riders use an app to hail drivers, who use their own cars; Uber takes a cut). A GQ writer recently signed up as a driver and spent a week finding out what it's like to be a not-cabbie in Los Angeles (his epiphany moment came when a woman decided to go home with her date). Here are some things he learned:

-- You get a special Uber iPhone that comes loaded up with the Uber app, which is used to take 20 percent of your money each time you drive.
-- Even so, it seems to be wildly popular with drivers: "the day I picked up my phone I saw a good 300 people doing the same thing."
-- And the app has a a hotspot map: "Staring at the heat map is like being connected to the Matrix; you can see where shit is going down. Late on a Tuesday night? Culver City and south. On weekends, Venice."
-- It's kind of sexy? "I'd be lying if I said there wasn't something sexual about the whole thing, too. Early one morning, I picked up a guy in West Hollywood and drove him to his hotel. We made eye contact in the rearview more times than could be called accidental, and when I pulled up to the lobby, I thought for a moment that he was going to ask me in. 'It's been a long week,' he said. It sounded like an invitation. ($14.)"
-- How are you supposed to know that 4100 is a bar on Sunset without any context at all? You just are. People will just get in your car (after making you wait fifteen minutes for them), say a number to you, and expect you to interpret that number correctly.
-- Riders will expect you to turn a blind eye to their shenanigans (like when they recommend a coke dealer to a friend while riding with you) and they will conform to neighborhood stereotypes (Silver Lake riders will be fashionable, bandana-sporting young people).
-- The fun of solving the mystery of where your fares are going is addictive, but beware: the just-one-more attitude could have you driving a guy from Beverly Hills all the way to Malibu at 1 am.
-- In a week of driving (24 rides), you'll only make $312 once Uber's taken its cut.
· Uber Cab Confessions [GQ]