October!

Well the new month has started and as a firm supporter of the University of Delaware, I suffer the über drought of low-fares.

Newark, DE is a college town and college folk are known for not having a lot of extra $$ to spread around and that’s where my support for the UofD community comes in. Point-in-fact is today I had over six fares in the community, that netted me a total of $19. Most of the students needed rides from places to eat on Main Street to their dorms/houses/apartments. Hey, that’s no biggie. . . I get a kick out of the conversations between young students as I remain completely silent while I drive.

The popular trend of using über since the start of the semester is among the Asian students who are of the International Studies program. Of my seven fares today, five rides were Asian students. They are respectful, kind, and never give me a lick of trouble. . . plus I think every ride included students from various countries. I’m slowly starting to discern between Mandarin, Korean, Cantonese, Japanese, Filipino (Wikang Tagalog), Vietnamese, and Chinese. It’s a wonderful slice of linguistic life that I’d never get to enjoy otherwise.

So it’s a slow $$ day but it was big on eves-dropping upon other languages.

WTF Day is it?

It’s rare that I’m so busy for five-hours straight doing my über thang but with all the students returned to the University of Delaware, my trips were off the chain!  Albeit all of them small $5-10 fares, I nailed 15 in five hours!

It was a great day. . .it was über-great!

80s Plus

If you’re what I consider a GOOD über driver, you cater to your rider’s needs within reason.
If you’re what I consider a GOOD human being, these things come naturally.

Drove to a local natural foods grocery store to pick up a rider. The lady who I drove up to was not the passenger, she just ordered and paid for someone else’s über ride.

I loaded the groceries in my trunk and made sure the very elderly black lady was buckled in and happy with my truck’s temperature. She said she was and that she had eggs in one of her bags, “so please drive carefully.”

If you’ve ever driven through Newark, DE in late summer, there’s no possible way you WON’T hit a pothole of some depth. I had to balance my swerving around egg-breakers without seeming that I was a vehicular lunatic.

I got her home happy. I took her groceries up to her door then went back to help her manage the curb and get her door unlocked. I brought her groceries into her kitchen (I NEVER go in a rider’s home), and before she would let me go. . . . she checked her eggs. They were all fine and she thanked me and said that the ride was the best über she’d ever taken.

I left with a big smile and a warm heart. You don’t have to make someone’s day special. . . just be there and do what’s right for no other reason than it’s the right thing to do.

Order an über but be ready to go!

I had three “no-shows” today. Those are folks who order an über before they’re ready to go.

Do your über driver a favor. . . DON’T ORDER AN ÜBER UNTIL YOU’RE OUTSIDE ON THE CURB!!!!

Many of us drive around, waiting for fares, so we can be at your door within minutes of your ordering a ride. The application even tells you when your driver will arrive, you can at least have the courtesy of being ready to GO!

As for me, I don’t hesitate to pick up the $3.25 charge for no-shows. If you order me to be there and I spend my gas to be there and I’m there for you, it’s your loss if you’re not ready. My time is valuable as a driver and if you can’t be ready, I don’t have the patience to wait for you. Unlike you, this is how I’m making money and if you can’t extend enough courtesy to be on the curb, flagging me down, then you don’t deserve the hospitality that I provide the customers that DO appreciate my time.

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Immigrants in my Car

Today, I picked up a Jamaican lady at the Delaware DMV. She was in a quandary. . . she had lost her driver’s license and had to provide a ton of paperwork to get a new one. I was taking her home so that she could get said paperwork.

You see, she’s a new citizen of the United States, having paid the “dues” and working through her LEGAL immigration to finally get nationalized. I congratulated her for all of her efforts to become a citizen the CORRECT way.

It was a fascinating car ride to say the least. This lady was annoyed that she didn’t think of bringing all of her naturalization, passport, etc. . . with her but she was MORE annoyed about what was going on at the nation’s Mexican border. She spent over $7,000 and five years becoming a citizen the legal way and those folks from south of the boarder, “don’t even speak English.” I think I had a new, die-hard Republican in my car.

I offered to wait by her home, in case she needed a ride back to the DMV but she wasn’t sure were everything was and didn’t want to waste my time. I pointed out to her that it would be my honor to wait and give her a FREE ride back to the DMV as one of our newest citizens.

She was very happy.

It was a good day.

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Skunked!

Not every day is a good day to über.” — translated from the original Klingon

I spent a few hours in Newark yesterday around lunchtime and did not get one über-call. Besides not having a lot of the undergrads around, the only other activity was massive planning for UofD graduation ceremonies and new construction all over town. Newark will probably be an über dead zone ’til September, when the kids are back and the construction’s done.

I may have to head up 13 and into Wilmington proper to get fares.

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NYC? Really?

So here we go.

Picked up a lady at Grotto’s Pizza on Main Street in Newark, DE and literally drove her around the block to her house. . . a whopping $3 fare.

Then I’m summoned up to Christiana Towers for another young college lady, with bags packed, apparently heading home for the summer. I really didn’t pay attention to where I was taking her until my GPS told me to get on the Delaware Memorial Bridge. . . then I checked my final destination. . . . The Bronx in NYC!!!!

Yup, it was my first $250 fare, which more than covered my time and gas.

On my way home, I figured it out that taking an über to NYC was cheaper than flying. She would have had to take a $100 über to Philly Intl’, then a $150 flight, then probably a $50 cab ride home.

Smart lady and good for my wallet!

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March 26-29, 2018 – Small Newark Rides

A very slow four days with über. Small fares and several cancels . . . riders don’t realize that if a driver’s on their way to pick you up and you cancel, riders pay a $3.25 cancellation fee.

That doesn’t even pay for gas, so please be sure when you order an über.

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