Interesting people, places, conversations, experiences & insights brought to you by a guy, who took some time off from corporate enterprise sales to take an Uber sabbatical... and that sabbatical continues 4 years later!
things happen that are so coincidental, you think, Is it just the roll of
the dice, or simply fate? I would have to say that probably 50% of my
rides are people from other countries. People from China & India rank
1 & 2, followed by Europeans, South Americans, Mexicans and a sampling from
too many countries to list. On this particular day it felt more like fate
as I picked up three consecutive rides... all women from Berlin, Germany.
had to be standing at one of the worst intersections in Boston, heading to
Cambridge. Picking her up, I knew we would be honked at (which happens to
be a favorite hobby of many Boston drivers), and yep, we were... Surprise,
first thing Kat said to me was, "Why are the people in Boston so mean?"
I had to explain to her that it is a northeast thing. People in greater
Boston are really only "jerks" behind the wheel. I have no
explanation for this condition, but it's just the way it is. I grew up driving
in NYC and Jersey, so I know I can outdrive anyone in Boston, but I've learned
to chill because I would go crazy reacting to this aggressive behavior. I
tell Kat, "It's what you put out there that matters most. People
here are not like those friendly types from the Midwest or down south. Here
in Boston, you just need to be friendly and you will get the same response
back... as long as you are out of your car, that is."
laughed as we proceeded to her destination and of course as she got out we got
honked at... ya gotta love it, right?
was my next pick-up, also from Berlin. She had just arrived in Boston after
shooting a commercial in LA, and was staying with her American friend at an
AirBnB. Wilma is half Portuguese so when were were driving through East
Cambridge and she saw all the Portuguese signs on the store fronts, she became
extremely excited. So much excitement that I felt the need to roll down
my window and yell out to" to pedestrians "HEY, Wilma is back in
town!!!!" She laughed and so I had to ask, especially after Kat's reaction
to Boston people, "So, how do you like Boston?" Wilma replied,
"I LOVE Boston, the people are so nice here!"
what? I'm thinking... have you talked to Kat? It was refreshing to
get the polar opposite viewpoint from another person from Berlin. We
started chatting about her American friend, Mike, and I asked, "So are you
guys dating?" Her face turned radish red and she exclaimed,
"NO!" I replied, "So, you like him?".She nodded her head
yes, but said that Mike doesn't know.
we pulled up to WIlma's destination, Mike walked out to greet her and I saw
that he is a handsome guy with a rugged, hip look. I mentioned that I
think I need to have a little talk with Mike... he kinda needed to know how
WIlma felt. "No!" she yelled out as she laughed at the prospect
of that happening. "Don't worry," I tell her. "Your secret
is safe with me... unless Mike reads this post!"
passed Rachel walking down a suburban street in Belmont and it looked like she
put in the wrong address.
also from Berlin. Yes, I know what you are thinking... forget North
Korea, we are having a Berlin invasion, right? I mean, it is a bit odd to
have three consecutive Berlin women pick-ups. Like Wilma, Rachel said she
loves being in the Boston area. She's an exchange student and was staying
with a host family whom she likes, though they don't do a lot with her and
always ask her to watch their kids. Rachel said they're a bit controlling
as well, and don't like how much she goes out on her own little adventures
around the city.
don't know about you, but if I was hosting a foreign student I would be taking
them all over the city and New England to show them all the great sites and
things to do here. Rachel seemed really happy and I gave her some ideas
for places she might want to go see. However, don't you worry about
Rachel. She had already created a network of other people in her same situation
and in fact, that is where she was going for a meet-up.
I am pondering if perhaps there is a hidden message here for me, and fate is
hinting that I might just need to go to Berlin and check that city out...
anyone up for an adventure?