• Day 5 of no Lyft driving. We have a doctor’s appointment, a vet appointment, and a date to see The Last Jedi for the second time. It’s supposed to hit 50 degrees later, so tomorrow looks like a go. 🚗

  • Day 3 of no new Lyft Shifts. Freezing temperatures, snow and ice. Not even slightly tempted. One spinout (me or someone else and poof! A month’s earnings eaten up.

  • Lyft is like a video game, thanks to the Power Driver Bonus. If I get 4 more rides tonight, I’ll have enough Peak Hour rides for the first tier bonus. But I would still need 11 more total rides. I’d be tempted to drive all day tomorrow, just to level up.

  • Weekly report card! Nice comment and almost all 5⭐️ ratings. For one brief moment yesterday, my rating was 4.95 (which displays as 5⭐️). But it’s back down to 4.94, which rounds down to 4.9⭐️. NOT obsessing, though. Nope, not one bit.

  • Wicked pothole. The jolt knocked my iPhone off its holder. Front right tire was on its way to getting flat. I filled it with more air and accepted the Universe’s message that it was time to go home and wrap some Christmas presents.

  • (For those counting along at home, I skipped posts for Rides 492-562. I thought I’d be able to keep up with a post per ride, with all the downtime in between. Turns out, it’s very busy during the Christmas season! Not sure a post per ride is the right approach either.)

  • Ride #563. Early morning pickup. A young guy who does construction by day and bartending at night. He has two kids and another on the way. He still hasn’t gotten his Christmas tree and it’s Dec. 22nd. And just like that, my life feels less hectic. #lyftlifelessons

  • Gave my first Lyft Line ride tonight, just one hour after I went to a Line orientation at the Portland HQ. Both passengers were from SoCal and knew the Lyft Line drill. I picked up one, then the other, and then dropped them at their destinations. Not a big deal.

  • Speaking of the holiday spirit, the tips are better too! (Yesterday’s earnings/2 hours driving.)

  • I started with Lyft last January, so this is my first holiday season. It’s actually fun. Almost every passenger this past weekend was going to a Christmas party or to the airport for a trip to visit family. I usually dread holidays, but the spirit is catching. 🎄🤶🏻

  • Drat. They are bringing the Lyft Line option to Portland. That’s the “exciting news.” People can request a shared ride and pay less. Multiple pickups and dropoffs. I hear it is VERY unpopular with drivers elsewhere. I’m not wild about the idea. Has anyone ever used Lyft Line?

  • Headed back to Portland after a quick visit to NYC. I had been planning to take Lyft to the Newark airport so I could get the experience here, but the $75+tip cost was hard to justify over a $13 train+$3 subway. Looking forward to getting back behind the wheel. 🚗

  • Exciting news coming from Lyft? I RSVP’d for the info session. Very curious to find out what Lyft’s “newest feature” is.

  • The good news in the Friday report card is that my rating is back up to 4.94. I asked Lyft to review it because I couldn’t understand why I had dropped so far. They told that no one had left negative comments and they would exclude a couple of the low ratings.

  • Friday report card. Sigh. Drivers have no control over the cost of a ride.

  • In NYC for a quick visit, and I’m traveling old school. There’s a meter and everything. I would have taken Lyft, but the wait would be at least 10 minutes and I couldn’t figure out the pickup location in Penn Stafion.

  • Rides #490, #491. Sometimes I’m a fount of recommendations that surprise. The couple visiting from Colorado got my glowing review of karaoke favorite @voiceboxpdx’s new Denver location. The young woman with foot troubles got the name of my holistic podiatrist.

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

  • Speaking of ratings… did you know that Lyft drivers must keep their average above 4.6? If you give your driver 4⭐️, Lyft interprets this as a failing grade. It’s counter-intuitive; we think 4 out of 5 is good. Give 5⭐️ to any driver you’d be willing to ride with again.

  • **Ride #488, 489. ** Basic short rides downtown to Starbucks, Storables. Unremarkable trips = 5⭐️ passengers.

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