Yeah, you. Can you…not, please?
I know I haven’t been writing much. It’s a thought that occurred to me just as I was trying to decide what to do with my night. My knee jerk, rationalizing and disabling thought was “Well, it’s because I’ve been driving so much lately”.
Now, there’s a thought I’ve been having often lately.
Every time I do, I pop open the app, ready to pat myself on the back for my epic drive times.
Also, every time I open the app I see I’ve driven less than 30 hours that week.
It’s nuts, it certainly seems longer. But maybe that’s just a factor of how raspy my throat is from nattering at passengers for <30 hours. Possibly with a little or a lot of “my ass is sore as hell” mixed in. And, I’d be remiss if I didn’t warn Diezel to keep it clean here. Really, it’s just my right butt cheek that’s complaining, for whatever reason – and, no, it’s not my wallet.
But that same thought comes around whenever I’m amazed at how many passengers I get from out of state. It’s just a factor of how much I’m driving.
Except it’s not. And yet, copious visitors there are.
Visitors from COVID-denying hotspots.
Recent red state refugees that landed in Portland.
And when I realize how few hours I drive and how often these folks present themselves, I am amazed at the inverse relationship. Assuming that how out of control the situation seems can be extrapolated based on the number of rides I give people each week.
Of course, it can’t. This is all just me entertaining myself – and since I don’t feel mentally up to anything more seriously grumptastic than this, this is what you get.
Another highly unscientific method for tracking these – and I don’t want to channel Trump here, but – visitors and transplants from less than desirable locations is just observation. This weekend, I drove Friday, Saturday and today. Three days in a row is unusual. I needed to make up for taking Monday and Tuesday off while the Silver Fox was visiting. Each of those three days I witnessed at least three license plates from Arizona.
I didn’t see any Texas or Florida plates…but maybe they are just less noticeable.
Still, 9+ Arizona plates in ~15 hours seems like a lot. Let’s call it 18 hours of driving, which errs on the high side. Seeing an AZ plate every two hours seems pretty frequent.
I could just see the virus swirling around the vehicles like dust around Pig Pen.
Fortunately for my recreational hypochondriac, I’ve got my vents set to recirculate. I know it’s better to be letting in fresh air, but I drive through tear gas zones a lot and don’t want to rely on my reflexes to save my eyes and throat. So when I want fresh air, I put the windows down.
Now, because for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction, last night I had a group of soon-to-be college kids in my car (not like that, Diezel). It was a 4-some, three guys and a girl with hiccups. Now, Lyft asks riders to certify that they will wear masks and not sit in the front, so imagine the hernia inducing restraint I exercised when one of these
shitheads kids got into the passenger seat.
You know you’re all supposed to sit in the back, right?
Pretty mild on the passive-aggressive-o-meter, right? The kids says “Yeah” and closes the door.
Next, I exercised restraint by not volunteering that they were obviously not going to be adding a tip onto their parents’ credit card.
When I asked what they were up to on a Saturday night, one of the guys said that my front seat mate was leaving for college the next day.
Do you even need more than one guess?
Ok, with the restraint I’ve exercised up til now, my incredulity here is forgivable, right? Something about not winning them all…
“They have a great business school”.
Wharton is a great business school…
From the backseat, “Hey, can you make a stop along the way?”
You know what, Arizona can have these entitled, clueless punks. I hope this kid survives long enough to put his business degree to use.
I don’t mean to paint Arizonans as universally bad people, mind you. I mean, could anyone with this plate be entirely bad?
No, no they could not be. But could these
flaming patriots stupid Americans just stop running amok with all of their Pig Pen-ish virus?