How driving for Lyft compares to Uber

I had my first experience driving for Lyft yesterday. I’ve tried to drive for the alternative to Uber for a while now, but I’ve never had any requests. I pulled up the app yesterday and in Rider mode – Lyft uses the same app for both rider and driver –  I saw that to get a driver to my location, it would take 16 minutes. This told me there weren’t any Lyft drivers in the Hagerstown area. I switched to Driver mode and almost immediately got a request.

Lyft vs. Uber

One thing I noticed right off the bat was that Lyft doesn’t offer its own navigation system. When choosing to navigate to your rider, Lyft asks if you want to use Google Maps or Waze. I know from driving with Uber, Waze is not an app for me. It routinely displays ads on the screen that take over the navigation window. I’ll have a passenger in the back and I’m driving to their location. Waze will suddenly display an ad for Sheetz and ask me if I want to reroute to a Sheetz located in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania to buy some French fries.

I don’t like French fries.
I don’t like going to Waynesboro or Pennsylvania.

I selected Google Maps to route me to the rider. When I got to the location, I saw a woman standing in front of the address smoking and talking on the phone. As I pulled up, she started smoking faster, as though she wanted to finish her cigarette before getting in the car. I hate when riders do this. They usually always reek of cigarette smoke and the odor tends to stay in the car long after they get out. Not only did she smell like pre-lung cancer, she was wearing a massive amount of perfume. It was like the two obnoxious smells were battling for olfactory domination. As far as I was concerned, they were both winning and I was losing.

I had to exit out of Google Maps to begin the drive. With Uber, I don’t have to do that. Since she was talking on the phone, I didn’t even try to engage in small talk. As soon as she ended the call, it sounded like she got a text. She then got another call. I normally ask passengers where they’re going but since she was busy talking and texting, I didn’t want to intrude. I decided to just allow Google Maps take me to her destination.

Big mistake.

When we were almost at her destination, I had to break my silence and ask her which side of the road she wanted to be dropped off at. The pin marking her destination was smack center in the middle of the road. She responded by telling me she didn’t know, she was new to Hagerstown. I asked her where she was going, something I should have asked at the very beginning. She told me she was going to 7-11.

We were actually heading away from the closest 7-11. I told her this and turned around. She asked if it was far. I told her that it wasn’t. About a minute later, I pulled into the parking lot at 7-11 and my very first Lyft trip was completed.

How driving for Lyft compares to Uber - Bent Corner
Febreeze, the rideshare driver’s best friend.

As I expected, the car still smelled of perfume and cigarettes. I opened all the windows and drove around a bit, hoping it would air out. I think that worked. I won’t know for certain until I get in the car today. It might take a heavy dosing of Febreeze to eradicate the smell entirely. It wouldn’t be the first time I had to use Febreeze because of a passenger. I should have just Febreezed the backseat last night when the day was over.

I tried to get another request for Lyft, but I didn’t get any requests. By this time it was after 5:00 PM, within the timeframe Lyft told me in a prior email demand was going to be high in western Maryland.

This morning I got an email from Lyft showing what I did yesterday.

Lyft took 25 percent. How does that compare to Uber? Here’s an Uber trip from last Thursday:

The time was about the same, but the distance was far greater. Uber took $6.10 meaning they also took 25 percent.

Conclusion

Not only was yesterday’s drive my first with Lyft, it will be my last, at least for the foreseeable future. I see no reason to drive for Lyft instead of Uber. Here in the Hagerstown area, people are much more into using Uber. It’s been here for a while now. People in Hagerstown know about Uber. I don’t think they even know that Lyft is now in Hagerstown.

The rider I got yesterday said she was new to Hagerstown. She must have been a Lyft user before coming to Hagerstown.

I don’t even want to know why she wanted to go to a 7-11 across town. There was a 7-11 much closer to where I picked her up. Since she didn’t know where the 7-11 was, I don’t think she had ever been there before.

Lyft is now in Hagerstown

Lyft, the ridesharing alternative to Uber, is now available in the city of Hagerstown. This means that if you need a ride to Walmart, the Valley Mall, or anywhere else, you can utilize the services of Lyft. Even if you need a ride to Baltimore or Washington DC, you can now take a Lyft to your destination.

Uber has been in the Hagerstown area for some time now. With all the negative publicity emanating from Uber as of late, it’s nice to know you now have an alternative.

Need a Lyft account? You can sign up by going here. You’ll even receive a free $5 just for signing up.

Audible’s monthly subscription price is stupid

Audible is a company under Amazon that produces and sells spoken-word entertainment, specifically, unabridged audio versions of books. Why read a book when you can listen to a book?

This method of reading comes in handy when you’re driving somewhere or doing some type of manual labor. I also like to listen to a good book while going to sleep. I put my earbuds in and set the sleep timer to 30 minutes. The following day, I go back to my audio book and rewind it back 25 minutes or so to find the exact spot I left off.

I’ve tried setting the timer to a shorter timeframe, but I’m almost always still awake when the book shuts off. There’s just something special about the 30-minute sleep setting. It puts me out like an injection of Propofol.

The problem with Audible is the pricing. You’re expected to keep up a monthly subscription that provides one credit a month. Each book you buy costs one credit. A monthly subscription costs $14.95. That means every book you buy through Audible is $14.95.

I canceled my Audible membership a few months ago. When I originally joined Audible, I received three credits. This allowed me to add a number of books. I needed time to catch up and listen to all the books I acquired.

I still have a few books I haven’t listened to. The problem is Fields of Fire, the fifth book in the military science fiction Frontlines series by Marko Kloos just came out. I love this series. If I wanted to buy the audio version of the book without any Audible credits, it was going to cost $10.49. If I wanted to renew my Audible subscription, it was going to cost $14.95, the price of one audible credit.

Why would anyone choose to renew their Audible subscription over just buying the audio book?

It gets worse. If I buy the Kindle version of the book, it’s only $4.99. If I do that, I can add the Audible version for only $3.99 extra. For less than nine bucks, I would get the Kindle version and the Audible version. Plus, the two formats would sync with each other. I could read the Kindle version on my iPad and then later switch to the Audible version. It would auto sync to where I left off on my iPad.

So that’s what I did, I purchased the Kindle version with the Audible version add-on. Why would anyone do anything different? With the current pricing system, I don’t see myself ever renewing my monthly subscription with Audible. Even though my subscription has lapsed, I still have full access to the app and the books I’ve acquired. I can even add audio books I get through other means to the Audible app.

Amazon should lower the price of an Audible subscription. The current price point makes no sense.

Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster sent home from NFL combine

Former Alabama inside linebacker Reuben Foster, viewed by most experts to be a top-10 pick in the upcoming NFL draft, was sent home from the combine.

From ESPN:

Foster had been waiting for an extended period for what the NFL calls his “pre-exam”, when he grew increasingly impatient and began questioning a hospital worker.

The hospital worker did not take kindly to Foster’s words and eventually the two were face to face, in a heated exchange.

The hospital worker did not take kindly to Foster’s words? Whatever said hospital worker’s duties are, I’m fairly confident they don’t include getting face to face with a patient.

I don’t know why players, especially those who are highly rated, even go to the NFL combine. Reuben Foster played four years at Alabama. He was a unanimous All-American last year and was awarded the Butkus Award as the top college linebacker in the country. No team in the NFL, even the ones run by incompetent morons, need to see Reuben Foster at the combine to learn any more information about him that they don’t already have.

If your team needs an inside linebacker and you’re burning calories trying to decide if you should draft Reuben Foster, you’re doing it wrong.

Tweet at Donald Trump and your account may be flagged as ‘potentially abusive’

I follow Donald Trump on Twitter. I don’t know why I do it. I don’t like Donald Trump. I didn’t vote for Donald Trump. I think most of what he has done since becoming President has been wrong. I guess I follow Donald Trump on Twitter to see all the stupid and unnecessary things he tweets about.

Donald Trump tweeted something yesterday that provoked a response from me:

Tweet at Donald Trump and your account may be flagged as 'potentially abusive' - Bent Corner

Here is the tweet I made in response:

Tweet at Donald Trump and your account may be flagged as 'potentially abusive' - Bent Corner

Upon leaving the above tweet, I received the following message on Twitter:

We’ve temporarily limited some of your account features.

What’s going on?

Creating a safer environment for people to freely express themselves is critical to the Twitter community, so if behavior that may violate the Twitter Rules is detected, certain account features become limited. We’ve detected some potentially abusive behavior from your account, so only your followers can see your activity on Twitter for the amount of time shown below. Your account will be restored to full functionality in: 12 hours and 0 minutes.

The countdown will begin once you continue to Twitter.

I called Donald Trump a tiny-handed, thin-skinned douche-nozzle and I’m labeled as potentially abusive. I’m supposed to believe that what I said made Donald Trump’s experience on Twitter feel unsafe? Sorry if I robbed the sensitive orange snowflake of his safe space.

The whole thing is absurd. What I said is factually correct. Donald Trump does have tiny hands. Donald Trump is thin-skinned. Donald Trump is a douche-nozzle. Who knew telling it like it is about an elected official, one who received fewer votes than his opponent, could get you labeled as abusive? Talking shit about your elected officials is as American as no-fault divorce and type 2 diabetes. Twitter is being un-American.

In the end, the joke’s on Twitter. I don’t think anyone other than the people who follow me ever sees my Tweets. Their 12-hour limitation is a limitation without distinction.