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What do you do with your time while you wait for the ping?

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4083 Rider Driver
 Posted 2 years, 1 month ago

I've been at this for a few years now and I still look for new and interesting ways to make my wait time quality time. I have found doing good deeds is a fulfilling past time that never gets old. Giving someone the occasional ride is easy, getting in the trenches takes a little more oomph! But really, there is nothing like bringing a smile to someone's face when you solve a problem instantly, which to them may have seemed enormous or even insurmountable just ten minutes ago. That brings real joy.

I have two ride share vehicles, the 328i (with no spare tire and limited trunk space) and the Cadillac six door limousine (huge space every direction) and do different things in each. In the Cadillac one of my favorite deeds is to help someone change a tire. When I am in the limousine, I am fully tricked out with a portable air compressor, air impact wrenches, a five ton air jack and one 3 bag and a 2 bag air jacks. I can have the car up, snatch a tire off and on and put her down in 4 minutes flat and need only four inches room to work in. The more pathetic the persons' situation, the funnier it can get. I have seen people trying to jack up cars too low to the ground for their jack to fit so they improvise putting the jack in places it shouldn’t be used. Some were downright dangerous, others ingenious if they weren’t expected to take a load of close to a ton. If you could only see the range of dodgy jacks and tools car makers provide for the DIY tire changer. It is awful. Puny little jacks with extensions you have to turn 10,000 times to jack a car up and the tire tool that is six inches long with a lug at one end. How are you supposed to even get leverage at 6 inc...

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I've been at this for a few years now and I still look for new and interesting ways to make my wait time quality time. I have found doing good deeds is a fulfilling past time that never gets old. Giving someone the occasional ride is easy, getting in the trenches takes a little more oomph! But really, there is nothing like bringing a smile to someone's face when you solve a problem instantly, which to them may have seemed enormous or even insurmountable just ten minutes ago. That brings real joy.

I have two ride share vehicles, the 328i (with no spare tire and limited trunk space) and the Cadillac six door limousine (huge space every direction) and do different things in each. In the Cadillac one of my favorite deeds is to help someone change a tire. When I am in the limousine, I am fully tricked out with a portable air compressor, air impact wrenches, a five ton air jack and one 3 bag and a 2 bag air jacks. I can have the car up, snatch a tire off and on and put her down in 4 minutes flat and need only four inches room to work in. The more pathetic the persons' situation, the funnier it can get. I have seen people trying to jack up cars too low to the ground for their jack to fit so they improvise putting the jack in places it shouldn’t be used. Some were downright dangerous, others ingenious if they weren’t expected to take a load of close to a ton. If you could only see the range of dodgy jacks and tools car makers provide for the DIY tire changer. It is awful. Puny little jacks with extensions you have to turn 10,000 times to jack a car up and the tire tool that is six inches long with a lug at one end. How are you supposed to even get leverage at 6 inches? I think we have become a people of AAA reliants. My 328i doesn't even have a spare tire. Have a car problem, call a car service.

Almost two weeks ago I was tooling down the highway and Waze told me there was a car ahead on the shoulder. As I approached I punched the Waze update that said the car was still here and slowed to assess the situation. It was a Toyota Corolla, probably 6 -8 years old, the brightest key lime pie green imaginable and with what had to be the largest African American woman I had ever personally seen, standing forlornly by a tire so flat it had come half way off the tire. I mean I don’t know how to exactly put it in words except to say SHE WAS BIG in allcaps. There may be larger women on TV but this was the largest I had ever seen with my own eyes. She was holding the little 6 inch lug wrench they give you, as though that were the culprit to her problem. Little did she know she would never get to the lug wrench portion of that affair. Her real problem was in the fact that the low profile tires she had, made it too low (with a flat) to get her OEM jack underneath it.  She would have been here a while. Without further discussion I saw the problem and moved to fix it. I backed the limo up jumped in the Corolla to lock the brakes and make sure it was in park. I felt like a kid in his Dad’s chair. The seat had been removed from it’s bolt downs and moved all the way back to the back seat and rebolted. The passenger side seat had also been moved back and shifted left. This essentially made two seats into one. There was no leg room for anyone in the back seat. The woman explained she sat in the middle of the front seat (one butt cheek per seat), drove with her left hand and shifted and did everything else with her right hand. I was amazed at the woman’s tenacity in wanting to be self-sufficient in transportation. Needless to say I made swift work of her tire change. The woman tried to tip me, but that would have taken away the pleasure of just doing a good deed for a person with an unsolvable problem. Just give them that little hand up, that little nudge. Pay forward your Karma. Thanks for your upvote.

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    LCarpenter
    218 Rider Driver
     2 years ago

    It seems pretty much a given that most drivers play games on their phones. Not a healthy habit, I tell you.

    Every one in a while you hear about passengers catching drivers playing while they are in middle of a trip. I am not saying it's ok...but I get it. Tough to put it down and what if it's not a good spot to stop? LOL.

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    AsStibelDude
    651 Driver
     2 years ago

    I read heavily. For the first 6 months I started I was playing massive amounts of iPhone games. At first, it was a bunch of free games, then I started to reach out to those game where you spend money to buy upgrades and such.  Soon, I was spending $50 a day on stupid online currencies. Absolultely awful.

    So now I read. I read physical books, not even kindle or something. I stack the up on my passenger seat. I usually swap between Time magazine (that I subscribe to), non-fiction, fanasy, and one more which is some humor book. 

    I hadn't read in 20 years before this but now I read 100s of pages a day. I have engaging conversations with riders as a result. I should be taking business expense deductions on these books!

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      OP 4083 Rider Driver
       2 years ago  (edited 2 years ago)

      I really enjoy the lost art of reading as well. I like you, didn't have the opportunity to sit and read for many decades. Now I find turning the pages of a book to be somewhat therapeutic. Turning pages is progress by any measure. I have a relationship with a used book store where I trade in read books and get new. Technical and business, computer/cellphone screens are fine. A good novel, give me the real deal.

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    breakingbread
    258 Rider Driver
     2 years ago

    super entertaining story, thanks for sharing. I can only imagine this women (and car!) now. How I wish you had a picture...but I guess that would be mean and totally negate your good deed, huh?

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    Bigfrank
    440 Driver Driver Rider
     1 year ago

     I look at porn and masturbate it's a great stress reliever

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    bob
    174 Rider
     2 years ago

    It is fascinating how many drivers these days do not know how to change a tire. This was something my dad instilled in me at a young age.

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      OP 4083 Rider Driver
       2 years ago

      Surprisingly people don’t carry what they need for a tire change. A tire to begin with, one that’s not flat. A jack (with the necessary components to make it all work) and a four way tire iron. It never hurts to know where to mount the jack. Parents should take their kids on a dry run and let them practice so when they encounter this on the road they won’t be helpless.

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    JPoland
    179 Driver Driver
     2 years ago

    Mobile Games

    Facebook

    Listening to sports

    Talking to buddies. (a habit from the cab driving days)

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    KimberlysWorld
    26
     2 years ago

    I didn't even know what a ping was. lol

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      OP 4083 Rider Driver
       2 years ago

      A driver is notified of a riders request for a ride with a very distinctive sound from the app. It is referred to as “the ping”.