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Feb 26 quidnunc commented on Not Everybody Has a Smartphone and a Credit Card!.
"Not Everybody Has a Smartphone and a Credit Card!"

Yes, that's true. And many people who are disabled or elderly or non-English-speaking just can't or won't deal with TNCs. But if those people are stuck with taxis, don't they deserve a GOOD taxi service? They shouldn't be relegated to the rude, disinterested crappy experience that is the current norm for all taxis.

Why do you think taxi drivers and dispatchers treat their customers like shit? It's because they've had a monopoly forever. And the more you protect them, the freer they are to be unreliable, unsafe and unpleasant. Which actually ends up causing the most problems for the people who can't easily switch to TNCs.

Competition from TNCs might just constitute the kick in the butt that the taxi industry needs, so that it will change its evil ways and start providing an actually good service to the customer base who still needs them.
Feb 23 quidnunc commented on City May Cap the Popular Rideshares That Compete with Cabs.
@53 Goldy - Your comments about rideshare drivers who "choose to earn a little extra money part-time" show a total blindness (uncharacteristic of you) to today's economic reality. That phrasing is offensive to the legions of us who manage to avoid flat-out homelessness by scraping together independent contract jobs.

People who drive for rideshare companies are not "earning a little extra money part-time" anymore than are the workers at McDonalds. You sound exactly like the people who say that fast-food workers aren't really part of the grownup workforce... that they are all teenagers who just choose to take fast-food jobs to get pocket money for designer shoes.

It's time you and others who enjoy the privilege of having official employment became aware of the vast and struggling masses of us who find ways to make ends meet by doing contract work. Have you ever heard of Leapforce, Lionbridge, Butler Hill? E-lance, Textbroker, WriterAccess? Task Rabbit? Have you spent time on Craigslist "Gigs" lately? Or checked out places like "ratracerebellion"?

Somehow the powers that be remain oblivious to the fact that a huge sector of the economy literally survives by patching together odd jobs. There is nothing different about a taxicab driver paying their rent and a rideshare driver paying their rent. Except, you know what? The rideshare driver is probably hungrier and has less income security, so in a competitive marketplace they are motivated to be friendlier, more accessible and more prompt.

Feb 23 quidnunc commented on City May Cap the Popular Rideshares That Compete with Cabs.
I'm outraged by the cab companies' sense of institutionalized entitlement, as if they have permanent ownership of all paid car rides.

The last time I took a cab, I had arranged the pickup with the dispatch the night before. I said it was to take me to the airport to catch a flight. The cab was half an hour late. I called dispatch twice during that half hour wait and they were rude and disinterested. When the driver showed up he never bothered to acknowledge the lateness or even say hello. If I had not built in an extra hour (because I knew cabs are like this) I would have missed my plane. This is what happens when a service has no competition.

Also, arguments about safety are always trotted out to scare people about peer-sharing innovations. I agree with @49, the star-rating systems are effective at pushing bad drivers out of the system. I've been in yellow cabs whose drivers did terrifying things in traffic. The Lyft drivers I've ridden with drive a lot more conservatively. And I'm not really that worried about serial killers signing up with Lyft in order to have access to victims.

And why all the tears shed over cab drivers needing to earn an income -- as if the rideshare drivers are doing it for a smile? My friend drives for Lyft, and that's what puts food on her table sometimes. People drive for Lyft because they need the money, not because it's their hobby.

Surge pricing can be dealt with by NOT having a cap, so that more rideshare drivers will make themselves available where the need is higher.

Times are changing and cab companies don't own the fucking streets.
Feb 4 quidnunc commented on Tomorrow Morning, The Stranger Goes to Court to Fight for Government Transparency.
I so appreciate your doing this. Keep us posted.
Jan 29 quidnunc commented on SL Letter of the Day: Fuck the Boss?.
Oh, Dan. Do you do this every so often just to keep your fans from believing you walk on water? Or to get a whole bunch of us to come out of the woodwork and scream NO NO NO in the comment column?

One of the Basic Rules for Being a Grownup: NEVER DATE, FUCK OR PURSUE YOUR BOSS OR SUBORDINATE. So maybe it works out fine 1 or 2% of the time, as a few commenters have mentioned ... are you so mindlessly lust-driven that you're willing to risk the 98% chance that this will ruin your dream job or your boss's career? You're probably not old enough to remember Bill Clinton and someone named Monica Lewinsky... you might want to look it up and see how well it worked out for them.

If you've got your dream job at 25, after "re-entering the workforce," it came without much sacrifice. So you probably haven't lived enough to realize that dream jobs aren't just hanging there like fruit to be picked. Even if you're ready to jeopardize your own livelihood for the sake of an orgasm and a little ego-stroking, is your sexual pleasure really worth trashing your boss's career? You just dodged a bullet. Put your head down, work hard, be ultra-professional. And go pick one of the other gazillion guys who are NOT your boss to be your fuckbuddy.

And, Dan - you've been hanging out at The Stranger for way too long. Texting something like that to the boss? In what universe do you imagine that could turn out well?

Apr 29, 2013 quidnunc commented on SL Letter of the Day: They Make Vibrating Hairbrushes?.
@6, I know, right? For chrissake, what parent would imagine it was even remotely appropriate or acceptable to assist their 14-year-old to acquire sex toys? I can't think of anything that would horrify or gross out or alienate a 14-year-old faster than that kind of extreme intrusiveness.

If the aunt (in the linked Savage Love column letter) were young and cool enough to go shopping with her niece for sex toys, she wouldn't have asked the mother's permission.

Any fourteen-year-old who's old enough to be interested in sex toys is old enough to figure out how to shop for them. Without involving Mom or Auntie.

Furthermore, experimenting with a plastic banana sounds WAY better to me than the prospect of being given a dildo or even a spider-eyed vibrating hairbrush by an older family member. Ick!
Apr 9, 2013 quidnunc commented on State Sues Florist Who Refused Service to a Gay Wedding.
@30: Do you support the individual rights of a restaurant owner who feels strongly that he doesn't want to serve food to Black people?
Apr 1, 2013 quidnunc commented on Georgia Republican Thinks Straight People Will Get Gay-Married For Juicy Government Benefits.
I have a daughter who got straight-married to a gay (male) friend, in order to circumvent her college's stupid "you have to live in the dorms" rule. Her gay husband (who lives with his boyfriend) gets a huge tax break during the years they'll be married (while she's in school). Does that count as abusing straight marriage or gay marriage?
Feb 20, 2013 quidnunc commented on SL Letter of the Day: Bonus Advice for DUD.
As a mother, I honestly don't get the whole "coming out" thing. I mean, yes, on a societal level I totally get it. But on a personal level? Uh-uh.

My daughter's first romantic/sexual liaison - at age 17 - was another girl. I only figured it out one day after they'd spent a night together and I noticed a hickey on my daughter's neck. Hmm. Well, that explained all the sleepovers. The other girl, a bit older, had her own place, so they'd go over there.

None of us felt the need to comment on the situation. My response was just to change gears and treat the girlfriend as The Important Person in my daughter's life, instead of just as another friend. We included her in family stuff, and I think we all may have hugged more. They were more physically affectionate around the house than they had been.

None of us ever discussed it. There was no big conversation. I think I felt like it was none of my business who she chose to love. Plus her girlfriend was a sweetheart whom we were all genuinely fond of. Nine years later, I think my daughter's had a few male and a few female partners, but we've still never discussed her sexuality. We're very close, but there's just a lot that goes without saying.

Just an alternate scenario to the whole "coming out" conversation, which as a parent I was just a little too shy to engage in.
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