While few people today are clamoring to visit the ancestral sites of the Cabots and the Lowells, the Kennedy mystique still draws thousands of admirers in search of Camelot. For 52 years, from John Kennedy’s first election to Congress in 1946, until the passing of his younger brother, Senator Edward Kennedy in 2009, the Kennedys were a leading dynasty in American politics.
One of the most intriguing things about working for Uber and Lyft is that you have no supervisor except yourself and your passengers. You work whenever you want to. When you feel like working you turn the app on, and you’re clocked in. When you feel like taking a break, you turn the app off. This could mean turning it off at the end of a ride to just catch your breath. Or turning it off to have lunch. Or like I do, to go home for a midday nap. You are the boss.
My idea for the Boston Auto Tour had its roots in an ancient desert landscape some forty years ago, when in 1980 I toured Israel with some family members. The cost was inclusive of the tour and lodging, but not food and airfare. We traveled around the country with an official government tour guide, visited many historical, cultural, and tourist sites, and stayed at different hotels, motels, farms and homes.
So how does a mild-mannered Uber driver get started in this Boston Auto Tour venture (though I think adventure is a better word)? I give credit to a little online business I ran for thirteen years. But in retrospect, maybe it’s not so little after all.
My hope is that the info posted here over time will become another sort of guidebook, an auto tour of Boston, and one that can be useful to tourists, students, business travelers or locals who happen to be moving around the area in a car and who are looking for useful information to help them with their journey.
Fast forward to April 2017. By that time, I probably had only Ubered a total of about a year during the ensuing 3 year period (2014-2017). I'd work only a few months or so at a time with long gaps in between. I'd do it every so often, just to earn some extra money. I never really fully invested myself like it was a "real job".
Very soon after turning the app on for the first time, it began beeping (as you saw in the video). This indicated there was a ride hailing me. I learned quickly you have fifteen seconds to tap the screen and accept the ride before the opportunity goes away.
I got my start back in 2014. Actually, it was around Thanksgiving of 2013, 5 years ago, that this all began. I was browsing Facebook and I saw an ad that said I could make $25/hr. driving part-time for Uber. "What the heck?" I thought.
This is the very first Uber ride I gave back on February 4, 2014. I had no idea what was to come from this. This is also one of the first photos I took in my ride share career, the first of 1000s to come. For this ride, I gave a man a ride from Harvard Square to about 5 minutes away. My fare? $6.91.
One thing I've always been curious about even before I started doing Uber/Lyft has been the history of Boston roads and highways. A discussion of this subject could start by looking at the history of one of the most famous roads in the area, Route 128/I95.