This blog documents my experience as a driver for hire in San Francisco.
I started driving for Lyft in March 2014. In May, I began driving for Uber as well. I logged almost 3,000 rides with a 4.9 rating through both platforms as a full-time driver. And I bitched about it the entire time.
In February 2015, I went to taxi school and started driving a cab.
As an erudite driver advocate, I have frequently been interviewed by news sources and been a guest on radio shows and panel discussions. While mostly pragmatic about the current transportation quagmire, I am staunchly anti-Uber and anti-Lyft.
Besides this blog, and the one preceding it, my writing has appeared on various sites, most notably Disinfo.com and Broke-Ass Stuart’s Goddamn Website, anthologized in The Utne Reader and Your Golden Sun Still Shines: San Francisco Personal Histories, and appears each Thursday in the S.F. Examiner.
I’ve also published three zines about my experiences as an Lyft/Uber/taxi driver, which are available online in print, eBook and PDF formats.
For over fifteen years, I have been pushing print media as a writer, editor, designer and publisher. I started out doing zines and broadsides, then moved on to the harder stuff. I founded Phony Lid Books in 1999 and over the next five years, published numerous titles, including the popular Pick Pocket Book series, before I went broke and half insane.
After that, I played in a bunch of bands, started my own, worked for a movie and TV screenwriter (who gave me the best advice of my career: “Never become a screenwriter”) and peddled rare books and records online and at flea markets around LA.
Since 2010, I’ve released multiple zines under the name Piltdownlad.
I’m the author of the novel A Masque of Infamy and a discarded memoir, No Fun: How Punk Rock Saved My Life.
If you want to know more about my assorted activities, you can check out my website: www.kellydessaint.com.
Thanks for reading.