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Daily Notes - January 31, 2019

9:45 am - Hoboken surging  

One of the busiest mornings I've seen in Hoboken with 200% prime time all over my screen.  Some people who usually walk to the PATH station will opt for a car when it's 7 degrees outside.

Lyft driver screen Hoboken
In Hoboken, it's hot when it's cold.

3:00 pm - Injured passenger  

As a full time driver, it's only a matter of time before you get an injured passenger.  I found this unfortunate soul at Hackensack Medical Center, where she was brought to my car in a wheelchair and deposited into the backseat, clearly upset the hospital "didn't find anything broken" from her getting hit by a car earlier in the day.  I asked if she had anyone at home to assist but couldn't get a straight answer.  So now we're driving to Lodi and all that's going through my head is - why me?

I learn upon arrival that she can't walk unassisted and no one's home.  So I hoist her out of the car and into the courtyard.  She can barely stand, it's 12 degrees outside and her daughter isn't picking up.  Needless to say, this isn't what I signed up for.  To get her up the stairs, I recruited a couple of bystanders who were nice enought to help.  But even with one guy on each arm, the stairs weren't easy.  We finally get inside the building and there's another, longer flight of stairs leading up to the apartment door.  That's enough for me.  Twenty five minutes after we arrived, I thanked the others and left the scene.  No tip.

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