I Signed Up to Be an Uber Driver

This blog is written by Lee Gale Gruen to help Baby Boomers, seniors, retirees, and those soon to retire find joy, excitement, and satisfaction in life after retirement. Her public lecture on this subject is titled: “Reinventing Yourself in Your Retirement.” Her memoir, Adventures with Dad: A Father and Daughter’s Journey Through a Senior Acting Class, is available by clicking here Amazon.com. Click here for her website: http://AdventuresWithDadTheBook.com

Now, on to my blog:

Cell Phone in Dash HolderI was trying to download the Uber app onto my cell phone.  It was a new learning curve for me, but I wanted to be hip like everyone else and try out the popular ride sharing concept.

I followed all the correct prompts on the Uber website, or so I thought.  After completing my efforts, I received an immediate email from Uber welcoming me to their pool of drivers.  They wanted all sorts of personal information such as my driver’s license number, insurance, and the like.

I have no idea what I did to become part of the Uber Drivers Club.  Truth be told, I’d probably be the worst sort of Uber driver.  My driving skills are okay but nothing to brag about.  My patience with the full range of personalities an Uber driver might encounter is limited.  And, my sense of direction stinks.

After I was enrolled as an Uber driver, the problem became how to unenroll.  Apparently, Uber doesn’t want their drivers to drop out, especially before they even begin.  No matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t quit my new job.  I finally gave up and figured I’d just remain on their roster.

Well, Uber didn’t like that either.  They were not about to brook a driver who didn’t provide her driving information, and certainly not one who didn’t drive.  I continued receiving emails from Uber insisting upon the sacred data.  I ignored them, but they persisted–Uber can be very persistent.

They finally got the idea and stopped pestering me.  However, I don’t know if I’m still buried somewhere in their data bank of drivers.  I can’t help wondering if this type of snafu befalls others, too?  Does it happen to younger people, or is it just us older folk?  What did Uber say on its end after I bailed?  Oh, another ditzy senior.

Never mind, I do know that I went on to become a successful Uber passenger after a few upsetting mishaps (click this link and scroll down for my blog of March 4, 2018 “Uber et al” https://leegalegruen.wordpress.com/2018/03/.)  I have even learned a couple of things from my Uber rider experiences.  For example, I bought one of those handy dandy devices that holds a cell phone near the dashboard at close viewing range used by all Uber drivers while their phone’s GPS navigates the route.  Now, if I ever do decide to activate my Uber driver status, I’m all set!

Always be willing to learn from your experiences.  When you encounter a good idea, borrow it, steal it, claim it for yourself.  Good ideas are good ideas, no matter where they come from, even Uber.


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Filed under active seniors, Baby boomers, gerontology, healthy aging, longevity, reinvention, retirement, senior citizens, successful aging

4 responses to “I Signed Up to Be an Uber Driver

  1. Patricia Spiegel

    This one had me on the floor. So fun!

  2. so funny! it’s good when we can laugh at our mistakes – but are they really mistakes when things aren’t explained simply?

  3. Sheila Sauber

    It sounds exactly like something that would happen to me! It is really hard working electronics these days….& I haven’t been able to unsubscribe from anything even if says you can unsubscribe by hitting their marked unsubscribe prompt. Hope all else is going well. Have you opened our reunion photo website? That is my next chore. Joyce has arranged for Nancy, Lois, Rita, Melna and me to meet for lunch in 2 weeks at the Deli across Beverly Glen from me. Should be fun! Hugs, Sheila

    Sent from my iPhone


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