The UberMeister Chronicles
The UberMeister Chronicles
About the Book
Uber has generated so much negative publicity from so many directions that it is almost its own subject category. Gripes about driver behaviour and surge pricing are featured in many media beatups. The endless anti-Uber campaign by the taxi industry generates a continuous stream of stories, most of them about hilarious backfires from questionable taxi industry tactics. So many people are flocking to use the services of private drivers and their vehicles, and are leaving the use of taxis in droves, that the stories are too numerous for all to feature in newspapers and magazines. The ride-share phenomenon, currently represented almost solely by Uber Australia, is here for the foreseeable future. Adam Russell is the self-styled 'UberMeister' who has clocked up over 1000 passenger rides in 8 months of driving in Sydney, Australia. Adam realised early on that the cockpit of an Uber partner vehicle is a great platform from which to view the 'rich tapestry of life' in the world at large. Both in-car and on the street, there are endless cameos and vignettes of our Sydney life that are on display if only we have the mindfulness to see them. And passengers can also be wonderful observers, especially foreign or non-Sydney locals, seeing things that even a Sydney native might not see. Having lived in Sydney for much of his life (punctuated with residence in various foreign places like Adelaide, Singapore and Bangkok), Adam also shares his historical perspectives of driving around modern Sydney and overlaying his memories and experiences from the past. Come along with the UberMeister as he writes about his experiences behind the wheel of the "MeisterMobile" and elsewhere. Having kept meticulous (anonymous) notes on many of his journeys (about half) Adam has a solid factual basis as well as memory to write these chronicles. By covering experiences as a taxi user, Uber rider as well as an Uber partner, this book covers the whole spectrum of the point to point passenger experience. The book includes many humorous and often self-deprecating anecdotes, industry and personal ride data, equipment analysis, thoughts on Uber as a company and as a service, opinions about the Sydney Taxi industry, the joys and trials of being in a personal service industry, musings on life in general, predictions of the future, many varied whinges on the whole process and lots of tips on how to make it as an Uber driver, at least in Sydney Australia, and how to be a better Uber rider (aka 'passenger'). In fact, it contains just about everything you never wanted to know about driving for Uber, and a lot about riding thrown in for good.
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