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My first ride pinged while I was backing out of the driveway. Very close to my house and a trip out to Hobby from Pearland in the pouring rain. Over $25.00. I didn't hang at Hobby because obviously no planes were coming in and I saw on the way in that the line to the taxi staging lot was backed up into the right lane of the road.

So I headed over to West University. Picked up a Mom and her little kid for a $5 quickie ride to their apartment (I really didn't mean that to sound bad). Then picked up someone from a very difficult location to find nestled behind Kirby and Main. The address was for Kirby was the main entrance was on Main. Long trip at 4:30 PM out to the west side including driving in rush hour on 59 and Westpark Tollway. Around $20. Decided I had enough for my cherry day and headed back to home but picked up a ping from a hotel and took a plastic surgeon specializing in breasts to a party. Only $7. No tip and no invite :(

So, it wasn't bad except for the drive in the rain and minor flooding from Hobby to West University.

I had one ping cancel when it came up as me being 11 minutes away. I probably wouldn't have taken it, anyway. Didn't pick up one ping because I really, really had to stop somewhere to pee.

Not bad really, I don't think, for a first day. Subtracting out the time from Hobby over to Kirby, I spent about 3 hours driving pax.

I think I'll try the morning tomorrow, before my finger printing appointment.

My take away. OK so far except the iron bladder I developed driving between West Texas and Austin/San Antonio/Dallas for years and years is no longer iron. It's a leaky rust bucket.
 

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My first ride pinged while I was backing out of the driveway. Very close to my house and a trip out to Hobby from Pearland in the pouring rain. Over $25.00. I didn't hang at Hobby because obviously no planes were coming in and I saw on the way in that the line to the taxi staging lot was backed up into the right lane of the road.

So I headed over to West University. Picked up a Mom and her little kid for a $5 quickie ride to their apartment (I really didn't mean that to sound bad). Then picked up someone from a very difficult location to find nestled behind Kirby and Main. The address was for Kirby was the main entrance was on Main. Long trip at 4:30 PM out to the west side including driving in rush hour on 59 and Westpark Tollway. Around $20. Decided I had enough for my cherry day and headed back to home but picked up a ping from a hotel and took a plastic surgeon specializing in breasts to a party. Only $7. No tip and no invite :(

So, it wasn't bad except for the drive in the rain and minor flooding from Hobby to West University.

I had one ping cancel when it came up as me being 11 minutes away. I probably wouldn't have taken it, anyway. Didn't pick up one ping because I really, really had to stop somewhere to pee.

Not bad really, I don't think, for a first day. Subtracting out the time from Hobby over to Kirby, I spent about 3 hours driving pax.

I think I'll try the morning tomorrow, before my finger printing appointment.

My take away. OK so far except the iron bladder I developed driving between West Texas and Austin/San Antonio/Dallas for years and years is no longer iron. It's a leaky rust bucket.
What was so difficult at Kirby and main? Address?
 

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What was so difficult at Kirby and main? Address?
There's some apartments behind Walgreens on Kirby and Al's Formal Wear on Main. Google maps had me pull into Smashburger/Kolache factory, which doesn't connect to the apartments. I was hanging in the Walgreens parking lot when I got the ping (stopped there to pee and get a soda and snack). I can see now from looking on a map that I could have easily reached it by going behind the bank.
 

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My first ride pinged while I was backing out of the driveway. Very close to my house and a trip out to Hobby from Pearland
That's the best way to do it for us drivers in the suburbs...get the first ping at home and go from there. I do the same in Sugar Land with most of my driving in this area and airport runs. Very seldom have to drive around midtown/downtown, just leaving that to the youngsters who live inside the loop. Also, what I do is keep track of the time/day of the week of my pings over the last couple of months and able to see the patterns when most likely to get riders (especially the airport rides). That way, I turn the app on during those higher ride time/days of the week only to be more efficient.
 

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That's the best way to do it for us drivers in the suburbs...get the first ping at home and go from there. I do the same in Sugar Land with most of my driving in this area and airport runs. Very seldom have to drive around midtown/downtown, just leaving that to the youngsters who live inside the loop. Also, what I do is keep track of the time/day of the week of my pings over the last couple of months and able to see the patterns when most likely to get riders (especially the airport rides). That way, I turn the app on during those higher ride time/days of the week only to be more efficient.
I'm pretty familiar with the SW part inside the Loop and then Westheimer and Westpark Tollway out to the Beltway, so I'm probably going to try to hang around there while I'm still green, and hope for a run to Hobby when I start rolling in the morning. The problem is I live in far, far west Pearland, so half my radius covers pretty much nothing. On Sunday I circled around all the way around Pearland, out to Friendswood, then back home without any pings.

Driving around searching for pings doesn't seem very efficient. I might try hanging out around 288 for a bit in the morning hoping for a fare into Houston or to Hobby to make the drive into Houston worthwhile.
 

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There's some apartments behind Walgreens on Kirby and Al's Formal Wear on Main. Google maps had me pull into Smashburger/Kolache factory, which doesn't connect to the apartments. I was hanging in the Walgreens parking lot when I got the ping (stopped there to pee and get a soda and snack). I can see now from looking on a map that I could have easily reached it by going behind the bank.
I know what you're talking about. Used to deliver pizza for the pizza Hut on Holcombe and main in the med center.

FYI there are lots of places in houston where the address and the entrance are on different streets. It's common in townhouses. There's some apartments in midtown where the address is 2350 Bagby but it's like 16 buildings and half of them don't even touch Bagby. Plus the office isn't on Bagby either. Makes no sense.

Then there are apartments that cover a long block but have 5 or 6 addresses and one entrance (to drive in). Camden midtown around 2400 Milam and 2400 Louisiana is like that. It always confuses new drivers.

Did you keep track of your miles and figure out what you really made? What is your estimate on your cost per mile?
 

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Banked a nice $40 in 90 minutes today after my fingerprinting appointment. Probably hit the streets again around 4 today.

Edit. I also got a $2 tip! And two pax left stuff in the car, but when I asked if they had all their belongings, they realized they hadn't.
 

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Made my 'quota' before noon today. I'm only doing it for extra cash and my quota is pretty reasonable.

They have a raffle for 11PM to 3 AM tonight. One entry for each ride. Six prizes of $50.

My working theory is that not many drivers work late Thursday nights because it's dead. The other option is that it's so busy that the drivers can't keep up with demand.
 

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I picked up a couple more pax to Hobby, so I don't know if I'll head out tonight. I need to learn the midtown area a bit better during daylight first before trying to tackle it at night.
 

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I've lived in Houston my whole life but until I started with Uber bet I haven't been downtown 3 times. Pay attention to the one way streets, watch for the construction and be mindful of direction and you will be fine.
 

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I've lived in Houston my whole life but until I started with Uber bet I haven't been downtown 3 times. Pay attention to the one way streets, watch for the construction and be mindful of direction and you will be fine.
One time, pre-Uber, I made a left turn into the Metrorail lane.
 

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LOl. Last week I was in the metro rail lane at a red light. No where to go and here came the train behind me. I've never ridden it. I just assumed it was like a regular train and took forever to stop. I thought I was done for. Then he stopped behind me and waited for the light just like I did.
 

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LOl. Last week I was in the metro rail lane at a red light. No where to go and here came the train behind me. I've never ridden it. I just assumed it was like a regular train and took forever to stop. I thought I was done for. Then he stopped behind me and waited for the light just like I did.
Since I live in Pearland, when I go to my doc at the medical center, I park at the Fannin South Park and Ride and take the Metrorail. Stops right by the building my doctor is in. With parking it is six bucks. Minimum valet parking in the parking garage is ten bucks, not to mention you have to drive past on Main, take two rights to Fannin, and get in the forever line to get into the garage.
 

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I had a perfect 5.0 for my first three days. Today was a 4.0. Doing the math it looks like I must have had all 4s or had a 1 and a 3 in there. The 1 was probably the fare that put her destination in two blocks away at the medical center but wanted to go to a bank. The 3, have no idea. The 3 may have been the one I drove 18 minutes from Pearland to Fresno to pock up.

So, now that I'm a grizzled vet of four whole days, I'm going to start rating my pax instead of giving them all 5's. No tip is a 4. Bad pickup or drop off location gets a 3. Both bad gets a 2. Both bad and no tip for my troubles, a 1.
 
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