Buzz Ride: Driven to Disruption: Memoirs of an Uber Driver

Buzz Ride: Driven to Disruption: Memoirs of an Uber Driver

by P.M. White


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A Darkly Comedic Coming of (Middle) Age Adventure

Why would a financially-comfortable fifty-something father of two--with a Mercedes--drive Uber late at night on the toughest streets of Chicago? Pat White (pseudonym), a financial advisor and business strategist, decided to go undercover to research how the disruptive technology of ridesharing affects commerce. Soon his business study warped into a study of humanity . . . and himself.

This reserved Baby Boomer first had to face his fear of picking up strangers in his own car and driving them to unknown locations. Most were over-privileged, over-served Millennials en route to their next adrenaline rush or wherever they were crashing for the night. Some treated him like he was invisible--making out, arguing, discussing sex and drugs, and lying to lovers on the phone about their whereabouts as if no one else were in the car. Others wished him to partake in their partying or craved his counsel on the most intimate details of their lives. Still others were just looking to pick a fight. Rarer were the tired and the timid: those returning to family after working long hours with hopes of a brighter tomorrow, those fleeing abuse, and those just fleeing a thunderstorm.

This summer experiment took White down roads he never imagined he would travel. Soon he found himself embracing danger, longing for the thrill of voyeuristic glimpses into private lives made public, and facing the depths of his shadow personality.

Come along for the bumpy ride as this sharp-tongued observer shares the always wild, sometimes dark, often humorous, and surprisingly touching side of Chicago nightlife in the smart-phone generation.

Hop into the Back of Patrick's Silver Benz and Buckle Up!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781893121669
Publisher: Lake Claremont Press
Publication date: 08/17/2017
Pages: 145
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Intense, can't-shake-it curiosity led Pat White (a pseudonym) to drive for Uber after researching his growing interest in ride-sharing and other disruptive and new economy businesses for a possible Harvard Business Review article. Pa's articles on technology and strategic communication have been published in professional business journals.

Pat began working in 1979 for the Chicago Board Options Exchange before becoming a retail stockbroker for some of Wall Street's largest firms. In 1996, he received an MBA in management. He went on to work for the business college he graduated from, focusing first on executive education and then serving as director of the university s for-profit media company, where he showed his skill at rescuing ailing organizations.

The lifelong Chicagoan was president of a technology company owned by a founder of a prestigious leverage buyout/private equity firm on Wall Street before returning to Chicago after an eleven-year hiatus in Indiana. He has managed money for Hollywood celebrities and advised some of Chicago's most influential families and businesses in the areas of turn-around management and strategic business growth.

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Buzz Ride: Memoirs of a Ride Share Driver 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Joshua Pomeroy More than 1 year ago
This book was fantastic. Once I started reading it I could not put it down, as cliché as that may sound it is true. It is true because the author truly captures the best, worst, and everything in between of our society. In it I found what I have a strong distaste for in others, what I respect in others, and what truly saddens me. The author did a fantastic job of making the reader feel almost every emotion. Reading the book forced me to reflect on who I am as a person and who I want to become. While not the most politically correct book, it is worth the read to see and feel the experience the author went through.
Fuddy_Duddy More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put it down. Reminds me of Joseph Heller's Catch 22. The author paints a vivid picture that most do not see in their fellow citizens. Would make for a good movie or sitcom with the right cast. Would advise anyone looking for something that reads quickly, and with some real wit.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book is extremely entertaining and hard to put down. Pat pulls you in and brings you on his wild adventures. It's a must read for anyone who wants real-life insights into the culture, night-life, grit and tragedy characteristic of today’s urban society.