Schingle's Blog

June 12, 2018

Something for Nothing

Filed under: Folk tales and songs, Reminiscneces — Tags: , , — schingle @ 2:16 pm

So, I have been terrible about writing.  I call myself a writer and, sometimes, even when the brain is frozen, you just gotta write.  So, a quickie true story for you for no real reason–for what it’s worth.

I drive for Uber.  Now, no matter where you live in the world, I’m sure you’re familiar.  It’s like a taxi service without the price gouging.

When I’m driving, I keep the radio on a little known, independent radio station, here in Tucson.  I like them because they’ll play anything.  You’ll hear a song by the Ramones followed by a song by Louis Armstrong.  Odds are you won’t like everything they play, but odds are equally likely that, if you listen long enough, you’ll hear SOME thing that you’ll like.  I usually keep the volume down low if I have a customer.  Big lead up for a small story.

Anyway, so this guy gets in my car the other day.  He was noticeably younger than me—doubt if he was 30, yet.  As typical, when a new fare jumps in I turn down the volume.  So, a song comes on (“Ripple” by the Grateful Dead) and my fare says “turn it up.”  Well, the customer is always right, so…

After a couple notes, he starts singing along with Jerry Garcia.  Then, after a short while, he stops.  I tell him, “Dude, you’re free to sing Grateful Dead in my car,” and he resumes.  After a couple more notes I join him.  We end up singing the whole song and after it’s over we laugh and thank each other.   Hey, it helped kill the time and next thing we knew, I had him home from a long day’s work.  As he got out of my car, we shared a high five.

Moral of the story?  Probably isn’t one.  You just never know who you’re going to meet.  Thanks for reading/listening.

Peace to all.



  1. Life is all about those unexpected moments. That indeed was a good day.

    Comment by stephrichmond — June 17, 2018 @ 5:26 pm

  2. Reblogged this on Dream Big, Dream Often.

    Comment by dray0308 — July 29, 2018 @ 9:59 pm

  3. Great story!

    Comment by shelie27 — July 30, 2018 @ 5:23 am

    • Thanks. I thought so too. Thanks for taking the time to read.

      Comment by schingle — July 30, 2018 @ 1:44 pm

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