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A collection of short stories gathered from three years of driving for Uber and Lyft in Portland, Oregon
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For almost four years, I've been driving people around Portland, Oregon. I've had about 10,000 people in my minivan since I've started working. I'll often come home and tell my wife or a friend about whatever the craziest ride I had that day. Whenever I'd do this, I'd be told, "you need to write this stuff down." After a while, I did.

I started with a few blog posts, and eventually I took some time and started to document the most memorable rides. This book is the product of that. We talk to strippers, marines, athletes, hobos, and at least one person who was literally headed to jail. Some of the stories are funny, a few are heartbreaking, and others just make you turn your head to the side a little and go "huh."

Risks and challenges

The risks involved with this project are minimal. With the exception of a few pages, the book is already written. This campaign is simply to pay for the printing of an initial run of the book. The one timeline issue you have can be addressed like this: it won't be printed by Christmas. We should have it soon afterwards, but Christmas just won't work out. Sorry.

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    For $120, we'll personally deliver the book to your house and read you a story from the book. (Offer open to people living within 60 miles of Portland, Oregon or residents of the Faroe Islands.)

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    Driving Tour of Portland

    For $175, we'll drive you and a friend around Portland and show you where many of the stories happened. Then dinner at the Cartopia food carts in SW Portland. (Transportation to Portland not included) You'll also get a signed copy of the book.

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    Part of the Story

    While the stories in this book are true, the names and certain other identifying details of the participants are not. So, for $200, you can be the guy who falls asleep in the car, or gets his finger broken in survival training, or throws hundreds of dollars at random strangers. If you've ever dreamed of being someone else, this is sort-of your chance. And, of course, you'll get a signed copy of the book.

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