@redheaded&crazy Right now Lyft is only in San Francisco and Los Angeles, and I thiiiink they're working on Seattle next. There might be a similar service in Toronto, though!
@kthkskddn Lyft recently reached an interim agreement with the California Public Utilities Commission, which regulates taxi services. The interim agreement allows Lyft to continue operation on the edge of law while the CPUC and services like Lyft (Sidecar and Uber) hammer out an agreement that suits the needs of the state, the law, and the ridesharing industry. As for BART and MUNI, I hear you! I used to take MUNI everyday to get to school. A trip from Castro station to !9th and Holloway could often take more than an hour. Now I live in Oakland and commute to school with BART everyday and that usually takes about 50 minutes. BART is much more reliable than MUNI, and they've been trying out a new pilot program that will allow bikes on the trains during rush hour. Unfortunately prices are about to go up on BART as well, but they've had record ridership for the past few years and desperately need to upgrade their trains and facilities, so I'm not sweatin' it.
@NeenerNeener The payments go through Bill.com, who issue a 1099 if you've made over X amount of money, I think it's $2,000. I didn't hit that in 2012 because I starting driving right before Christmas. Lyft strongly encourages use to pay taxes on our income from them (but they can't make you do your taxes, obviously) and says we're supposed to file as self-employed. I'm in the depths of my taxes right now, actually, and figuring the Lyft money in without a 1099 while also trying to correctly report income from an unrelated 1099-MISC is driving me CRAZY.
@julnyes The East Coast transplant people definitely have their spot on the San Francisco Wheel of Stereotypes, but maybe it is a wheel we only share with ourselves? In any case, I meet a lot of former Midwesterners and East Coasters while driving who went to school for some kind of computer thing or finance thing. Hardly any Southerners, though. None, now that I think about it.
I love this series too. The friend stuff is super interesting, and knowing that there's all these people you have to pay to wrangle your money for you is wild.
Mike Dang loves rules, doesn't use swears. How does Mike Dang feel about jaywalking? I have to know.
@E$ Please tell me your search terms were "guacamole stone thing".
You're not alone! I used to work with a woman who had $200,000 in debt for a BA and two MAs from a very prestigious art school. Last I heard she was moving to Central America to "disappear".