My 2nd First Step is a blog by LaRue Cook, a former senior editor for ESPN The Magazine. His posts chronicle his new life as a driver for Uber and lyft.

The Man Who Never Met a Stranger

The Man Who Never Met a Stranger

Father and two daughters, riding home from downtown event. Me: How we doin? Dad: Just ballin, brother...I'm lovin you Uber dudes...I have to blow in one of them contraptions to start my truck for awhile, so one sip, I'm done...Hell, one of them trees you hang in your truck'll set that thing off...It's all good, though, lesson for me, it'll teach them [thumbs back to his daughters]...You had any scruff off the drunks?...You need to get you a taser, brother...Buzzzzzz [he shakes as if being electrocuted]...Any pawn shop, runs on batteries...Hell, you can probably convince some drunk to do it to himself, 'Here, taser yourself, free ride' [he guffaws]...[we pass a car with a Chive On sticker in the window] Whoo hoo, fellow Chiver [we pass and see that he is an awkward-looking bald man] Chive on, Lex Luthor!!!...You a Chiver? Check out the app, good cause, a lot of babes on there, not gonna lie, no nudity, but close as you can get, not gonna lie, but a good cause...Bill Murray's sort of a like symbol for the Chivers...Freakin Bill Murray, lives down in South Carolina, same area as that Zac Brown festival we went to [glances back at the girls]...I heard ol' Bill is just all over town, just random, heard he was in Wendy's once, behind this woman, and when she turned around, he took one of her fries off her tray and ate it, whispered to her, 'No one's gonna believe you'...I mean, who does that? Freakin Bill Murray, man, that's who...[we pull up to the house] OK, man: taser, Chive On, and watch ya a Bill Murray movie tonight -- What About Bob? Caddyshack -- freakin Bill Murray, man [daughters get out and never make a sound]

A Lesson from the Man from Iran

A Lesson from the Man from Iran

In the Beginning

In the Beginning