Spontaneity & Access–Can the Two Co-Exist?

One hot Saturday morning, I had an intense craving for food from one of the taco trucks in Hermitage. Thankfully, one of my good friends just happened to be experiencing the same craving. We had not previously planned a trip to and from this establishment, so the first question we had to answer was the issue of transportation.

We decided to use one of the ridesharing apps on our phones. These apps (i.e. Lyft, Uber, etc.) are designed so that, when one needs a ride, they can enter into the app, input their location and request a ride. Some of the features I like in these apps are:

1.) the ability to check prices of rides before requesting them
2.) The ability to track the arrival time of a ride and
3.) The fact that these apps are cashless

When setting them up, a user enters their payment information (from a debit or credit card) and the app keeps that information on file. The user is not charged except when actually using the service the apps provide. These apps afford users the option to be spontaneous without expensive prices charged by other modes of transportation. For example, the ride we took to and from the taco truck cost only $15, round trip! That price included even the wait time at the establishment.

Now, I must elaborate on our experience at the taco truck. We got out of the car and walked to the ordering window. We stood there a minute and did not hear anyone ask if they could help us. After some time passed, I noticed that there was a person cooking inside the truck so I tried to get their attention. “Senor!,” I said, hoping that would cause the man inside to turn around. Nothing. Well shoot, I thought, what do we do now? We waited a couple minutes longer and a group of men came up to the order window to pick up their food. As it was being handed to them, I said to the man inside, “Senor, podemos ordenar, por favor?” Translation: “Sir, may we please order?”

“My apologies,” he said, “I’m in here by myself and didn’t see you all standing there because I was cooking.”

All in all, it was a wonderful experience, and I will definitely do that again!

If you have stories of how rideshare apps have increased your ability to be spontaneous, feel free to post them in the comments section below.

Now go enjoy your day!! 🙂

-Ashley Moseley, LMSW
Social Worker & AT Teacher