An Uber Story

An Uber Story

What we need most in life is something that we can create on our own.

I like thinking of things that happen to me in the context of everything that happens as a result of it. Let me explain: I arrived home last Saturday after spending the day with my sister and noticed my car in the driveway, the back tire was flat. Thankfully, her boyfriend saved the day and helped me by replacing the tire with the spare. I knew steps to changing the tire but I had never seen it done. By the way, the only way to know how to change a tire is to dive in and just change it.

But anyways, a storm blew in on Sunday, so I had to wait until Monday to get it taken care of. I drove along the back roads through the city of Tallahassee to a discounted tire shop. If you’ve ever driven in Tallahassee, then you know of the narrow, winding roads with potholes and stoplight after stoplight. I winced at every bump and tried maintaining a constant speed to accommodate my fragile little spare tire.

I eventually arrived at the tire place that claimed to have discounted tires, all I can say now is that they lied. I dropped the car off, thankful that it was placed in the queue, realized I didn’t want to wait for over an hour because it was past twelve and I was starving, so what did I do? Called an Uber. Best decision I made all day.

I never enjoy having to call an Uber. One, I don’t like getting into a stranger’s car alone. Two, I really don’t like spending money. And three, you never know what personality your Uber driver will have. However, I was desperate for a ride back to the other side of town. So I called, and Theo picked me up.

I planned on texting my sister to let her know where I was but, then Theo asked me how my day was going. If you were to read this article in the 1940’s, you would be shocked at what I’m about to say, but I was surprised when he asked me because he didn’t ask to make small talk or to fill the silence. The radio was still blaring out of the speakers behind me, so awkward silence wasn’t an issue.

He genuinely wanted to know how I was doing and I appreciated that. It’s different from most passing experiences we have in modern society. So, instead of texting my sister with updates, I talked to Theo and learned he’s a really cool guy.

I learned how hard he works, driving for Uber an hour before work and during his lunch breaks every day to save enough money to take his wife on a trip to Paris and Rome. I learned that his real job is pretty sweet, working for the university in the college that houses my major, and he is a Navy veteran who flew fighters.

I usually never go to that side of town during the day, it’s out of the way from the college and completely on the opposite side of the city from where I live. However, my tire was randomly punctured on the side and in need of repair. If I didn’t take my tire to that one shop then I wouldn’t have met Theo. If my tire didn’t go flat in the first place, I wouldn’t have met him, nor would I have actually learned how to change a tire.

I like to think of things that happen holistically. What caused it and what did it cause? Dealing with an unrepairable tire was expensive and inconvenient but I really don’t mind that.

Life happens, and it’s nice when you can take some time during your lunch break to drive around with a friend and just talk. Theo told me he enjoys driving for Uber because he enjoys meeting new people because relationships are the most important things to have in life. I agreed with him.

It’s amazing that what we need most in life is something that we can create on our own.

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What Your Hogwarts House Says About You

Get yourself sorted and find out where you belong in the world of witchcraft and wizardry.

Sorting at Hogwarts is a big deal. Being sorted into a house is essentially being placed into a family while you are away from home learning about witchcraft and wizardry. Your house is made up of the people you will live with, go to classes with, play Quidditch with and everything in between. You basically spend 24/7 with them. Your Hogwarts house is your home away from home.

When you get sorted into a house, it is based on your personality traits. The people in your house are typically like-minded people who display the same characteristics as you.

When you’re a first year at Hogwarts, the minute you set foot in the castle you are swept into the Great Hall to have the ancient Sorting Hat placed on your head. This Sorting Hat decides which “family” you’ll be spending your seven years with.

For some, it is very obvious which house they will be in, due to certain personality traits they possess. For others, they may exemplify traits that fit a multitude of houses and are uncertain where they may end up.

To find out where you belong, you can take the official "Harry Potter" Sorting Hat quiz at For all you muggles out there, these are the characteristics that the houses possess and what your house says about you:

Gryffindor: The house of the brave, loyal, courageous, adventurous, daring and chivalrous. Those who stand up for others are typically Gryffindors. Brave-hearted is the most well-known Gryffindor characteristic, and Gryffindors are also known for having a lot of nerve.

Gryffindors are people who hold a multitude of qualities alongside the ones listed, making them a very well-rounded house. People who are Gryffindors are often people who could fit nicely into another house but choose to tell the sorting hat they want Gryffindor (there's that bravery). "Do what is right" is the motto Gryffindors go by.

Being a Gryffindor means that you're probably the adventurous and courageous friend, and you are usually known for doing what is right.

Ravenclaw: The house is known for their wisdom, intelligence, creativity, cleverness and knowledge. Those who value brains over brawn can be found here. Ravenclaws often tend to be quite quirky as well. "Do what is wise" is the motto they strive to follow.

Though Ravenclaws can be know-it-alls sometimes, they most likely do know what the wisest decision is.

If you are known for being the quirky friend, the smartest in the group or just great at making wise decisions, you're definitely a Ravenclaw.

Hufflepuff: This house values hard work, dedication, fair play, patience, and loyalty. Hufflepuff’s are known for being just and true. "Do what is nice" is their motto.

Hufflepuff is known as the “nice house” and believes strongly in sparing peoples feelings and being kind. This is not to say that Hufflepuffs aren't smart or courageous. Hufflepuffs just enjoy making others happy and tend to be more patient towards people.

If you ever find that you are too nice for your own good and cannot bear to hurt someone’s feelings, congratulations, you are a Hufflepuff.

Slytherin: This is the house of the cunning, prideful, resourceful, ambitious, intelligent, and determined. Slytherin's love to be in charge and crave leadership. "Do what is necessary" is the motto of this house.

Slytherin is a fairly well-rounded house, similar to the other houses. They are loyal to those that are loyal to them just as Gryffindors are and are intelligent as Ravenclaws.

Slytherin house as a whole is not evil, despite how many dark wizards come out of this house. That is merely based on the choices of those wizards (so if your friend is a Slytherin, don’t judge, it doesn’t mean they are mean people). Slytherins do, however, have a tendency to be arrogant or prideful. This is most likely due to the fact that everyone in Slytherin is exceedingly proud to be there.

What Hogwarts house you’re in says a lot about the person you are, the traits you possess and how you may act in some situations. But in the end, your house is really just your home that is always there for you. Always.

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Forget Halloween Costumes And Trick Or Treating, Inktober Has My Full Attention This Year

Inktober dares artists to push some time for themselves to draw at least one drawing each day in their October schedules.


Besides waiting for October to celebrate Halloween, artists look forward to something else in October, which is Inktober.

Inktober means artists can draw things each day according to the month of October, under the requirement that they must be drawn in ink. Often times, many people will think it is a waste of time to draw during the month of October, but it's not for artists. Other than putting up costumes and preparing Halloween decorations, artists can try out ink for the first time if they have not done so already during this time of the year when drawing. Also, for ink, artists do not have to use expensive or any fancy ink at all, it can just be simply drawing with pens that have ink. And of course, artists need to draw on a paper to do Inktober as well.

In addition, this does not only challenge artists in drawing in ink but also their consistency and time management. Inktober is more fun if you actually do create one ink drawing each day in October. However, many people who are so busy with their lives, have the tendency of not able to have time to draw. Therefore, Inktober dares artists to push some time for themselves to draw at least one drawing each day in their October schedules.

Besides challenging artists for time management and consistency, it is also a time for artists to see and view other artists' Inktober drawings. This is also the best part. Artists will then can see many unique and beautiful Inktober drawings posted on social media such as Tumblr, Twitter, and Instagram. Then, all the inspiration will be overflowing within the artists during the month of October. This is the perfect time to do Inktober because this October is a big hype for many Halloween festivities and film anniversaries. Artists will then be in touch with their creativity and imagination this October.

Furthermore, this year is the first time that I have tried Inktober, which is great to do in an hour or so. Although I was cluttered with lots of work and homework, I decided to take a little time off from them and give myself some time to draw a little to celebrate October. It is a perfect way to cope with stress. As I was drawing for Inktober, I already forgot what I was stressing about. Then, I was amazed by what I could draw with ink. After, when I am done with an Inktober, I will have the confidence to finish up my homework. Other than that, you will also be amazed by how your Inktober drawing turns out at the end and the reaction you will get after seeing the finished product of your Inktober drawing.

It's another fun activity that I insist artists should do this October because it's another way for artists to express themselves through drawing. I also encourage artists to hurry to do some of the Inktober because it only lasts only in October, which means one month. Overall, I am excited to see what kind of Inktober drawings there'll be for this year!

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