Portland, Oregon, home of a fantastic bookstore and some awesome people.
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The home delivery service, in which a pair of scantily clad strippers will deliver hot food to your door, started as a joke Boulden posted on social media. When people began seriously inquiring about orders, Boulden saw potential.
So, while the rest of Portland was hoarding toilet paper and pasta, he bought out one local store’s stock of pasties.
From 7 p.m. to 1 a.m., Boober Eats is offering the full menu from the Lucky Devil Lounge at the same prices. Delivery rates are generally $30, but vary depending on distance from the lounge.
Popular orders include chicken fingers, steak bites and mini corndogs.
Casual Carpool is a longtime San Francisco Bay Area tradition where people line up at certain spots in Oakland and San Francisco to be picked up by people driving over the Bay Bridge. It's a win-win deal. Riders pay just $1 for a ride (voluntary), and drivers get to take the speedy carpool lanes. Thousands of people do it everyday. It's a lot cheaper than BART, too! (The last time I took BART from the Oakland Airport to the 16th Street Mission station in San Francisco it was over $20 round trip - wtf? That would be $400 a month for a commuter. Is BART just for rich people?)
The Wall Street Journal has an article about Casual Carpool, written by Laura Stevens. It is paywalled, but somehow I got access to the article after the third or forth try. The video from the article is above.
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More than 6,000 people a day use Casual Carpool, according to one transit study. The median wait time for riders in line is just 2½ minutes, says Susan Shaheen, co-director of the University of California, Berkeley’s Transportation Sustainability Research Center.
The service is unregulated, but riders know they are supposed to pay or at least offer $1 to help cover the $2.50 bridge toll and the driver’s gas.
And die-hards gladly follow a series of unofficial rules that align with the Bay Area’s quirky character: No fragrances. No phone calls. Don’t speak unless the driver does. Listen to NPR.
A Middle East investor is now Uber's single largest source of cash. On Wednesday, the global ride-sharing startup said it had raised $3.5 billion from Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund, the main investment fund of the kingdom. Read the rest