Sacramento is a sprawling metropolis, like a spoked wheel with eight freeways reaching 40 miles out from the city core up to the mountains and out across the valley.
This spoked wheel suggested a strategy; people are like a tide moving in towards the center, and later out from the center.
I started my day around dinner-time halfway out one of these spokes in an affluent suburb called Roseville. I immediately got a couple heading downtown for dinner, and a $20 fare.
I made it my strategy to head out one of the denser, more affluent spokes until I got another call heading back downtown. This worked well until the tide started heading back out from downtown. Then I switched my strategy, heading back downtown after taking each rider out to their homes.
I took home $225.86 and two bags of pretzel rolls on my first night in less than eight hours of work. This was almost triple what I made at my day job on the same day.
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