Last week I posted on Facebook that my husband and I had ‘Ubered for the first time last night, and it was awesome.’ Needless to say, the responses were mixed! Some of my friends were in the know about ‘Uber’ but a few seemed shocked I would post such personal information on social media.
I first heard about Uber last year while visiting friends in Dallas. ‘Will you be Ubering over?’ I thought he was speaking another language. Then he realized I’d never Ubered before so he explained what it was. ‘You mean people get into a car with total strangers and pay them to take them places?’ It sounded like a liability nightmare to someone in the insurance business.
So when I heard that Uber had finally been okayed in Houston (I hate to see Dallas beat us on anything, argh) I downloaded the app. We were heading to my high school reunion at a popular spot on Washington, where it’s a nightmare to park. Friends dropped us off, and when we were ready to depart, I pulled up the app and let it be known we needed a ride. Our car arrived within 2 minutes!
The last time I tried to get a Yellow Cab to come pick me up via the Hailacab Houston app, I waited 25 minutes and finally had to find alternate means of transportation. So far, this Uber thing seemed pretty cool.