Generally speaking, I am not one to pine for the good old days – way back when life was easier in the early to mid 1980’s (way back then). I like to think at least I am someone who embraces life today and cherishes the moment. But after taking 16.5 to register for driver’s ed, finally I can yearn for the good old days.
Perhaps because we were recently talking about it, or perhaps I just remember – but the fact that there was nothing momentous about my registering for driver’s ed. That’s a stark contrast to the 90 minutes we spent tonight getting the deed done.
Way back in the old days of 1984 (or maybe it was early 1985) I took a form a check and walked up to the office at the school where I took driver’s ed and I was done. Tonight, we walked into the high school up the road, and there was easily 75 kids (and assorted parents) on a line snaking through the front hallway and down an adjoining corridor.
There were two women in the school’s office taking checks and forms – and writing (as in pen to paper) names on lists. One of the parents commented that in 2016, there should be a better way…
Yeah I thought, they could do it like they did way back in 1984. It wasn’t an event. It really should not have been memorable. In contrast I suppose it will be.
So, finally I can yearn for the good old days. The days when putting pen to paper and handing in a check wasn’t an evening out – it was just another stop along the way.
If you work in, or have gone out in a city (or even some suburban areas) you probably know the concept of Uber – on demand rides. The concept is pretty simple, you download an app, load in your credit card information – and when you need a ride you click a few buttons and your ride shows up ready to go. We now live in the age of the Uber Parent though – and this could very well be my next app.
As an only parent, I don’t have a lock on this market certainly. Any parent or set of parents with one or more teen-aged child who doesn’t drive knows the feeling. Starting on Friday afternoon – there’s a text from a child and you’re in your car off to the races taking someone (or a small group) someplace.
The great thing about Uber is passengers get to rate the drivers and drivers get to rate the passengers – the higher your rating (both as a driver and passenger) the better the service. This video featuring an old friend from my CBS News days will help explain how it works:
I do threaten to rate my kids to prioritize their rides, and I really wish now and then they could coordinate a bit so it’s not the sense of just driving in circles. But in this über world of specified properties to extreme degrees – the Uber Parent app may soon be needed.