Denzel Washington is ‘my man.’ I’ve seen almost all of his films. Love him. Love them. His latest, Equalizer 2, has my man DW as a Lyft driver who provides some of his passengers with some degree of ‘assistance.’ That’s really not the main thrust of the movie or his character, but it gave me an idea about a character with a cool sounding super-hero-ish name: Uber Man.
Most often our hero, Uber Man, is a typical driver, not unlike Denzel’s ‘Lyft Guy’ persona. An Uber (or Lyft) driver has the vantage point of looking at people’s lives and personalities by seeing what they look, act, and dress like and hearing them in conversation, with him, other passengers, or while they’re on a cell phone. The rearview mirror reflects, and the ears absorb, a certain degree of their essence.
Every rider has a story. Depending on the riders’ personalities and the length of the trip, their driver may have the opportunity to learn about them and their lives; what they like to do, what they do or did for a living and for fun, where they’ve lived and travelled, what roles they play in their world – single, married, parent, sibling, coach, boss, etc., and maybe some talk about their problems.
Enter Uber Man: problem-solver at large; a dream-maker, a skull breaker, a man wielding traits and tools for compassion and vengeance. Should chance match a rider with Uber Man, his or her personal circumstances could change – for better or for worse. Uber Man enjoys the satisfaction of a job well done in the service of humanity; smashing or whittling away the egos of the pathologically selfish and arrogant predators among us.
His methods, sometimes subtle or tangential and sometimes harsh and direct, leave their mark in people’s lives and communities. Uber Man’s ultimate purpose is in the leveling and weeding of the playing field of life. He believes in his self-imposed mission to restore peace, pleasure, and prosperity to the human ecosystem.
As a confidante, an encourager, and an oracle of wisdom, many passengers appreciate having been so lucky to be picked up by this particular ‘Uber.’ He’s helped his riders restore relationships, find the strength and courage to pursue goals, solve vexing problems, assuaged fears, pains of sadness, and anxieties, and brought laughter, hope, joy, and a new perspective into their lives. Uber Man will never know the impact of most of his interactions with his riders. But some come with baggage that must be relieved.
‘Uber Man’ has another ride request. Will he or she tell their story? Will they divulge their problems, secrets, and essence? On what trajectory might this next rider’s life turn after being dropped off? Where will she or he ultimately be delivered?
P.S. This Uber Man idea is the pitch I’m giving myself for the subject of a new novel. #ubermancopyrighted. It’s mine. All mine!