Invisible Ink December 24, 2021
There are moments that time slows down and the universe asks you to think very very carefully about what you say next. When I was younger I just tossed off clever ripostes – I never thought about the landing only the launching
That Empty Space December 16, 2021
Yeah, I really- I really miss her. There’s nobody. Nobody like her.”
On a Friend, Unmade December 8, 2021
Dear Sophia: I have a private client, a lovely woman who travels a lot …
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The Introvert Seat November 18, 2021
Dear Sophia: It used to be that no matter who they were or where …
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The Snacks are Great July 14, 2021
So, I fired up the Spotify, got the Wiggles on and played the Hokey Pokey really loud. Everyone in the intersection, including me, stopped what we were doing and did the hokey pokey. With masks and smiling eyes. I got in my car and drove on to pick up other riders.
Fiction Writer May 31, 2021
“Leave it to me” I said flooring it “I’m basically a traffic superhero”. I was bragging – it was a dark, rainy Monday and no one was around anyway.
Some guys are just charming as hell April 14, 2021
This one fellow gets into the car early Sunday morning. Very flirty, very cute. Chatting me up, I imagine just for the sport of it. Just because he can. Practice even. Let’s call him Sonny.
2 Degrees April 6, 2021
Of the process I went through analysing all the different countries I could possibly move to. About my spreadsheet and the quality of life analysis that I spent quite a lot of time researching like a big weirdo nerd.
Nothing happens in Oamaru November 22, 2020
He said “Ask me about my wildest night out”
I did and then “In Oamaru?” My voice rising slightly at the end.
Getting clarity – Part 1 – Go Ask Alice November 14, 2020
“Still going” she said “I need to do a quick change and head out again – and like a movie star starts zhuzzing herself in the back seat. She had long, blonde hair and she was wearing a headband. Her name was Alice.
A Tinder Date November 2, 2020
Dear Sophia: I picked up a nice fellow today from the Sylvia Park dining …
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The Whole Truth October 27, 2020
Dear Sophia: I thought he wanted the whole woman, but he was only after …
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Just down the street October 27, 2020
They were a little bit over the line towards elderly and had clearly had a good day out.
Crux October 14, 2020
She launched into unfaltering Hebrew. In New Plymouth. I was pretty gobsmacked.
Puff August 21, 2020
All he said was “This was scarier”
Hiccups August 16, 2020
I went driving tonight and picked up a really drunk guy in Courtney Place, ground zero for Wellington party culture.
You Cannot be Sirius. July 25, 2020
I went out driving tonight and to say that it’s been surreal is somewhat of an understatement. Lots of people out and about and the area is huge, so some long rides, some short rides and a lot of bogan types high-beamin’ me to go faster.
The Loneliest Uber Driver July 24, 2020
I was shaking, but didn’t know why. He was an ideal rider and paid quite a lot of money for that ride. What was my problem?
Home Slice July 3, 2020
So I was delighted on one Sunday morning,early afternoon when I picked up a lovely, very chilled out looking woman with the most gorgeous shades of blue in her hair.
Pandemic Flight June 6, 2020
She has the most interesting story. And I said,”Tell me?”
Sunday morning May 31, 2020
He was blond, blue-eyed, bearded – about thirty maybe – in short, a Pakeha jeebus.
Kinder May 3, 2020
Jacinda tells us to “Be Kind”
Tea Towels, T shirts, Bags, Facebook memes, Cinderella – all exhort us to “Be Kind”
Underpants April 28, 2020
My days without underpants are charting really, really well.
When Life hands you Niueans you’d best make Tikihi April 10, 2020
Mrs. Betty Tasmania’s Tikihi recipe:
The tap is always on April 6, 2020
It’s nuts to launch a website during a global pandemic.
Once you’re grown up you can’t come back. February 28, 2020
“Have fun storming the castle” I yelled, mixing fairy tales.
12 Minutes February 25, 2020
If you are willing to listen you can learn a lot in 12 minutes.
Snip February 11, 2020
She is a sexy, blonde, badass West Aucklander and she wanted me to take her husband, who I hadn’t met, to the clinic.
A love song for Aotearoa February 6, 2020
Thank you for calling out to me Aotearoa.
Brigadoon January 2, 2020
Happy New Year Sophia
Tiny Dancer December 15, 2019
Dear Sophia: It was early Saturday morning and when I stopped to pick up …
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Toothy December 5, 2019
I laughed as they waved me through
The C word December 2, 2019
It was Crate Day, the New Zealand holiday – every year held on the first Saturday of December. Participants are encouraged to drink a whole crate of beer.
A lil’ bit MAGA September 6, 2019
He laughed and said “I do a lot of things different. Do you know that I was the first person to fly an American flag after 9/11?”
Some Character September 5, 2019
It was that time of night where you make most of your bad decisions and none of your best.
A Time Out August 22, 2019
“You must think I’m a nut” she said
You can’t get there from here August 20, 2019
“I’m not going to get charged am I?” I replied “for a trip to Spain? From New Zealand? No.
A New York Troika August 18, 2019
“And what was your most memorable experience in New York?
You Must Be Joiking. July 7, 2019
Dear Sophia: I picked him up from a train station in South Auckland I …
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All I got is this photograph and I realise you’re not coming back anymore.* June 30, 2019
“So my mom never tells me not to do drugs – she tells me all about the drugs that she did in the 1980s.”
Re-frame June 2, 2019
She said self-deprecatingly “Oh, I’m just an Administrative Assistant”
Captain Pinchy to the Rescue May 29, 2019
I wrote to them and I said, “Look, I said this guy needs to be informed of what the real rule is and he also needs to be spoken to because actually, you’ve got a vigilante and that was fairly unnerving.
Politipus March 30, 2019
She’s someone’s Nana, in New Zealand and I’m hearing American propaganda. It is very fucking disturbing.
Diva March 20, 2019
It was very hot, and a very busy day in UberLand
Nourish February 25, 2019
We started talking and she asked me about my family – so far away.