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Nocturnal Wonderland, insane surge

THIRDEYE

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LOL damn... please don't tell me that's the highest it reached. Even a guaranteed 4x wouldn't have been enough to convince me to drive there.
I had a pax in LBC tell me I should drive the event because his buddy drives for Uber and sleeps with female pax rolling on e or molly or whatever kids are taking these days.
 

TwoFiddyMile

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LOL damn... please don't tell me that's the highest it reached. Even a guaranteed 4x wouldn't have been enough to convince me to drive there.
I had a pax in LBC tell me I should drive the event because his buddy drives for Uber and sleeps with female pax rolling on e or molly or whatever kids are taking these days.
Sounds like a future UberRape headline.
 

painfreepc

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Many of the girls up there were wearing only panties. No pants. As a father of daughters this upsets me immensely. As a guy with eyeballs, well I kind of had to look. Can you walk around in panties and not be on molly or whatever kids are taking these days? It is kind of chilly up there at night.
One young lady passed me wearing only paint as bikini bottom, God Help Me..
 

THIRDEYE

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Many of the girls up there were wearing only panties. No pants. As a father of daughters this upsets me immensely. As a guy with eyeballs, well I kind of had to look. Can you walk around in panties and not be on molly or whatever kids are taking these days? It is kind of chilly up there at night.
As another guy with eyeballs... you got me reconsidering the drive. Or I could just save the 100 miles and potential of sexual assault allegations and just go to a strip club.

Nocturnal instagram.
https://instagram.com/nocturnalwland/?hl=en
You are correct, 90% of ladies just wearing panties.
 
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painfreepc

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THAT'S WHAT I HATE ABOUT THE SURGE HIGHLIGHTED AREAS! UBER LIGHTS UP EVERYTHING, MOUNTAINS, DESERT, LAKES,.....EVERYTHING! WHO THE HELL NEEDS A RIDE OUT THERE? WILE E. COYOTE? SASQUATCH?? FLIPPER???
That why I posted the pics, its just plain stupid..
And how come the surge does not cover Riverside city and Corona.
 

hanging in there

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Nocturnal Wonderland, insane surge, from the Inland Empire to the Nevada border.

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From my experience at Nocturnal it only surged for a brief period of time and mostly when it wasn't worth the hassle of getting into or out of the event. At some point in the evening I just drove as far away as I could from the event before I turned my app back on, and still kept getting pulled back into it with non-surged rides that took me back to the traffic nightmare. Then good luck getting a ride back out of there without lots of waiting around with hundreds of other Uber drivers. I got pinged faster only because I was one of the few XL cars. I finally escaped all the way to OC before turning my app back on but before the end of the night STILL wound up getting pulled back there by the seduction of the 3.2 surge, only to find out my pax couldn't get good enough cell reception to connect with me and wound up cancelling and getting another Uber or whatever. Finally got a 2.0 ping for my last trip out. Then came back and it was over, wasted trip.

Tonight I think I'll just avoid it altogether and start out in OC or LA.

Just a word of advice, during the busy exit times, like maybe midnight to 3 am or so, the police only allowed you to enter Glen Helen Parkway from the northbound I-15 exit. Not the Southbound I-15 exit, not from the other side by I-215. If you don't know that, like I didn't, you could waste an hour driving up and down and around the entire area trying to get onto Glen Helen. Oh, and if you don't stop first at that street to wait in line with a hundred or two other Ubers to get your number (accessible by taking the Sierra exit from the I-15), you won't get in and have to circle around and do it all over again (during the midnight to 3am period?).

I didn't see very good, if any, info coming out of Uber to properly inform us what the deal was, in term of things like the traffic control situation on Glen Helen. They did outline the numbering waiting procedure but not the time frame that it would be in effect, I don't believe.
 

The UberNator

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Nocturnal Wonderland traffic sucked but if you're just like me and have been driving for a long time, you should know by now how traffic gets and be prepared. Many drivers made a lot of $ and many didn't. Friday was kind of slow. Saturday and Sunday were SWEEEEETTTTT!!! Met a lot of new drivers and gave them tips. Hopefully they take my advice. Had a new driver tell me he takes any ride. That's great but why not wait til it surges that way you double or triple your money. Told me he doesn't care about surge. He'll eventually learn the hard way. Anyhow, great to hear many drivers made decent $200-$400 a night :smiles: REMEMBER BE A SMART DRIVER. MAKE MONEY SMART :smiles:
 

hanging in there

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Uber's procedural change screwed up my Friday night up there, but over all I did pretty well over the course of the event. The last night was so dusty out there I couldn't believe it. All the event and uber staff wisely wore bandannas over their faces, and every waiting Uber vehicle was coated with a thick layer of dust. I wiped mine down a couple of times while standing around waiting for the surge but it was mostly an exercise in futility. Had to do a thorough car cleaning inside and out today.

And P.S. to Uber... offering us free water was nice, but we are Uber drivers and we already carry free water. What we needed (in addition to better Wi-Fi) was coffee. Give it to us, sell it to us, I don't care. But get us coffee. It was freezing up there Friday night and to a lessor degree on Saturday night and many of us got there early and were ready to go and could have used some hot strong coffee to warm us up and keep us going. Now I know to bring a thermos and food.. But the lack of food and coffee was a major topic in many conversations every night. We also want those black Uber t-shirts. Get them for us. Please and thank you.

My favorite thing about this event was meeting so many other drivers. All races, all ages, all genders, all sorts of primary occupations including full-time Uber drivers. Uniformly very friendly and fun to talk with. I got some really solid tips from other Uber drivers.

Enjoyed meeting those of you whom I did have the pleasure of meeting. Hope to see you all again.
Sorry to sound cold but my first thought when I pulled into the lot and saw lots of Uber drivers standing there talking to each other while glancing at their phone every 10 seconds was, what a waste of time on a Friday night. As much as I'd like to get to know other drivers and "talk story" as they say in Hawaii, I don't think it makes sense to do so in a prime pickup time (anywhere else but Nocturnal), and wait for midnight or so when the pings were finally going to bust loose out of there. It made more sense to me to just stay away until the calls took me in, then escape as fast as possible. The problem is that the venue was in such an isolated area that in order to truly "escape" to a better pickup area took a good hour of driving or more. I heard the comment from a few other drivers that for that reason they felt "trapped" there. I was one of those "trapped" drivers for a couple hours Friday night, if you saw me in my silver minivan, but after that I learned to stay away from the waiting game. Otherwise it seems to me to be the same as waiting in a taxi lineup for a couple hours or so for what might be a short ride, and having to fight the dust and traffic on top of it all.

There are other times to get social; slow times, this forum, whatever, but I don't like the idea of socializing on a Friday night and thinking I'm actually out there trying to make money when I'm just wasting opportunities.
 

Amsoil Uber Connect

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Hard to imagine it getting cold this time of year, the wind I get cause I use to ride Glen Helen on the other side of there all the time. Had to do a complete clean too after three trips.

But how many trips did you do and how far?
 

hanging in there

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Hard to imagine it getting cold this time of year, the wind I get cause I use to ride Glen Helen on the other side of there all the time. Had to do a complete clean too after three trips.

But how many trips did you do and how far?
I don't remember exactly but generally they were going to/coming from hotels or houses in either the DT SB area, the Ontario Mills area or the Ontario Airport area.
Saturday evening I got tired of it and escaped but came back at about 4am for one last ride out of there, to the DT SB area. I then got lucky and got a local call from that area that took me closer to home. Sunday morning I took a few loads in from the same areas (airport and Ontario Mills), then got a ride from the Ontario Mills area to OC, so I worked OC until the calls took me to Hollywood. From then on I just worked mostly LA County, I never came back to Nocturnal.
 
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