I knew the trip would be a positive one when I saw her 4.93 star rating.
The evening was warm. I’d enjoyed happy hour at the local pub. And I was looking forward to some air-conditioned silence for the ride home.
And then Fontina pulled up.
Two white horses pulled her Volkswagon Polo up William Street in Sydney’s East. A ray of green light from the intersection illuminated her face through the windshield. In the distance, angels.
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I will always remember the next seven minutes as ‘that time I fetched a life coach for the price of an Uber driver.’
Fontina was dressed unassumingly. Green top. Black tights. Thongs. Nothing to indicate I was really sitting next to Australia’s answer to Tony Robbins.
“What do you do with your life?”
At first, I was a little off-put. I was prepared to sit in blissful silence, and it was clear she was having none of it.
“I write for a media company.”
She reacted as if I'd off-handedly mentioned there was a rattlesnake in my bag: a hilarious cocktail of excitement and disbelief, that came over her in waves. It eventually hit home, she accepted the fact I'm a writer, and moved on...
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"You're gonna be SO fine in life buddy, you're a writer you must be super creative right?" I made the mistake of taking a breath and trying to answer this question. But it was rhetorical. She continued... "It sounds like you've got your sh*t together. You MUST have your sh*t together if you live in these parts of Sydney at your age and -..."
"Actually, I'm only 19 - I still live with my parents."