Being an Uber driver in Milwaukee is a one-of-a-kind experience that lets Dave Begel meet some of the most interesting people, residents as well as visitors to the city. Everybody has a story and Tales of the Road will highlight some of those stories. The stories have been edited into quotes from riders. Some names have been omitted or changed to preserve the privacy of his passengers.
The Uber ping called to pick up a guy Downtown. The name was "Tank."
Once I set eyes on him, it was readily apparent why he had the nickname: tall, big and with tats all over the place. A wide smile and a little bitty wave of his hand, and I stopped.
He climbed into the backseat and told me that we were headed to the parking lot at Miller Park. We launched into our little version of Milwaukee Talks.
Thereâ€™s no game at Miller Park tonight. Why are you going to the parking lot?
I drive a truck for Kenny Chesneyâ€™s show.
Cool. So you park in the lot?
We all do. Thereâ€™s going to be a line of trucks there.
Cool. How many?
I think thereâ€™s 30.
Cool. Thirty? Thirty trucks?
Yep. When we do a stadium show, itâ€™s about 30 trucks. Big trucks. All semis. When we do an amphitheater, itâ€™s only about 20 or 25. Heâ€™s in some place called Cadott (Country Fest in Chippewa County, northwest Wisconsin) Friday and then weâ€™ll all be here for the show Saturday night.
What are you carrying around?
Well, I drive a semi, and this one has sound gear. Iâ€™m not the only one with sound. Our trucks are packed with sound and video and everything else it takes to put on a show like this.
How long have you been doing this?
About four years. Iâ€™ve driven for Metallica and U2, all over the country. I work for a company that moves all these shows around. I put on maybe 300,000 miles a year. For example, after the show Saturday weâ€™ll load up and head out. Iâ€™ll be on the road about 3 or 4 a.m. and on my way to Virginia Beach. We play there Thursday and then to Philly on Saturday night.…Read more...