its too bad we’re gonna die from global warming

because the weather tonight was like a summers day.

drove this rich guy from beverly hills to staples to see the red hot chili peppers

windows rolled down he told me he grew up in tel aviv, was in the army

now makes deals.

the whole time he told me about israel and how its the most advanced of any middle eastern country

how it helps anyone who asks for it in the middle east and europe

and, since we were driving down pico with the windows rolled down on international womens day

“theres no better country in the middle east for a woman than israel.”

i said yes, and that is my problem.

he stopped what he was about to say and said

excuse me?!

i said, as a lyft driver, i like countries where half the population isnt allowed to drive.

and he laughed.

which was good because we were late for his dinner meet up before the show and i was

flyin baby.

as instructed.

as would hopefully be tipped generously for cutting up san vicente

and then he told me this

he said:

of all the cities i have visited, and i have lived here for years,

but of all the cities i have been to,

los angeles is the most jewish.

in israel no one asks you why you arent keeping kosher or obeying the sabbath

we observe the holidays because the kids wont be in school,

but here people are serious – of course there are those who arent –

but many more observe the traditions.

me, i don’t care about your religion because all that matters is if you are a good person.

if you are a diamond dealer in manhattan who keeps kosher

but you rip off your customers,

you should not feel proud.

we got to staples on time, dropped him off at the ritz

and remembered uber had settled up with me this morning

so i could drive to echo park

eat two delicious tacos from the best truck

and pick up dinner at the 99 cent store.

today is international womens day

whats supposed to happen is all the ladies are supposed to go on strike and not buy anything.

even on their day they’re being told what to do.

now i could sit here and make a big long list of all the women who have supported me in one way or another or who gave me a break to go do my thing or who have shown me love in various ways.

but in a way that would be making this about me. it’s not. today is about them.

the women.

who weirdly are the majority of this country and yet they are treated like theyre not.

here’s the thing i dont understand. rape.

i have a niece who in a few years will be at college. hopefully she will choose the university of california, isla vista, which is a little slice of heaven on earth

but just like most universities, 1 out of every 3 women are sexually assaulted there.


rape should have a mandatory minimum sentence of 5 years in jail. something tells me that might put a dent in terrible situation. maybe add this: if you rape again you get 15 years. rape again, life in prison.

women, the majority, should not have to fear walking down the street.

in america.

the beautiful.

the alleged land of the free.

if theres one gift men, who are in power, could give to our mothers and sisters and daughters and nieces, it would be actual safe streets. is that too hard? if it is then maybe we need to get out of power for a little while.

something tells me if the roles were reversed and instead of  the US Senate having 21 female senators, it had 79… something tells me there would be mandatory minimums with rape convictions, women’s health would not be something we ever debated, and our country would be a lot more civil.

And peaceful

and loving

and caring

and smart.

Sadly men would never allow it.