12 SOUTH – Facing the awkward reality of a complete stranger essentially holding their lives in his hands, local Vanderbilt students Becky Gardner & Shannon Hull decided to break the ice with Uber driver Ted Smart by asking how his night has been. Smart’s Uber training immediately kicked in, firing back the phrase every ride-sharing captain must know by heart and stand prepared to repeat at a moment’s notice: “It’s been pretty good so far!”
UPDATE (9:44pm): Early reports are indicating that Smart has forgotten to reply asking how his passengers’ days have been. If this is true, and he has the radio off like far too many Uber drivers do, as many as 7 unbearably silent minutes may have already passed in Ted’s Prius. Our thoughts are with the passengers, as well as Ted’s impeccable 5 star rating.