NEW TIMES: What’s the best part of your job? What’s the worst?
McMATH: The best part is driving around beautiful women, for sure. The worst part is cleaning up puke, which is something that spans all age groups and genres—I’ve cleaned up a 21-year-old’s puke as well as an 80-year-old’s puke.
NEW TIMES: Are there any routes you drive that are particularly enjoyable?
McMATH: I really enjoy driving through wine country, as it allows you to be outside and in the vineyards. The scenic nature of the drives through the Paso Robles wine country is very pleasant.
NEW TIMES: What’s the best tip you’ve ever received?
McMATH: The best tip I’ve ever received was $810 after driving a three and a half hour run—needless to say it made the drive well worth my while.
NEW TIMES: Do people try to include you in their ride or do they generally keep to themselves?
McMATH: About 90 percent of people are inclusive and want to involve you in their experience, either by talking to you, buying you dinner, or even some bottles of wine when they’re out tasting. Once that first bottle of wine or champagne is finished, people’s true personalities begin to come out. You never pick up the same people you dropped off.
NEW TIMES: Do you take any special steps to prepare for New Year’s Eve?
McMath: If anything, we’ll just sleep in to be sure we’re well rested for what’s likely to be a long night. Energy drinks and snacks can come in handy, but we as drivers, just like our passengers, have to pace ourselves in order to see the night through.