Inland Empire is not a location. It’s a wilderness compared to L.A. After the rate cuts I moved to working almost exclusively at LAX. The airport is the big cheese where the $20 and above rides happen. (You can read my posting about procedures somewhere on here.)
My routine is thus: I buy a cup of coffee at my local 7-11 at about 3 P.M. and casually drink it as I drive from Hollywood westbound. Where ever I end up sipping the last drop is where I turn on my crack-phone. Usually I’m in Beverly Hills. (High end neighborhoods my friend!) I usually get something within about 15 minutes, if not sooner, and I’m off to the races. I then drop/wait for a second ping/ride. And then, after I’ve got a couple of rides under my belt, I head toward LAX, radio silent, no distractions, no deviations. LAX pings like no other. (You can read about my LAX procedure.) I PATIENTLY do about 3 to 4 LAX pickups because they take a long time. But, they’re in the $10 to $60 range.