Empty Days

Saturday, March 05, 2005



Do what thou willt.

This seems the only rule worth following.

Today I woke up depressed as usual despite extremely sunny spring-like weather. And then I stayed depressed for a few hours, thinking how i am such a good-for-nothing terminal loser, can't do this can't do that - and then I had it and decided to go out biking in the downtown to see how it would feel to work as a bike messenger.

Well, of course it was a perfect day - so it's not representative of the rest of the time when weather is bad and awful. But today I enjoyed biking out there so much I practically felt like a messenger already. Case in point: I was nodded to as if I were one (which is understandable - no one is biking for pleasure in early march in downtown during work hours - the only cyclists out there are couriers). So basically I just practiced navigating in traffic, control/reaction, going to various reclusive corners of downtown, up and down some hills, finding out how steep I can handle it (surprisingly i was inspired enough to climb a few really abrupt ones, but I could not possibly do this all day long, only once or twice at best). Also I got pretty dirty from all the thawing snow with salt - my boots got all soaked and white, and my jacket and jeans got splashed with the same saltish muck, so basically I looked like I've been working in some clay quarry. Which is to say that being dirty is the natural state for a courier in winter. Another notable effect was this: biking in the cold air for some time and then entering a warm shopping-center - it made me dizzy and I felt like taking a nap right then and there - it was difficult to resume biking again in the cold after this thawing-out inside a warm area. I guess a courier has to get used to these abrupt changes in temperature as well :-0





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