Empty Days

Saturday, April 02, 2005



After-effect.

I can't describe how tired I am from yesterday (Friday) - all the muscles in my body hurt and I stayed in bed until 5pm today because I pretty much was too sore to move :-/

Also today it's raining buckets and it's cold as hell, so I am really very glad that this atmospheric awfulness was reserved for the weekend and not for my most grueling day on the job - which was gray and cold enough but without any rain. Basically it was biking and running-around non-stop from 8am to 4pm with barely 15 min for eating a sandwich on a bench somewhere. I was hungry, cold, and generally exhausted all day long, on top of which the dispatcher was in a totally sour mood and didn't want to talk to anybody.

One good thing though: it was my last day on that job!

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So what would I say about bike-messenging?

Well, it's really like some weird cross between construction-worker and fisherman: very physical, grueling, exposed to atmospheric conditions, and also constantly controlled and pressured by a boss.

What are the very worst things about messenging? No, not taxis and jay-walkers or low-pay - but bossy control-freak maniacal dispatchers and bad weather!

What are the best things then? No, not the famed bikers' "scene" :) But smooth riding in good physical rhyrthm, perfect harmony with the world and yourself, control of the bike and environment, meeting interesting people and situations. And good weather!

All in all, to be able to enjoy being a messenger one absolutely needs two things: a dispatcher that communicates and reacts well, and all-weather gear so as to face any shit out there. A good bike is also important. I think after about a month or two of this one would get into sufficient physical shape not to be too tired all the time.
It's insane to do this for money - because the money is definitely not anywhere near the effort required (how about being paid $1 for a super-exhausting long ride, just as well as for a turn and walk around the corner? it's just too absurd to mention).

I think that this job probably resembles waitressing - I could never understand where these poor waitresses find the strength and energy to run around all day long with heavy trays, facing clients' moods all the while.
What justifies messenging for me is the opportunity to be alone on my bike and do as I please more or less.

Ouf - still too tired to type though :-/





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