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Thursday, February 24, 2005



I want to be a bike messenger?

I used to be in far better shape than I am now and that's when i first thought of working as a bike-messenger for a bit. But I never tried. So now I am caughing my lungs out and there's no chance i could last a day as a courier - but i still want to try it out.

Basics: bike-messengers work on commission, there is no contract, you can get hired for a day and leave after a day. Some say downtown bikers ride around 400km per week. Bike-messengers are world-class whiners, especially those who work year-round instead of seasonal. It's a loser's job for students and these near-bums want to present it as some sort of a "noble profession". Why? No reason.

I like the loner aspect and the no-obligation aspect. And I like biking. Actually, the perfect combination would be to stay on welfare for insurance and earn some additional cash as part-time bike messenger.

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Quotes:

...being a bike messenger is a grueling physical job that doesn't pay much.

What messengers look at isn't what kind of bike you ride, or how much money you make in a day, it's how long you've been at it and whether you've worked through a Montreal winter...

He's been a messenger for 10 years...

You have no protection of any sort, you're guaranteed to hurt yourself, have your bike break down, there's no vacation pay, and you end up making about $400 a week.

Messengers average two sets of brake pads per month and go through at least two sets of bearings in their bottom brackets and wheel hubs in a year.

Another important expense is the food messengers have to consume. V said he eats huge amounts of food just to keep going.


It's a vocation that draws vacationing students, dropouts, the temporarily unemployed and people looking to earn a few bucks outside their regular jobs.

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The bottom-line:

I'm 32, and it's the best job I've ever had, he said.

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Word of caution: you really do need strong knees to do this.

Sunday, February 20, 2005



I am sick 'n tired of the russian blogosphere. What's more - I just quit smoking. I wish I could also completely ignore all things internet but this will have to wait until I can think of something better to do.

Now think of a connection between this beautifully true image:

If you lose your horse, do not run after it,
For it will come back by itself in due time.


and this one:

When dealing with evil people,
Hold aloof from their mistakes.



The connection is very subtle but it's there alright.





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