Wednesday, April 2, 2008

seriously...

alright kids...i know it's slow. it's slow all around from what i hear...as the years pass i hear it..."it's not the way it used to be". we lost another rider today...6707. you know, there isn't much loot to make out there and it's getting harder and harder to make enough to pay rent, eat, and drink. that being said, you can still make money but the trick is you have to, dare i say, work?! i know its a strange concept but seriously...if you show up to work the money will follow.

now, what do i mean by work? working as a messenger is very different...it's one of the most tiring jobs any man or woman can take on. you will be tested both mentally and especially physically. you don't want to ride in windy, snowy, rainy weather anymore. you don't want to deal with that one security guard that for some reason always picks on you. the last thing you want to do is deal with cabbies caring more about where their next fair is going to come from rather than pay attention to you. sometimes waking up in the morning is one of the most difficult things to do, especially if the weeks have been slow. you feel as if it's pointless to show up. all im saying is if you chose to be a messenger you have to understand that to make money you have to work three times as hard as anyone else. you have to wake up and get in as early as possible and you have to be willing to stay as late as you might be needed. i know it sucks to hear that but it's the nature of the industry...the only way it pays is by putting in your time.

thank you track-0-rex for posting the link to the new york post article with squid...

If you want to be a good messenger and make money, you wake up nice and early and be sure your bike and equipment are ready to go. You check the weather so you have the proper gear on. I carry a spare tube and a pump because the main thing that keeps you from rolling is a flat.

I ride in from Brooklyn at 6:30, and I'm ready to go by 7:15. Work starts coming in at 8.

so yeah...i know it's hard but seriously, get up and rock. you have chosen to ride for a living you might as well do what you can to make the job work for you as opposed to working for the job...peace.

4 comments:

Jeff said...

Fuckin' A...

Jeff said...

I was talking a while back with a few guys and we were laughing about the bikes we started on. I found it interesting that most of the people that stick around with this job start on really crappy bikes and work their way up to a good steed and quality relations. This made me think of that. Well said all around.

j.dot said...

yeah...i started off on my sisters pink huffy. i still have the bike and the wheels are waaaay out of true...ha! i would've never thought i would still be part of this silly game...peace.

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