Re: [messengers] Things San Franciscans Like About Bike Messengers: Everything

Date: 24 Jun 2010 01:33:30 +0200
From: Katie Styer <katiostyler@xxxxxxxxx>


And too bad, there's no mention of messenger women. Shenanigans.

On Wed, Jun 23, 2010 at 3:48 PM, Augustine Montes <augiem21@xxxxxxxxx>wrote:

> i'm glad someone thinks everyone likes us...
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> --- On Wed, 6/23/10, Joe Hendry <messvilleto@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
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> From: Joe Hendry <messvilleto@xxxxxxxxx>
> Subject: [messengers] Things San Franciscans Like About Bike Messengers:
> Everything
> To: "Messenger list" <messengers@xxxxxxxxx>
> Date: Wednesday, June 23, 2010, 4:29 PM
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> Things San Franciscans Like About Bike Messengers:
> Everything
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> SF Appeal, June 23, 2010
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> Bike messengers are like the firemen of San Francisco. Not because they are
> buff or
> rescue kittens from trees, but because they are universally thought to be
> hot
> stuff.
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> They embody pretty much everything that is adored by San
> Franciscans: incredible fitness, bike riding prowess, facial hair, Chrome
> messenger bags, antidisestablishmentarianism, and a certain aura of dirtier
> than you but still better-than-youness that is fairly irresistible.
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> If you've ever seen them lounging on the steps around One
> Post, smoking and playing slap/tickle with one another while pointedly
> ignoring
> the worker bees milling around them you know exactly what I mean.
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> The bike messenging field is an interesting one in that it
> seems to attract people who dislike corporate America, but who want to run
> errands for it during regular business hours. It is this strange symbiotic
> relationship which makes bike messengers such confusing and mysterious
> creatures, not dissimilar to the fish that clean the skins of sharks.
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> Being a bike messenger, like tight-rope walking or driving
> in cars with high school boys, is basically the act of studied nonchalance
> in
> the face of imminent death. Only once have I seen a bike messenger get
> really
> excited about something and that was when a car knocked him down on Market
> Street.
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> He dragged his bike through the intersection, bellowing all
> the while, and finally came to a stop in front of the offending vehicle
> which
> was conveniently trapped in the middle of a crosswalk. He planted himself
> against its grill and began furiously typing on his cell phone.
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> It was unclear who he would be texting at this juncture (are
> you there God? It's me Jerry) but perhaps it's a testament to our
> dependence on
> social networking, that even getting hit by a car and then holding it
> hostage
> in a busy intersection isn't complete without a live tweet from the event.
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> Like most other people in the Financial District, bike
> messengers wear a black uniform. But unlike most other people it usually
> consists of cutoff shorts, Vans or fancy bike shoes, a lower leg tattoo,
> and a
> helmet, or more likely a bandanna, which in laboratory crash tests has been
> found to be 1/100th as effective as a helmet, but 200 times more
> attractive.
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> This distinction is obviously not lost on your average
> messenger, which is why when debating life over lays he/she tends to reach
> for
> the bandanna. As a classmate of mine once said about the difference between
> novels and short stories, "The one that gets me off in half the time is
> the one I go for every time," which judging by the total unpopularity of
> short stories is clearly not a sentiment shared by many Americans, but
> perhaps
> one that bike messengers can relate to.
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