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

Date: 24 Jun 2010 04:44:08 +0200
From: Paul Esbrandt <pinchflats@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>


I don't know if you are familiar with it or not, but, Lambchop (Rebecca Reilly) also wrote a book called "Nerves of Steel", in the year 2000. It has information about San Francisco as well as things about female messengers.




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From: Katie Styer <katiostyler@xxxxxxxxx>
To: Paul Esbrandt <pinchflats@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Cc: Messenger list <messengers@xxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Wed, June 23, 2010 7:30:41 PM
Subject: Re: [messengers] Things San Franciscans Like About Bike Messengers: Everything

I've been talking to some folks about the history of women messengers here in SF too and learning more and more every day. It's just too bad that there aren't more folks who do the same. Other than you, of course, Mr. Esbrandt. I'll have to check out Godspeed and see what's between the covers. Thanks for the history!

P.S. Drag Racer was another all female, SF messenger company, with some riders still on the street today. Cool stuff.


On Wed, Jun 23, 2010 at 6:24 PM, Paul Esbrandt <pinchflats@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

I put together a little collage dedicated to San Francisco Messengers. The photos were taken at the time of the '96 CMWC. And, the scanned images are related to S.F. messengers. And, the photos due include female messengers from around the globe.
>The Lickey Split sticker was from an all female messenger company run by Lynn Breedlove, singer for Tribe 8, and she also wrote a book called, "Godspeed". Which I think they made a local San Francisco movie. (I think there was one male with Lickey Split, but the company no longer exist)
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>Things San Franciscans Like About Bike Messengers:
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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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