Re: [messengers] Bike Messenger: A Job and A Way of Life

Date: 23 Jul 2010 09:54:57 +0200
From: paulus palmqvist <paulus.palmqvist@xxxxxxxxx>


Wise words from wise man! Working on it (quite passively but working on it)



On Fri, Jul 23, 2010 at 9:08 AM, andy duncan <mcbstrd@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> A great pity that more messengers don't organise themselves into collective
> or otherwise independent companies. Then there is no boss or investment
> house creaming off profit from the value of the labour, nor driving down
> wages by forcing workers to become individuals competing for work.
>
> The wages are only so bad because messengers do not own the comapanies they
> work for.
>
> I am nearly 51 and make enough to keep the wolves from the door because I
> work together with others, sharing the fruits of our labour fairly.
>
> revolutionise !!!
>
> love and peace,
>
> AD
>
> --- mobile_sleepy@xxxxxxxxx wrote:
>
> From: orlando godoy <mobile_sleepy@xxxxxxxxx>
> To: paulus palmqvist <paulus.palmqvist@xxxxxxxxx>,      Kenton Hoppas <
> kentonhoppas@xxxxxxxxx>
> Cc: "messengers@xxxxxxxxx" <messengers@xxxxxxxxx>
> Subject: Re: [messengers] Bike Messenger: A Job and A Way of Life
> Date: Thu, 22 Jul 2010 12:15:16 -0700 (PDT)
>
> As a former messenger who is now a cycling court runner who spends most of
> his time in a cubicle,  I wish I could still stick to the job at hand, what
> did me in, wasn't the weather, or the shitty security guards at the
> buildings.  It was simple economics.  It just didn't pay enough, and as a
> person with a growing family to feed, it's hard to justify the low pay wage
> to your significant other.
>
> And then there's the ol' PDF scare.  I've seen the numbers dwindle, and the
> pay go down.  This isn't the end of this awesome vocation, but I think it
> does bring the number of workers down.
>
> That said, being a Courier has been the best job I've ever had.
> But, I'll always be a Cyclist!
>
> --- On Thu, 7/22/10, Kenton Hoppas <kentonhoppas@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>
>
> From: Kenton Hoppas <kentonhoppas@xxxxxxxxx>
> Subject: Re: [messengers] Bike Messenger: A Job and A Way of Life
> To: "paulus palmqvist" <paulus.palmqvist@xxxxxxxxx>
> Cc: "messengers@xxxxxxxxx" <messengers@xxxxxxxxx>
> Date: Thursday, July 22, 2010, 7:15 AM
>
>
> That's a big 10-4 on your sentiments. I'm celebrating going into my 11th
> year as a full-time messenger in San Diego. I keep asking myself why I still
> do this. Maybe because it doesn't get below 50 degree's here.
>
> I am currently shooting what I hope to be a unique documentary on why some
> of us have made this job a career.
>
> You an check it out at
> www.careercourierthemovie.com
>
> Peace, and ride safe.
> Kenton
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> On Jul 21, 2010, at 11:39 PM, paulus palmqvist <paulus.palmqvist@xxxxxxxxx>
> wrote:
>
> > Quite hilarious. We (at least I am) are LOLing here in Helsinki. Nobody
> > would stand to do this in Helsinki because of the lifestyle. "Lifestyle"
> > part is visible here only 6-5 months a year (when everybody wants be a
> > messsenger) and then comes the winter.
> >
> > Last winter I and my colleagues were at a party and none of us came in on
> a
> > bike.
> >
> > This is a job, it's not the crappiest job but also it's not the best job.
> > There is something in it though because I've been more or less happily
> stuck
> > with it for 10 years now. I wouldn't do this if it didn't pay the bills
> or
> > bring food to our table.
> >
> > I would answer brotherhood if somebody asks why. If we didn't have our
> > community or bonding and you were on your own to bitch and moan about
> > customers (like in an regular office job maybe) this would so crappy job.
> >
> > I don't know how many are you there but I graduated from the class of
> being
> > messenger first and cyclist later.
> >
> > Did I make sense?
> >
> > Paulus
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