Re: [messengers] Freewheeling folks ride the bike-messenger rush

Date: 27 Jul 2010 15:42:21 +0200
From: luk keller <lukbrokenheart@xxxxxxxxxxx>



Shark, Junior, Damon...good to know you're all still out there keepin it real



> Date: Tue, 27 Jul 2010 03:45:38 -0700
> From: messvilleto@xxxxxxxxx
> To: messengers@xxxxxxxxx
> Subject: [messengers] Freewheeling folks ride the bike-messenger rush
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> Freewheeling folks ride the bike-messenger rush 
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> Trey Bundy, San Francisco Chronicle, July 27, 2010 
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> Anyone who thinks they're good at multitasking could
> probably learn a thing or two from San
>   Francisco 's bike messengers. 
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> Who else can simultaneously navigate downtown traffic in
> death-defying style, facilitate business communications between Financial District
> power players and enforce the no-talking-on-your-cell-phone-behind-the-wheel
> law (via profane hand gestures) with more diligence than the police? 
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> It's a tall order, but the bike messengers can pull it off,
> and on two wheels no less. We stopped by "the wall" and "the
> statue," two Market Street 
> sidewalk hangouts where messengers congregate when they're not busy zipping
> through the downtown maze. 
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> Scott C. Scott, 46 
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> Profession: Bike messenger, 20 years 
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> Neighborhood: Alamo
>   Square 
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> What's the best thing about the job? I like the freedom of
> it. Right now I'm sitting here reading. I like being in the real world, not
> stuck in a cubicle. 
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> Is the job dangerous? I think it's less dangerous than it
> used to be. I think cars are more aware now. 
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> If you weren't a bike messenger, what would you be doing?
> Funny you should ask. I'm actually in college right now, and I hope to be a
> math teacher in junior high or high school. 
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> Katie Styer, 24 
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> Profession: Bike messenger, 11 months 
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> Neighborhood: Mission 
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> What's the best thing about the job? The empowerment you get
> from riding a bicycle for fun translates to working. Riding in fast traffic can
> be fun if it's something you do well. Anyone who, as a kid, ever wanted to fly
> ended up riding bikes. 
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> Is the job dangerous? It's as dangerous as you are unaware. 
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> If you weren't a bike messenger, what would you be doing? I
> would be doing oral history work, interviewing community members and creating a
> historical record. 
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> Shark Bline, 50 
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> Profession: Bike messenger, 32 years 
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> Neighborhood: West Oakland 
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> What's the best thing about the job? Not having a boss
> hovering over you all the time. 
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> Is the job dangerous? Yeah. Most people think about cars and
> buses, but there are pigeons, potholes, little old ladies, street cleaners. And
> don't forget commuters and tourists. 
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> If you weren't a bike messenger, what would you be doing?
> Hopefully brewing beer. I do home brew to the tune of 40 gallons at a time. 
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> Jr., 61 
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> Profession: Bike messenger, 35 years 
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> Neighborhood: Mission 
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> What's the best thing about the job? You're always out
> there. If there's anything happening in town, eventually you're going to end up
> going by there. 
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> Is the job dangerous? There are a lot of dangerous jobs in
> the world. Look at a quarterback; he's going to get hit. We can go a couple of
> months without getting hit by a car door. 
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> If you weren't a bike messenger, what would you be doing? I
> have problems that are particular to me that make it impossible to do other
> jobs. I was poisoned a while back, and it messed up my memory. 
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> Damon Votour, 40 
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> Profession: Bike messenger, 16 years 
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> Neighborhood: Mission 
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> What's the best thing about the job? I enjoy the freedom,
> riding my bike and the autonomy. And my fellow kindred spirits, my fellow
> messengers. 
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> Is the job dangerous? Yes. There are people out there who
> shouldn't have licenses. And that people talk on their cell phones makes it
> twice as dangerous. 
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> If you weren't a bike messenger, what would you be doing?
> History teacher, because to understand human nature from what people did in the
> past helps you understand the future.
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