I’m endlessly intrigued by who reads this blog. In the beginning it was just my dad. Then Messenger of Doom found it whilst searching for ‘coffee and bikes’ or some such, and pretty soon it was being linked to on Moving Target, and House of Pistard, and real live couriers started reading, and I got all worried that I’d be flamed for misrepresenting the industry. And somehow, along the way, various friends and strangers have also stumbled across it. How did you end up here?
I like the variety of my readership. I like that there are couriers and ex-couriers reading this who will recognize my descriptions of the job – or pile in indignantly and say it’s nothing like that really, and you should see how it was back in 1986. And I like equally that there are people reading this who know nothing about cycle couriers, or any of the little trials and tribulations we face, and for whom this is an entirely new world. Which are you?
And one of the best things about writing this blog is hearing people’s reactions and responses to what I say. And they often have questions about couriering, and cycling, and London, that had never occurred to me before. And the discussions that evolve as I try to answer them are nothing short of inspiring. Last night, a friend (who will be reading this), requested:
any interesting observations on other rare species of the urban ecosystem
a little unsheathed vitriol
I have made a note, good sir, and all are forthcoming.
And what about you? What would you like to ask? Is there any particular aspect of courier life you want to know about? If you have a question, no matter how peculiar, leave me a comment, and I’ll do my best to answer it in future posts, either with my usual waffle, or by picking the brains of fellow couriers.
Hmmm, this could be fun…