I don’t know why we do this. We complain. We complain about how cold it gets every winter. We know it gets cold. It’s winter for crying out loud. Well, messengers have a lot of things going for them, but being above complaining isn’t one of them. And if you live in Portland it’s going to rain. And rain a lot. So why complain right? But I went to Portland twice, and couldn’t stop complaining (if only in my mind) non stop about the rain. None the less, when the rain broke for a minute or two I got this shot of the city from afar. I had to ride outside the city quiet a ways, uphill. But it was worth it.

Portland in the rain

Portland in the rain

So it is no wonder that we bicycle messengers complain about the pay. It’s not like we know any messengers making a hundred thousand a year. But we somehow feel taken advantage, overworked and under paid . When in New York City this sign on a messenger company wall made the rules very clear. Imagine if you had a sign like this above your desk every morning at work?

Low Pay For the Courier

Working conditions outlined