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November 13, 2005

welcome to the family

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so yesterday i got my new bike. it's a de bernardi track frame, and i'm quite excited about it. last night i went to this party at the one year anniversary of boxdog bike store, and my friends were all keen on how pretty the bike is, i felt like a parent taking a newborn for a stroll. i managed to reuse the seat, the handlebars, the stem, the lockring and the front wheel from my old bike, so the only stuff i purchased new were the frame, the bottom bracket (i splurged and went with phil wood), the cranks and the rear wheel. this means that i have a little less then half my settlement left, and i think i'm gonna get a new laptop next week. once i get these purchased out of the way, i can begin saving in earnest for whatever trip i decide to do over the winter, the first rain day last week at work made me remember that SF is much better appreciated from abroad during the rain months, abroad meaning from a warm beach somewhere.

forgot to mention, started my new job last monday at Jetset Courier. Jetset is a much smaller company then the 2 others i'd worked for previously, and it operates a bit differently. whereas before i had a dispatcher telling me where to go to pick up and drop off stuff, at Jetset they have an open radio channel, and someone reads the deliveries, or tags, over the channel. the riders all should know who is closest to each of the pickups, and then call over the open channel for the tags and plan their own runs. it's a much more cooperative atmosphere, for instance if i am in the mission with a delivery for the point, and someone else is south of market heading for a downtown delivery and a point delivery, we will plan to meet somewhere in between and they will hand off the point delivery to me. it will take me a bit more time to become comfortable processing the stream of information, ideally at any given point i can tell you where i'm going, how much time my tags have left on them, where the other 3 or 4 riders are, where they're heading, and how much time they have. combine this with the dispatcher preferring to read the business name as opposed to the street adress over the radio, and i figure i'll need a couple weeks to a month before i'm adept at the system. that said, i improved a ton from monday to friday, and i'm looking forward to going back to work tomorrow. the open call makes messengering much more complex, and much more interesting.

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Posted by bendan at November 13, 2005 09:18 AM

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