Well, I biked and bussed all over Austin today because I think I mis-remembered the address for the City of Austin Ground Transportation office. Well, I finally found it, after biking all over downtown, going to the courts building, the police station, city hall, and offices in One Texas Tower. I killed some time and relaxed at Bookpeople, then hit the office, where a nice fellow told me how much of a breeze it is, showing me a "chauffeur's test" (things like "Where is the Paramount theater?" with 3 possible answers, and "City law says you can't have any traffic tickets within __ many years?" with 5 possible answers, plus some true/false questions, etc. Its' 25 total questions.) He said if I fail it, they give me another, then another if needed, then another; they have 4 different tests. They might not even inspect my bike. Wow. So, I'll get that all done in the morning, then come home and relax. I'll be working from about 8:00 PM until about 2:30 AM Wed-Sat (I can work until 3:00 AM, but I need to catch the bus home, and I don't want to miss it and have to bike 7 miles after work, so I'll leave a little early). I should make anywhere from $0 to $200 a night; it's highly variable. But, this week has some UT sports games ([puke]) and Halloween (that'll be a crazy night), so there's higher-than-normal business and tips expected, from what I understand.
I'm scared because I hate dealing with people (especially stupid and drunk people) and traffic. But, I've covered my bike in reflectors and I'll be towing a cab with "slow vehicle" signs and lights on it, so I should be easy to see. What's cool about this job is I can work as much or as little as I want. If I rake in $300 in my first hour (HA! But, that would ROCK! :-) ), I'll go home! :-) Or, I'll work the rest of the night to make up for a possible "$10 night". Whatever. My choice. Very cool.
Again, if anyone in Austin needs a job and likes to bicycle, let me know. They need people badly.
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