Got there about 9:00PM. Talked with a guy there who was running the shop for the night. I needed a headlight, so I he found an extra on another guy's bike and said I could use it for the night. Talked for a bit, hooked up a cab, and took off. Left at exactly 10:00PM.
About 3.5 hours later, I get my first ride. Two very beautiful and happy middle-aged women. One of them "always takes pedicabs", and her friend had never been in one. They only needed to go a couple of blocks or so, but their feet were tired. No problem, I say. I got off to a rough start (it's fucking TOUGH to pull 450lbs+ with a mountain bike!; and there was heavy traffic at that moment), but I got them where they wanted to go in a couple of minutes (really, it wasn't that far). On the way, the friend said, "I feel like a bitch for riding a pedicab.", like it was harming the driver to pull her. Ma'am, it's my job; enjoy the ride! I think the ride gave her something to think about. Maybe next time she sees a pedicab, she won't have a problem hailing it and grabbing a ride. Anyway, I told them that they were my first ride ever, and they were flabbergasted. They gave me $10, said thanks, and went off to some bar.
Total time pedicabbing: 4 hours (10:00PM to 2:00AM)
Distance ridden: 10 miles (includes to and from bus transfer points a few blocks away)
Money made: $10.00
Pay per hour: $2.50
Pay per mile: between $1.00 and $2.00
It was a very slow night; all the drivers said so. I just happened to have the worst luck of the bunch, but no one came out really well. The company gave me "free lease" for my first night, so it didn't cost me anything to rent the cab (usually it's between $10 and $20 a night, depending on day and season; it would have been $10 tonight). So, I'm $10 ahead, exhausted, and drinking an "Old Rasputin" ale before bed. I guarantee I'll pass out. I'm pooped!
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