The life adventures and stories of Austin, TX pedicab driver, Chad.
Tuesday, December 04, 2007
The Austinist recently posted an article about the future of pedicabs in Austin. http://austinist.com/2007/12/04/pedicabs.php The Austinist mentioned that PediChad was a registered operating pedicab business. Just for the record, PediChad is just a blog. I actually ride for Capital Pedicab, though I haven't ridden in a while. I still keep up with some of the pedicabbers and keep an eye out on what's going on in that business. I just wanted to clear that up.
To all the pedicabbers out there, Right On and be safe! To everyone else, Take a Pedicab and Tip Well!
Yes folks, I've been out of the pedicab biz for a while. That wrist sprain from skydiving ended up being a rare bone disease in my wrists. After surgery and a year and 1/2 of healing I still don't have a fully functional wrist. I did however ride the MS150 this year with no training. Yes, thank you. And I do keep up with some of the old pedicabbers that are still out there. I'm working on the paperwork to renew my license, cause daddy needs a new pair of shoes. In other news, Capital Pedicab, has updated their website and this time it is in blog form. So that's about it for now. Until next time, RIDE A PEDICAB!
So I've been riding quite a bit more lately and it's been fun. The weather, for the most part, has been very nice. UT football has started so you will see us out at the games. The local police have also been stepping up their authority as far as where we can ride around 6th and Trinity. I've seen a few pedicabbers get tickets for "riding behind the cones" on the south side of 6th on Trinity. So I would like to make a formal apology to all my past and future passengers for not being able to bring you to the door of your destination everytime. I like to think that I'm a pedicabber that goes all the way....all night.... And some of you fellow pedicabbers are givin me grief about not posting on my blog more often. Pooey on you. I'll see you out there and you know what goes on anyways. I am trying to get in contact with another pedicabber that ALWAYS has his digital camera with him and gets some rather nice shots. Someday I'll have a link for that. There's been a few stabbings downtown, one was some gangster thug kids, and down on RedRiver it was some "street people" having a fight. Kids, keep your knives at home.
On a more cheerful note, the Side Bar is a new hip spot to hit down near Red River and 7th. Trey and Sue are the nicest bartendars that own and run the place. Even the door guys are super nice. Good jukebox, new pool tables, darts, and soon an outdoor patio.
I'll be out tonight and Friday night and possisbly Sat night. So look for the "seabuscuit riding hat"...oh geez. laters kids.
I finally made it back out. I sprained my wrist a few months ago skydiving and now it has gotten well enough so I can ride more. I rode last Thursday night and had a interesting time. Not too many rides but a few paid nicely and were good company. I did meet a really cool girl and had a nice talk with her for about an hour and 1/2. She was definently worth missing a few rides for. Rarely do I meet someone that right away I could spend all night talking with and not even think about it. And of course she lives on the east coast. Que sera sera. Oh and a reminder to the ladies, showing me your breasts is nice but it doesn't pay the bills. ;)
Friday and Saturday night I pedicabbed and had a great time. The weather was nice and lots of people out. It was a little slow pedalwise but I still came home with some cash (better than spending!). I was surprised to see so many new faces riding. There seem to be more new riders for the other company and a few new for Capital Pedicab.
Being absent for the past few months I realized that I didn't miss it when it was slow, but I did miss the being outside riding and talking to customers and heckling others. I also forgot how much I missed girls grabbing, massaging, and fondling my ass while I ride and getting paid for it.
What I also found amuusing was that when I met some of the new people and introduced myself as Chad, they would then ask "as in PediChad?" So I'm glad to know the site is getting read and it's fun being recognized for it.
On another note, Saturday night I got my first $100 tip and it was for two blocks. The guy came up and asked "so how does this work? what's the cost" I replied, "aw you know, a lil o this, a lil o that." He laughed and asked "do you have change for a hundred?" I said "sure". He said, "here's the deal, I'll give you $50 if you take us to all the pizza shops to find our friends and I think they're on Red River." I told him that I'd do it but there weren't many, if any pizza shops on Red River. He gave me the $100 bill upfront and away we went. I drove he and is date/girl down two blocks and on the way he said "if we can find them right away the $100 is yours." Hell yeah! I stopped and explained that there were two pizza shops two doors down and I told him I would wait until he came back. I turned down 3 uphill rides waiting and was fine with that. 10 minutes later he showed up with a thumbs up and said "it's yours, thank you!" Thank me? no sir, thank you! The next ride was a wannabehottie who asked if I would take her 6 blocks for $2 because her feet were killing her and that's all the money she had. I politely turned the ride down explaining that I was headed in due to my last ride being a $100 ride and I couldn't help that she wore those shoes and spent all of her money. It is a pedicab, not a charitycab and since it is only tips, yes we can refuse service. We are not required to take everyone for a ride that wants one. I think that's called a bus. sorry but, money talks.
All in all it was a nice welcome back and I'll see you all out there.
Once again it's been a while, but weather permitting I will be out pedicabbin Friday and Saturday night. I've recently picked skydiving as another hobby (as if I don't have enough already), so making that extra cash is going to help. So it's up to you to tip me well so I can jump out of a perfectly good airplane.
The MS150 ride in April was awesome. I think we raised $8.5 million for the National MS Society. I beat my time of last year by two hours total, so the pedicabbin definently helped. LEGS OF STEEL I TELL YOU! Maybe next year I'll do the ride on a pedicab and take a few valued customers along for the two day ride.
That's all for now, don't walk! Take a pedicab!
Whew! I have been bad pedibloggger. Actually I haven't been riding alot due to SXSW duties and other conflicting scheduling issues. It's warm again so I can't wait to ride and not have to wear 3 layers of clothes. Capital Pedicab had an Easter party last night and good times were had. It was nice to see everyone there.
This coming up weekend is the MS105, the 182 mile bike ride from Houston to Austin which I will be riding. Let me know if you'd like to donate to the National MS Society, so I won't be out this weekend.
Again sorry for the lack of posts, but I have been enjoying my time off. Cheers and take a pedicab!