It’s a slow Friday morning. I’m avoiding logging in to my “regular job” after a busy week. Overcast clouds, a little rain and a perfect coffee in hand set the morning’s mood. “Mate, are you watching the news? Bro. We’re locking down for 3 days. COVID”. So you guessed it – I did the UberEats thing. Scroll down to see my earnings. 😃
Sydney and Melbourne copped most of the brunt in Australia. Brisbane, until now has been spared. But still, we’ve all learnt enough from the prior panic buying of Yester-year. A 3 day lockdown? This can only mean 1 thing. Toilet paper! I head to the shops to get my groceries.
I’m back in two hours or so. I managed to get a bit of footage from the shops. It’s chaos. Lines remind me of the soviet era. In fact. I heard one woman refer to it as “the bread line”. LOL. My time in Tallinn taught me a thing or two. Elbows out. I ploughed through the locals like snow. Even had time for a quick hair cut (basically a shave).
Always an opportunist – I filmed “the bread line” and uploaded it to Pond5. You know – in hope that it’ll sell. I wrote to Pond5 and explain the sensitivity / urgency of the footage. It was approved in no time. I also quickly joined Shuttershock. They hated it. Declined the footage for various reasons.
After work I geared up for my beloved side gig. UberEats. Masks are compulsory. Unfortunately. I ducked into City Beach and bought a “sports mask”. No, you can’t breath that well at all and I don’t recommend it. It sucks… Here’s how the UberEats experience went:
Riding on the roads in Brisbane, particularly summer and on a Friday and moments before a lockdown isn’t the worst. I was yelled at by some bogans in a ute, which is a pretty standard issue here. Maybe for Europeans it’s hard to imagine – a cyclist coping abuse for riding a bicycle. But unfortunately this is the culture we have… In some ways I do prefer our way of riding over Europe’s. Here cycling is more a sport than a pure means of transport. Yeah there’s some cross-over – sometimes it’s both.
How to get a tip? 💡
Pre-written thank you message. Within the app there’s a feature to attach text to the drop off note. As part of your pre-ride check, copy your thank you message into your phone’s memory and simply paste it on every order. It works.
I’m in a familiar little nook in suburbia. But there’s a restaurant I’ve not heard of before. At pickup we get talking. I tell her how impressed I was to see the restaurant is already on UberEats and has just popped up. She explains she’s shocked – to have just opened a business only to then go into lockdown. “Don’t worry. I’m sure you’ll get some orders!”.
I know of another café nearby which only recently opened. They’ve just been robbed too – after their “best day ever”. They would have now just discovered this morning they’re out of pocket for a whole 3 days (over a weekend). Poor guys.
How Much Cycling and How Much Money?
- 32: Kilometers
- 18: Average Speed (km/h)
- 437: Elevation
- 10: Deliveries
- $68.53: Dollars
- 4: Hours (this is logged in time – not cycling time – time includes me sitting on my couch doing other “work”)
- 1.46: Hour, Minutes cycling time.
After a good handful of deliveries I called it a day and headed home. A little light rain helped bring some calm and cool to an otherwise busy and productive day. It was a real treat to see the roads, finally empty.