When I get bored of computer programming I like to pedal rickshaws for a living instead. I first did this when I was 17 and the rickshaws were pulled not cycled. You pay to rent the rickshaw for the evening or weekend and keep the rest of the money. It’s a night shift job, 9 in the evening until about 4 in the morning. Most of the customers are drunk people wanting to get to the next pub. Drunk people do a lot to help the economy. The old pulled rickshaws company went bust but then it was run by an absentee owner. The new company in town uses cycle rickshaws, requires training and street traiders licence and has limits defined by the council. The sensible thing to do would be to buy my own rickshaw and use that saving 100 quid rent a weekend but they cost a hefty £3000s and more and then there’s insurance and maintenance. You get a lot of hassle from schemies and the like but for the most part it’s good fun and less likely to make you short sighted than sitting behind a computer all day. Sadly I’ve had too much computery work in the last few months to be able to rickshaw but I’m feeling a craving for late nights and good exercise.