My residency provided me with another glamorous sketching opportunity at the end of last week. It involved me spending an evening squatting on the pavement...
We wandered about the city centre, until we found a couple of Uber Eats bikers, sitting on the pavement in a doorway. Would they speak to us? Would they mind being sketched?
They were a bit non-plussed, which was fair enough – it is all rather odd. Once they got into it though, they were great and told us lots of unexpected and interesting things.
I’m guessing that, like me, most people would think theirs was a pretty rubbish job. They get paid extremely badly; there is a lot of waiting around and ‘wasted’ time; they always work when the rest of us are relaxing. Yet one man scored his job as 9 out of 10, while two others scored it at 7.
It felt like an individual’s personality was definitely a factor, as one man said the waiting around was really boring, while another said he liked the down-time, waiting for jobs, because it gave him the chance to make friends with other drivers and to practise his English.
It is certainly proving interesting and I'm getting to be such a wide range of people.