Meet my "independent bicycle helper". This guy has been showing up every morning to deliver around 40 stops out of a pup trailer we park behind the UPS store. The temperature was 14 degrees when I took this photo. Wind gusts of up to 35mph have brought windchills down well below zero. This guy is a real trooper. When I saw him yesterday, he had a mixture of frozen snot and frozen tears running down his face and crystallizing on his cheeks. He wears a baclava to keep his face warm and the condensation of his breath freezes up on it. The other day a wind gust blew the bike off its kickstand and broke the plastic "hitch" under the seat that connects to the little trailer, so he had to walk off the stops and then push the bike back to the UPS store while dragging the trailer by hand until someone could get the part replaced. Its supposed to "warm up" next week...to the upper 30's/low 40's with lots of rain. And we might get snow or freezing rain this weekend. This guy will go from being a popsicle to a drowned rat. $9.50 an hour? We owe him more!