Im not familiar with johnny mnemonic.. Most of the stuff i delivered was letters, videotapes, dental prosthetics(sp?quite a common package btw), and seriously thick memos from the city counsil(or something similar), though i might have been carrying very sensitive, classified stuff but it's not like it says "CLASSIFIED, TOP SECRET
" in big red lettters on the package...
But i do understand the argument, now that i think about it
Btw bike messenger is a good job, it's physically hard but you get excercise and fresh(well, relatively fresh) city air while working. Very much possible to do while studying, and all the excersize will make you feel better
I always loved the expressions on peoples faces when i rode down some steep stairs with me bike carrying a bag full of documents
Mind you, it's even cooler when thirty chaps ride down some stair simultaneously
Urban freeriding was cool at that point, now it's more "north shore" and downhill, too bad i can't be part of it anymore.