Monday, February 18, 2019

Full Moon Fiasco 88

**BECAUSE OF WEATHER AND WE WANT AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE FOR OUR BIRTHDAY RIDE, WE ARE POSTPONING B-DAY ACTIVITIES UNTIL MARCH RIDE. OF COURSE WE WILL STILL RIDE THIS MONTH, WEATHER NEVER STOPS A RIDE.**

Another year in the books...

When: Thur, Feb 21st @ 7pm
Where: Eichardt's
Theme: Formal Birthday Attire


FBC Sandpoint is turning 7!! I know, hard to believe. None of you look that old.

This evening will be a pretty big deal.  There will be some live music (or at least a good chance).  There will be some embarrassing stories of FBC's younger days (highly good chance).  There will be awards for Best Dressed male/female (highly, highly good chance).  There will be a bike ride (most def).  There will be the crowning of the highly coveted FBC Sandpoint Member of the Year (for sure).  There will be some random goodies given away (hot damn).

See you then!

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Full Moon Fiasco 87 in Review

Our first ride of 2019 was off the chain...as I think the kids would say. It started innocent enough at Eich's. 20+ socializing and eventually we mounted our bikes and strolled into the night. While we were inside, a nice blanket of snow had collected on the streets. Huge snowflakes continued to fall from the sky as we did a loop through West Sand. The night was quiet and you could hear the snow compressing under your bike tires. Some people laid some skids, and we reminisced how this was one of the best conditions for a full moon ride.

We eventually arrived at Mitzy's Lounge. There we found heat, a lot of it. It actually was kinda like a sauna, it must have been close to 85 degrees in there. As we all peeled off layers, we ordered drink to try and cool down. We took a nice group photo. We quickly got the feeling that the 2 young gals keeping the bar were not into staying anywhere past closing; they must have been anxious to head home to shovel snow. A few riders bid us a farewell for the evening, while the bulk of us decided to head out to Popsicle Bridge and do a long loop back to town to A&Ps. The conditions were even better as we left Mitzy's. We did a stroll through the CX course on Boyer and stopped at Popsicle Bridge. There a family of beavers put on a show, slapping their tails and doing laps along the bridge. There was a little snowball fight. Finally, we said goodbye to the beavers and made our way back to town.

A&Ps was a lot less hot. The drinks were just as good. We told more stories and wrapped up the evening. It was an amazing double full moon ride, and set the bar high for the rest of the year.

For visuals, click HERE.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Full Moon Fiasco 87

Here we come 2019...

When: Tue, Jan 22nd @ 7pm
Where: Eichardt's
Theme: Celebration of Life (or Bike)

Well, we made it another year. This winter has been rather mild down here in town compared to last year. Hence, our rides have been much less challenging.

Our next ride happens to fall on 2 major holidays: National Answer Your Cat's Question Day and National Celebration of Life Day. Now, cats are evil. Even if they were able to pose you a question, they would have little interest in your answer. While they're sitting there with their little fuzzy head half cocked and looking intently at you blabbing at them, they are secretly thinking of ways to torment you in the wee hours. We are not going to play into their fantasies.

So, on to the Nation Holiday, "Celebration of Life." This holiday is much like you think, and probably a little of what you don't. You can read about it HERE. Or I can summarize. First, make a list of good things in your life worth celebrating (ie: cool bikes, good friends, beer, living in Sandpoint, health, the fact you don't have a cat, etc.). Make it your ideal day, and well,  since your part of this bike club I'm guessing that means you like riding bikes, full moons, friends. Lastly, do things you enjoyed as a kid. Now from what I've seen before, this will not be hard for some of you, myself included. But, you know, cut loose a bit.

If you wanna dress up, wear something that makes you happy. Otherwise, just show up with the above in mind. See ya there!

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Full Moon Fiasco 86 in Review

We wrapped up this year with our annual Festivus ride. Some 50+ riders rolled into Eich's, many donning holiday attire. There were many ugly holiday sweaters, some Santa garb, some elves and some outfits I really don't know what they were. Jeff must have been feeling all sentimental cause he bought all us full moon riders a round at Eich's before we headed out.

A few words on Eich's -- we have started all our rides there since the very beginning. I really cannot imagine doing it anywhere else. The location is great, it usually has enough room to accommodate our group, and well, Eich's really is a pub with personality and uniquely Sandpoint. So, it is a lot like this little bike club. And Jeff and the staff do an amazing job of accommodating us once a month, which is not always an easy task when it means a large group of riders compounding an already busy venue. Lastly, there is a fair amount of red tape, paperwork, logistics, planning, fees and organizing that goes into making these rides happen. Jeff shoulders a fair amount of those responsibilities. So, continue to frequent Eich's and maybe tell them you appreciate all their support.

Back to the last ride, it was a beautiful evening as we made a stroll through West Sand. We eventually landed at Connie's for the evening. There we found out FBC Sandpoint festivus tree sitting by the fireplace. Everyone placed their finely wrapped presents around the pole for our gift exchange. We drank holiday cheer, played tunes on the jute box, made some new friends and eventually opened gifts. It was a spirited night. Many thanks to the staff at Connie's: Lindsay, Kim and Candy. And thanks to the FBC Sandpoint elves who helped pass out gifts: Jane, Bryn and Melissa.

As far as I remember, no one had to much cheer and made a fool of themselves...again as far as I remember...

For visuals, click HERE.

Friday, December 14, 2018

Full Moon Fiasco 86

Last Full Moon ride of 2018...

When: Fri, Dec 21st @ 7pm
Where: Eichardt's
Theme: Festivus for the Rest of Us

Did you know Festivus has been celebrated for 50+ years? No. Well, this little Seinfeld video will bring you up to speed.


So, now everyone is on the same page. If you are new to this ride, here are a few things you should know (if you are a veteran, nothing has changed, so go get a jump on your costume). First, decorate your bike and yourself. It will help you get in the holiday spirit...unless you are already in the spirit, then you will already be excited to decorate. 

Next, go shopping for a gift for our FBC gift exchange ($5 limit) and bring it wrapped and unmarked.

We will leave Eich's and do a shorter route through town while sticking to main arteries if there is foul weather. It is winter, and you may have noticed weather can change quickly around here. We will end our ride somewhere warm and full of glee. We will gather around our durable and strong aluminum pole, flanked by all our presents. In FBC Sandpoint style, there will be NO airing of grievances or feats of strength...well, there may be those things depending on the hour and amount of spiked eggnog.  Anyways, at our destination we will commence with our annual FBC Gift Exchange (if you don't bring a gift, you can sit in the corner like a old miserable scrooge) as we sip holiday cheer... and hopefully someone will have too much, get rowdy and embarrass themselves...hopefully it is not me.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Full Moon Fiasco 85 in Review

You know that feeling when your kid would come home after receiving Honor Student or standing up to a bully or doing some amazing craft? What's that, "No?" Oh, well you know that feeling when you first got your cat or dog, and you were potty training them and they went to the door for the first time to go out? What's that, "No?" Have you never had a child or a pet?

Anyways, after our last ride, our annual food drive for the Bonner County Food Bank, I felt really proud of this bike club. Yeah, we have a lot of fun...sometimes too much. But in a small town with a lot of needs, when the call goes out to get involved here at FBC Sandpoint, you'll seem to always come through in impressive ways.

Every year for the Thanks4giving Ride, we set our previous high mark of food donated (in pounds) as the goal to beat. 609 lbs was our mark for this year. And this was year 7 of doing this ride.

We had some 50+ riders gather at Eich's, where we had a scale set up and weighed in each persons donation. We tallied a list of those that brought the most food (weight wise). Once all the food was in, we hit the road. We cruised over to the food bank, where John graciously met us after hours, like he does every year. We unloaded all our food from the bikes and put it on their massive scale. In the end, we recorded 668lbs of food and $72 cash SMASHING our goal! 

After the food bank, we hit the road again and did a pretty direct route back down town ending at the Pend D' Oreille Winery. As a note, we have never ended at the winery before, so that was a huge treat in itself. As promised, every rider who showed up at Eich's with a donation got a token for a free drink at the winery. Thanks to Lindsay and Marsha for the great service, we had a blast! Also, thanks to the winery for also giving us a very generous discount our FBC bar tab. And also, thanks to a very special holiday elf we paid a portion of the FBC bar tab.

What does 668lbs of food and $72 do for the local food bank?  Well, to put this all in perspective, the Dept of Agriculture estimates the average person eats 4.7lbs of food per day.  $1 roughly buys you 1lb of food.  So, FBC Sandpoint's donation will feed approx 157 people for a 1 day.

FBC Lifetime Members for Life Brandon and Connie brought the most food for the evening at a whopping 88.5lbs! Amazing job! They were also the top givers the last 2 years! They got a prize. 2nd most weight was the Stolz Family with 72lbs. They got a prize as well.

I am tired from all this typing, so I'm gonna go have a beer. Seriously, thanks everyone that made Thanks4giving 7 such a great success. You should be proud of yourselves. I certainly am.

FYI, Festivus is our next ride on Dec 21st.

For visuals, click HERE.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Full Moon Fiasco 85

What are you thankful for?

When: Tue, Nov 20th @ 7pm
Where: Eichardt's
Theme: Thanks4Giving

This is our annual ride to collect food for the Bonner County Food Bank. Last year the weather was super shitty for our ride. Surprising, we had a good turn out but it did hurt our total food weight for the evening. We raised 392 lbs of food last year. As a comparison, we had 609 lbs of food the year before that. Our goal every year is to BEAT THE PREVIOUS YEAR'S TOTALS! I would think we should be able to take it one step further this year, and reach our high mark of 609 lbs. So, here is how the evening will go down.

Regarding your money for the evening:

  • Save your dollar donation for a spoke card...you will get 1 spoke card for FREE this month with any food donation
  • Save the money you might have spent on a costume this month, this evening is about giving
  • Save the money you would have spent on drinks at the ride destination--if you bring a food donation to Eich's you will get a coupon for 1 FREE drink at our secret destination
  • SPEND all this saved up money on food items for the Food Bank

Regarding the agenda for the evening:

  • You will bring your donated food items with you to Eichardt's at 7pm (you will NOT have to take them on the ride with you unless you want to) so bring as much as you can possibly handle.
  • You will try and bring food items that are on the following "need" list (although I'm sure they will take others): peanut butter, juice, coffee, breakfast cereal, canned fruit, mayo/mustard, jam, canned meat, canned beans, canned veggies, tuna, pasta, canned soup,and spaghetti sauce.  Do not bring homemade items/canned products, expired items, unmarked cans or anything opened...duh.
  • Everyone's food items will be weighed at Eichardt's and an individual weight list will be compiled
  • The FBCers who bring the most food (as weighed on our precision weighing device) will receive sweet prizes.

Once we have weighed all the food and determined our weight winners, we will load all this food into bike trailers, if you got a trailer or bike baskets bring them, and then we will all caravan over to the Food Bank. Once we have handed over all the food to the Food Bank rep (John), who is graciously coming in after hours to check all our food in, then we will head to our final destination. There we will find more good times, warm accommodations and oh, that FREE beer.

Don't wanna go shopping or haul food around? Then just bring a cash donation. However, you have to bring food in and get it weighed at 7pm if you wanna compete for prizes and the free beer.