Thursday, December 28, 2017

Full Moon Fiasco 74

First ride of 2018!

When: Tue, Jan 2nd @ 7pm
Where: Eichardt's
Theme: Run it up the Flagpole

Well, as I sit here and type, we are getting pounded by another major snow storm. Conditions for our next ride may be challenging, but then again, no one said riding your bike EVERY full moon of the year was gonna be easy.

Our next ride happens to follow on the obscure holiday of, "Run it up the Flagpole and See if Anyone Salutes it Day." The name of this holiday comes from the English language expression, run it up a flagpole and see if anyone salutes it, which means putting new ideas and ventures to test and to see if they gain acceptance and popularity, just like a flag would have respect by people saluting it.

So, I can see you scratching your head and wondering how this works as a ride theme. Well, first it is the start of a new year. Which often means it is a good time to try something new or make some change. That's what they say at least. Although, really anytime of the year is a good time to do those things.

Second, this holiday is about testing out those new ideas. This will be your chance to bounce your recently conceived new ideas off your fellow FBC friends in a warm and safe environment. You won't be judged or ridiculed for your lack of forethought or planning. Maybe you wanna start online dating? Bring it. Or maybe you wanna quite your job? Bring it. Maybe you wanna dye your hair purple? Bring it. Or maybe you wanna hit the road, travelling the country and playing sweet music with Josh Hedlund? Wait that me. Anyways, you get the idea. See you next week.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Full Moon Fiasco 73 in Review

Our annual Festivus ride happens every December. 30+ riders collected this year at Eich's dressed in their finest holiday threads. With wrapped gifts in hand, we had some holiday cheer and then headed out into the beautiful clear, cold night. I said we would do a shorter route, but I lied. The weather and roads were just too nice not to ride a little longer. We headed out to 41 South.

The fireplace was amazing. Emily and the rest of the staff were equally amazing at making sure everyone got plenty more holiday cheer.

We had our gift exchange which is always a hoot. The FBC Sandpoint Festivus pole was also on location in all its glory. This year's gift highlights included: frosty the snowman cut out, rubber band gun, pregnancy test/drug test, bottle of wine...and I'm sure some others I can't remember.

Lastly, a special thanks to FBC Lifetime Member for Life Christine for providing musical instruments at 41 South. It was truly a fine evening.

For visuals, click HERE.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Full Moon Fiasco 73

Last ride of the year...

When: Mon, Dec 4th @ 7pm
Where: Eichardt's
Theme: Festivus

Here we go! After 50+ years, everyone should know about Festivus. But if you don't, this little Seinfeld video will bring you up to speed.

A few things you should know. 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 feets 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.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Full Moon Fiasco 72 in Review

Our annual Thanks4giving ride is where we collect items for the Bonner County Food Bank. To make it interesting, we weigh everyone's food as they come into Eich's before the ride. We compile a list of riders and how much food, in pounds, each person/couple brought. Next we ride all this food over to the food bank. There we are greeted after hours by John. John is the awesome guy who keeps things organized and moving along at the bank. He also rides a bike. He is awesome. Anyways, he checks in all the food and gives us a grand total for the evening. Then when ride to our final destination, and we hand out prizes for those that brought the most food. Up to speed?

We had 20+ riders show up for the 6th installment of this ride. To be honest, I would have been happy if 5 riders showed up. We had a warming trend (surprise) which melted our existing snow and ice, followed by a good freeze. The roads were sheer icy. Riding a bike was tricky. Nonetheless, riders continued to file into Eich's with bags and bags of food. We weighed it all and then loaded it into trailers, panniers, baskets, backpacks and whatever else people brought to carry food. There was talk about not riding the food over to the bank this year, and maybe loading it in a car so we could do a much shorter and direct ride to our final destination. That talk DID NOT last long however, as the consensus was people came to ride, and regardless of the road conditions that is what we should do. However, we did compromise to having FBC Lifetime Member for Life Liz drive the food and meet us at the food bank.

We checked in almost 400lbs of food and $40 cash. The we rode to our final destination at Beets and Basil. No one went down on our ride, whew.

What does 392lbs of food and $40 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 92 people for a 1 day.

FBC Lifetime Members for Life Brandon and Connie brought the most food for the evening at a whopping 80lbs! Amazing job! They were also the top givers last year. They got a prize. 2nd most weight was FBC Lifetime Members for Life Dick and Linda. Coincidently, they also got 2nd place last year. They got a prize as well.

After all the formalities, we partied down and Beets and Basil by the warm fire. We had some great games of Connect 4. Alex and the rest of the staff went way out of their way to may everyone feel welcome. It was a great night. We will definitely be visiting them again.

I am tired from all this typing. Thanks everyone that made Thanks4giving 6 such a great success. You should be proud of yourselves. I certainly am.

FYI, Festivus is our next ride on Dec 4th.

For visuals, click HERE.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Full Moon Fiasco 72

This is installment 6 of Thanks4giving.

When: Fri, Nov 3rd at 7pm
Where: Eichardt's
Theme: Thanks4giving 6

If you are new to FBC, and amazingly we still keep getting new riders, this ride is about collecting food for the Bonner County Food Bank. Holidays are coming and the need for food items during this time of year is greater than any other time. So, here is where you can help.

Last year we raised 609 lbs of food and also took in $100 in cash donations. Our goal every year is to BEAT THE PREVIOUS YEAR'S TOTALS!

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.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Full Moon Fiasco 71 in Review

We rode for boobies for October, like we do every year. 140+ riders, most dressed in some pink, came in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. All spoke card monies collected that night were donated to the Sandpoint Community Cancer Services...$150. Thanks to all those that dressed up, and supported the cause.

We did a rather long ride as the weather was just so nice that night. The route included a fast bomb down a somewhat sketchy alley, a tour through Lakeview Park and some meandering around South Sand.

Eventually, we ended our ride at the newly opened Back Door. In case you didn't know, it is located next to Baxter's on the corner of Cedar and 2nd. It is a great addition to our local bar scene. Huge thanks to Rich and the staff for their fine hospitality, we all had a great time handing out.

For visuals, click HERE.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Full Moon Fiasco 71

This ride is only 3 days away!
When: Thur, Oct 5th @ 7pm
Where: Eichardt's
Theme: Boobies are Important
This ride has become one of those annual traditions. It is breast cancer awareness month. Anymore, it is hard to say you don't know someone that has been affected by this. So, we will ride for boobies. Because boobies are important. Enough said.

These rides are fun, however this is a serious issue. And so, we will donate ALL spoke card monies and whatever other monies you all wanna donate that evening to Community Cancer Services here in Sandpoint.

Thanks and wear pink...and maybe bring a few extra dollars to donate.