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.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Full Moon Fiasco 84 in Review

Well, that was special. Some 70+ riders, mostly all wearing some sort of pink either on their body or bike, came out for our last ride. This annual ride was for boobies in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. All monies for spoke cards and general donations went to the Sandpoint Community Cancer Services. We raised $100 for the evening. Big thanks to everyone for their support.

We did a great ride through South Sandpoint and ended at Beet & Basil. It was a grand night under the Full Moon. Huge thanks to Jeremy and the rest of the staff for staying open later for us. We had a great time warming up, playing games and socializing.

For visuals, click HERE.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Full Moon Fiasco 84

Ahh, fall you have been sooooo good to us...

When: Wed, Oct 24th @ 7pm
Where: Eichardt's
Theme: Boobies are Important

October is breast cancer awareness month. Anymore, it is hard to say you don't know someone that has been affected by this or cancer of some sort. This year in particular has been a tough year for some local folks, and has really hit many I know hard.

So, we will ride for boobies. Because boobies are important. And really, cancer in general just sucks. 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.

Full Moon Fiasco 83 in Review

Our last ride featured a clear, rather warm fall evening for a ride. Some 130+ people showed up for our annual "Back to School" ride. Many dressed up as usual. This is one of my favorite rides of the year. We departed Eich's, and made our way up north to Silo.

The staff was amazing as usual, and we had a great time hanging out both in and outside.

For visuals, click HERE.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Full Moon Fiasco 83

Winter ride times...

When: Tues, Sept 25 @ 7pm
Where: Eichardt's
Theme: Back to School

Note as days have gotten shorter, we are moving to winter hours. Gather at 7pm for social hour, and ride at 8pm.

September Full Moon Ride means one thing, Back to School. We've been doing this long enough, you know what to do. See ya then.