Thursday, March 7, 2019

Full Moon Fiasco 89

Let's try this birthday thing again...

When: Wed, Mar 20th @ 7pm
Where: Eichardt's
Theme: Formal Birthday Attire

The roads were less than ideal for our last ride, so we postponed our annual birthday celebration of this little bike club until this ride. Weather will be better. I promise. Either way, there will be no postponing again.

Feeling lazy, so here is a "Copy & Paste" of the creative words penned for last months ride...which now happen to apply to this month's ride as well...

"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 Sandpoint'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)."

Full Moon Fiasco 88 in Review

As most of you know, February can by iffy around here when it comes to weather. FBC Sandpoint had it's very first ride way back in February 2012. Hence, we always try and celebrate the birth of this fine club on our February ride every year. Well, some years weather is good and we have lots of riders, other years (like this year) the weather is not so grand.

Of course, when planning a celebration you want to have lots of people. So, birthday festivities were postponed from our February ride to our next ride on March 20th.

Back to this ride, some 30+ riders braved the rather slick street and gathered at Eich's. It was a clear, beautiful night. We tried to stick to the more "clear" streets around town, but it didn't seem to matter. All the downtown streets were slick. Amazingly there were no casualties on the ride.

We ended our ride at the Hydra. It has been quite awhile since we have been to the Hydra, but they were stoked to have us. FBC Sandpoint Lifetime Member for Life Steve happened to be having a birthday, and a rather long spank train ensued. Unfortunately, there were some causalities involved. Thanks to Hailey and the rest of the staff for their hospitality and staying open late just for us.

For visuals, click HERE.

Monday, February 18, 2019

Full Moon Fiasco 88


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 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.