Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Full Moon Fiasco XLVIII

We are gonna crush last year!

When: Tue, Nov 24th @ 7pm
Where: Eichardt's
Theme: Thanks4Giving IV

Some people in our community don't have enough food, let alone during the holidays.  Enter, the Bonner Community Food Bank.  They do good work and every November Full Moon Fiasco we ride and help them out.  Which in turn allows them to help people that need food.

Last year FBC Sandpoint donated a total of 413lbs of food and $86 cash.  Our top individual donation was 65lbs of food.  Impressive, but WE WILL BEAT THAT THIS YEAR!  Here we go with dets...

Regarding your money for the evening:
  • Save your dollar donation for a spoke 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) 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.  One important item, Food Bank says they need 1,000 turkeys so bring them!  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 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, 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.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Interview that Never Happened...

The following is an interview that never got published, but thought some of you might find it entertaining and maybe informative:

Random FBC Rider:  "Hi, sorry I am late.  I stopped to grab a sixer on the ride over, mind if I drink while we do this?  Biking makes me thirsty."

Lois:  "No problem, I recently got my first article published and used some of the money to buy one of these fancy voice recorders.  I think it is working, is it OK if I record this conversation?"

Random FBC Rider:  "Fine.  Please refer to me as "Random FBC Rider."  Would you like a cold one?"

Lois:  "No cold ones for me, I am working.  You can call me Lois, thanks for meeting with me.  Let's get started.  Please give me a little history on FBC Sandpoint."

Random FBC Rider:  "Well, FBC Sandpoint is a Full Moon Bike Club and we ride, umm, every full moon.  We recently had our 45th ride.  The rides are termed Full Moon Fiascos.  We always meet up at Eichardt's Pub.  There we socialize and you can elect to donate a dollar and get a commemorative spoke card for the evening.  Once we leave Eich's, we do a casual paced ride, as a group, somewhere around town and end somewhere else to socialize."

Lois:  "Spoke cards?  Like you would clip to your bike when you were a kid and it would make noise from your spokes?"

Random FBC Rider:  "That's cute, but no.  These cards get wedged in between your spoke and just serve as a remembrance of the night.  When you grow old, you can pull them out and show the kids how cool you used to be.  It is also fun to fill your wheels up with them."

Lois:  "I see.  Yesterday I googled group rides like this, these rides are like a critical mass right?"

Random FBC Rider:  "Absolutely not.  While our rider numbers may be very large, we are not intentionally trying to hold up traffic, break traffic laws or make any sort of political statement.  These full moon rides are meant to be a fun, social way for Sandpoint cyclists to get together, meet each other and maybe learn some new ways to navigate town and the surrounding communities.  Riders may also learn about some new local establishments to visit.  Indirectly, these rides are also about showing motorists and those that make decisions about bike pathways, that Sandpoint has a large, active cycling base who is out sharing the roads and appreciates safe, marked and dedicated routes through town and to our outlying communities.  My mouth is dry, I am gonna grab another beer."

Lois:  "OK, so these rides sound fun.  Where do people find out about upcoming rides?"

Random FBC Rider:  "Well, these rides typically fall on the full moon, according the the Farmer's Almanac. So, there is that.  But there is also a website called where you will find ride details and themes for each month's fiasco.  Oh, and there is a facebook page.  Are you on facebook, maybe I could friend you?"

Lois:  "Umm, no I don't use facebook.  I notice that ride routes and the final destination of these rides are never published.  Why all the secrecy?"

Random FBC Rider:  "Well, it really isn't about being secretive.  It is about controlling a large group of riders.  If the group does not know the route or where the group is ending, then they tend to stay in order and follow the lead.  The concept works rather well.  And, I think people actually like that things are a surprise, it adds to the appeal.  Do you see my bottle opener, oh wait, here we go."

Lois:  "You ready again?  I understand not providing information up front now.  Are there any rules for these Fiascos?"

Random FBC Rider:  "Yup, just one of them, don't be an asshole.  Excuse my language, I don't normally use language like that, just so you know.  Anyways, strong term but relays the message that when on these rides, people should respect traffic laws, respect drivers on the road and respect fellow cyclists.  Again we want these rides to paint a positive picture of cyclists in Sandpoint.  We also ask that riders have lights, which is a law, and wear a helmet.  Helmets aren't a law, but a good idea.  Check out mine, it has some cool stickers on it."

Lois:  "Stickers are great, I was into them back when I was in high school.  Can anyone join FBC Sandpoint?  Is there membership?"

Random FBC Rider:  "Yeah, becoming a member is easy.  Come on a Fiasco, and upon completion of the ride you will be bestowed the title of FBC Sandpoint Lifetime Member for Life."

Lois:  "For life?  That sounds like a big commitment.  I hesitate to ask if there is a way out of FBC Sandpoint?"

Random FBC Rider:  "Not at this time, no one has ever wanted out.  Is your boyfriend scared of commitment too?"

Lois:  "I am single, but this isn't really about me.  Umm, where was I?  OK, anything else you wanna add?"

Random FBC Rider:  "I would only add that these Full Moon rides have become the biggest biking event in Sandpoint.  The real credit for that goes to the members that come each month, and carry on the positive nature of these rides.  How long they continue relies on everyone doing what they have been doing for almost 4 years now."

Lois:  "Great.  Well, that is all I have, thanks for meeting me and helping me with all these questions."

Random FBC Rider:  "Umm, my pleasure.  So, well, it is Thursday and that means dollar beers at Eichardt's.  Wanna go check it out and I can tell you more about the beginnings of FBC Sandpoint?"

Lois:  "Sounds fun, I will grab my bike and meet you there."

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Full Moon Fiasco XLVII in Review

We had some 100ish riders show up for Fiascoweeney last month.   Let me just say you all followed directions very well.  Lots of you showed up in your favorite Halloween customs and you also incorporated some pink in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Thank you for that.

All moneies for spoke cards and some donations went to the Community Cancer Services here in Sandpoint.  So, thank you for doing that too.

Eich's had the alley open again and the weather was quite nice for that.  We left Eich's and did a loop through City Beach.  We then strolled on down the Sand Creek Bike Path and crossed popsicle bridge.  I hear some had some issues with the hill.  All I can say is you will be stronger next time.  We hit Boyer and then did a lap, or 2, in the roundabout.  We ended at Mitzy's Lounge.  It has been awhile since we have ended here.  It is a great venue for FBC.  We basically had the place to ourselves.  Fire was roaring.  We warmed up, had some cold drinks and admired each other's creative costumes.  Best dressed for evening went to Fbc Lifetime Member for Life Chelsea (if I had more prizes Courtney would have got one too..for sure) and FBC Lifetime Member for Life Dick.

For visuals, click HERE

November 24th is out annual food drive ride for the Food Bank, stay tuned for dets...