Monday, December 14, 2015

Full Moon Fiasco 49

Yup, no more stupid roman numerals...

When: Wed, Dec 23rd @ 7pm
Where: Eichardt's
Theme: Festivus

This will be ironic...and ironic is not a moon.  For those of you that still don't know what Festivus is all about, take 3.5 minutes out of your online holiday shopping time life to hear about this great holiday (via Seinfeld).  This holiday is, some 50 years old.

OK, now go prepare a holiday outfit.  Here are some ideas: ugly holiday sweater, skier, snowman, naughty elf (please!), santa suit or whatever.  Feel free to decorate you bike too, that is always nice for the holidays.

Next comes the ironic part ,(go shopping for a gift for our FBC gift exchange and bring it wrapped with a $5 limit (no fake donation cards please).  Lastly, get it all together and ride your bike over to Eich's.

We will leave Eich's and do a shorter route through town while sticking to main arteries if there is foul weather.  We will end somewhere warm and full of glee.  We will gather around our durable and strong aluminum pole, flanked by all our presents.  You see this is somewhat of a hybrid Festivus with a metal pole and gifts, but there will be NO airing of grievances or feets of strength...well, there may be those things depending on the hour and amount of egg nog.  Anyways, 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 10, 2015

Housekeeping 2015

So, there are a couple things you should know, but they don't really pertain to a specific ride.  That is why we are doing some housekeeping.

Now, I am gonna tell you something positive, and then I am gonna quickly tell you some things that are not so positive.  In psychology, they refer to this as positive thinking...or maybe it is a deflection.  I don't really remember, as my psych classes were long ago.

Anyways, what an amazing year FBC has had.  As the end of the year draws near, I think back on all the rides.  300+ people riding bikes, having fun, learning new bike routes, meeting new people, enjoying new local establishments, giving of their time and money for great local causes, letting loose and dressing up in crazy outfits just for the fun of it, learning about full moon names and cycles, going back to school...ah yeah, remember the going back to school ride?  Remember the Hive?  Remember all the pictures on the big screens?  Remember the beat box guy?  I digress, but anyway it was a good year of bikes and friends.  You all should be proud of yourselves.  No, really.  Shit like we do here would not fly in other places.  You all (starting to sound like I am from Texas) do an amazing job, despite our overflowing ride numbers, of doing positive things, obeying traffic laws, respecting each other and generally having a fun ride.

That was the positive thing; it will help you forget the following.  You know how our rides are always featured in roman numerals?  I have stated I think they are great.  I love how it forces people to think in ways they normally would not about ordinary things, like numbers.  Well, someone here at FBC Sandpoint HQ messed up.  No one seemed to have notice, but our last few rides have not had the right corresponding roman numeral to go with the actual ride number.  Who knew "L" was 50?  I change my stance now, roman numerals are stupid.  They require too much thinking for what should be mundane everyday shit.  So, no more roman numerals.  Just good old American numbers for rides.

Second, you know the trike-a-boom?  It has been a staple and great addition to our rides.  The play list were carefully selected to dovetail with ride themes.  No matter the route, the heavy-ass trike with lack of any efficiency, made it to our destinations...often before a lot of other riders.  All the money for the trike, its electronics, maintenance and what nots, were funded out of pocket by one member.  That member, FBC Lifetime Member for Life Tim, is moving far away.  He won't be making music or riding the trike-a-boom any more,  We thank him for his service, his trike, his dedication and wish him luck in his new home.  The trike itself may, or may not, still be of service...

Lastly, bike lights.  Use them.  Please.  It is easier for other riders to see you.  It is easier for motorists to see you.  It is the law.  It can keep you from getting pulled over.  They are not expensive.

That's it.  I know those of you that it made this far, are still basking in the compliments at the beginning of this post, and therefore you will not remember the rest of these ramblings.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Full Moon Fiasco XLVIII in Review

Wow!  Our November ride is always termed "Thanks4giving."  According to our records dept, this year was our 4th installment.  Now the details for the ride are a little more complicated that our other rides, but the concept is not.  We asked you to bring as much food as you could for the night, and we would ride it over to the Food Bank to help with their holiday inventory.

Once again, you all did an amazing job of giving!  We raised 412lbs of food and $155 cash for the Food Bank.  How does that compare to last year?  Again, our records dept here is pretty amazing.  They dusted off some files and revealed 413lbs and $86 cash for 2014.

So, what do all these numbers really mean?  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 1lbs of food.  So, FBC Sandpoint's donation will feed just over 120 people for a 1 day.

We had some awards for those that packed the most food over.  Thanks to Larson's Department Store for the gift certificate for the top donor...they are always a big supporter of FBC.  Greasy Fingers Bikes rounded out some prizes with lights and wool socks. Top giver: FBC Lifetime Members for Life Brandon and Connie with 61.05lbs. 2nd place: FBC Lifetime Members for Life Dick and Linda with 41.26lbs.  3rd place: FBC Member for Life Dave (who lives in Spokane and drives up for our rides) with 24.15lbs. 4th place: FBC Lifetime Member for Life Michael with 22.11lbs.

And a thanks to John from the Food Bank for taking time out of his night to ride his bike over to the food bank to meet us.  He opened the place up, weighed in all our food and took some cool photos.

And a thanks to some FBCers that brought some extra large bike carrying devices for taking food over to the Food Bank, that was a big help...FBC Lifetime Members for Life Marty, Travis (new member), Tom and Ed.

And finally, thanks to Ben, Amber and the staff at The Hound were we gathered after dropping of stuff at the Food Bank.  We had some great pizza, drank some great beers, got warmed up and stayed until the wee hours.

As you can see, there was a lot to be thankful for this time around.  Next month is our Festivus ride...

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