Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Full Moon Fiasco 61

Last ride of the year...

When: Tue, Dec 13th @ 7pm
Where: Eichardt's
Theme: Festivus

Everyone should know about Festivus by now.  It has been around for over 50 years.  For those of you that lead a sheltered life, take 3.5 minutes out of your online holiday shopping time life to hear about this great holiday (via Seinfeld).  Now you know we here at FBC tend to do things a little differently, so we will do our own take on Festivus.

So, first the very best part of our Festivus outfits.  If you need some inspiration, here are some ideas: ugly holiday sweater, skier, snowman, naughty elf (please!), santa suit or whatever.  Feel free to decorate your bike with lights, bows, wreaths and holiday cheer too.

Next go shopping for a gift for our FBC gift exchange ($5 limit) and bring it wrapped and unmarked.

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 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, December 6, 2016

Full Moon Fiasco 60 in Review

WOW!  You all really came through for the food bank on our last ride.  Our annual Thanks4giving ride featured some 60+ riders.  This was year #5.  As always, there was no theme and spoke cards were free.  Everyone was encouraged to bring as much food as they could to Eich's.  Now Eich's was closed during this period for their annual cleaning and maintenance.  Never fear, they love FBC and Jeff came down and opened up just for us.  Thanks Jeff!

At Eich's we weighed everyone's offerings and compiled a list.  Then loaded all this donated food into bike baskets, panniers, trailers, backpacks and whatever else we had, and biked it all over to the food bank.  There, John, who has greeted us every year after hours and on his own time, again welcomed us with a huge smile.  He checked in all the food and gathered all the food for an official grand weight.

After the food bank, we mounted up again and cruised down to Trinity.  Everyone that brought food that night was given a ticket for a FREE drink at our destination.  Mel Dick was very gracious and donated a keg of 219er for the occasion.  We all drank and warmed ourselves both inside and out knowing the good work we had accomplished that night.

Thanks to Justin, Lance and the rest of the Trinity crew for staying open later than usual for us and being such grand hosts.

So, I challenged everyone to bring as much food as they could handle so we could beat last year's total of 413lbs of food.  We stomped that number with 619lbs of food for the evening (and $100 cash).

Top givers for the evening: 1st place was FBC lifetime Members for Life Brandon and Connie with 116lbs (they were the top givers last year as well), 2nd place was FBC lifetime Members for Life Dick and Linda with 85lbs (they were also the 2nd place givers last year) and finally FBC lifetime Members for Life Frank and Jean with 41lbs.  Awards were given to them for their efforts.  Thanks to EVERYONE that so generously gave for the evening.

What does 619lbs of food and $100 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 153 people for a 1 day.

Thanks4giving 5 was a huge success!  So much gratitude to all the people that contributed to this evening.  I am truly humbled and honored to be part of such a fine group of cyclists.

For visuals, click HERE.

Next up Festivus...