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.