Monday, June 17, 2019

Full Moon Fiasco 93

Bring on summer..

When: Tue, June 18th @ 8pm
Where: Eichardt's
Theme: Summer Sizzler

Been swimming yet? Just curious. Remember not long ago, it seemed like summer was never gonna come. Spring really clung on. But now this week we will officially enter summer. And so, we should celebrate that change.

Also, last year we donated all our June FBC monies to the Animal Shelter. We will do that again. Because we kinda have a soft spot for furry little critters.


Full Moon Fiasco 92 in Review

May sure seemed to come and go fast. Our last ride happen to fall in the midst of Lost in the 50s. High winds and the threat of rain discourage some from coming out. But those that braved it made the pilgrimage out to Silo. Somehow, there seemed to be a headwind going there and coming back.

Thanks to the Silo staff for having us and staying open late.

For visuals...well, if you were there, you will have to use your memory bank as we didn't get any.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Full Moon Fiasco 92

Have you seen the weather forecast?

When: Thur, May 16th @ 8pm
Where: Eichardt's
Theme: Lost in the Exhaust

Well, the weather has been real, real nice as of late. Finally. But a change is coming. Rain. Rain signals Lost in the 50s. Never seems to fail. This year will be no different.

So, we will go somewhat mainstream this full moon ride and get lost in the 50s rage that will befall our small town over the next several days.

Full Moon Fiasco 91 in Review

On our last ride we celebrated National High Five Day. There were some awkward high fives, some interesting variations, some misses and a whole lot of fun.

I'm running short on times, as our next ride is in a couple days and I still haven't posted that. Welcome to summer.

For visuals, click HERE. Oops, never mind as I can't find my camera. Anyone looking for a secretary position?

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Full Moon Fiasco 90

Summer hours in order!

When: Fri, April 19th @ 8pm
Where: Eichardt's
Theme: National High Five Day

Until further notice, we will we gather at Eich's at 8 and ride at 9pm because that is when it is dark now.

So, did you know that April 19th is National Bicycle Day? No? Well, here is the story:
Bicycle Day celebrates the discovery of lysergic acid diethylamide 25, commonly known as LSD, and takes place on the anniversary of the first planned acid trip. On April 19, 1943, Albert Hofmann, a researcher at Sandoz Laboratories in Basel, Switzerland, purposely ingested .25 milligrams (250 micrograms) of LSD at his lab. He thought this would be the threshold dose—the lowest amount taken where there are still effects—when in reality the threshold dose for LSD is only 20 micrograms. But what does a bicycle have to do with the day? 
Within an hour, Hofmann began to notice changes in his perception and senses. He decided that he should go home, so he hopped on his bicycle and began riding. Because the drug was already greatly affecting him, he had his laboratory assistant help guide him to his house. At times during his bicycle ride, he thought he was going insane, thought his neighbor was a witch and thought the LSD had poisoned him. He later wrote in LSD: My Problem Child, “On the way home, my condition began to assume threatening forms. Everything in my field of vision wavered and was distorted as if seen in a curved mirror. I also had the sensation of being unable to move from the spot. Nevertheless, my assistant later told me that we had traveled very rapidly." Needless to say, his bicycle ride was quite a trip.
A doctor arrived at his home to check up on him and found nothing unordinary with him besides dilated pupils. The doctor reassured Hofmann he would be okay. Upon hearing this, Hofmann's feelings began to change. He began enjoying the colors and shapes he was seeing, which were a kaleidoscope of circles and spirals. His experience showed that the psychoactive drug could shift consciousness at low doses. Hofmann thought that because of its introspective quality it could be used psychiatrically, but he didn't foresee it being used recreationally...
In 1985, Thomas B. Roberts, who was a professor at Northern Illinois University in De Kalb, Illinois, came up with the term Bicycle Day and had the first celebration of it at his home. 
Interesting tidbit. Of course the legal department at FBC Sandpoint HQ was against any mention of this day. We would never encourage you to drop acid, and certainly not while riding a bike. Although there is this hot modern topic of "microdosing." Anyways, back to our theme...

We will be celebrating National High Five Day. If you are unsure about how to give a proper high five, or looking for a new approach to a high five, here is a short video to help you.

Monday, April 15, 2019

Full Moon Fiasco 89 in Review

Our last ride was our birthday celebration as FBC turned 7yo. 90+ riders joined in the festivities.

The weather was great! We did a longer route through South Sand and took a group photo. We also sang Happy Birthday. Then we continued on and ended the evening at the 219er.

First, thanks to Mel at the 219er for organizing music and having them play a little longer for us FBCers.

Also, big thanks to the rest of the 219er crew: Smitty, Josh, and Erin for slinging drinks and getting a raging firing going in the back.

At some point, someone got on stage and mumbled some awkward words about how great all you FBCers are and how proud they were of how far this little club has come in 7 years.

Then there were some awards...and thanks FBC Lifetime Member for Life Liz for her assistance on the stage.

Most Valuable Member 2018 - FBC Lifetime Member for Life Michael. Michael (aka "The Enforcer") rarely misses a ride, always brings a positive and festive vibe and helps maintain order and assembly. His presence and ride contributions are greatly appreciated.

Best Dressed for Evening - FBC Lifetime Member for Life Bernie and Matt.

Thanks to our annual sponsors for their support and for the fine items for our raffle:
MickDuff's Brewing Company
Long Bridge Grill
Utara Brewing Company
Eichardt's Pub
Greasy Fingers Bikes N Repair
219er
Shotzski
Growler Grabber

Finally, a BIG thank you to all your FBC Lifetime Members for Life, whether you made the ride or not, you are greatly appreciated. Here is to another amazing year of riding under the moon!

For visuals, click HERE.

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

**BECAUSE OF WEATHER AND WE WANT AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE FOR OUR BIRTHDAY RIDE, WE ARE POSTPONING B-DAY ACTIVITIES UNTIL MARCH RIDE. OF COURSE WE WILL STILL RIDE THIS MONTH, WEATHER NEVER STOPS A RIDE.**

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 chain...as 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.