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.