Because everybody needs a good cry.

Run for the tissue box. I’m bringing this old chestnut out again.
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I’m sure you all remember last winter’s posting of the profoundly touching film ‘Last Minutes With Oden’.
Nothing in my life makes me cry with such consistency.
I was honored to be included in an email from the film’s director, Eliot Rausch the other night that delivered some very good news;
“If I haven’t told you already, I wanted to thank you sincerely for your friendship and support over the years. This weekend was was a huge shock to us and one that will forever be remembered.
The moment.
The video;

The festivals community director’s announcement.
Thank You so much.”

Like everyone who saw that film, I was incredibly moved, and I am so very proud of Eliot for his accomplishments.
So, uh,…Anyway.. Eliot.. You got $25,000 I could borrow?
Speaking of cash, loans, being broke, and the exchange of goods, Let me remind you all that I have just three of the AHTBM/Pushbike roll top messenger bags left on hand and need to pay them off;
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(The only difference between yours and mine is the liner in yours is not ‘aqua marine’, but rather ‘virgin blood red’.)
Why don’t you do yourself a favor and order one up?
From a self proclaimed bag whore, next to my old, and beat-to-shit Trek backpack, my Pushbike bag is among my favorites.
As I mentioned last week in a barrage of event notifications, a fella that goes by the name of Stu down yonder in ‘Nawlins has got a humdinger of a throw down occurring in less than two weeks time;
“Yo Stevil!
We are fo-sho-in-da-ho-down (or as we say in Nawlins, “In dem guts brah”) on our way to the 2-week stretch to this year’s Race of the Dead. In anticipation for this year’s festivities, ROTD fans are offering a Disembowelment contest and Sacrificing of Virgins challenge. (ROTD Disclaimer: No virgins under 45 allowed, we like ours near Menopause – shaved heads & plus size, even better).
We, the ROTD organizers, have held a planning meeting with night creatures of the Spillway (both alive and dead) and have came to the understanding, there is not near as much Dead atmosphere needed for the race. So, we have taken upon ourselves to add something extra (lagniappe) to rectify a more pleasant wretched & pungent atmosphere. My newly bred ‘death tunnel’ will make it’s appearance this year along with trail infestation of the ‘garbage ghosts’. Certainly fun for the entire family;
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The latest race rules are simply 1) single-speed bike, 2) a helmet, 3) lights (unless you can see in the dark like me), and 4) no headphones allowed (we’ll supply the sounds driven to your madness). 100% of all race proceeds donated to our fellow SSing comrade who suffered quadriplegic paralysis in a skiing accident in ’09.
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Photo by Donna S.
If your readers can’t make the trek to Nola for the race, we are selling ROTD t-shirts to the cause. Drop an email to raceofthedead@gmail.com for more details.
Single-Speed or Death,
Anti-Stu”

If I were a betting man, I would guess that the glut of upcoming events are due to the fast approaching grip of old man winter’s boney fingers. Much like Stu, Brian, Hunt and Chris from Culture Cycles have their own brand of no-goodery cooking;
“Hey Stevil,
Just writing to let you know we’re throwing a big alleycat race here in Burlington, VT on October 30th. There’s going to be an afterparty with our friends (a local and world traveled hardcore band) Unrestrained at a local bar with tons of prizes. We’ve got a lot of good sponsors on board and there’s some hype brewing. If you know anyone in the area or want to help spread the word I’m attaching a flier with artwork by our friend Noah Hoose;
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Any help promoting would be greatly appreciated, we’re daily readers of your blog and big fans. If we have any shirts left over maybe we’ll get to send one your way.
Here’s the Facebook event link.
And a link to our blog with all the info.
Thanks again,
Brian, Hunt and Chris
Culture Cycles”

So if you live in Vermont, between your Ben and Jerry’s factory tour and hacky sack competitions, do yourself a favor and make time for their event.
How would you like a dose of art that doesn’t suck? The answer to that query obviously is “quite a lot, thank you.”
Well, then might I recommend you open up your eye holes and get a load of Travis Millard.
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He makes the kind of work that makes me want to make work.
And it’s with that, that I have to announce the fact I will be out until Wednesday 27th. Hold the fort down and keep the home fires burning. The next time we meet, I’m gonna be like, a husband and stuff.
I’ll say it for you.. She’s a lucky girl.
Finally in closing, I offer this video;

Via Dirt Magazine.
I’ve never been much for downhill racing, but any event involving football helmets, pink shorts and toilet paper wrapped shins, I’m all about.
Then again, wrapping toilet paper around your shins in preparation for any athletic endevor isn’t necessarily such a bad idea.
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Everyone needs to cry. It’s just that sometimes they are tears of schadenfreude.
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17 Responses to “Because everybody needs a good cry.”

  1. Crank October 20, 2010 at 6:46 am #

    Now really, haven’t we all shat ourselves in times of deep duress? That moment when you asked yourself, “Am I blessed, or am I about to die?”. Fear not the man running past with poo on his leg. Fear those in the background that just don’t get it. Is that corn, or peanut I see?

  2. velorambling October 20, 2010 at 7:30 am #

    Could have lived without that last image burnt into my retinas

  3. erik October 20, 2010 at 8:29 am #

    That movie makes me hug my fuzzy buddy every time, and makes me cry while doing it.

  4. uma October 20, 2010 at 8:52 am #

    From plucking at my heartstrings with Oden to howls of maniacal laughter at early DH radtardedness to shitty schadenfreude; and mostly regurgitated stuff at that… You’ve outdone yourself. This one goes to 11 for being “all over the map”.

  5. JP October 20, 2010 at 9:05 am #

    dude….

  6. Joe October 20, 2010 at 9:08 am #

    WOW.. Tears..

  7. Tee October 20, 2010 at 9:10 am #

    life is a lot easyer with friends like Oden, I will miss him and I didnt even know him! But sir shit pants, I can do without! I think he had oatmeal for breakfast that day? Just saying. thanks and no thanks Stevil. I thought every one learnd how to ride stairs when they were a kid, but those early DH guys crack me up. Great stuff!!

  8. chad October 20, 2010 at 9:42 am #

    Just doo-doo it!

  9. curtis October 20, 2010 at 9:56 am #

    i’m not even gonna watch that fucking video at work, i know all too well what it does to me.
    a while back, my dog swallowed a bee and stopped breathing.. i was mr. tough until the exact moment when the vet told me everything was going to be alright, and then i broke down and started sobbing in the the lobby. i think that dogs are the one thing men are (culturally) allowed to cry about.
    i’ll buy a backpack.
    email or txt me and i’ll stop by to pick it up this week.

  10. MM October 20, 2010 at 10:25 am #

    I put my 17 year old Jack Russell down last January. It was the singularly hardest thing I’ve had to do in my 40 years on this planet. Watching the video brings it all back to me…
    Oh, and thanks for the poo picture…

  11. Rytek October 20, 2010 at 11:12 am #

    That downhill video was tuff, makes me wanna dress up like Tron and taco my wheel.

  12. 333 October 20, 2010 at 11:22 am #

    man, that Get Up Kids video illustrated by Millard was the best.
    The Oden video bums me out big time. I wish my little four legged companions can live forever, as I hope to never have to be in a position to “help” him into the afterlife.

  13. Maître Humo October 20, 2010 at 12:37 pm #

    “God Was That Dog I Held”
    He just put it so right…
    And maybe : “God Was Tha Poo I Could’nt Hold” would be an answer…

  14. Matt October 20, 2010 at 2:15 pm #

    The last time I watched that video, it made me cry. I have since adopted a little rescue greyhound and today I cried harder than ever.
    Oh, and poo is funny.

  15. reverend dick October 20, 2010 at 11:33 pm #

    I had to skip the crushing video this time. See? I can learn.
    The MAN who shit his drawers did so honorably and so that, friends, is what Winning looks like. How many of us have given ourselfs over so completely to the effort?

  16. Teamfubar October 21, 2010 at 4:34 am #

    This subject came up the other day at work. I take pride in the fact that I have not shit myself since the last day my mother took my diaper off me. Don’t plan on starting anytime soon. I started wearing diapers when I came into this world, I don’t plan on going out doing such. I don’t care how competitive you are, find a damned toilet. Thanks for the retina burning pic.

  17. mattya14 October 22, 2010 at 7:35 pm #

    I cried, I laughed, I hugged my cat…What else can you do? Shit yourself, I guess..