A serious of ruminations regarding vocations, occasions, and brocations.

Big news in the Emerald City.

It seems as though Cory, better known as Corndog of Dank Bags fame has finally left his post as a fixture within the Seattle messenger scene. Though apparently it wasn’t by his own doing. Reports have it that much like WKRP in Cincinatti’s Dr. Johnny Fever, Cory was let got from his position for saying ‘booger’ on the air.
If you know what I’m talking about, you’re old. If you don’t, congratulations.
Anyway, what this means is that much like my release from Swobo, he has been thrown to the dogs. Whether or not the dogs get a taste of his flesh is up to you and me and anyone in the market for some of his fine wares;
Photo courtesy of Niki Mobius
Should you have missed the video I posted about Cory, you can check it out again here;

As I mentioned previously, Cory is as stand up a fella as they come, and I hope that these developments only strengthen his resolve, and serve as an inspiration for him to do what he truly loves for a living.
After all, isn’t that what we all spend our lives fighting for?
Finally, as a foot note, I have placed an order for a couple of his goodies which I will have up here in the near future to be given away to some very lucky readers. That’s what we will call friends helping friends helping friends, Or FHF squared. I expect someone who knows about math to correct me directly.
In news of other folks who could use some assistance, I have broken my golden rule of not using this forum as a clearing house for people who need to sell their stuff.
Case in point, Jeremy sent me an email asking for my assistance in selling a bike. According to him, he’s having no luck with the Ebays, and the Craigslists, so he thought he’d give me a shot.
It’s got all kinds of bells and whistles which he wisely included information about as well;
Bars – Salsa Poco ergo, Fizik wrap
Stem – Easton EA30
Headset – Chris King Silver and Oxblood red
Bottom Bracket – FSA mega EXO
Crankset – Carbon FSA SLK
Chainring – Salsa 42t
Frontwheel – White industries hub, DT swiss Spokes, salsa degaldo cross rims
Rearwheel – White industries ENO eccentric hub, White industries DOS freewheel 19/21, DT swiss spokes, salsa degaldo cross rims
Tires – Stans-no-tubes raven cross
Brakes – Tektro long reach levers, avid long reach brakes (V-brakes)
Seatpost – Salsa shaft
Saddle – Selle Italia

$800.00 for shipping and you get the bike for free.
If this is somehting that might spark your interest, you can contact Jeremy here. jermosno@gmail.com
It’s hard to believe that 2011 is just in its infancy and I’ve already knocked out my good deed for the year.
It feels nice to get that out of the way.
And while we’re on the topic of doing nice things for people, should you happen to live in the Bay Area, I would like to offer you the distinct pleasure of attending this;
The proprietors of Oakland’s FTW Tattoo studio are two of my oldest and dearest friends, and over the two decades I’ve known them, I’ve watched them blossom into two of the Bay Area’s premier tattoo artists. Not only is this party a way of thanking their customers for their continuing patronage, but to offer any and all comers a chance to get down and go bananas.
Should you find yourself in or around Oakland this weekend, stop in for a drink to celebrate the ink.
With golden lines like that, I’m surprised they didn’t request I make the flyer for them.
In news of a different sort, you might have noticed that I changed the title bar on the site. I would like to note that I did this all by myself. I made the gif file, I tracked down where in the back end all of the mumbo jumbo code is kept, and I swapped it out without deleting all of the files and leaving my website a little glowing wasteland.
This was a big achievement for me, because despite the fact that I now use a computer to make a living, I still have no idea how they work, or why in some cases they absolutely refuse to. Ironically, this is the same sentiment that most of my teachers and abut half of my employers have used when describing me.
Making the jump to the topic of bikes, and the riding of such, Rick Hunter as well as a small host of others and I went out to enjoy some of the glorious summer weather we’ve been having this past Saturday and got busy engaging in a cyclocross styled off road adventure. The route we embarked on was one that has long eluded me, and consisted of a wide array of mixed terrain.
As we set out under grey skies, we would pass over smooth pavé, broken pavé, screamingly fast fire road descents, agonizingly steep fire road ascents, single track, and even patches of slick rock, which with an addition of unscheduled precipitation became extremely slick rock.
Upon leaving the house with beer and donuts in hand, my legs felt heavy. Nothing terribly unusual, mind you. Sometimes I just have to work the kinks out. Unfortunately on this day in particular, the kinks eventually evolved into cricks, which then became cramps, finally concluding with a state of near paralyzation. During the last leg of the six hour trip, the heavens opened, the wind picked up, the temperature dropped, and I lamented the fact that my fenders and brand new and totally bitchin Showers Pass Mountain Elite jacket were all safe and dry at home, while I was out doing battle in nothing but a few layers of various fabric.
Appropriately, the outer most of said layers was black, so my ultimate acquisition of the day’s Lanterne Rouge was destined to be.
Enough of that though. Between telling my legs to shut up and having them not listen, I took some photos, which I will share with you here;
When all was said and done, and I regained the feeling in my hands, feet and man-bits, despite my mediocre showing, I still realize any day on a bike with friends is better than one in the hospital, without.
Or to be fired for saying ‘booger’ on the air..

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8 Responses to “A serious of ruminations regarding vocations, occasions, and brocations.”

  1. bee January 31, 2011 at 6:36 am #

    Diggin the new banner. Nice work.

  2. Latarian January 31, 2011 at 7:41 am #

    Have you considered hiring Creativity Explored to lead your art department? Give it some thought.

  3. Stevil January 31, 2011 at 7:46 am #

    Having spent as many years as I did in special education classes, that’s pretty much who is my art department.

  4. Josh RVA January 31, 2011 at 11:23 am #

    Lots of smiley people in those photos, must be doing something right.

  5. Malcolm T January 31, 2011 at 1:30 pm #

    Hate to be the bear of bad news, but:
    FHF (friends helping friends) squared = FHF^2 = (FHF) x (FHF) = FHFFHF = friends helping friends friends helping friends
    Which doesn’t really make sense… You could express it as (FH)^2 x (F) or FH squared x (times) friends = friends helping friends helping friends
    Yeh, that should do the trick.

  6. cary January 31, 2011 at 2:23 pm #

    What I needs is one of Cory’s bags that bees waterproof from the inside out and stuff. Seriously, I’m drinking a lot lately and Spring/Summer is right around the corner. Half a bag of ice and an 18 pack size would about do it.

  7. brad parker January 31, 2011 at 8:52 pm #

    black shirt- new banner- i would buy

  8. zito January 31, 2011 at 11:14 pm #

    Funny you should mention Dank bags! As I have been acquainting myself with the messengers here in Sydney, just today came across Sanger who is more than stoked about his new Dank bag that Smokin Joe just brought back from the good ole U.S. of A for him.