Well here we are, one more week further away from birth.
Are we any smarter? Any dumber(er)? A little bit of both? Probably.
First up I’d like to take the opportunity to mention that the 2016 AHTBM kits have been launched and as of right now, (if you have an inclination for such things) you have until Sunday January 24th to get in on the goods;
Will there be a second order window made available for the stragglers? Based on years past I would say probably, but there’s no guarantee. I suppose it makes sense that I would know for certain, but just like a lot of things, I don’t.
One thing I am sure of is that The North American Handmade Bicycle Show is returning to Sacramento next month. Last time it was here, a few of us ne’er do wells got together and had a bit of a bash;
It was unauthorized and unsanctioned and aside from said party’s attendees, in no way associated to NAHBS itself.
In a few recent brainstorms with Blue Collar Robert, we’ve decided to do it again, but this time with a twist;
For those who might not know, SOPWAMTOS was a brain child of Bruce Gordon and Mark Norstad and stands for Society Of People Who Actually Make Their Own Shit;
A continuation of the SOPWAMPTOS Golden Toidy Awards occurred in Las Vegas in 2005, hosted by Sean of Soulcraft Bikes and featured what to some minds is the crown jewel of their awards;
-The full scoop on which can be found with a bit of scrolling right here.
Anyway, I remember first seeing the fiasco at Interbike in Anaheim, in (to what according to my addled mind was) 1998, and I couldn’t quite figure out what I was seeing. All of these exceptionally smart and well dressed people, marching around and handing out hugely biting awards consisting of golden toilet seats (said ‘Toidys’) to a smattering of folks in the industry who they felt were deserving. It was a delicious example of sarcasm, and cinicisim, and humor which was revered by most, and probably scorned by a few.
“Who are these guys?” I wondered. “And how can I get in their gang?“
Lo and behold, here we are all of these years later and it seems as though, for at least the evening in question, we’ve gotten the band back together, and I couldn’t be happier to be a part.
Now, moving on to other topics- In news of keeping track what day it is, Pamela came through with news regarding the conclusion of one of her recent projects;
I rub your back and you rub my?? I forget how that goes.. but I think you owe me one..
Can you please help me promote my calendar?
I have a few I’d like to sell. Its Boring, PC and Totally PG13… Fat chicks included. To purchase $25 per calendar, please paypal me at ppalma(at)pamelapalma(dot)com
If you’re like me and got your heart snagged at ‘fat chicks‘, you know what to do.
Lastly, and concluding the topic of limited order windows, I guess I should make one last push for the Everything Can Be Fixed With A Hammer t-shirt;
The order deadline is this Sunday the 24th, and a new shirt will go up the following day. If you want one, don’t hesitate, because once these are gone, they’re gone for good.