There aren’t any words in the english language that adequately convey my feelings for him so I have to turn to the Germans.
By the way, if you were one of the millions of people who wound up with some of them fancy glasses to look at the eclipse, and now you’re not sure what to do with them, check this out–
Astronomers Without Boarders will take them off your hands, and distribute them to school children around the world so that they can see eclipses in the future.
So save them from the trash, and shoot them to AWB’s corporate sponsor,
621 Madison Street,
Springdale, AR 72762
See how easy that was?
Now, moving on to other items… Are you in the Northern California region, and are maybe looking for a thing to do this coming Friday evening?
Join us on Friday Aug 25th from 6 to 9pm to take a look under the hood of the longest standing domestic bicycle component maker, Paul Price of PAUL Component Engineering.
Based in Chico CA, and making all parts locally, PAUL has set the industry standard for meticulously machined bicycle parts since 1989. Learn how PAUL weathered the storm of Shimano entering the market, the MTB boom of the 90’s and his current place in the evolving cycling industry. Paul’s passion for custom bikes is quite real, and several will be on display. Ask some questions, get some answers, drink some drinks.
That right there is as you can plainly see with your eyeball balls (because you’re smart enough not to stare into the sun) is a notification for a lecture in the Mission Workshop Ask a Founder series with none other than my ace pal, Paul Price of Paul Components.
To call it a lecture makes it sound sterile and kinda academic, which if you’ve attended one of these events before, you know it’s not. It’ll be Paul being Paul, and a bunch of bike nerds asking questions about various relevant things. As usual, he’ll have an assortment of bikes and bits and pieces he’s made over the years, so it’ll be like doing a shop visit without the drive to Chico, but you won’t leave covered with cat hair, and aluminum chips.
And while we’re discussing nice people who make beautiful things, Aaron Edge up there in Portland came through with a real show stopper he wanted me to help share;
My “The Owl, the Moth, and the Moon” road bike is an absolute stunner, I’m very happy with how it turned out… Megan and Rudi really knocked it out of the park. Thought I’d share it with ya my man, hope all is well Stevil.
Photo set by Deven M. McCoy;
Frame: Moth Attack (Stainless Steel)
Fork: ENVE Road
Handlebars: ENVE Road
Stem: ENVE Road
Headset: Chris King
Shifting: SRAM eTAP
Group: SRAM Red 22
Bottom Bracket: Chris King
Seatpost: ENVE Road
Seat Collar: Salsa Lip-Lock
Saddle: fi’zi:k Antares Carbon Braided
Cages: Portland Design Works Owl and ENVE
Wheels: HiFI Carbon Tubulars
Tires: Specialized Espoir tubs
Aaron D.C. Edge
That is a spicy meatball though.
Too pretty to ride?
When you’re the kind of mess that I am, it is.
Moving on, and closing out with some recent developments that boarder on completely insane…
Some of yinz have wound up with this zine I made about traveling to Southern California last April to meet up with a former professional skateboarder named Garry Scott Davis, and take possession of his typewriter;
Others of yinz perhaps have read the same story in this month’s 200th issue of Dirt Rag magazine;
Well, I was quite proud of the piece but reckoned it would wind up in some folder on my desktop never to be seen again.
Lo and behold, a fella named Nick ended up with one. Nick happens to not only be in possession of one of the largest skateboard collections in the country, but potentially the world, and because of that fact is involved peripherally with the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC.
The short version of a much longer story is that the Smithsonian began a relationship with Nick when he donated pieces from his collection to them for theirs. Two of his decks they ended up with were Tony Hawk’s personal first pro model (naturally), as well as one of GSD’s. After reading the story I wrote, Nick was so taken with my perspective that he made contact with his people at the Institute about including my zine in the collection.
No shit… I’m currently in talks with the Smithsonian Institute about including one of my zines in their permanent collection.
Believe me. It sounds more insane every time the thought crosses my mind.
So, if today’s post seems a little thin, it’s because I’ve been running around my house, crapping my pants.
I’ve probably just jinxed myself by saying anything about it before the proverbial ink dries, but technically the cat’s not really out of the bag, because at this point the only people who know are my parents, and now like, the three-to-ten other people who lurk around here with any regularity.