Oh wait… Was there an eclipse?
I was gonna get in on it, but no way Jose. When you’re looking up is when The Man comes along and pulls a fast one;
You gotta keep your head on a swivel, because The Man is sneaky like that.
And then I caught wind that the president (small t, small P) even got in on the action;
Sans glasses, because of fucking course he did.
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.
This gorgeous frame was handmade by Moth Attack and painted (w/gold leaf application) by the talented Black Magic Paint.
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.
As long as the aforementioned three-to-ten didn’t take the Dumpster Fire’s lead and stare directly into the sun, which means they can’t see today’s post anyway.
Awesome news about the Smithsonian! I went there as a kid and loved it and still pine to go back as an adult. Trump is way too ignorant to be president. He’s too dumb to be mayor of a ghost town, a clerk in a dollar store or a janitor at a high school (think about the things he has said, he would literally be fired from any normal employment if he conducted himself this way on the job)… or anything else. If I can tell someone would be fired for incompetence or negligent behavior/ gross misconduct, in my own current career, and he would, they damn sure shouldn’t be in control of a global super power. Gross.
Congratulations! Too cool!
That Moth Attack bike is definately thought inspiring! Kinda agree with your sentiment though, almost too pretty to ride. In regards to the Smithsonian thing…what took em so long?
I always assumed you had exactly six hundred and sixty six readers?.
wow man that is cool
misread that as “wow is that man cool” – and that works, too.
Thanx so much for the repost of the bicycle Stevil, yer a doll.
(not a voodoo doll, more like a Ken Doll… with that odd shelf of a crotch, sans junk)
That’s pretty rad about the Smithsonian thing. Really cool man. And that Moth Attack bike sure is one sexy velocipede.
That’s pretty cool man.
GFL… Good fucking luck…
To think of your work immortalized in The Smithsonian for time immemorial does my heart good. Thousands of years from now some intrepid researchers will make sense of our era thanks to you.
Very cool – congrats!!!