Here I go again.
And I’ve made up my mind, I ain’t wasting no more time.
Here I go again, here I go again, etc.
… Different day, same jibberjabber.
Firstly, those outside of California are probably aware that both ends of the state are currently on Fire;
Malibu and Thousand Oaks are in peril, and the northern California town called Paradise is completely gone.
On Saturday I sent a bunch of supplies up to Chico (a stone’s throw from Paradise) with artist, and man about town Chris Wright which he was then going to deliver to Travis from Paul Component Engineering, who himself was attempting to help in whatever way he could.
However it was just yesterday when I took a look at Paul’s personal IG feed where I found the following post;
Please send any monetary donations to North Valley Community Foundation. Clothing can be dropped off at the Chico Elks Lodge, 1705 Manzanita Ave, Chico. Any used or opened toiletries will be tossed so please don’t drop them off. New stuff only. It’s just extra work to sort them. As far as sorting please keep all lightly used clothing in separate boxes or bags. Shirts, shoes, pants etc. This little bit of effort saves a ton of valuable volunteer time. Blankets, sleeping bags and tents are all welcome no matter what. Thank you so much. It’ll make a huge difference to our friends who have lost everything.
You know what it’s like when you finally get to wash your face after a long flight? Imagine that, but you’ve also lost your home, your animals, everything you own, potentially members of family, then multiply that by 10,000, and I’d imagine it barely scratches the surface of what it’s like to put on a clean shirt, pair of socks, or get to brush your teeth while in the throes of such an ordeal.
If you have five or ten bucks, or better yet, if you’re in the Bay Area and can drop off a bag of supplies to anyone doing a run north, I know it would mean a great deal to the thousands whose entire lives have literally gone up in smoke.
I’m happy to act as a go-between for folks doing trips, and folks wanting to donate, so if you’re reading these words, and are scheduling a trip, shoot me a note with details, and likewise, if you’re a person who would like to drop off a bag of clothes, sleeping pads, backpacks, or whatever, hit me up and I’ll be your matchmaker.
I mean, at the very least, this bike blog douchebaggery (same diff) might as well do some good.
With that being said, we’ll now get into the standard array of nonsense starting with a notification from none other than Sky Yaeger herself regarding the recent passing of stuntwoman Kitty O’Neil;
Interestingly, I was familiar with her work, but had no idea of how complex a person she was, or the accomplishments she’d achieved.
For example, after crashing her car at 350 miles an hour in 1978, she emerged from the wreckage and exclaimed “it was fun!“
Godspeed Kitty, (no pun intended). We’re all better for having shared the world with you.
Finally, it was brought to my attention via The Bike Snob, via the Angry Asian that there’s actually a company called Ghost Bikes whose just launched a model called The Violent Road Rage;
You can’t make this shit up.
I reckon the Snob put it best when he penned the following;
Our company is already named after a memorial for dead cyclists, so let’s take it a step further and name a bike after what’s killing them.
As you maybe could guess, in the wave of criticism, there’s this guy;
There’s one in every bunch.
You can bet your final dollar dear friends, I’d rather ride around in a clapped out Jag with Tawny Kitaen than be caught dead on one of those.
I have to admit I thought the name was ironically cool till I read their marketing bullshit and realized they’re serious.
I’m offended by the word Giant. People use that word negatively to remark on my size. It hurts.
What fucking minority is negatively impacted by Violent Road Rage? Is the word holding them back from being successful in this world? (I’m thinking the Tranny incident)
Remember when you could name a band, song, bike, or whatever product you want to display as unique anything you fucking wanted to? Remember when you used words that caused mainstream people to struggle to even say the words? Fuck the mainstream. Yeah lets all name bikes shit like SB55 and Peloton and other boring bullshit in order to sell more product. Who cares?
Perhaps people who’ve been hit, or had friends killed in road rage incidents that resulted in the placement of ghost bikes? I dunno. It’s just a guess.
“violent Road Rage” is just dumb, but “Ghost Bike” as a brand is brainless and tacky. I’m not a P.C. person by any stretch, but I know stupid when I see it.
You just know that the Ghost Bike gang was making artisanal axes a year ago. They’re probably all about “creating an aesthetic”. Feh.
Man, that video brings back good memories.
Of course Joe Papp will defend bad choices. Doping piece of shit.