A celebration Of The Mundane®™©
Once again the Sea Otter Classic has come and gone, and with it, my absence for perhaps the third time in nearly 30 years.
If I was there, just as I was the year this photo was taken, I would be in the orange Kona tent (zone) over there to the right heckling the e-bike podium;
(Part one– featuring cool bikes and trucks, part two– featuring free FitBits, and part three– Featuring Missy Giove.)
But I wasn’t, so I didn’t get the chance to slap hands with a bunch of honkys, and get sunburned while simultaneously freezing to death.
It has in every sense become bicycle Burningman- An event at which attendees get the privilege of buying a ticket for the experience of walking around and looking at shit they can buy.
I’ll restructure that observation- Paying to look at things to pay for.
This is offensive to me for a number of reasons, not the least of which being because I’m cheap. But as I said to those who asked, if I had $1,500 and a week to burn, I reckon I’d go nearly anywhere else than there, and to be perfectly honest, I’ve been dirt bagging it for so many years, the thought of spending one more night on a rollaway bed, the back of a U-Haul, or wherever my broken carcass fell no longer does a thing for me as all.
Ferrentino reached out and said he was there. I told him I expected a full report on my desk by yesterday.
He responded with ‘all you need to know’, and attached the following photo;
That of course is Mr. Blacksocks. Legendary character, industry luminary, postcard writer, speeder of the single variety, and all around amazing human being.
I noticed a few days after getting this text that one of my stickers was actually on the power box behind him, which as it turns out was a complete fluke;
That’s the universe, baby.
In other random news, I guess I’ll mention that while I didn’t make it to Monterey, I have returned to Oakland for the week to babysit my little cat, to see friends, and to dip in to see my old chum Jason Philips to get one of the little blaster pieces I’ve long threatened;
If you know, you know.
In business news, I just got a new batch from the edition of Chris McNally’s and my new book ‘Nowhere Fast‘, and nearly at the same time I got the following video from Jon Woodroof;
I surround myself with people smarter than I am, and I think it’s a pretty good look.
Speaking of which, and in closing, how do we feel about a new episode of Revolting?;
It kinda has to do a little bit to do with this image I’ve been sitting on of ATM Click rider, Donovan Rice;
Anyway, if you feel the same as I do, which is reasonably positive, then I got you right here.