Oct. 17, 2004
Oct. 14-23ish, 2004
The first night after the Shoo Shoo’s demise, we stayed in two rooms in a crappy hotel near the impound lot in Lincoln, and parked the truck full of all our tourly belongings behind the hotel.
We couldn’t actually see our new vehicle from the rooms, and this made us quite uncomfortable — even more so when a man knocked on our unlocked door late at night as we were watching television, then opened it (in pajamas, post-shower, brushing our teeth) to step in and announce to the men in the room that he was “ready to party” and he “got the goods.”
Oct. 14, 2004
The hard-working folks at the impound lot on the outskirts of Lincoln, NE couldn’t have been very amused that morning when they drove up to clock in.
“Oh, great,” they must’ve thought. ”Why are a dozen hoodlums sitting on our sidewalk at 8am? … Are they prisoners in transport, or rock stars on tour? And why are they drinking beer at this hour?”
Oct. 12, 2004
20 miles outside Lincoln, NE
All we remember is waking up in the air. We thought we were dreaming the sound — as if Godzilla were ripping the bus apart — and then there was quiet for a surreally long minute. “Shit!,” Jarico said, and flung the doors open and stomped outside.
Oct. 15, 2004
Lots of stuff going on. Hopefully by Monday you’ll be able to read all about Cyclecide’s show in Fort Collins, and then about this little thing where a truck driver fell asleep at the wheel and we got rear-ended by a semi and it put the brakes on everything.
Everyone’s mostly OK so don’t worry. OK? We are very lucky to be alive, in very good spirits, especially considering the benefit that our family is throwing for us back in SF, yahoo — and determined that the show must go on.
Too Dumb to Die — and for real this time,
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Oct. 10, 2004
Fort Collins, CO
New Belgium Brewery gets its name, indirectly, from bicycling. The fledgling company’s young CEO Jeff Lebesch, an avid bike rider, took a cruiser ride through Belgium a few years ago, and drank lots of delicious beer brewed by monks and such.
He came back with an idea to start a brewing company of his own, and called it “New Belgium” in homage to the suds he drank on his trip.
Oct. 6, 2004
Colorado scares us. We know it’s a gorgeous place, full of exquisite landscapes and nice, well-educated people who do good things for the planet. The Centennial State also seems to be one of the world’s headquarters of weapons design and construction and, one would assume, includes a good percentage of people who have negligible attitudes about the unsolicited cancellation of human life.
NORAD, which controls the missile defense systems and airspace protection for America and Canada, looms up in the mountains near a humongous Lockheed-Martin production center in the town of Littleton, CO. And we all know what happened at that one high school in Littleton.
Oct. 3, 2004
Our Flagstaff show with the New Belgium tour landed on the same weekend as Northern Arizona University’s homecoming day. It did last year too, and in addition to the nice, mellow, bike-riding crowd the Tour de Fat usually attracts, our 2003 Flagstaff experience included far too many altercations with drunken frat boys, pugilistic sorority girls, unattended children, and slurring dads. One poor girl even fell off the Carousel, got run over, and left the party in an ambulance.
Sept. 30, 2004
In 1976, a bicycle manufacturing company out of Logan, Utah set out to crack open the heads of little adventurous children all across America. The makers of the new-fangled “Swing Bike” promised that “with SWING BIKE, you can invent wacky maneuvers which leave everyone else bug-eyed in amazement!”…
From a distance, the Swing Bike looked like a regular ‘70s Stingray-ish chopper-thing, but when the rider unbolted it, a springloaded coupler unhinged under the seat, and the bike became double-jointed… and doubly hard to ride.