Re: [messengers] It's not you. It's me.

Date: 6 Jun 2012 02:05:16 +0200
From: Alex Farioletti <gsf.nyc@xxxxxxxxx>


Cool story bro

Alex Farioletti

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On Jun 5, 2012 4:12 PM, "Joshua Weitzner" <whitesnake@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
wrote:

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>
>
> Actually, that's bullshit cause it's you too.  And you've changed too.
>
> We were a community.  Now we are a scene.
>
> It's not an improvement.  It's not a declination.  It's just different.
>
> We were zines and list servs and talking once a year - in person.  Now we
> are blogs and glossy magazines and skype and sponsorships and private
> forums and movies and reality tv.
>
> ***
>
> I delivered my first package when Bill Clinton was still the American
> president.  I had an email account, but received more letters than emails.
>
> It took hours and sometimes days to download and look at porn on the web.
>
> The fax machine was old hat, but the electronic signature was still years
> away.
>
> I had coworkers and friends prescribed CIPRO by federal doctors because
> they were in the Hart office building when the Anthrax scare went off in
> Washington DC.
>
> I had done an alleycat or two, drank a few beers at The Asylum, and hung
> out in Farragut Sq.  But the world of Bike Messengers was hardly my life.
>
> And then the summer of 2002 ended and two events changed that.
>
> The first was The Warriors alleycat, which is the stuff of legend, but
> sort of besides the point for this email.
>
> The other, the following weekend, was the 10th annual CMWC in Copenhagen,
> Denmark.
>
> I drank, broke Denmark's fairly liberal drug laws, got it on, raced
> (poorly), climbed the walls of Kongens Garde to play soccer with strange
> girls at three am on a Tuesday,  had breakfast at city hall, and avoided
> sleep for a week.
>
> Of the literal hundreds of people I met that weekend, and the following
> weekend at a post-event in Hamburg, Germany, less than 50 are still active
> couriers.
>
> Many haven't been to an international messenger event since.
>
> A lot are married (myself included).
> Have kids(not yet).
> "Real" careers(nope).
>
> Some are dead. Taken by the road, addiction, their own hands, cancer,
> other disease.
> (RIP Nestor, Michelle, Melissa, Kristine, Nate, Marc, Jon, Pokey, Page,
> Suss, etc)
>
> In the 10 years since Copenhagen, I've been to 6 CMWCs, 6 NACCCs, 3 ECMC
> (including the one I co-hosted in Brooklyn), and countless Alleycats and
> international events.
>
> I've lost teeth, gotten stitches, pins, casts, physical therapy, been
> chased by the police (in several countries), arm wrestled skinheads,
> brawled with Nazis, broken into national monuments, sleeping berths, and
> friends apartments, and been part of countless other adventures.
>
> And now I'm saying goodbye.  Not to the job, but to scene.
>
> I still love you.  You can still sleep on my floor (although I'd prefer
> not to set up your friend I've never met, and my dog may or may not try to
> eat you).
> I'll still visit you, but probably not race your alleycat or championship.
>
> If you are one of my friends, and you know who you are, you've likely also
> been on the streets for 10 years or more, you're probably in your 30s, your
> 40s, and in some cases your 50s.  You've lost friends, family, blood,
> sweat, and yes, tears in your years.
>
> Now, I'm asking you to come to Chicago and party with me one last time.
>  I've seen many previous generations of messengers fade away without saying
> goodbye.
>
> That's not my style.
>
> Chances are you've already written it off and decided against going.
>  You've possibly mocked the kids at the bar that are going.
>
> That's fine.  I don't want to hang out with them either.
>
> Let the shit talking commence!
>
> I'll see you in Chicago for eine kleine absakker (possibly for the last
> time) or I won't.
>
> As Luk has said to me, at least a half dozen times, "It's my last one!"
>
>
>
>
>
> Joshua Seth Weitzner
> Samurai Messenger Service, LLC
>
> www.samuraimessenger.com
>
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>
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