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

Date: 6 Jun 2012 02:55:33 +0200
From: pinkfixie@xxxxxxxxx


For reals yo. Miss my friends. Don't miss the other folks.. 
xoxo from lala

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On Jun 5, 2012, at 5:40 PM, "Yogi @ SYDBMA" <yogi@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> Yep the first sentence is sooo true.
> 
> ---
> Actually, that's bullshit cause it's you too.  And you've changed too.
> 
> We were a community.  Now we are a scene.
> ---
> 
> Great read.
> 
> Thanks 
> Yogi
> Sydney
> F-Ex-Messenger 
> since 1989 I first got on the road, 10 of those was full time in one go.
> Another 3 of part time. And 10 in support.
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: messengers-bounces@xxxxxxxxx [mailto:messengers-bounces@xxxxxxxxx] On
> Behalf Of Joshua Weitzner
> Sent: Wednesday, 6 June 2012 9:12 AM
> To: Messenger list
> Subject: [messengers] It's not you. It's me.
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 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
> 
> follow us on twitter @SamuraiMess
> 
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