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

Date: 6 Jun 2012 02:56:28 +0200
From: C Q <fixieman@xxxxxxxxx>


Oh yeah, I"m supposed to meet Mo for a beer at 2nd chance, before CMWC
So I will darken your bar stools soon enough

On Tue, Jun 5, 2012 at 8:55 PM, C Q <fixieman@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> Ha ha
> see you there
> I wonder how many, but we've done quite a few together
> Zurich, Guatemala, Warriors, were each hugely epic in their own way
> NYC, a few times, Always a blast
> a few others too I'm sure, Dublin? Philly?, etc...
>
> See ya soon amigo
>
> Chuck
>
>
> On Tue, Jun 5, 2012 at 8:40 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.
>>
>>
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>>
>> -----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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