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

Date: 6 Jun 2012 03:24:56 +0200
From: Jesse Lee McGarr <jesselee-mtl@xxxxxxxxxxx>


real talk

> Date: Tue, 5 Jun 2012 20:56:28 -0400
> From: fixieman@xxxxxxxxx
> To: messengers@xxxxxxxxx
> Subject: Re: [messengers] It's not you. It's me.
> 
> 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.
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >> -----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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