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

Date: 7 Jun 2012 00:52:30 +0200
From: "Stuart, Sarah" <sarah@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>


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On Wed, Jun 6, 2012 at 6:51 PM, Joshua Weitzner
<whitesnake@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>wrote:

>
> Don't you have some weights to lift or supplements to take or burritos to
> deliver?
>
> On Jun 5, 2012, at 8:05 PM, Alex Farioletti wrote:
>
>  Cool story bro
>>
>> Alex Farioletti
>>
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>>
>> On Jun 5, 2012 4:12 PM, "Joshua Weitzner" <whitesnake@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>> wrote:
>>
>>
>>
>> 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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