Re: [messengers] 2012 Markus Cook Award

Date: 4 Nov 2012 06:49:36 +0100
From: Danny Koniowsky <dannykdc@xxxxxxxxx>


Much love Bega.

On Saturday, November 3, 2012, Iggy Cortes wrote:

> good going Bega, C-ya in LA!!
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> On Sat, Nov 3, 2012 at 4:55 PM, Shawn bega Blumenfeld <
> shawnbega@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
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> > thank you all. ive been trying to think about what to say about this
> > honor, the Markus Cook Award, and its taken me a couple of days. im
> > rarely at a loss for words. i found some. sorry.
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> > i sit now in the shadow of the teotihuacan pyramids, waiting for the
> > sunset and contemplating what brought me here.  30+miles north of
> > mexico city and certainly stuck for the night: the alleycat last night
> > and today's riding having taken all of my energy. 27 years since my
> > first messenger run and 6 years from my last, yet i hold onto my
> > connection to the bike messenger community with the tightest grip i
> > can manage, for you all are my only salvation, the only group of
> > anybody i have ever felt comfortable with.
> >
> > what brought me here, what brought me everywhere, are my fellow bike
> > messengers.
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> > i have been extremely lucky. i survived 20 years on the streets
> > delivering nonsense from one office to another. and now i get to enjoy
> > the fruits of the friendships i have made through nothing more than a
> > shared occupation. no other job creates these friendships. ask
> > bartenders, the secretaries, the security guards, the lawyers, anyone
> > we interact with on a daily basis. how many of them have traveled
> > across the world just to party with people they dont know? just
> > because they have the same job? we are perfectly unique.
> >
> > messengering creates a dicotomy in all of us. we frequently hate doing
> > the job yet love being messengers. messengers are amongst the hardest
> > working and laziest people on earth. we consistently show great
> > disdaine for all others, yet readily accept those that appreciate us.
> > we shun the corporate greed we see around us, yet make our livings off
> > that same greed. we reject becoming billboards, yet take pleasure when
> > we win prizes. we refuse outside help yet seek it vigorously when it
> > creates a bigger celebration. we preach safety while working then
> > throw ourselves into traffic for fun. we take great pride in riding in
> > the worst weather, and then hope for sunshine and warmth.
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> > no job creates a community the way bike messengering does. we all
> > could have found other mcjobs when the time came, but for whatever
> > reason, we each chose to put ourself on a bicycle, throw a bag over
> > our shoulder, and deliver packages, suffering in the worst of weather
> > and enjoying the sun when it shines on us. and enjoying the freedom
> > the job affords us. it is both the torments and the pleasures of the
> > job that have kept us together, and kept us searching for eachother in
> > the farthest reaches of the globe. now as our numbers dwindle in many
> > of the most traditional messenger cities, we are finding new
> > companions in places we never thought to look. and we get to travel
> > there too and share the joys and pains of messengering in great
> > celebrations.
> >
> > keep throwing alleycats and championships. they bring us together in
> > the best possible way. and always look out for those loosing their
> > skin on the streets for some dumb package.
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> > --
> > Shawn "bega" Blumenfeld
> > Cycling Coaching and Events
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> > On Thu, Nov 1, 2012 at 6:21 AM, Joe Hendry <messvilleto@xxxxxxxxx>
> wrote:
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> > > Congratulations to Shawn Bega Blumenfeld of Washington DC for being
> this
> > year's much deserved recipient of the Markus Cook Memorial Award for
> > service to the international messenger community.
> > >
> > >
> > > More on this news soon
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