Re: [messengers] 2012 Markus Cook Award

Date: 4 Nov 2012 09:02:49 +0100
From: April Eve Gisela Sauerwine <asauerwine@xxxxxxxxxxx>


Well said, Bega, well said.

> Date: Sun, 4 Nov 2012 01:49:34 -0400
> From: dannykdc@xxxxxxxxx
> To: iggy@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> CC: messengers@xxxxxxxxx; shawnbega@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: Re: [messengers] 2012 Markus Cook Award
> 
> 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:
> >
> > > 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.
> > >
> > >
> > > 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.
> > >
> > > 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.
> > >
> > > 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.
> > >
> > > --
> > > Shawn "bega" Blumenfeld
> > > Cycling Coaching and Events
> > > http://www.dcbikeracing.com
> > > -----
> > > shawnbega@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> > > mobile/text: 1-202-345-1177
> > > --
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > On Thu, Nov 1, 2012 at 6:21 AM, Joe Hendry <messvilleto@xxxxxxxxx>
> > wrote:
> > > >
> > > > 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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