Re: [messengers] 2012 Markus Cook Award

Date: 7 Nov 2012 15:41:24 +0100
From: "thomas kasper" <thomas.kasper@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>


>my words . hah . great .thank you and congratulations .
should been carved in at mount rushmore everyone of it . cheers .



  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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