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im - 8/01/2006 12:42:00 PM

Interbike "B" Sample, Epilogue Ridin' down the highway Goin' to a show Stop in all the byways Playin' rock 'n' roll Gettin' robbed Gettin' stoned Gettin' beat up Broken boned Gettin' had Gettin' took I tell you folks It's harder than it looks It's a long way to the top if you wanna rock 'n' roll -AC/DC
O.k., so no update 'next day' as I had aimed for in the last post, unless you count days in Las Vegas like you count the distance. Everything is farther away than it seems like it should be. A city block is 4 times as long as usual.
Each year the show is exactly the same as every other, except for all the details. It starts with dread and ends with exhaustion, but in the middle you get to see people with whom you feel kinship and things that satisfy your inner (and outer) bike-geek. We walked home from dinner one night. Blake suggested it and it was a great idea. Get some excercise...actual excercise, not just walking in crowds, standing in lines, or whiskey sour arm curls...and see the seamy and gritty (and substantially boring) underbelly of the Armpit of The High Desert. It was confusing in a way, as the walk felt great, but LV is not a good city for walking, as most streets are at least four lanes wide and everybody drives like a cabbie. And there's no shortage of actual cabbies, the LV version of bicycle messengers, doing battle on the streets every day with a hardness born of necessity-turned-impatience that makes veteran pros terrifying drivers, and in whose hands you are cradled safely but not delicately. Walking is an antidote for the otherworldly car-ness, but it comes with some cautionary realities. Gotta watch yourself at intersections. And the sidewalks -and there are sidewalks- are narrow and just sort of stop every once in a while, usually due to construction. And LV is a dirty city from top to bottom, so the sidewalks are gray and occasionally sticky. Random highlights from the week include but are not limited to: Soundtrack: Found in the CD player of the Town&Country&Western rental when we picked it up was "Kyle's Music Mix, Volume 1", portions of which helped us to rock, and other parts of which had to be skipped due their extreme lame-itude. Loverboy? Kyle, Kyle, Kyle. You'll get there buddy, whoever you are. Action: LL TeeJ got hisself tossed, Cap'n Jon got hisself cash-broke, Rubena tires knew their tequila, & Dave's still-healing leg was so packed with fluid after 4 days that you could press your finger into it and the dent stayed. Freaky. Hurl was crippled, Cheever was mellow, and the mood seemed generally reversed from the usual. Can't really explain that. Holt is a rock star but the D.D. Saloon seemed... different. Overrun by people trying too hard to be drunk. Lesson: The feeling remains even after the glitter fades. Where the eagle glides ascending There's an ancient river bending Through the timeless gorge of changes Where sleeplessness awaits I searched out my companions, Who were lost in crystal canyons When the aimless blade of science Slashed the pearly gates. It was then I knew I'd had enough, Burned my credit card for fuel Headed out to where the pavement turns to sand With a one-way ticket to the land of truth And my suitcase in my hand How I lost my friends I still don't understand. -Neil Young, "Thrasher" -----
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About Brother David Sunshine

Dave Gray is a product designer at Surly Bikes and was the second employee to be brought into the Surly fold. Dave is the brain behind such products as the Big Dummy, Pugsley, 24 Pack Rack, and numerous other cargo related items. Dave has a penchant for carrying things with his bike many people would have difficulty fitting into their car. To say Dave knows cargo would be a gross understatement. Dave is like the mist, briefly descending, only to disappear into the forest again, but if you need to find him, head to the deep slop and listen for the sounds of freestyling. That is where you’ll find him.

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