It’s been fairly quiet here at Crash Safely this year, if you haven’t noticed. So what gives?
A few things, actually. There are really only two people behind the scenes at CS, and we’ve been doing it for five straight years. I’ve pretty much given up my birthday for that long, so the selfish part of me would like it back (thank you very much).
The other thing is that I have been editing videos for the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Casual Fridays series, and the first one happens to fall on a night I would usually book for Crash Safely. I essentially double booked myself, six months in advance.
By the way, you should totally go to Casual Fridays- ticket prices are reduced, there’s free food before and after, and you can mingle with orchestra members. If you sit in the “tablet” seating, you can see my work. (You can subscribe to Casual Fridays, too!)
While I’m doing that, the Night Ridah has been called back into drumming duty with Shiny Beasts. They’re playing a ton lately, but if you haven’t seen them yet, here’s a taste:
Also, The Figgs are on tour! With mighty team captain Pete Hayes out with the Figgs, the Maybe Sump’ms won’t have enough time to train for the ride, let alone get the shows together.
So, while we won’t be seeing you for Crash Safely this year, come see us! I think we’ve got a wide variety of options to choose from- see you soon!
We finally made it! The BikeMS NYC awards ceremony was rescheduled from January, owing to the snowstorm that was far worse in Boston than it was in New York. Managing to climb the snow mountains that now occupy my sidewalk (at 8.5 feet high), making a trek in a southern direction was exactly what was needed.
That, and a buffet 35 floors above Park Avenue.
This dinner felt a lot quicker than years past- perhaps owing to having no real speakers and just getting right into the big reveal- team and individual fundraising achievements. Now, everyone who was invited to the event was part of the top 200 fundraisers for BikeMS NYC. Considering the ride attracts tens of thousands of participants each year, it takes a lot to get to the top 200!
No individual participant knew their rankings before this evening. Pete and I had an idea where the team would end up, but we ended up shooting up almost 10 places from our prediction! The Maybe Sump’ms combined efforts landed us at #18 out of over 500 teams. We made the top 20!
Here’s where it even better! Pete’s fundraising earned him a ten position jump this year- he came in at #60!
What about Crash Safely? Thanks to all of the bands, venues, companies who donated awesome prizes and our even sponsors, we hit #20!
Crash Safely was the #20 fundraiser for the entire BikeMS NYC ride- and we didn’t even get on a bike!
Needless to say, Pete and I supremely excited and we’d like to up the ante this year!
First- do you want to join the team? You can ride New York sans cars on 10/4!
Don’t want to ride a bike, but want to help with fundraising? You can be a virtual rider! That’s what Crash Safely technically is- an amorphous blob on top of an invisible bike.
Not so into bikes, but still wanna help out? Be part of Crash Safely! We can use help in a variety of ways, including getting your input as to who you think should play the shows this year!
So… the snow in Boston seems to never end. We’re hoping that this won’t mean another delay/cancellation in our trip to New York for the BikeMS awards dinner, in which we find out how Crash Safely fared against the others who participated in the ride last year.
While we wait, the harsh Hothscape of Boston’s streets is keeping us occupied…
In order to keep from going crazy, we’re starting to get things up and running for this year’s Crash Safely! We already have one venue ready for us and one brand new band! As always, we invite you to get involved in whatever way you’d like! Comment on this on or Facebook page or email Amanda and we’ll include you!
It’s our fifth anniversary this year, so it’s probably worth celebrating, don’t you think?
Our friend Bob Hunka has informed us that we aren’t leaving the house for a few days. This is agreed with by the ever-accurate French Toast Alert System. It seems that Boston and New York City will get up to 3 feet of snow in this storm, so the awards ceremony has been rescheduled until February.
The storm’s predicted to be bad enough to cause both cities to get pretty rough with travel and parking bans.
Hope you’ve already hit the grocery store, because…well, you know.
Boston’s supposed to get freezing fog as well. Does that sound like some sort of sci-fi/fantasy creature to you, too? Sounds kind of Hoth-ish.
Hunka Down, everyone! Here’s to hoping we don’t lose power or heat!