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Kittehs! (I mean, posters!)

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Have you seen the latest posters from Nicole Anguish at Daykamp Creative? Check ’em all out above!

We’re obviously big fans of cats.  If you head to the Crash Safely Instagram, you’ll see I’m not joking about that.  It’s possibly comprised of  75-80% cat photos.  Soon, you’ll be seeing these kittehs* all over  town.  Come up with creative names for them!  There may or may not be a prize in it for you for best cat name.

Ronnie Lane

What do you mean “may?”

Speaking of prizes, Gibson started my morning off with a bit of a surprise.  I just happened to be home this morning when FedEx came around.  I wasn’t expecting anything, so I must have looked like I won the lottery when the delivery driver handed me this:

Well, the box that had this in it.

Well, the box that had this in it.

He was excited.  You’d think it was his guitar, he was so happy!  “That’s a great one,” he said, “beautiful color.  Enjoy!  Happy 4th!”

I did request a donation from Gibson, but I wasn’t expecting to hear back from them for a while.  I’ll take a surprise Les Paul delivery as confirmation that they want to help out! You’ll be able to bid on this beauty as the silent auctions are announced, and we’re planning on having this be something that will be picked up at one of the shows, so if you’re the lucky winner, you can start playing it immediately.  You could also take it with you to your studio time winnings as well, which we also keep adding to the list of winnable things.

*I know that's not how it's spelled.  It's cute.

Crash Safely 2014 Lineup

If you head to the main page, you’ll see photos of (almost) everyone involved in Crash Safely this year. What you don’t see, however, are the dates and lineups.  Where would you find that info? Maybe even some ticket links, because you want to be sure to be there?


Wait for it...

Wait for it…


Right here.


Crash Safely Night 1: 9/27 

Midway Cafe, 21+, $10.00

(aka the day after my birthday, so you should really go)

       Hosted by Jake Jampel


Crash Safely Night 2: 10/10 

Midway Cafe, 21+, $10.00

      Hosted by Cotton Candy



Crash Safely Night 3: 10/17 

(aka the Mike Oliver special)

Middle East Upstairs, 18+, $12.00

    Hosted by D-Tension


We’ve spaced out the shows more this year, and two of them actually happen after the bikeMS ride in NYC. Why’s that? I realized that we don’t have to get our donations all in on the day of the ride, and October worked out nicely for these shows.  Awesome posters are on the way from Daykamp Creative as well.

Also new for this year: vacation-type prizes in silent auction!  I figure by October, we’ll all be yearning for 90 degree weather, so a 5-day stint in Cancun for two might be a sought after prize.  There’s a hot date you can win as a mini-staycation, with a dinner cruise for two on the Odyssey and a hotel to stay in afterwards.  Lots of studio time as always, and lots more fun things coming in every day.

The yearly top 40!


Weather in New England has a way of telling you who’s boss.  In this case, all of our planning to head to New York City for the BikeMS awards ceremony was squashed by below zero temps and a good amount of snow.  I, for one, had visions of being trapped on a Bolt Bus on some side bridge in between New York and New Jersey. However, our local Maybe Sump’ms members headed out to the ceremony, picked up our awards and (most importantly) ate all of the free food and partook of the open bar.  Here they are, modeling the team’s jersey:


Today, the snow is at it again, which only means one thing: the Maybe Sump’ms have plenty of time to plan for 2014’s Crash Safely!

We already (!) have a few artists and one venue ready to go.  Then again, when you’ve been doing this for four years, it does get easier to organize….


Now then, any guesses on who might be part of Crash Safely this year?



Prepping for New York

Next week is the BikeMS Awards Ceremony! This is the third year Crash Safely has been asked to participate and the fourth year for the Maybe Sump’ms bikeMS team. Our final rank among the other teams remains a mystery until we get there, so it’ll be great to be surprised!  We’ll also be celebrating individual fundraising achievements as well- two members of the team raised over $5,000 each.

Normally, this time of year would mean an awkward conversation with a supervisor about needing two days off to go to New York in the middle of the week to pick up an award or two.


This year, well, let’s just say that my calendar is a little more flexible.


I took the sharpie when I left.

After starting the job by finding out that the ‘health insurance’ came with a rather hefty price tag before my coverage kicked in, I was already on the job hunt not long after sitting down at my new desk.
Normally, I don’t do that sort of thing, nor do I talk about it publicly.Needless to say, it was a bad situation and I decided the best thing to do would be to jump ship before it got worse. I’ve got a few irons in the fire, so I’m not worried about income, and I finally managed to get the whole health insurance coverage through the state thing sorted out, too.

So on to the good stuff!


Bowie sees what I did there.

After celebrating my newfound freedom at Videodrome 
Discotheque, Nick and I found out that Oberon is interested in hosting Crash Safely again this year.  I tend to go where I’m wanted, so this bodes well.  I have a few ideas as to who should grace the stage this year (especially at Oberon).  CS is also looking to mix it up a bit more this year as well.


Want to get involved? Want to play the shows?  Know of someone you’d like to see at Crash Safely?  Comment and let me know.  Keep it reasonable (no, I can’t book Prince).

I’ll be out and about again this Friday at Joe Egan’s birthday extravaganza at the Midway (which may also double as the start of the next JPx video shoot).

More Awards!

That’s right! Word has come down from the BikeMS folks that the Maybe Sump’ms are being honored again at the 2014 Bike MS New York City Recognition Ceremony. This year, they’re doing things a little differently and not revealing our standings (both individual fundraiser statuses and team standings) until we get to the ceremony.  Considering we went well above our goal this year and had many riders raise over $1,000 (and some over $5,000), Pete and I are awfully proud.  In fact, I’m bringing fellow Maybe Sump’ms teammate and Crash Safely raffle/silent auction diva Schlonge Dermody with me to New York for the celebration!

Maybe Sump'MS 2012

Maybe we’re up the charts this year?


This awards dinner also plants the seed of planning for 2014’s Crash Safely firmly in my head. As such, I’ve already begun some big changes to Crash Safely (from the inside). I am going to register Crash Safely as its own non-profit entity in the state, which will allow it to grab some local-centric donations, as well as create a buffer in between my personal bank account and the finances of the shows. There are many hopes intwined with that- not the least of which is that I would like to eventually be able to pay the performers who contribute to the events in some way. The musicians do a mighty job every year, and while free/low cost booze is nice, it doesn’t pay the space rent. I’m a firm believer in the idea that no one should go broke being nice. Also, it would be nice to have a buffer for regular costs, such as posters/advertising, web hosting, room fees and other miscellaneous costs that come up.

While the plan is not to do the wild 4 night ride again this year, I have some ideas forming that will take shape soon enough. Do you have any artists you’d like to see participate? Where would you like to see them?

Glen displays the freebies.


While you’re thinking about that, I’m going to be packing my bags and getting ready for a whirlwind ride to NYC and back in the middle of the  week very soon.