“Anything worth doing is worth doing right” is a common expression used to infer upon the listener that a certain level of quality is the expectation. These words are not foreign to the Groody Bros. and we always strive to keep them near the forefront of our endeavors. Likewise, being the mere mortals that we are, we are well aware of our own limitations and expertise. We are not bashful to seek the advice or assistance of others when we find ourselves in uncharted waters.
Consequently, with the project at hand, the “Velocipede & Tweed Indeed!” we sent out the call and were met with favorable replies. We wish, through this public announcement, to acknowledge the diligent efforts of those brave souls who answered our plea.
Little did we realize when we first began what an undertaking a small, social bicycle outing amongst friends would become. At first, it seemed like such a novel idea. Procure some fashionable togs, assemble a small group, and gallivant through the city upon our clever machines… What could possibly be simpler than that? Surely a couple of blokes of average intelligence could pull it off without a nary a care. True?
Ha!!! Poppycock and balderdash to that line of thinking.
Hopefully, to the outsider, that is exactly what it appears to be. A grand gala, open to all with no greater purpose than to ride ones bicycle in regal style.
Let me tell you, my friends, there are a whole host of characters to be thanked for making this event not only possible, but enjoyable as well. Without the tireless efforts of a small, under paid, overworked, yet dedicated staff this celebration would never have made it off the bar stool.
Let us begin then, in deference to the fairer sex, with the lovely and talented Ms. Laurie Chipman. It is to her that we owe the splendid graphics that adorn our presence through both the print and electronic media. She is a capable and highly qualified artiste, proprietress of Chipman Design, whose services are prompt and fees quite reasonable.
Just one gaze upon her work and one can easily understand why we requested her services. Of course, it didn’t hurt that we knew she had a weakness for all things revolving around the use of bicycles. Not only is she a shopkeeper but a proponent of personal powered transport. She is the founder of “Let’s Go KC”, a grass roots organization that works to educate, engineer, encourage and evaluate our region in the interests of better walking, bicycling and transit opportunities. She has made significant inroads in bringing the city officials up to speed on these matters. She is not daunted by their abundant bushels bureaucratic “Road Apples”.
Her talents don’t end there. Probably her most redeeming quality is the depth of her patience. Rare would be the woman who could tolerate the relentless bombardment of random thoughts and wild ideas from those of us who know nothing of the proper presentation of visual elements.
One other individual who also answered our request was a rather likeable chap by the name of William Poindexter. While his reputation probably precedes him we shall extol his redeeming qualities just the same. As he is known to frequent the back roads and alleyways, constantly on the prowl, “doing business” as he puts it, he does have an above average knowledge of the lay of the city. For this reason his credentials made him more than qualified to design a safe route for our participants.
On the surface Bill, as he prefers to be called, is the successful proprietor of Poindexter Recruiting where he matches qualified applicants with prospective employers. Many would simply refer to him as a “headhunter”. Regardless of what you might call him, he’s a delightful fellow, and should be sought out whenever you are in need of sound business advice.
Evidence of his clever and innovative ways can be found the shear bulk of booty he has been able to procure as prizes and awards for our contests. Perhaps he’s just been calling in a few favors… Such as it is, we are indeed grateful for his time, talent and overwhelming enthusiasm for this festivity.
Another gentleman we would like to thank is Nitin Pai. Personally, we’ve found him to be a trustworthy fellow. He has been a frequent participant on forays through the wilds of Kansas and Missouri. Once, he even protected ourselves by fending off wolves with a piece of pipe he happened to be carrying upon his bicycle. He is an amazing person to behold.
Nitin has proved beneficial to this endeavor by providing a stabilizing force to an otherwise unruly crew. His level headed thinking and wisdom beyond his years have been a most welcome addition to the planning and progress made thus far. We tip our hat to him.
Without the aforementioned individuals the Kansas City Tweed Ride – Velocipede & Tweed Indeed would certainly be a rather dull affair. Left merely to the limited imagination of us, the Groody Bros., it’s highly unlikely that anyone other than ourselves would have bothered to attend. When you arrive at our event, please, take a moment to seek out these dedicated volunteers and thank them for their selfless participation. We gratefully offer them a sincere and hearty “Hip, Hip, Hurrah!”
There are still quite a few people and organizations yet to thank and we will acknowledge them in the very near future.