Last night’s 17th Annual Redbones Annual Bike Party & Benefit was a great time. It’s crazy to think that I’ve known about this cycling community benefit in Somerville, Massachusetts, for its entire existence and I had never been. It took the acquisition of a Boston area company (Sterling Machine) to get the Hub back on my radar and it feels like I never left.
The 2-3 hour drives have been a bit tiresome, but the Beantown vibe has been great, especially with the Bruins on a roll and the Red Sox playing better than expected. There is nothing more entertaining than Boston sports radio.
After work yesterday, I drove over to Somerville and parked on Mass Ave. I had my Seven Tsunami in the back of my Subaru Outback. I was changing from work clothes into something more suited to a block party, when a driver attempted to parallel park in the open spot in front of me. I’m not bashful about my own parallel parking skills. If it was an Olympic sport, I don’t doubt my chances at taking home the gold. The other driver had enough Somerville resident parking stickers to assure her credibility, but her bumper said, “hack rookie.”
She bumped me once. Then she bumped me twice. Then I got out of the car, walked over to her window, and leaned in. I startled her when I asked, “What are you doing?” I got a blank stare. I said, “You bumped me.” She said, “I didn’t know you were in the car.” I said, “Why does that matter?” She said, “That’s what bumpers are for.” I said, “Maybe your bumper, but not mine.” My car isn’t a year old! I said, “All you had to do was ask for help.” She asked me to back up. I obliged, then guided her into her spot. I believe in the Scout slogan, “Do a good turn daily.” I also believe in karma.
She got out and retreated down the sidewalk. I took photographic proof should my bumper fall off at a later date. Her bumper looked like it had been in a war zone.
Anyway, I couldn’t show up at a bike benefit in a car, so I pulled my bike out and rode the four blocks to Redbones in Davis Square. The street was alive with activity. Now Redbones is not exactly suited for vegans. So, I opted for the a la carte menu of beer and nothing else. I grabbed dinner later in the night at the neighboring Diesel Cafe.
I had the valet park my bike and spent a couple of hours mingling with new and old friends. The benefit was primarily for MassBike and NEMBA, of which Horst Engineering, Thread Rolling Inc., and Sterling Machine are strong supporters.
The entertainment by the Second Line Social Aid and Pleasure Brass Band was fantastic. They got the crowd all fired up before the big raffle. Nothing beats a Monday night party complete with a beer garden and LOTS of bikes. Several sponsors had booths and there was a lot to take in. Redbones has been a strong supporter of the biking community for a long time. I didn’t score any of the great raffle prizes, but my contribution went to a good cause!
I’m pretty sure I’ll find a reason to return for the 18th and I’ll bring the family with me to dance along.