Sometime back I was looking for something to put in my blog. Somehow I followed a Coroplast fairing Google search to Kent’s Bike Blog and this neat Coroplast handlebar bag he had built. To fill my requirement of writing something to myself everyday, I wrote a few lines about Kent’s handlebar bag and posted a link back to his article and gave a permanent link back to his blog so I could find it later. That morning I read a few of Kent Peterson’s other blogs just to see who this person was and what he was about. The more I read the more I read until I had read his complete blog site. He writes interesting things and does interesting things and he knows people.
This morning I was in need of something to write to myself and returned to a familiar place for information about things I know nothing of and people I’ve never heard of and Kent came through. He had an almost good book review of Comedian Mastermind by somebody named Fatty and a link to The Fat Cyclist. So I scan through the Fat Cyclist blog and what do I find? Kent Peterson has co-authored a book with Paul Guyot called Ride: Short Fiction About Bicycles. Guess who almost gave it a good review – you got it. This guy named Fatty. Each one claims to know the other, I guess I see how this works in the big time book publishing business. I’ll bet their backs are sore.
In this torrid world of high dollar book publishing and I’ll pat your back if you’ll pat mine, I did find a gem that touched my heart on Fatty’s site. Last July, Johan Bruyneel and Fatty kicked off a ridiculously ambitious fundraiser: The Grand Slam for Zambia. The idea was as simple as it was big: raise enough money for World Bicycle Relief to buy kids in Zambia 1000 bikes. They offered a huge number of great prizes as well as a pretty noble carrot: by donating $134 you’d be buying a kid the opportunity at a vastly improved life. This was a successful campaign and if you do it again this year, I’m in.