Sarah’s Rebuttal

A few blog posts ago, it was implied that our director of credit and AR was a hopeless lush. This implication was made in the spirit of friendship and good-natured ribbing but Sarah has since provided Bloggy with “the real photos” and her corresponding recollection of the accompanying conversation, watching our IT Director Phil drink absinthe spritzers while he simultaneously threatened and bored Matt (customer service), Andy (receiving) and Dylan (shipping) to tears…

phil_inhiscups_1

matt_andy_dylan_1

phil_plotting copy

matt_andy_dylan_2

phil_drinking_absinthe

phil_threatens

scene_missing

Heavenly beauty

 

 

Fare thee well Katherine

Last Friday was Katherine’s (graphic designer, weapons enthusiast) final day at Hawley. A staunch progressive, avid Gamecock supporter and lover of vegan cuisine she was never shy to fly her leftist flag in the face of injustice everywhere. Bloggy thinks of himself as a good democrat but holy cow, Katherine made Amy Goodman look like Huey Long! Good luck on your new adventures Katherine!

yes_we_can

Bring Your Dog to work: Rosie!

IMG_2765

Named after either The Riveter or the robotic maid, Rosie (one of Clayton’s dogs) graced us with her presence in the office today. She’s well behaved, hyper-muscular, prone to drooling and enjoys Chex Mix (like her owner). She enjoys lots of Chex Mix, but luckily Clayton was on a sales call so he didn’t have to help Bloggy feed her half a bag of the “Bold and Spicy”. Now that’s what I call late night diarrhea! Have a frank and productive weekend…

IMG_2756

IMG_2761

IMG_2762

IMG_2763

IMG_2764 IMG_2751

Get On my Level

Meet Sarah, Director of our Credit and AR. Straight-talker, Cubs fan, teetotaller.

sarah

Also, Handlebar Happy Hour was a happenin’ good time. Our fair city finally has a voice in city hall fighting for bike lanes and general cycling infrastructure. It was good to hear the Q&A even though several unsavory characters kept hogging the free beer pitchers. You know who you are. Shame! SHAME! Martin from Outspokin’ was drinking Tab. Go figure.

20140409_182310

20140409_182332

20140409_183626

No Country For Old Bikes

“Let me ask you something. If the rule you followed brought you to this, of what use was the rule?”

20140409_123536

Our esteemed junior designer Katherine has a father, like most of us. This father of hers (or “Most Dearest Faaaa-tha” as Katherine calls him) is a stern yet just man, and therefore rides a 1970′s era Raleigh road bicycle. Sadly, it has fallen into disuse. Oxidized bolts, dilapidated cables, feculent disease-riddled handlebar tape and a Confederate general who inhabits the bottom bracket shell known simply as The Brigadier are just the start of the list of problems with this bicycle. Katherine has renamed this list into “Patrick’s Lunch Fun Time” and in doing so, has conscripted the hapless sad sack to lead the overhaul. Because misery loves company, Bloggy helped change the tires and tubes while Kevin bashed on a seized seatpost with the love and tenderness of a meth-addled Roberto Duran. Patrick has cables to run, handlebars to wrap and then it’s ready for Katherine’s father. We hope he will be kind in his assessment and generous with his craft beer.

A headset with a seal that has transmogrified itself into a space age polymer synth-paste.

20140409_123548

20140409_123557

20140409_123704

Shameless Thule product placement.

20140409_124430

20140409_124449

Kevin attacks the seatpost with vigor.

20140409_124458

Can’t front on Suntour.

20140409_125556

A bygone era.

20140409_125606

Burrito Ride

Different faces, familiar faces, melted faces, same ole Burrito ride. Bloggy was too busy talking to José to get proper documentation of Clayton “absorbing” his burrito in 4 bites but here’s a taste of the carnage. Also, the Mexican coke was superb as usual. Have a frank and productive weekend.

charles_jess

jose_burrito

traffic_light_button

This pothole caused a flat two weeks ago and has only widened. #columbiapublicworks

pothole

Teddy’s grimace isn’t related to the  Catlike LEAF helmet (HLMT13312 for those of you following along in your online catalog) or its anti-insect netting or its integrated 2D visor but Kevin’s unnecessarily aggro sitting position.

burrito_ride_group_2

burrito_ride_group_1

clayton_burrito

group

Matt Wheeler: Ambassador of Freedom

“Hey Rick! How ya feelin’ these days?”

2463325-feyto

Kate

Matt (SRAM product manager, loud talker) went to U of Kentucky and has college basketball coursing through his veins, but we won’t hold that against him. In addition to organized competitive athletics, he’s also got SRAM coursing through his veins, and while there’s not enough penicillin in the world to eradicate this scourge from his body, we trust the SRAM folk treated Matt well when he visited their Global Distributor Meeting in Germany last week. Anytime SRAM delivers a product manager to a corporate gathering in a hood and handcuffs within the belly of a Denel Rooivalk, you know the good times are on the horizon! Visual proof… of good times!

20140321_124142

20140319_184409

20140320_133403

20140319_181415

Group Ride Recap

Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed with Brantley on a group ride.

-José Texidor

jose_happy_face

tipper_blooms_1

tipper_blooms_2

brantley_tipper

jose_bonk_face

Andy’s Newest Toy

Our north Florida rep and in-house Nermal, Andy Hale, sent Bloggy this photo with the subject heading: “Bucket List”. One assumes he accidentally left off the “son!” at the end of the heading as Andy is prone to both speaking and typing like Foghorn Leghorn when he’s tweaking on vintage bike porn. Nice find Andy, now get back to work…

andy_motorola