Sure you pay out the nose but the booze is gratis as is the food that comes ready to eat on a plate with actual silverware. 1st class flyers are so relaxed and placated that they wouldn't dare take a plane hostage with a metal butter knife, it's just not what you do when you've got all that leg room. The advantage that's paramount to flying up front with the other ballers is infinite flight rescheduling.
A few weeks back us 'Mericans hosted another installment of the global phenomenon that is the Single Speed World Championships up in beautiful Anchorage, Alaska. While I wasn't able to make it, Todd made the party. Todd's commitment to this event through the years has fostered a world wide network of single speeding comrades. While properly enjoying the SSWC was priority, Moonmen was on a mission. Todd checked not only #M00 for his damn self to ride through the wilds of AK but also #M00's freshly minted kin, #M02 and #M03. The recipients of these new additions to the Moonmen lineage are a real nice Slovenian fella, Danijel, and and equally nice dude, who experiences chronic taint numbness, from the SLC, Samson.
Now, allow me to digress, it's important to appreciate the 100+ parts that come together when manufacturing a bike. We fabricate many of these parts under the Moonmen roof, here in the Fort. But we rely on another network of like minded, quality oriented manufacturers to aid us in the delivery of complete, ride-ready rigs to our customers. If a single part gets delayed in our vendor's respective manufacturing processes we begin to sweat. When our customers are relying on their new rigs as a means to get stoked out at the SSWC the sweat becomes compounded with sleep depravation. Knowing Danijel was coming all the way from Slovenia and Samson was so giddy, we absolutely had to deliver, delays be damned.
I've got a full time job near by Moonmen HQ at the wonderful beer factory that is New Belgium Brewing Company. So my contribution to the Moonmen machine is limited to moonlight hours. Todd, however, works around the clock, when necessary, to fabricate beautiful Moonmen bicycles. Rolling into SSWC was one of these necessary moments that I speak of. When time allowed I'd spend time at Moonmen helping get Todd, #M02 and #M03 to the airport. Each time I made it to the shop Todd's flight had been pushed. There will be no wine before it's time. It's very important to Todd, and me for that matter, that Moonmen bikes are 2nd to none. These bikes had to be absolutely perfect. So another phone call to Alaskan Airlines had to be made. Then a call to Shimano to have a faulty brake replacement shipped to meet Todd in Anchorage. Then another call to Alaskan Airlines. Finally, with another rescheduling fee, a 1st class ticket was attained and with this new status, unlimited flight rescheduling. Though SSWC waits for no one. Just in time, with fresh new bikes boxed up, Todd shoveled himself into an airport shuttle. Way to go Todd, your attention to detail and ability to survive and thrive on a 3 hour sleep cycles is unmatched. You deserve a drink.
I think we should book our 1st class tickets to Japan now. I'm pretty sure it's the only way to fly.