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      CommentAuthorSigurd
    • CommentTimeMar 16th 2012 edited
     
    CANCELED: To be rescheduled.

    According to the meteorologist, this ride is 100% likely not to happen due to rain. But for the eventuality of him being wrong (stranger things have happened!) I am doing Soledad hill repeats tomorrow morning as follows:

    Dept: Pacific Beach TBA @ 0730, tomorrow Saturday.
    Ride: Route / 25miles dist. / 3.5K' elev (equiv. 4-5 full Soledad climbs).
    Time: 3 hrs (?)
    Requirement: The ride is challenging and requires some combination of 1) conditioning, 2) low gears and 3) a desire for self-punishment.

    If interested, you need to text me in the morning (anytime after 0600AM - my phone number in my profile) to find out 1) if the ride is on and 2) if so, to be given location of the TBA meeting spot in Pacific Beach.

    Again - rain, or probability of rain during the duration of the ride, cancels.
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      CommentAuthorHMeins
    • CommentTimeMar 20th 2012
     
    • CommentAuthorStephan
    • CommentTimeMar 21st 2012
     
    The San Diego County Bicycle Coalition is starting a ride to the Bayshore Bikeway ribbon cutting ceremony on March 24 at 9:30 in the morning from the The Village Coffee & Wine Bar at 631 Ninth in downtown SD (near Market.) Ride with the group or on your own, but hope to see you in Chula Vista (Bay Blvd. and J St.) at 11:00 for the ceremony.
    • CommentAuthormfutch
    • CommentTimeMar 22nd 2012
     
    Speaking of the Bayshore Bikeway...has there been any outreach by sdbikecommuter discount program to businesses near the Bayshore Bikeway? I think it might be good for them to see how cyclists will support them. Just a thought...
    • CommentAuthorlisi
    • CommentTimeMar 22nd 2012
     
    Not yet, but that's a great idea! I might enlist Penny for some help since she is so active down there as well.
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    Stephan:The San Diego County Bicycle Coalition is starting a ride to the Bayshore Bikeway ribbon cutting ceremony on March 24 at 9:30 in the morning from the The Village Coffee & Wine Bar at 631 Ninth in downtown SD (near Market.) Ride with the group or on your own, but hope to see you in Chula Vista (Bay Blvd. and J St.) at 11:00 for the ceremony.


    Nic and I will be there. We may start our ride at the Pier 32 Marina.
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    SPark Walkabout is tonight. Alchemy, Hamilton's, and Grant's are collaborating on a barbque.
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    Funfilled weekend beginning with Thomas Jinna Bikes' birthday bike bash at the Velodrome. I think it starts this afternoon. And then the SD Bike summit on Saturday.

    I can't make it for both. I hope to make it next year.
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      CommentAuthorHMeins
    • CommentTimeMar 30th 2012
     
    If all goes well at tomorrow's Masters State Championship Individual Time Trial on Fiesta Island, I may have time to stop by the Omni Hotel for the San Diego Bike Summit. If you go, expect a couple of "blueshirts" to show up around noon. We may be able to provide a unique perspective on the growing trend of advocacy by those involved in the competitive aspect of the sport.
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    This Saturday is the Oceanside Triathlon. This sunday is the Carlsbad 5000 marathon. Some parts of the coastal PCH route will be closed
    • CommentAuthorVeloCafé
    • CommentTimeMar 31st 2012
     
    I'm not the most computer literate and trying to figure out this forum thing. Is there a way to get emails or alerts or better follow threads then having to come back and check all the time or is that how it's done. Would love to follow events more and get in on some rides. Sorry I missed out on the San Clemente ride last week.
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      CommentAuthorSigurd
    • CommentTimeMar 31st 2012 edited
     
    SDBruce:Is there a way to get emails or alerts or better follow threads then having to come back ...
    No - the forum software presently offers no facility for thread alerts (only PM alerts).

    However, you could follow the forum on an RSS/XM reader (such as Firefox).

    And there is no need to log in just to follow new posts (you will need to log in to receive PMs, however) - so you could save one step right there.
    • CommentAuthorStephan
    • CommentTimeApr 4th 2012
     
    Still a ways off, but not too soon to reserve the date on your calendar for the next Tour de Fat benefiting the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition: September 29, 2012. New Belgium has published the full schedule here.
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      CommentAuthorHMeins
    • CommentTimeApr 5th 2012
     
    Perfect! My birthday party!
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      CommentAuthorPacMUle
    • CommentTimeApr 6th 2012 edited
     
    Bike Games Day... fb-event page --> http://www.facebook.com/events/331358943573599/

    mini bike races! huffy toss! footdown! alleycat race! skid contest! tortillas! special guests from machete bike coop all the way down in mexico! more details on the way... location: Hollywood Park. time: 12pm - 3pm


    sounds fun! anyone else here going? maybe we could meet up & ride in together.... anyone down to do the alley cat with me?
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    Work as per usual, sounds like a good time tho, I'll see if maybe I can make it out before I go in...
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      CommentAuthorHans
    • CommentTimeApr 7th 2012
     
    Some of us are meeting at the fountain for a group ride to the event at 10:30.
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    Don't think I can make it to that in time (got some stuff I need to accomplish before I head out) but I'll see if I can get this stuff movin and be out there before long.
    • CommentAuthorJayKay
    • CommentTimeApr 7th 2012
     
    This is may be of interest to some here. I plan on checking it out .



    Are you interested in making your community more bicycle-friendly?

    If so, please join us for a Pedestrian/Bicycle Advisory Committee for District 2.

    Tuesday, April 10
    6:30pm
    OB Rec Center

    District 2 includes Downtown, Little Italy, Bankers Hill, Mission Hills, Old Town, Point Loma, Ocean Beach, Mission Beach, Pacific Beach, Mt. Soledad, and soon Bay Park Area.

    Please come collaborate with others and help create a safer and healthier community for all.

    For more information contact:
    Nicole Burgess at nicole23@cox.net
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    A few of us are getting together at Tiger!Tiger! today at 4:00 pm, to watch the re-broadcast of the Paris / Roblaix event. T!T! is showing it on their big screen. CCT
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    SOB wants to host an Alleycat race
    An Alley Cat race is an informal bicycle race. Alley Cats race coming to West Oceanside June 2012. Dates, details and prize list is work in progress and if you have prior Alley Cat experience and you want to share your knowledge and time we will make it worth your time. SOB, southobike@gmail.com

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    Really short notice (and a little off topic) but a lawyer-friend of mine, Fred Phillips, is performing at Rebecca's from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm tonight (4/12/12). Really interesting story: Fred's son is in prison for attempted murder (long story). The son is very smart, well-educated, talented. He writes songs from prison and mails them to Fred, who performs the songs - I think he even learned to play the guitar to give his son's songs a voice. Might be interesting.
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      CommentAuthorHans
    • CommentTimeApr 13th 2012
     
    Saturday, April21. Rich is hosting a ride to Cabrillo Monument/Lighthouse on the Urban BS site. It's National Parks Week, so it's a freebie!

    The ride will begin at EmpireHouse in Hillcrest, a leisurely pace shall ensue. RSVP and details at:
    http://www.meetup.com/Urban-Bike-and-Social-Club/events/60191762/
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      CommentAuthorKathy
    • CommentTimeApr 14th 2012
     
    Are you all coming to EarthFair? click to volunteer We still need people to help with the bike parking, and SD EarthWorks is looking for a ton of volunteers. Hope to see many of you biking there!
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      CommentAuthorbikingbill
    • CommentTimeApr 15th 2012
     
    Kathy:Are you all coming to EarthFair? click to volunteer We still need people to help with the bike parking, and SD EarthWorks is looking for a ton of volunteers. Hope to see many of you biking there!


    Will the Coaster be running that day?

    http://www.gonctd.com/schedules/coaster

    Nope.



    (sorry, this always burns me)
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      CommentAuthorKathy
    • CommentTimeApr 15th 2012
     
    Guess I'm confused - the Coaster runs on Sundays. Not commuter schedule, but four trains back and forth over the day. You could come for a few hours... :face-devil-grin:
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      CommentAuthorbikingbill
    • CommentTimeApr 15th 2012
     
    Kathy:Guess I'm confused - the Coaster runs on Sundays. Not commuter schedule, but four trains back and forth over the day. You could come for a few hours... :face-devil-grin:


    What do you know. I didn't see the Sunday trains on that page until I refreshed it.

    Never Mind :face-devil-grin:
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      CommentAuthorsvelocity
    • CommentTimeApr 26th 2012
     
    The first of six Upgrade Races are at the Velodrome this Saturday.

    wpstoll are you officiating this? Would you be kind enough to explain how these upgrade races work? What if you have no category currently assigned to you (total newbie)?
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      CommentAuthorHMeins
    • CommentTimeApr 26th 2012
     
    I'll be chief referee at this one and probably the rest of the series, depending on whether or not a Los Angeles Cat. A official needs points to upgrade to National Commissaire and bumps me to starter.

    Riders must complete a local track safety course before they may race in this series. Riders who complete such a course are eligible for upgrade to Cat. 4, but are then no longer eligible to buy a one day license and must buy an annual license. A rider who has completed the track safety course but has not yet upgraded to Cat. 4 is a Cat. 5 by default and is eligible to buy a one day license sold at registration for $10. Women who have completed the course begin as Cat. 4 and may buy a one day license until they upgrade to Cat. 3.

    Here's how the upgrade process works on the track. According to USAC Rule 1D3(a), "Track upgrades...are made through the local associations (in this case SCNCA [Southern California and Nevada Cycling Association]) and regional coordinators (in this case Greg Aden [Huntington Beach]). All track upgrades are processed using the following criteria:

    Cat. 5 to 4 - Complete a velodrome (safety) class or 4 race days.
    Cat. 4 to 3 - 5 race days and 20 points.
    Cat. 3 to 2 - 5 race days and 25 points.
    Cat. 2 to 1 - 5 race days and 30 points.

    Points: National Championships and Cat. A,B, or C track day will be 7,5,3,2,1 for each event (points are awarded to the top five riders).

    For all other events upgrade points are 5,3,2,1 and are based on omnium points at the end of the meet (points are awarded to the four riders who have accumulated the most points in each race in the case of a traditional omnium, or in the case of an international omnium, to the four riders who have accumulated the fewest points [like golf scoring]).

    (b) Additional considerations:

    1. Ten person field minimum for categories 3-5 and 20 person field minimum for upgrade to Cat. 1.
    2. 50% of upgrade points and number of days raced carry over to the next year. Points do not carry over into the next category.
    3. When upgrading to Cat. 1, points earned must from more than one velodrome.
    4. A race day is defined as one full day of racing (the upgrade races here count as a full day). A race day can include a number of events, such as a kilo or other time trial or a sprint tourney, but only counts as one race day.
    5. Women and Juniors earn one point for every five race days when upgrading from Cat. 4 through 2.

    USAC Rule 2o. Omnium.
    2o1. An omnium is a set of races in which riders compete for points in each event. Final placings are determined by total points in all events at the end of the meet.

    2o2. In case of tie on total points, the tie will be broken in favor of the rider who has:
    (a) The most first place finishes or, if still tied, the most second place finishes, etc., or if still tied;
    (b) The highest placing in the last race, or in the race nearest the last race of the omnium in which at least one of the tied riders placed.

    Additional information is available on the USA Cycling website. The rulebook can be downloaded as a PDF.

    http://www.usacycling.org/

    I hope this has been elucidating and not too confusing!
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      CommentAuthorsvelocity
    • CommentTimeApr 26th 2012
     
    wpstoll - thank you for spending the time to explain this!

    Since I have no category I will have to take a velodrome safety course to move from Cat. 5 to Cat. 4. Where can I take this course? I presume Pam's adult developmental course does not count, right?

    I noticed I could either race in four of these USAC race days to qualify for Category 4. No safety course needed? Meanwhile, I would be racing with the Cat. 5's?
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      CommentAuthorHMeins
    • CommentTimeApr 26th 2012
     
    Pam's Monday evening level I course is exactly what you need to qualify to race as a Cat. 5 on a one day license. If you completed it, you're good to go!

    Some tracks don't require completion of the class to race as a 'C' or 'D' in unsanctioned training races. A track might not even offer a safety course, so the rule about racing in four race days as an equivalent to taking such a course is so that riders at such tracks can still upgrade to Cat. 4. Our track requires the class even to race in unsanctioned training races (Tuesdays and some Fridays).

    Unless you can push through a Cat. 4 upgrade by Saturday (unlikely), you'll be racing with the Cat. 5s.
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      CommentAuthorsvelocity
    • CommentTimeApr 26th 2012 edited
     
    wpstoll:Pam's Monday evening level I course is exactly what you need to qualify to race as a Cat. 5 on a one day license. If you completed it, you're good to go!

    Yes I've done Pam's class. Cool maybe I'll race on Saturday.

    Unless you can push through a Cat. 4 upgrade by Saturday (unlikely), you'll be racing with the Cat. 5s.

    Don't the Cat. 4 and 5's race together?
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      CommentAuthorHMeins
    • CommentTimeApr 26th 2012
     
    Yes. It shortens the program and encourages adequate field sizes.
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      CommentAuthorSigurd
    • CommentTimeApr 28th 2012
     
    I am doing Brutality of the Norseman Sunday morning. Bring your climbing legs, climbing gears and pain relief. No beach cruisers or BMXs.

    Leave PB at 8 or 9 ish - ping me if interested,
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      CommentAuthormarkphilips
    • CommentTimeMay 2nd 2012 edited
     
    ITU World Triathlon is coming to San Diego Mission Beaches next weekend. Note road closures on May 11 and 12.
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    I moved to San Diego because of the great year round bicycling lifestyle not just in the month of May.

    SDCBC Members and Friends of Bicycling:

    We had a fantastic kick off to Bike Month yesterday morning with County Supervisor Greg Cox, Councilmembers David Alvarez and Todd Gloria and SANDAG Chair Jerome Stocks joining the SDCBC and Electra Bicycle Company to announce the official start of National Bike Month in San Diego.

    Highlighted by Bike to Work Day on May 18th, San Diego County's Bike Month includes a full calendar of bicycling events (a few are featured below), educational opportunities, and rides for cyclists of all levels.

    At yesterday's press conference, Alvarez and Gloria presented the SDCBC with a proclamation from San Diego City Council that declares May as Bike Month in the City of San Diego.

    Many thanks to all the SDCBC members and supporters that showed up for this great kick off event!

    -The SDCBC Staff
    • CommentAuthorVeloCafé
    • CommentTimeMay 6th 2012
     
    Anybody available for a Wednesday ride or want to plan something for this Wednesday? (09 May)
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      CommentAuthorHans
    • CommentTimeMay 6th 2012
     
    If anyone is available, Naomi (ride2rio.ca), Jennifer (UrbanBS) and I are going to the grand opening of Arturo's (Paseo de Todos) new bike tour/rental business today at noon. Located on Revolución in Tijuana. Give me a call if you want to join us. We plan on riding the trolley to and fro due to time constraints, but will take time out to stop at a fish taco shop that Irlanda has been telling me about, a few blocks away.
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      CommentAuthorSariously
    • CommentTimeMay 7th 2012 edited
     
    cyclofemme

    Hey guys, there's a worldwide event happening on Sunday May 13 to get more females involved in cycling called Cyclo Femme. I'm hosting my own ride, starting at San Diego State University campus. You can find more information about this local ride here. You don't have to be a female to participate--but if you are a guy, motivate your sisters, daughters, mothers, wives, girlfriends, or other females in your life to come with you! It will be a very laid-back and slow-paced ride since there will be participants of all-ages and different experience levels present. If you want a more challenging ride after, we can make that happen after we make the loop back to SDSU.

    Any questions you may have can be directed to me at sarieses@gmail.com
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      CommentAuthorSariously
    • CommentTimeMay 7th 2012
     
    Hans:If anyone is available, Naomi (ride2rio.ca), Jennifer (UrbanBS) and I are going to the grand opening of Arturo's (Paseo de Todos) new bike tour/rental business today at noon. Located on Revolución in Tijuana. Give me a call if you want to join us. We plan on riding the trolley to and fro due to time constraints, but will take time out to stop at a fish taco shop that Irlanda has been telling me about, a few blocks away.


    That's awesome. You know, SDSU may be offering a bike rental service soon as well. They were doing interest surveys during GreenFest last week. I think it's a great thing. It'll get people who are on the fence about biking a gateway into the world of cycling since they don't have to invest in a bike to test the waters.
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      CommentAuthorSigurd
    • CommentTimeMay 7th 2012
     
    VeloCafé:Anybody available for a Wednesday ride or want to plan something for this Wednesday? (09 May)
    I am riding this Wednesday.

    Anybody else?
    • CommentAuthortheboss
    • CommentTimeMay 9th 2012
     
    The upgrade races at the velodrome went well the other week. I think we had 60 something riders show up. Just a note for velodrome classes and people that want to race. Pam teaches a great class on Monday night, but I also teach( an equally great :-) class on Wednesday night. The next class start in June. More info and registration here:
    [[_linker_]]
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      CommentAuthorHans
    • CommentTimeMay 11th 2012 edited
     
    Kettner Nights... an art wark on the other side of the park. 6-9 tonight. Call if you want to meat up. On my way now!
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      CommentAuthorKathy
    • CommentTimeMay 11th 2012
     
    From Todd Gloria's office:

    Hillcrest Community members and Bike advocates:

    Councilmember Gloria will be hosting a press conference to highlight the first bike corral installed in the City of San Diego. I hope you will join us!

    Bike Corral Ribbon Cutting – Hillcrest (Corner of Fifth Avenue and University Avenue)
    Monday, May 14, 2012
    12:00 – 12:30pm

    Best always,

    Anthony Bernal | Council Representative | Office of Councilmember Todd Gloria
    202 C Street, M.S. 10A | San Diego, California 92101 | Office: (619)236.6633
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    Where can I find a list of pit stops for this Friday's Bike to Work Day?

    Any pit stops along Coastal from Carlsbad to Sorrento Valley?

    I may just commute to the Carlsbad Coaster and stop by at the Pine st and PCH area
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      CommentAuthorbikingbill
    • CommentTimeMay 16th 2012
     
    Here are the pit stops:

    http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=216566867283028878933.0004bb11cf0dcc8b19a46&msa=0&ll=33.17664,-117.114258&spn=1.08505,1.593018

    I'm going to hit up REI in Carlsbad and RIDE CYCLES in Encinitas.
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      CommentAuthorbikingbill
    • CommentTimeMay 16th 2012
     
    I'm riding the "Ride of Silence" in Carlsbad today.

    Anyone else coming?

    Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/317420531657481/340046362728231/
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      CommentAuthormarkphilips
    • CommentTimeMay 20th 2012 edited
     
    I missed this ride and only learned about it today. Thanks to Turbo Bob for sharing his video. It looks like it is a monthly ride that happens in different parts of San Diego. It has a very easy pace as Sunday Downtownies ride.
    You can get info on up-coming rides by going to the Electra Bike Forum page on Facebook or the web.

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      CommentAuthormarkphilips
    • CommentTimeMay 20th 2012 edited
     
    https://www.facebook.com/events/395707273785952/


    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

    Citizens advocate for a bike-friendly San Diego

    SAN DIEGO, CA (May 4, 2012)- Local citizens are organizing a “Ride to Vote” to advocate for a bike friendly San Diego. With the primary election approaching, we hope to use this opportunity to advocate for safer bicycling facilities in our city.

    The ride will begin at the fountain at Balboa Park on Wednesday May 23, 2012 at 5pm and will travel 11 miles. This is a bike ride for all ages and no one will be left behind. Event organizers are hoping to make this one of the largest bicycle events of the year.

    Advocates for a bike-friendly San Diego are strongly supporting Nathan Fletcher’s campaign because he has embraced a bike plan that will implement true change to make San Diego a bike-friendly destination. Mr. Fletcher’s 12- point bike plan can be viewed at bikesd.org.

    To bike-friendly San Diego advocates, this ride is not just a vote for Mr. Fletcher. This is a vote for safer streets, better quality of life, healthier people, clean air, and a more sustainable city.

    Our message Wednesday, May 23, 2012 will be clear: any politician, regardless of political party, who actively & genuinely embraces a vision of a people-friendly San Diego, people who share this vision will embrace them back.

    The benefits are bicycling are well documented. Bike advocates have long known that a community embracement of bicycling can change our city and our world for the better. We will organize and ride to promote a healthier, safer, and more peaceful city and world.

    Around 5:45pm the ride will stop by the San Diego Central Library on E Street so participants can pick up voter registration cards.

    This bike ride will be free, fun, safe, peaceful, and legal.

    ###
    Contact:
    Timur Ender
    Endert@tjsl.edu
    919-219-4976

    The route can be found here: http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=5441663

    Video:

    This shows what is possible: http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/public/cyclesafety/article3398722.ece

    "We Bike & We Vote!"
    • CommentAuthorbossvoss
    • CommentTimeMay 21st 2012
     
    So does attending this event imply endorsment of Fletcher?
    I was all in until I read the part about Fletcher.