Los Angeles, CA—The Saab had just ordered it’s first mojito of the night and was about to insert its first Pac Man quarter when it was run over by the Blipsy Barcade.
Zinesters don’t say “I love you,” we say “I’m sorry it took me so long to get this issue out,” which roughly translates to “I know no one really cares about my zine but I’m gonna pretend they do cos if no one cares what’s the point of even doing this?,” and I think that’s beautiful.
I used to use the quote, “I started out with nothing…I still have most of it” randomly in zines I made. Nowadays when I think about it, I wonder how long it will take until that nothing gets reposessed as well.
I’ve been touring for about a week now with Dinner and Bikes, a traveling road show all about bike culture and economics which features a delicious vegan meal. Last night we were at this amazing space in Detroit called the Jam Handy, which at one time, was an old movie house.
One of the most amazing things about this tour has been how hospitible folks have been to us along the way - opening their homes for us to sleep and shower, donating food and beers, and generally being very kind. Equally amazing though, is seeing the community building along the way in different cities - not just the mutual aid towards our tour crew, but the networking between community members who meet at our shows.
We’ve met many people involved in local food coops, coop housing and community gardens, as well as a huge variety of folks fighting to build a better bicycling infrastructure in their city.
In Detroit, in this amazing space, we saw not only this kind of community building happen between bicyclists, but the space itself was yet another example of repurposing something long abandoned into something beautiful. It was a great moment