Good News from Fatty: Susan’s oncologist visit went really well yesterday. The PET scan shows that Susan’s pretty much clean in all the places a PET scan can look. When Susan gets her hip replaced, they’ll take a bone tissue sample to see whether the chemo’s been effective there, too. Provided everything’s good, Susan will get to go off chemo. By Spring, Susan should be feeling good, walking around without crutches, and growing hair. How awesome is that? (Answer: very awesome.)
A Note from Fatty: Last week, I published an open letter to Travis Ott, Brand Manager for Fisher / Lemond. I did not really expect a reply.
But check out what I found in my email inbox yesterday. A letter from Travis, which I will here publish in its entirety.
From: Ott, Travis
Sent: Tuesday, November 13, 2007 12:17 PM
Subject: RE: Partnership with FatCyclist.com
Wow. I have never been more simultaneously flattered and scared at the same time. Well done.
So Fatty, (I hope itâ€™s OK for me to call you Fatty) I have to admit that Iâ€™ve never been the recipient of such blatant, but well-natured, extortion. Again, well done. But enough of the niceities. I have something you want and youâ€™re clearly ready to deal. So hereâ€™s how itâ€™s going to go down:
Your list of terms is out the window. Iâ€™ve watched enough crime capers in my day to know that you always reject their first list of demands. So hereâ€™s the new terms, and these are not negotiable.
I will provide you with:
Bike. One (1) Gary Fisher Superfly in the size you specify. Stock spec.
One Season. You get the bike for 3 glorious months of smooth carbon-y, big-wheeled goodness. After 3 months you box it up and send it home to the mothership in Waterloo, WI. Be patient with delivery. Thereâ€™s a lot of people who have thrown down money already and are waiting for their Superfly to show.
But before I send said bike you need to fulfill the following conditions:
Brent Hulmeâ€™s Dirty Laundry. I like Brent. Solid guy. I probably owe him a favor. So rather than punching Brent, I will require you to do Brent Hulmeâ€™s dirty laundry for one week. You will post pics of his laundry on your blog as proof of completion of this task.
Good Karma. You need to take four kids, age 12 or younger, mountain biking for the day. Take them to the local trail. Teach them how to ride. Play trail guide. Be patient. Pack peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for lunch. Have a great time. Get them stoked on riding. Turn them into life-long mountain bikers. Then blog about it on your site and provide photographic evidence. I want to see you, the kids, and a daily newspaper with the date in the pictures.
Ad Love. Think about it. If I yield to your demands without putting you out somehow, Iâ€™ll have every blogger in the known blogosphere demanding bikes from me the next day. And Iâ€™m way too lazy to get everyone bikes.
So I need to make an example of you. (Sorry Fatty.) You mentioned that you already have a small personal fleet of Fishers. You also offered some sweet ad placements. Letâ€™s combine the two elements. Iâ€™d like to see a banner ad campaign of you and your Gary Fisher bikes for one month counting down the days until you get the Superfly. The banner ads should run for 1 month and be non-rotating (i.e. permanent) and above the fold.
Once you have the ride, youâ€™ll cheerfully provide:
Editorial. Detail on your blog in witty prose and pictures all your epic rides on the Superfly.
Trail Work. I would like to see you and your Superfly putting in 8 hours of trail work with your local mountain bike organization. Photographic evidence and snappy musings on your blog as proof.
This may sound pretty demanding of me. It is. But câ€™mon, itâ€™s a $3,000+ bike, that was nearly sold out before we shipped the first one. So hereâ€™s some more conditions:
If you think the price here is to steep and youâ€™re going to blow it off, Iâ€™ll gladly extend this same offer to the first of your readers who agrees to and can meet all of the conditions above.
Also, youâ€™ll post my full response here unedited. Keep all the typos and bad grammar. If itâ€™s not posted or edited in any way, the entire offer comes off the table.
Itâ€™s a sweet bike. I hope you take me up on this offer/challenge.
Gary Fisher & LeMond Brand Manager
Fatty Responds: I’m in. So in.