an article in citypaper about the Happy Trash Day Project that my art mom, Jenny Drumgoole, has been working on for the past year…
i love seeing these projects evolve for her because we’ll cross paths and she’ll be like “oh yea i don’t know what this is, i’ve been dressing in my old ice-skating costumes and putting macaroni on my face and walking my dog around the neighborhood, who knows?” and then like, two months later, she’ll be at City Hall, talking about that same project, which has by that point organically solidified into something political, but still fun, but really pointed, but really generous and amazing.
she’s a great role model for how to approach “activism”; the work she does always addresses the issues of communities that she puts in the time and effort to assimilate into. the political grows out of her direct, experiential personal, as opposed to attempting to make abstractly political concerns personal.
The big party was hosted by Sun Tour. Ron Andrews (who this year is celebrating his 20th year since founding King Cage - Happy Birthday Ron!) decided it would be a nice night to go for a drive and explore some of the dirt roads around Crested Butte. See what kind of a rally car the Caddy really was.
Turns out, the Caddy wasn’t quite up to the task, as it ended upside down in a ditch. You know what? They signed up for the optional insurance on the rental car!
Ron hitched a ride back into town and then gave Hertz a call, to tell them there was a problem with the car. The conversation went like this:
Hertz: “What seems to be the problem with the car?”
Ron: “It fell over”.
Hertz: “Ok, we’ll send you a new one.”
Incredibly, Hertz delivered a replacement car to them, and took care of the stranded Caddy. They even apologized to Ron for ruining his vacation. But not until we used it for a trials obstacle (you can see the broken out windows).
The amazing story of Fat City Cycles and Ibis related here