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Bluegrass Festival: non-cycing post--sorry(12 posts)

Bluegrass Festival: non-cycing post--sorrymike mcmahon
May 17, 2001 4:06 PM
This Sunday is the Topanga Banjo Fiddle Contest and Folk Festival in L.A. County (Agoura). The Festival line-up includes the Laurel Canyon Ramblers, with the banjo talent of Herb Pedersen of the Flying Burrito Brothers. My wife and kids are away for the weekend, and I'm itching to go to the festival. However, all of my friends who might be willing to go are away for the weekend or can't get permission from the wives to go. Does anyone who lives in the L.A. area have an interest in going to the Festival? This may seem like a bizarre post, but it might be a good opportunity to hear some good music and put a face to a name from the board. The good stuff doesn't start until about 12:30, so there will be plenty of time for a morning ride. Post or e-mail me if you may want to go. Again, I apologize if this non-cycling post offends anyone, but it's an opportunity to hear some fiddle, Old Time, Hank Williams, and Johnny Cash music.
web site: (nm)mike mcmahon
May 17, 2001 4:10 PM
If You Were Sorry You Wouldn't Have Done ItAnnoyed - A Little
May 18, 2001 8:39 AM
If everyone took you're approach this wouldn't be a cycling site anymore. Would you like to hear about my great one skillet recipe for sausage and shells? Or how about how great my kid is doing in school? Or maybe you'd like a list of polka concerts available at the Meadowlands in New Jersey. Or, just maybe, you'd like to hear about my stands on religion and abortion.

My point is, you shouldn't feel entitled to post anything that you want to share on this site simply because you're a cyclist and you gratuitously add "there's time to ride before the event starts". That should go on the mike mcmahon site.
Gee, "Annoyed"mike mcmahon
May 18, 2001 9:35 AM
I haven't seen your name around here before: the point being, if you have a concern, why don't you express it using your real name? Anonymous posters get little respect 'round here. Another point is that this post was not completely unrelated to cycling, as would be a post about how a kid is doing in school or a new recipe. As I said in the original post, it would be a good opportunity to meet another person who posts on this board. If, for example, someone posted a message suggesting a picnic for RBR posters in a specific region, would you be "annoyed" at that poster? In other words, the "time for a ride" reference was not the only portion of the post that related it to cycling.

BTW, should I mark you as a "no" in the Festival-attendance response column? If you are attending how will I identify you? Will you be the guy wandering around looking annoyed? ;-)
Gee, "Annoyed"Annoyed - A Little
May 21, 2001 5:51 PM
I would be looking "a little annoyed".

You're right, I shouldn't post an anonymous criticism. I won't do it again.
Old and In the Way128
May 18, 2001 6:06 AM
Great post! I wish I were there, I'd go, lived out there fer a spell, still visit my sister in Yorba Linda.
Are you familiar with the title in my subject heading? I would recomend it, great recording...
I also am heavily into Pete Andersen (Producer/lead player on Dwight Yoakams' records), this guy can pick! Love that Bakersfield sound but I'm a 'mocker' at heart!
Ya gotta see the show!!

Old Topanga Canyon RoadLive Steam
May 18, 2001 7:44 AM
I don't know if the festival has any relationship to Old Topanga Canyon Road, but it is one of my favorite places in the LA area. Old Topanga Canyon Road is a really cool ride. It runs from Calabasas to the beach, which is about 8 miles as the crow flies, but it is probably twice that distance in length because of all of the twisting hair-pin turns it has. There are absolutely no level stretches, just up hill and down hill twisting turns. There is a really neat seafood resteraunt at about the halfway point. I don't remember the name, but it was once an old schoolhouse. The owner did a great job with it. They have a display case filled with iced-down fish that you can select your dinner from. You can either hang out at their very cool bar or wander outside in the garden until your meal is ready. The seating is family style. I've met quite a few characters there in the few times I visited the place.
Old Topanga Canyon Roadmike mcmahon
May 18, 2001 7:57 AM
I think the festival originally started in Topanga Canyon and had to move out to an area where space was more abundant. You're right about riding in and around Topanga Canyon. The area of the Santa Monica Mountains around Topanga Canyon has some of the best riding in So. Cal.: Mulholland Highway, Stunt Road, Latigo Canyon, etc. It has plenty of climbing (as you said few level stretches of road), great scenery, and wildlife. Those who know L.A. only by what they read in the papers and see on TV would be shocked by what is out there. I guess I shouldn't blab about it too much. We've already got about 6 million people in the metro area. :-(
Bluegrass Festivals ...Breck
May 18, 2001 10:15 AM
hay, ride your bike over to there & would become a biking event. Old Agoura...went to the Renaissance Faire there when it first came to old Californio back in the 70's in the old VW bus. Julian Blue Grass Festival in Julian, ride my bike over & take it in.

The diff between blue grass -invented by Bill Monroe* helped along by Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs**- is that everbody takes a turn; and so like road biking.

**Bill Monroe
"Blue Grass 1950-1958"
4-cd boxed set
Bear family Records (Germany),1989.

***Flatt & Scruggs
"At Carnegie Hall!"
Columbia, 1963.

take a listen on the trainer.

cheers all you pickers!
I wonderedmike mcmahon
May 18, 2001 10:22 AM
how long it would take to hear from you after fiddles and banjoes were mentioned. ;-) The Renaissance Festival was long ago moved from Agoura to a location closer to San Bernardino. I ride my bike past the the location of the Topanga Festival on just about a weekly basis (cycling related). Cornell Road, where the festival is located, is a pretty good climb (cycling related). BTW, NPR recently did a pretty good story on Bill Monroe. They also did a story on a young British woman who is doing some terrific Bluegrass stuff. NPR also recently did a story on a bike messenger (cycling related). I've just gotta get the cycling references up in this thread. ;-)
I wonderedannoyed
May 18, 2001 12:57 PM
mike - you are a strange person ;-) > go away ;-)
1) Thank you; 2) No. ;-) (nm)mike mcmahon
May 18, 2001 1:02 PM