Thursday, May 17, 2012

I Am A Blogging King!

You know, people start blogging for all kinds of reasons. Some people find it theraputic. Some have some sort of agenda or message they're trying to promote. Some just enjoy writing so much that they just do it for fun. All of those reasons apply to me to some degree, but my real reason for blogging for over three years now has been something else entirely. FREE STUFF.

I hadn't been reading BSNYC and Fat Cyclist for very long before I noticed that bicycle companies were sending them FREE STUFF to review or whatever. I wanted FREE STUFF for myself and so began writing this blog. It has been a long road, but I Have Arrived.

At first I thought it was too good to be true when I received an email from a VP of a company who has had its products written about here on Rantwick.

From his email:

Thanks for the post on ___ _____ ______! Always interesting to get a new pairs of eyes looking at our product.

Would like to send you off a couple of samples...  

That was on May 2. Yes, those words shone like gold on my computer screen. I was pumped, but suspicious. Would they REALLY send me FREE STUFF, or were they just getting my address so they could send me the legal papers necessary to sue me? Or, worse, send hired goons?




The tone of the email was friendly and I was confident that all would be well. Still, I resolved not to write of it until the FREE STUFF had actually arrived just in case. Brothers and Sisters, that time has come!

I've had a really bad cold the past few days and was at home when the package arrived; nice because normally we have to drive out to a pickup place.

Medium sized box. Whatever might it contain?





Some of you may recall a post from a couple of months ago about Maple Syrup and Bread Crumbs. That's right, the good people from SunPac Foods sent me 6 (6!) tubs of Bread Crumbs and a dozen bottles of various Juices! Suck on that, BikeSnobNYC. Eat my dust, Fat Cyclist. You enjoy all your free bike stuff (italicized with a sneering tone) and I'll discover a great many ideal uses for bread crumbs while enjoying chilled juice that may help with my cold.

Please brace yourself for a bit of content shift here on Rantwick... I'm thinking that now it will be mostly about beer and Maseratis. If you're thinking "Maseratis? Why not uber-racing-bikes?", I get you, but I also know I have at least some chance of making a Maserati perform at its best, if you get my drift (pant, pant, wheeze).

Yer Pal,
R A N T W I C K

PS - Steve A left a comment on the first Bread Crumb post which read "Are bread crumbs merely uncooked croutons or are they something more?" The dude who emailed me had this to say in his email: "And….Crumb is very different than croutons!" So there you have it, Steve. Ball is in your court. Learn what those differences are, man.

PPS - If you have some sort of recipe in which bread crumbs play a large part, please send it my way. I just might make it and post about making it here on the blog. Now that I'm a BIG DEAL in the bread crumb world, you would be made famous by association!

PPPS - I wasn't being honest at the beginning of this post. I didn't start writing this blog in order to get free stuff. Am I insane, or does the fact that when I do get free stuff it turns out to be bread crumbs seem kind of fitting somehow? I mean, the way this blog is and everything? Bread crumbs are perfect, don't you think?

PPPPS - I don't really have a PPPPS. Just looking to set a new record.

PPPPPS - Smashed it.




23 comments:

SaddleAmericana said...

there you go -- get that juice and those breadcrumbs! Free stuff is the best stuff, and I don't care what that stuff actually is!

leroy said...

Bread crumbs go great on Mac & Cheese.

My dog also told me that if I go on a long ride in a unkown locale, I can always find my way home if I leave a trail of bread crumbs.

He says there's literature to back this up.

Jon said...

PPPPPPS!

RANTWICK said...

Saddle - Amen.

leroy - Your dog is right! I'm building a bread crumb bike kludge right now...

RANTWICK said...

Jon - YOU BASTARD!

Billy said...

You can easily make your own shake-and-bake with cans of bread crumbs. Or put them on top of eggplant parmesan.

PS - Grats on making it to the blogging big leagues!

RANTWICK said...

Billy - Yep, knew those ones. I'm looking for something that uses LOTS of bread crumbs.

Thank you for your grats... it feels so good to have finally made it after all that hard hard work...

SaddleAmericana said...

there you go -- get that juice and those breadcrumbs! Free stuff is the best stuff, and I don't care what that stuff actually is!

Billy said...

Fried catfish and collard greens!

I was going to suggest chicken-fried chicken (aka country-fried chicken, or steak if you prefer), but that uses flour, not bread crumbs.

anniebikes said...

For the vegetarians...dip tofu in mustard, then bread crumbs and bake. Yes, it's really good.

RANTWICK said...

Hmmm... I'm a carnivore, but I think I'll try that. Tofu that is good is often very good. Tofu that is bad is, well, Tofu.

recumbent conspiracy theorist said...

Bread crumbs, bread crumbs, yum yum yum.

You really are nuts Rantwick!

RANTWICK said...

RCT - Mfph! Ymffph wumfpheinph jefph!

RANTWICK said...

Wow, do breadcrumbs ever dry your mouth out. Good thing, this time.

Steve A said...

I suspect the guy who told you croutons are FAR different than bread crumbs was looking for whatever justification he could come up with for the FAR HIGHER price of croutons compared to bread crumbs. Just be thankful the "Crouton Industry Association" hasn't come up with "Croutons Avec Escargot" yet...

Anonymous said...

Ooo I got one, make pie crust with the crumbs!

Chandra said...

That's a lotta goodies, ya?
Great!

Have fun Patrick! You earned it!!

Paz :)

Trevor said...

I am impressed with your arrival in the 'big league'...Free stuff is free stuff is free stuff. I will accept it all.!!

rlove2bike said...

I am another bread crumb fan...and juice. Juice is good too.

Another excellent post!!
Thanks

johnnytrashbike said...

bread crumbs and juice might be the perfect, lightweight, carb-loaded snack for long rides. maybe you got bike stuff after all.

johnnytrashbike said...

is there a way to get the crumbs back together to make a loaf of... bread?

Kenny said...

Well, after your recent experience with Satan's laser-eyed dog from the bowels of Hell Itself, you deserve some juices and bread crumbs.

RANTWICK said...

I like johnny's carb-loaded juice goo idea.

Not so sure about bread crumb pie crust though, anon.

I turned my back for a couple of days and a bunch of comments came in! Thanks all!

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