Rest In Peace, Rick

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Mar 152014

Rick Condrin “Chief” (left) passed away March 5, 2014. He was loved by many. We will miss you, Chief.

Not just another bum

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Nov 222013

Last week an old friend passed away on the streets of San Francisco. His name was Joe Scripps, or as we knew him, Bobo. I met Bobo at a company called Silver Bullet in 1991. I was a fresh faced kid from Detroit and had only worked at Aero until my big promotion to the Bullet. Joe and his brother, Mike, both worked there and they were the cool kids. Bobo befriended me and we were friends ever since. Those were the best days of my life, we loved being messengers. We all lived, drank, and worked with each other and guys like Bobo, Scripps, Shark, Bones, Mishka, and Joe Woods were my heroes. In retrospect it sounds silly, but I looked up to those guys, I wanted to be like those guys. They sat at the cool side of the wall and smoked big joints. Bobo let me in, he would always have me take the first hit off the joint because he hated the paper taste. I didn’t care……. I had arrived.

Bobo was the kind of person who would chat up anyone, especially the women, I envied that. Joe loved 70`s soul music and embodied everything I loved about the city, he had soul to spare. In the nineties we became closer and it seemed the community may have forgotten Bobo, written off as a drug addict or some other such nonsense. To me, he was always that guy that got me into the bike messenger community. As often happens, the beast of drug addiction got ahold of my friend, I don`t begrudge him for that. I still respected him until the end. Some who pass may have just seen another bum on the corner, I saw my old friend, who even in his poor health always sparked a conversation about girls, beer, or sports, and it was appreciated. I will always love and respect Bobo for the time we spent together as all who knew him should. The lesson learned is that everyone has a story, most of us fall on hard times at some point in our life. Be kind to those less fortunate, listen to them, they may be like our friend Bobo, who was loved, respected, and will be missed. I wish I would have told him that………

Jeff Oberlink