Olive Rootbeer got her precious bike back!
Her bike (called "The Party") is back in her hands after a great effort by the public and the news.
She needed it. Her happiness kind of depended on it. We are not defined by our stuff but the things that bring quality to life are still important.
Her bike fits her perfectly and it's a comfort item.
We don't make much money so when stuff disappears or breaks, we really feel it.
Her bike was returned to her by a 14 year old kid after a show at Cafe Au Play. The news was there too and everyone was elated.
The camera man mentioned he enjoyed a story that wasn't tragedy.
The woman who discovered her son had Olive's bike didn't have a TV. Her kid found Olive's bike on the pathway by H-205. It had been in her garage a week. They tell us her friend called her and said, "Hey that bike in your garage is some kind of big deal, ya better go find those clowns." We assured her that nobody was in trouble. We couldn't wait to shake her boy's hand.
This is the guy that stole Olive's bike. He tried to sell it to a clever Portlander for $20 Our guy was clever enough to quickly take this pic and Tweet it. He is called Aaron Brown. I'm glad Aaron didn't have the cash to buy the bike because then we would never have gotten the crook. Matthew R. saw Aaron's pic on Twitter and put it together that it was Olive's bike. He called me and let me know it was last seen on the #4 headed East. Eventually we matched the bus number in this pic to a driver who was happy identify the thief. We are grateful to many fast thinking citizens and friends, an honest boy, the cops and especially Tim Gordon and KATU news for getting the word out.
With her bike gone, Olive had to ride this little beater we had. It took a lot longer to get places and her spirits were way down. A nice fella called Tom invited us over to his place. He is a bike builder.
News 8 met us at his place, we had already done 2 interviews with them. We were super stoked that they kept on the case. They really seemed to think we would find the bike.
what a BEAST!!Dumbest thing Dingo said all week "Can I try it?" to builder Tom. He did manage to ride this huge beast
That donated big bike, It's been cut down and it's being turned into her Firetruck cargo bike. He makes great stuff.
So what do we do with the perp? We are not into punishing addiction and or mental illness. This desperate act wasn't personal it was lost/enslaved/corrupted. I wish we could send him to the center of a Rainbow gathering into the custody of a gaggle of elderly healing mamas.Olive was pretty mad (even gave the dreaded "Stink Eye", but she has no malice. She even may ride the little bike more...just for fun.
We work hard and keep our craftsmanship and quality control up. Happiness is a value here in Puddle town,they tell us they needed Olive to have her bike because it makes THEM happy. I'm just eager to get back to the regularly scheduled foolery. http://oliveanddingo.com/