Jacquie Phelan was born In San Francisco, circa 1955, kicking and screaming–with a vigor portending future Greatness.
Part rodent, part marsupial, and all too disappointingly human, Jacquie writes, races , commutes by bike, cooks, sews badly, tirelessly gollyplots , thinks she’s a chanteuse.
Odd are, she’s goofing off as you read this.
This “compulsive gamboler” was born the first of six black sheep in an alcohol-spiked Irish dynasty. Emphasis on the nasty.
Hence all those the faux families —WOMBATS, the Knobby Nobility (folks I raced with in the eighties are all ‘royal’), you, my cherished reader/riders, and Salivation Army leftenants. Any of which is almost as good as having flesh-and-blood relatives when it comes to good company, good eats and long-term amity & enmity. Dangerous Aunt Jacquie has four amazing nephews: Jacob and Jon Wilson (Jill and Bill’s PBC choirboys) and Conrad & Wib (Greg & Becky’s sports team) Phelan.
Phelan lives with her very non-noisy husband, framebuilder and inventor Charlie Cunningham. They have lived in peaceful squalor at Taj Mahovel (Marin) for the last thirty years, and expect to remain until they’re carried out.
Charlie’s mom is book artist Carol Cunningham, a woman so amazing that I will simply refer you to the Book Club of California, where you can at least page through her 85 editions.
JP, also known as Alice B. Toeclips (or Gloria Stitz when playing the fretless banjo, and Her Royal Mudjesty when sitting around opining) stars in her very own situation comedy, complete with cheesy laugh track.
To her, “life” is simply an improvised performance that began around 1955 when she used all her charm to get a terribily distracted mom’s attention.
These days , Phelan’s laying down train track as fast as she can pull it from her bag of trucs, and where it stops nobody knows….
If you write a comment, there’s a good chance you’ll get a reply from this ecotistical wild woman with a little too much “time honor hands”.
Or catch the 1/29/07 Josh Kornbluth Show “Choppers and Breezers” and see JP and Joe Breeze share their views of pioneer-osity.
Favorite food: cheese & bread
Favorite drink: before noon: black tea. After noon: decent beer.
Favorite past time: take a wild guess.
Favorite artist: Ronald Searle, wizard of pen-and-ink.
Favorite place to ride: that area I happen to be in.
Favorite color: iridescence on an abalone
Favorite human (besides self): initials: CC