I've been working at City Bicycle Works during break. They were nice enough to let me work for a few weeks so I could make myself some dollars.
I can't wait to get back to NO I'm missing everyone and my bike terribly.
This morning I got another flat tire, which made me very very sad. These crappy crappy roads are not being very nice to me.
We arrived at the venue at about 8:40 considering that the ticket said 9:00 on it, so we assumed that that meant that the show would start at that time. Turns out my normally solid logic is very much incorrect, as we waited in a line that did not move for the better part of an hour. Once we stepped and assumed a position near the sound equipment modules we stood around for another eternity until the opening band, the Icy Demons from Chicago came out to play. I'm still not sure how I felt about their music. I like a lot of the things they did, but I felt like they didn't quite have everything together.
They finished their set and suddenly everything became so much more crowded. I've never been one to suffer from claustrophobia, but I was starting to feel rather squished. Also I made the mistake of wearing my brand new boots from Target which I have not broken in properly.
I loved all the people who came dressed up who came all dressed up or with face paint. I always love when people are really excited about shows.
of Montreal came onto the stage pretty close to 12 if I remember correctly. I could be lying. They were awesome. So titillating and wonderful. My night was magical and filled with centaurs and Kevin Barnes' beautiful body prancing about.
There was a guy in front of me who seemed to be on a mission to irritate me. He had long hair in a low ponytail, and was standing way inside my personal envelope. Every time I tried to move around I would bump him somehow and he would whip his head around, hitting me with his lady-hair and give me a stink eye. This continued for most of the show, even after he began dancing around, backing up into me even more. So I spent a while sandwiched between my boyfriend and lady man. I decided to do something about it so I began counter-dancing. Which is usually very successful in making people move away from you when your are in a crowded venue.
The show ended at around 1:30 or 2am, and my boy and I were so far past our bedtimes that we became quite crabby.
I am very sleepy right now, but there's still an hour to go with my shift.
This is my buddy Adam's ride. Its a Nishiki with a purple chain, and I'm super jealous of it.
I got home from NATS last night. I ended up going throught to the finals and I placed fourth in the sophomore women's division. My prize was a hefty check for $15.00, a certificate, and something nice to put on my resume. My comment sheets from the first round said that I have a "creamy sound". I really like the ring of it.
I'm very proud of myself for changing the tire on my own though. The wheel has a bit of a wobble in it, but I'm sure it'll be fine for now. I'm gonna try and go to Plan B this weekend to get it all fixed up before Halloween week, since I'm sure I'll be needing to ride around.
VooDoo Fest is this weekend. I still don't know for sure if I'm going, but I really want to. Boo expensive tickets. I spent most of my money on a refrigerator and clothes. Shiny fun dresses and a nurse costume for Halloween. I spent waay too much money on silly things in the last week. But I really wanted them all. So it's alright, right?
With every day that passes I realize how awful not having a camera is. There are so many people riding in New Orleans, and I want to take pictures of them and put them here. I'm going to borrow one of my friends' cameras.
I also lost my cell phone last week. I've gotten a new one already, but it is very stressful not knowing who is calling me. Especially when it is someone like my boss or my voice teacher. I only have about ten peoples' numbers in my phone now. I was thinking about making one of those irritating Facebook "I lost my phone OMGOMG" groups but I think that that is far too silly and I always hate getting invited to those anyway. I'm sure that people whose numbers I'd rather not have would join it too. So now I can be selective in re-collecting people's phone numbers. It is somewhat refreshing not to have a whole bunch of people in your contacts list.
Other than that, I'm quite overjoyed really. The boy and I have been riding to all sorts of places. Tonight he was riding around holding his trumpet case in one hand.
I can't wait to get to sleep.
Yeah, Thomas Edison is a badass.
I couldn't make it out to the bike mapping this weekend due to work. So I'm totally bummed, but I'm gonna try and make it out to critical mass this month and to the Zombiecat Race on Halloween! I still need to buy costumes... hopefully I can ride over to a costume store this week.
Here's the info on the race:
zombiecat bicycle race
fridayoctober 31st, 2008
register @ 6pm
race @ 7pm
afterparty, contests, prizes, goldsprints
$5 to race
$3 for zombie
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer.
Being on ResLife means that they pay for my room and board, so I really don't mind being up at all hours of the night talking to drunks.
I lost my cell phone on Monday, which is very upsetting. I had a Palm Centro, and basically had my entire life on that phone. I hadn't scynced it with my computer since August, so I lost most all of the stuff I had on it. Luckily my parents had it insured so Sprint is shipping me a new phone which is supposed to get here tomorrow, but I won't be able to get it from our pathetic package room until Monday. But I'll be glad to have a phone back. I had to write my friend's phone numbers in a little notebook I've been carrying around. And I hate asking people to borrow their cell phones all the time. Also I never know what time it is anymore. I should probably just buy a watch.
Something awesome happened this week though! My boyfriend finally bought a bike! He got a Giant Boulder mountain bike with street tires. It's a pretty solid bike, I really don't know much of anything about mountain bikes, but I've heard pretty good things about Giant. As soon as we got home with his bike he wanted to go for a ride, so we got some of our friends together and rode around in Audubon park and over to the Tree, where we found a bunch of my other friends who had ridden over there earlier and were climbing in the Tree. Now almost all my close friends have bicycles. I can start a bike gang. Or not and say I did.
So, theres some bike mapping this weekend! I'm going on Saturday for sure.
Sunday October 12th, 4pm - Samuel Square. Mapping Central City.
There are two NolaCycle bike mapping rides this weekend.
Saturday October 4th, 4pm - Comiskey Park. Mapping Mid-City/Treme.
Sunday October 5th, 4pm - Park at Esplanade and Grand Rte St John. Mapping 7th Ward/Fairgrounds.
There's some sort of ride coming up this weekend, I read about it on NolaCycle. Crunkical Mass is what it's called, and it sounds like its going to be pretty rad. I'm going to try and go for sure. Any excuse to dress up and ride with people. And it's right after mapping, so everyone should go map and then ride over to the Crunkical deal. Heres the flyer, which I stole from NolaCycle, as usual.
community that comes along with a bicycle is so inspiring.
Unfortunately I can't go on the bike mapping rides this weekend since I'll be out of town again, so here's the times and locations for this weekend's rides
Saturday September 27th, 4pm - Freret St. at McAlister Dr. Mapping Freret and Uptown.
Sunday September 28th, 4pm - Freret St. at McAlister Dr. Mapping Broadmoor.
I found this picture on my computer a while ago, it's my family on our tandem-tandem trail a bike monster that my father would pull us all around on.
I have no idea who that kid with training wheels is, but I'm in the red shirt. That thing was very difficult to turn, but it was fun to ride on the back and put my feet up and let dad do all the work. My little sister would wobble back and forth which would generally upset the balance and my mother. Good times... My dad wants to sell that thing, but I want to keep it.
One of the guys I met at the mapping is going to help me start a cycling club at Loyola, which would be so rad I would'nt know what to do with myself. I also convinced one of my good friends to flip his hub and ride fixie with me. Now I just have to work on getting my boyfriend a bike. Won't be too hard.
Also, there's an alleycat coming up this weekend!! Here's the flyer:
I won't be in town for it so I'm pretty bummed. A Wonderland theme sounds so awesome! But I'm going to be sailing in Mobile with The Boy. I wonder if he'll let me bring my bike...
Can't wait to go map uptown this afternoon.
Also Clif Mojo bars are amazing and are keeping me alive right now. Peanut Butter Pretzel. Go try it. It's good.