I've spent a lot of time in Nashville this month. I even had to stay here over the weekend for work. Everything went smoothly so I really don't have much to complain about. I just hated being away from Chris 8 days straight. The best part of being in Nashville over the weekend was getting to be a tourist and visiting The Hermitage.
The Hermitage - President Andrew Jackson's home / plantation
I really enjoyed learning more about this President and remembering that things in this country have never been perfect. I thought the historians responsible for The Hermitage did an excellent job with balance / telling both sides of the story. While President Jackson can be remembered for expanding the United States and giving more voice to common people; he can also be remembered for owning 150 slaves and ordering the removal of Native Americans on what later became The Trail of Tears.
Three weeks ago I got a break from work travel and worked from my home office. It was a great time to catch up on administrative work and I took the time to see some friends. Highlights were dinner with Billy (who was in town for work), lunch & happy hour with Ryan, and lunch with Karen. I even got to attend a planning session with Tempe Bicycle Action Group, which is great. Being involved with them helps me feel connected to my community, even if I hadn't gotten on a bike in a couple months. I didn't see Chris as much as I had hoped that week because he was busy with preparations for a bike polo tournament.
The polo tournament made for a huge weekend. Phoenix hosted the third annual bike polo tournament - Desert Polo Invite 3 on January 29 and 30, 2011. Thirty-two teams of three from all over the United States and even Canada came to Arizona to play bike polo. It's been two completely full days of polo on three courts. The tournament was so well organized by the Phoenix clubs. I was especially proud of Chris, who played master of ceremonies.
There were some really awesome games of polo. It appeared that everyone had a great, great time. Big thanks to all the amazing sponsors - 8th Inch, Thomas Bikes, Slippery Pig, The Bicycle Cellar, Dominic's 2 Wheelers, Kore Bikes, State Bicycles, Burro Bags, Milwaukee Bicycle, pake, Planet Bike, St Cago Polo Works, Jinxy Wheel Covers, Electric, Knog, Fixcraft, Cherry Bombin Wear, Tempe Bicycle Action Group, Boulders on Braodway, Bumsteads Bikes, and Chuey Brand . Congrats to the top 8 teams who earned a spot at Nationals!
Top 12 teams:
1st - Valleros (LA) - Joker, Pistolero, Too $hort
2nd - Whachadoobin (SEA) - Seabass, Julian, Polony
3rd - Oddballs (SEA) - Leon Ettelson, Drew Gochenaur, Mike Bell
4th - Grass Assault (PHX) - Michael Boyd, Jacob Boyd, AJ Maldonado
5th - Woadie's Team (NY/PDX/BOS) - Chris Roberts, Jason Stevenson, Johan Ramirez
5th - Loose Scruz (SCRZ) - Andrew Weyland, Jon Westdahl, Morgan
7th - Badfingers (SF) - Ben Smith, Ben Caldwell, Jeremiah Goodwin
7th - Jack Move (LA) - Eli, Brian, Jeremy (no love)
9th - Tent City Tramps (PHX) - Davy Carfax, Julio Castro, Justin (hotrod)
9th - Cheap Shots (DEN) - Jared Rader, Kelli Jurewicz, Jeff Cleary
9th - Team Priapism (SF) - Susan Dabbles, Kim Beson, Eric Bloomquist
9th - Sack Up and Play (SD) - Mike Maverick, Josh Pawelek, Machine
While driving a rental car yesterday in Nashville, someone backed into me. It was totally minor but is still a bummer. I haven't been in a car accident since a small parking lot fender bender 5 years ago. The only accident before that was my first when I rear-ended someone when I was in high school.
Did I mention we got some new chairs? I've loved the Eames Molded Plywood Lounge Chairs for quite sometime but never thought I'd own any. We've been looking at adding a chair to the living room so we can have a more circular seating arrangement. Circular helps with conversation. (It's a little odd when three people have to sit on the couch and the fourth sits across from them.)
While in Palm Springs earlier this summer, we stopped by the Design Within Reach clearance center. I'm sure they have a much fancier name for it, but I can't remember. Chris had seen a couple chairs he thought I might like. Unfortunately, I didn't. But I saw a couple of the Eames plywood dining chairs and I said, "You know what I'd really like..." And Chris knew immediately I was talking about the lounge chairs. He said, "Like the ones over there?" and pointed to a set. I almost jumped up and down with joy when I saw the price tag. Even better, we got them to come down a little bit more. (Remember, everything is negotiable.)
I'm sure the sales guy thought we were nuts as we wrangled our new chairs into the backseat of the Civic. But we got them home! And I love, love, love them. So stylish and yet so comfortable too. You should come over and sit in them. I look forward to the conversation.
I'm getting a new car! I'm getting a new car! Can you tell I'm excited?
After driving the Honda Civic for 11 years and over 220,000 miles, I am getting a new car. Yesterday Chris reserved us a Nissan LEAF. The special thing about the LEAF is that it is an all-electric car. We have to wait until the end of 2010 or possibly later to get a LEAF, but I can wait because it is such a special car. It's awesome that Nissan is listening to what customers want and moving forward with all-electric technology.
Tomorrow, April 3, is Karen and Jason's sixth wedding anniversary. Congratulations to them!
Cut a few inches off my hair this week. So far I like it!
My friend, Jamie (@jamiemichelle), has the best Twitter wallpaper. Whoever designed this did an awesome, awesome job. I want something like it!
I forgot to mention that in December I got a new bike. It's my dream bike. Isn't it gorgeous?
Chris built it just for me. The frame is by Soma Fabrications. It's a Buena Vista mixte and it's tiny. I've finally got a bike that fits me perfectly. Chris ordered all the parts in aluminum then took it to Southwest Metal Finishing to have them anodized purple. They did an amazing job in making sure all the parts match.
My bike started off as a single speed but now it has a flip-flop hub so it's a fixed gear sometimes. Most important is that it's perfect for me and I love it!!