If you're like me, you've got some pack-rattish tendencies that have led to a garage (or basement, or yard, or kitchen table) full of (or covered with) random stuff that you once thought might be useful, and you therefore kept. Long sessions of counselling, combined with years of experimentation and observation, has proved that this stuff in fact is not useful, because a.) you've forgotten that you have these things, and b.)they are broken anyway.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Monday, April 20, 2009
Well.......I gotta confess that Nic and I were more than pleasently surprised @ the turnout for yesterday's ride! There's just something about 50 degrees and steady drizzle that might keep SOME teams home.......just not THIS one! Kudos to everyone that thumbed their noses @ Dear Michigan's fickle Weather Gods and showed up @ Steve and Katie's house!
Herb and Brenda
Tom and Mary
Linda and Scott
Steve and Katie
Brian and Heather
Special Guest Jeff (Whitefish 2007)
Coaches Nic and MC
The route was a good'un....south from casa de Clark down into Allegan County and towards the bustling metropolis of Burnips. (You can get cheese curds there!) Everyone rode well, there are no accidents or mechanicals to report and once we got back. dried off and warmed up the jambalaya, taco salad and Easter candy went down s-m-o-o-t-h!
Thanks to our hosts-w-the-most Steve, Katie, Ellie and Anna Clark. Thanks to Derek for nagging and begging Coach Nicole into bringin' the jambalaya, thanks (again!) to Katie for the great dip and salad, thanks to Coach Nic for giving in to Did and whipping up that pot of jambo! Thanks to everyone that made the effort to join us for the ride!
On a somber note - 2 people and families that mean a lot to this team and JDRF in general are in need of your thoughts and prayers. Bill Andro (Rob's dad) and Rod Stephens (Asheville 2005 / Whitefish 2007 and the major reason for the Herman Miller / JDRF connection) are both at home under hospice care. Please remember them and send your best wishes their way.
Thanks again, to each and every one of you...for what you bring to this Team, for what you're doing to find a cure, for making this world a better place!
You guys rock, seriously.
Nic and MC
Monday, April 13, 2009
See that little video window to the right? The one that says "2008 Ride Video"? Well, why watch a four minute postage stamp sized video when you can see the whole movie on the big screen? This Thursday night will be the world premiere of our Ride Team documentary. Tickets are only $5.00 and will be available at the door. Or you can get them in advance at the JDRF office. We will have DVD's for sale at the ticket table. Price is $15.00.
Now that the movie is finished we are starting to enter it film festivals. One of the first places it will be shown outside of West Michigan is in Knoxville, Tennessee at the end of this month. A new JDRF rider, Andrew Shafer, is holding a big fund raising event down there and is going to show the film. He is also going to arrange a screening at the University of Tennessee.
The excitement is building. We hope to see everyone at Celebration Cinemas North at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday. Ride on!
Saw this posted at GVSU... thought some of you may be interested. It's free if you pre-register.
Date: April 24, 2009
Time: 8:00am to 4:00pm
Location: GVSU Loosemore Auditorium on Pew Campus
All citizens are encouraged to participate in this free event.
The purpose of this Summit is to raise awareness and impact legislation and government funding to increase the number of bike paths in the Greater Grand Rapids area, and to encourage people to start biking in our community.
In addition to presentations from nationally recognized speakers, attendees will participate in four break-out sessions to work on the components of the Bike Friendly Community Plan. The Bike Summit is open to the public free of charge for pre-registered participants and $10 for same day registrants.
Individuals or groups interested in participating in the Bike Summit can register on-line and see an agenda at http://www.grcity.us/. (or here directly: http://www.grbikesummit.eventbrite.com/
Questions about the Summit can be directed to Josh Duggan at firstname.lastname@example.org and 616-295-1154 or Kevin McCurren at email@example.com and 616-608-4704.
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Monday, April 6, 2009
It was a windy, cool and yet surprisingly dry afternoon that greeted 8 stalwart, upstanding, and tougher’n average members of the 2009 West Michigan Ride to Cure Team this past weekend. Despite dire (and as it turned out – over-hyped and over-stated) predictions of icy rain, snow, hail, tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, sunspots, floods and other calamities...it was time to ride and ride we did!
Derek “Did” Dykstra
Coach MC/Kermit the Frog
We also enjoyed vehicular and chocolate support from Chris “I couldn’t get my bike in this little car” Radford. Thanks Chris!
We rolled down the weather-beaten surface of Grand River Drive all the way to Saranac into a steady headwind but that made it all that much sweeter on the flip-flop!
Congrats to Kris for scoring the “I Came the Longest Way to Ride” Award and to everyone for scoring Hard-Core Points and achieving the always sweet Moral High Ground for riding in the face of such a gnarly weather forecast!
We can’t believe that the Ride Season is F-I-N-A-L-L-Y HERE and we're already watching the clock and the calendar looking ahead to the next one!
Speaking of which...here’s a look at the next couple weeks and everything that’s goin’ on:
Friday 4/10 – Kevin Carnes’ Bowling Fundraiser (see previous blog post below)
Saturday 4/11 – April Birthday Bash & MC's band @ the Saugatuck Brewery (Contact Nicole for details)
Thursday 4/16 – World Premiere of "More Than 100 Miles: Riding to Cure Diabetes" at Celebration Cinema North, 7:00pm. Bring everyone you know!
Saturday 4/18 – Chris Radford’s Family Fun Day Event: ***Potential fundraising opportunity for you. Contact Chris for details.
Sunday 4/19 – Training Ride # 2!!!!!
As always, keep an eye on this blog for more details about everything, and let Mike or Nicole know if you have any questions!
So...no matter what the weatherman/woman sez – Spring is here and it’s time to ride!
MC & N2
Friday, April 3, 2009
So who all's going to the first team training ride? The weather's going to be most excellent, as it always is on our first training ride. Always! Yes, regardless of what the so-called weather experts say, it's going to be 70º and sunny on Sunday!