A cold, dreary, watery night for a Critical Mass ride with a utterly unhelpful “advice” from the OPD which caused way more potential for harm than any possible good. But hey, the point of Mass is to draw attention to cycling without our communities, so I guess it’s working if they’re trying to regulate us. #dmab #cyclist #biker #bike #bicycle #criticalmass #orlando #opd #raleigh #gt #lgbt #lgbtq #girlbiker #girlcyclist #ridelikeagirl (at Orlando Loch Haven Park)
I show up at the Beat Kitchen in Chicago at 6:01pm on February 14th, in a panic because I am 1 minute late to my interview with You Blew It! (so punk). I walk into the bar, short of breath because it is bitter cold and I just ran from my house basically, and I ask the bartender where I’m supposed to find YBI!
Bartender: Well, I think they’re either upstairs or they’re setting up. You can just go in the back and see.
So I head into the back of the Beat Kitchen, more popularly recognized as the venue space. Tiny Moving Parts is in on the stage setting up, looking at me like I’m crazy. I walk up to an official looking man (OFL) and tell him I’m here to interview YBI! with as much confidence as I can muster. As I approach him, I see Andy Anaya come up to ask him/tell him something, so I jump in, trying to grab the attention of both men. Andy A. zips off before I can talk to OFL and explain to him what this strange girl is doing in the venue before doors open.
OFL: Uh, yeah, they’re just leaving, I think. Let me get them.
Instantly I panic, thinking that my interview dreams have been shattered and that Mark Garza will hate me forever now.
OFL: (calling after Andy A., Matt Nissley, and tour-manager Jake Lang) Hey guys, uh, she’s here to interview you!
This past weekend I was down in Orlando with my best friend, Kay and her dad, Gary, for Disney’s Princess Half Marathon. Kay was running, Gary and I tagged along to be her chEAR squad! I should also mention that Kay is 5 months pregnant and had signed up for the race long before she found out!
I have never been to a marathon before, so this was a whole new experience. Disney makes an entire weekend out of it. On Saturday we checked out the Expo over at Disney’s ESPN Center. I was happy to try some beer from a Miami brewery served in a souvenir cup! The race began Sunday at 6am so we were up at 4am(which required me to drink 2 cups of coffee) to catch the bus and monorail to get over to Magic Kingdom. There were many viewing locations, but Main St, USA is one of my favorite places in the world. The castle was lit up and we enjoyed Disney music all through the race. Over 25,000 people participated in the race, with at least 10,000 spectators. The majority of people racing dressed as Disney characters or were Disney Bounding. We had the best spot to watch the runners because we were right in front of the castle and a lot of people stopped running to take a selfie or ask someone in the crowd to take their photo!
Kay took it easy during the race and finished in 3 hours 25 minutes. She admitted to walking most of it but running when there were crowds! She made stops for water and character meet and greets! For those of you concerned, she did talk to her doctor about the race and was given an OK! I am super proud of her for doing this,even more for running with two!
It was a fantastic weekend and Kay talked me in to doing the 10k next year! Who should I dress up as…?
These two seniors have been dropped off to die atO.C.A.S. in Orlando, Florida. They are both scheduled to be euthanised on the 6th March. PLEASE consider adopting or even fostering one, or both, of these seniors to save them from being killed. Help show them that not all humans are as cruel and incompetent as their previous owners. Florida is a large state. There has to be somebody out there willing to take these dos into their home, even if it’s just for a short while until they find forever home.
If you are interested in saving them thencall O.C.A.S. on 407-836-3111, or email Jacqueline.Nanni@ocfl.net. If nobody shows ANY interest in them then they will be killed. If people show interest but can’t adopt or foster them straight away then they will give them some extra time!
Animal ID: A311968 Room No.: WD25 Hi, my name is Clay. I am an approximately 8 year old red and white male. I am friendly and I tested heartworm negative. I weigh approximately 60 pounds. I have been at Orange County Animal Services since Saturday, February 21, 2015.
Animal ID: A311969 Room No.: WD25
Hi, my name is Luke. I am an approximately 9 year old white and black male. I am friendly and I tested heartworm negative. I weigh approximately 59 pounds. I have been at Orange County Animal Services since Saturday, February 21, 2015