Sunday, April 22, 2007

Main St. Arts Festival Redux + Brave Combo

Wow! Just got back from Main St Arts Festival (I know this is the second post, live with it). Sharon rode the recumbent bike, and I rode the Cross Check while I pulled Gracie in the trailer. We met up with my cousin Anne and her husband Robert, and hooked up with Bernie and Victoria for a while too. Did some sand art, blah blah blah, looked around, then saw Brave Combo play.

These guys are fantastic. If you read regularly, you'll remember they played at Bernie and Victoria's wedding. They were just as good today, if not better. Gracie loves their music, and she danced hard for about an hour. That little girl loves to dance to polka music. Unfortunately I left the camera sitting at home so I didn't get any pictures.

Afterwards, a quick bite for dinner at Billy Miners. Hamburgers and chicken rings (yes, ring shaped pieces of chicken, very similar in appearance to an onion ring) were very satisfying. I don't quite understand the fascination with Billy Miners though. It's alright, for a cigarette smoke saturated bar/burger joint, but I would have rather gone to Razzoo's. Unfortunately the wait was too long there.

We rode the bikes home, uphill and into the wind (of course) and little girl was asleep within minutes. She had a pretty full day though.

As a side note, one pretty cool feature this year at Main St. was the bike corral. If you're unfamiliar with the concept, it's like Valet parking for your bike. You drop it off, get your ticket, and go on your merry way. As an added bonus, it was on the corner of Houston and 4th (right by all the good stuff). Try finding a parking spot that good for your car! Another perk of the car free lifestyle. Thanks to Bikes Inc. for sponsoring it. Hopefully we can have more of those at big events in the future.

Friday, April 20, 2007

Main St. Arts Festival

Today I picked up the back half of a messenger shift for Atticus. Only had one run, which happened to be a New York Minute (rush delivery in 20 minutes). A fun one because it was a pretty long run and I finished with time to spare. Afterwards I headed downtown so I would be centrally located if there was another delivery.

I cut through the old Montgomery Wards building (which has since become high dollar loft apartments) and saw some cool bike racks. Cool enough that I took a picture of one.


Even though it's a bit trendy here, I'm glad they were able to save this building and re-purpose it. I always thought it would make a cool domicile, I guess others did as well.



I figured Sundance was the place to be, since Main St. Arts Festival is going on right now. I also hoped to pick up a Jamba Juice, which has become my habit on days that I work. I was not prepared for the masses that awaited me.

People were everywhere! I expected the booths to be set up and a few people milling about, this was not the case. It was packed. Which was good in my opinion.


There's food, beer, works of art, and even live music


While I was there perusing the art, I saw an incredible piece:



That's the artist in the background Lewis Tardy.

Afterwards I headed over to ITC so I could meet Sharon and Gracie at the train. All in all it was a good day...

Thursday, April 5, 2007

Moving up to the Bigs!!!

Grace just informed us today that she got the call up. That's right, my little girl is going to "The Show." I hope Pre-School is all that she hopes it will be.

This is a big step for little girl. She'll be the young one again, with kids up to 5 years old. This will be a huge transition for her. I know she'll do fine, she always does... but a parent is allowed to worry a bit.

Yesterday I went to her school to visit her and noticed she was a "helper" with the younger ones. When it was time for me to leave she didn't want me to go and started to get a little teary eyed. I noticed a younger girl next to her that wasn't going anywhere. I told Gracie that as the big kid, it was her job to help Embry get back to the classroom. Gracie took one look at the younger child next to her and said everything would be ok. She took Embry by the hand and walked her back to her class, waving good-bye to me as she left. I hope a "helper" in her next class can do the same for her. They've got some big shoes to fill.

They grow up so fast...

Monday, April 2, 2007

I cross posted this from the Eight One Seven Blog, since I had such a good day there as a courier I thought I might share...

Had a pretty busy day today. Apparently enough runs to make for a record day.

What makes a record breaking day:

76.2 Gear Inches on the Fixed Gear
31.21 Miles
7 runs for the day
4 were done between 1015 and 1115
3 multiple zone runs
2 trips on the Trinity Trails
1 bottle of sport "Pickle Juice" (my system is still reeling from the shock of it!)

Of course my two favorite events of the day...

Blowing my Storm Whistle at a Police car that encroached upon my lane- he immediately shifted over and gave me plenty of space.

And the number one event that made my day...

A guy outside the Bombay HQ building that asked me if my document tube was a pipe bomb! He was serious too!


Finally, what does a record day look like???

This:

Sunday, April 1, 2007

A Great Wedding

Bernie and Victoria got married today at the YWCA (great place) and we were lucky enough to be invited. It was a beautiful ceremony and an even more beautiful reception. The music was provided by Brave Combo, the bar was open, and the food was great! Polka, free liquor, and good Mexican food... does it get any better?

Of course, Gracie had a blast. She thought the ceremony was nice, but loved "the Ball" afterwards. She danced until the music quit. Sweaty, tired, and loaded up on sweets, we took her home and she was asleep less than 10 minutes later.

Gracie and yours truly getting ready to leave:


Gracie was anxious to get to the ball, so she didn't waste any time heading out:


While waiting for the music to start, Gracie got ahold of the camera and snapped some pics. Not too bad with the camera either. I think the kids got a good eye...

One of Mom:


And one of Dad:



Then a pic of "The Boys" (L to R: Paul, Bernie the Groom, and Jason):


Then the music started and Gracie was off!


She did get a bit impatient between songs...



Brave Combo is a great band. I remember seeing them in Denton years ago at Fry Street Festival. They haven't lost their touch.


We all danced, drank, ate, and made ourselves merry. Many thanks to Bernie and Victoria for having us out, and thanks to the families for hosting a great wedding!