Monday, February 28, 2011

Working through setbacks...

What is life without adversity? This week has seen a lot of setbacks, accidents and problems will always arise and the spectre of doubt will raise its ugly head.  Still, it is moments like this that cause me to look at what I have to be thankful for.
I used to work at a restaurant with an older gentleman named Gary and whenever I would ask him how he was doing, he would reply, "better than most."  It was his standard reply.  It never seemed more applicable than it does now. 
I spent all of Saturday in the hospital after having been hit by a car that morning.  I left there the next morning with a couple of scrapes, two cracked ribs, and a cracked jaw.  Nothing was broken all the way and there was no permanent damage.  I will be fine in a few weeks.
I cannot help but think about the people I passed who were going in as I was being wheeled out.  For me, it was merely a formality that I was in a wheelchair.  I can walk just fine...I am doing better than most.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Miles to go...

We have set the goal for the Nationwide Bike Ride at $3400 by May 1.  Basically, it is a dollar a mile.  I hope to exceed this amount by leaps and bounds and be able to make contributions to some really great and needy causes.  The basic theme of this and every other endeavor that we do, is that we are all in this together.  Each cause is staffed by workers and volunteers who truly want to make a difference in the world and everyone needs as much help as they can get.  We have miles to go!  As of this writing, we have received $12 in donations, starting in Charleston, SC, that puts us in N. Charleston about 12 miles away.  Every dollar given gets us one mile closer to Seattle!

Causes we support (so far):
Seattle Childrens Hospital

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Tell us about a cause you support and that you would like us to help bring awareness to!


Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Food! Now that I have your attention...

I am very excited for the next couple of months because I feel like I can contribute more with the things that I am best at.  I have been working in and around the food service for quite some time.  I have done everything from bar back to restaurant manager.  I have worked in every kind of restaurant from fast food to fine dining.
   The next couple of months will see us doing a lot of events to raise awareness for some really great causes.  This is what I do.  This is what I am trained in and is that not what it is all about?  It is about doing what you are best at in hopes that what you are best at, where you are able to contribute, is able to help out someone.

   So this month, we have a BBQ with the guys at Atlanta Pro Bicycle.  They are sponsoring our Nationwide Bike Ride and have been a tremendous help with our aluminum can drive.
  Next month, we are doing a wedding for one of our biggest supporter.  This includes the bike themed cake and a southern menu for dinner. 
   We will also be doing Brunches on the Beltline in March and April.  Atlanta is such a beautiful city this time of year and we are taking every opportunity to get out and enjoy the sun and all the hard work the city has put into creating a beautiful belt line for people to walk and ride comfortably in downtown Atlanta. 
   Finally (at least as of this writing, we would like to do so much more) we will sponsoring showings of Miss Representation.  This is such a powerful documentary about the media representation of women. 
   We need to see more positive roles for women in the media.  As the tag line says, "You can't be what you can't see".  We have decided that it is something that we have to spread it as much as we can,  so we are sponsoring showings in Atlanta, Seattle, and Clemson and doing yes, more food!
   These are some great events and we would love for people to attend.  The proceeds go to the Nationwide Bike Ride, supporting breast cancer awareness, alzheimers and diabetes research, as well as an end to homelessness and overall, the healthy lifestyle that comes with a life of cycling and just plain getting in shape.
   So what is it that you do?  How can you contribute?  We would love to have people volunteer their skills for our fundraising so please contact us if there is something that you would like to do.  Or just take a moment to make a donation.  Get involved! Contribute!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

The long spaces...

On May 1, I am leaving for a nationwide bike ride that will take me and anyone else who wishes to join me across the United States, from Charleston, S.C. to Seattle, WA along the lower half of the U.S. for nearly 5000 miles.  My problem with long rides has always been the long spaces in between "things". 
   I was always fascinated with triathlons and especially the Iron Man, where they would have long stretches of riding where it is nothing but lava fields and baking sun.  Those times, I thought, would be the times when one would have to really be a competitor.  Those were the times when I thought that people would have to lock down and focus on where they were going and how fast they needed to get there.  Those times, were the times when it would have to be more mental and emotional than anything else.   It will be those long spaces, when we are separated from the pack and the only ones we are competing against are ourselves, that we will have to deal with and that we are dealing with now, in day to day life.
   That is what we are dealing with now...the long spaces.  These long spaces are the times that we have to do what needs to be done to get to the finish line.  So, I have not been posting for a couple of weeks, but rest assured this is in preparation for the things to come.  The compost is cooking, we are working out and getting in shape for the nationwide bike ride, the A.I.R. project with documentary  is underway...these are the lava fields before the finish line.