My apologies, but I’m taking this weekend off.
It’s been an interesting week filled with highs (Debbie’s Birthday) and lows (devastating tornadoes), and I just can’t get my head around any of a number of subjects that are on my mind, but somewhat clouded at the moment. Work has become a four-letter word and, well, it’s just time for a break.
So, we’re both looking forward to Thursday when we’ll head north to Chattanooga, Tennessee for a four-day mini-vacation on Santana Cycles Mother’s Day Weekend Rally. Fingers crossed, it will truly be a relaxing escape on the Delta Queen that will yield a lot of quality time with Bill and Jan McCready and allow us to make some new tandem friends as well. I say fingers crossed in that I’m somewhat concerned that the Delta Queen is a mere shadow of her once grand self, having read some less than flattering reviews since she changed ownership and was moored in Chattanooga as a floating hotel. While rooms may have commanded 5-Star rates while she was cruising the Mississippi between Nashville and New Orleans, it would appear that she has been reduced to Holiday Day Inn express rates in an effort to keep the owners in the black. A recently hoped-for purchase by a group dedicated to preserving the grand lady and returning her to cruising also fell-through in early April. So, as I say, fingers crossed that she’ll be in fine shape, Spic-n-span and ready for the Santana rally guests on Thursday! Lord knows, we need the break. Same thing goes for the riding and sight-seeing, noting that the tornado’s that ripped through nearby areas around Chattanooga could make for something of a double-edged sword event: kinda hard to truly enjoy yourselves when you know that others are suffering… and there are A LOT of folks suffering around Chattanooga.
But, on the bright side, we’re hopeful that we’ll get to try out a special tandem for our four-days of riding in Chattanooga, and so far the weather appears to be looking good. The 2nd full-weekend in May will give way to perhaps one or two more ‘tune-up’ rides before the Georgia Tandem Rally in Macon: on the 14th I’ll turn 51 and there’s a temptation to ride the annual Up the Creek without a Pedal metric ahead of the Tour de Cure on May 15th south of Atlanta, where we’ll also do a metric. Sorry, just can’t get excited about spending 6-hours on a bike these days, so no true Centuries for us.
Speaking of the Tour de Cure, expect to see one more request for donations, as our contributions are lagging a bit from last year. New rules at work have curtailed fund-raising “on site” which, in my mind, also precluded using the company Email to solicit donations. So, I’ve got about 25 letters out to my peers and supervisors asking for support, noting that they like many other folks are suffering from Fund-Raising Fatigue. We just finished our Company-sponsored March of Dimes drive and I know that I went out of pocket to the tune of a couple hundred dollars for that, on top of my already heavy weekly donation to our Company’s “AeroClub”… a fund that benefits a wide variety of charities. We’ll soon be getting requests for the Susan G. Komen walk — which are hard to pass up and typically big $$ requests — as well as the MS150, and of course our other annual contributions to Livestrong plus donations when friends and family lose a loved-one. Add to that, contributions to help out the Tornado ravaged folks here in the south, and it all adds up to “fund-raising fatigue”.
Anyway, as I said, we’re getting excited about this year’s major rallies here in the south with the Georgia Tandem Rally just around the corner on 20-22 May down in Macon, Georgia. Two-weeks later we’ll head up to Knoxville, Tennessee for the Tennessee Tandem Rally, and in early July we’ll get to visit with our friends Mel & Barbara Kornbluh at their Tandems East Tandem Weekend in conjunction with a way overdue visit to my parents up in Pennsylvania. So, it should be a busy couple months, and that’s a good thing. After all, I don’t live to work, I work to live…