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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

I'm a wiener!

And I got some prizes today, too!

Last month, the University kicked off "Pedal Perks".  It's... well... it's...












Specifically, it's organized by the office of sustainability, which does things to help the university be more environmentally friendly.  Promoting bicycling is just one of those things.  So anyways, about 130 people signed up, and we began recording our mileage on the official Pedal Perks club page over at Bikejournal.com.

Anywhoo, I think there was a threshold of 100 miles to win a prize each month.  I got an e-mail yesterday that I was one of the September wieners, so stop by the office  for my prize.  I strode in there today, all prize-winnerish.

There was a lone person in the office, a young woman typing enthusiastically away at her keyboard. Really, it made me wonder just WHAT she was typing.  After I strode in all prize-winnerish and the enthusiastic typer didn't seem to notice I was there, I gave an enthusiastic,

"Hello!"

She stopped typing, looked up, and gave an equally enthusiastic, "Hello!"  - lots of enthusiasm in that office, I tellya - and then continued to just enthusiastically look at me.

Surprisingly *cough*, she didn't seem to know who I was.

"I'm Abby?", I continued, "I got an e-mail that said I'd won a prize for bike month? And to stop by?"

"Oh, Hi!", said the sustainability person.  I started to realize that maybe she's just always enthusiastic and what she was typing wasn't all that exciting.  Either way, it was refreshing.

She brought out a box filled with goodies, a.k.a. "prizes of approximately $10" and told me to take my pick.  She also gave me an official Pedal Perks insulated water bottle since I had failed to get one when the thing kicked off a month ago.

I dug around in the prize box a bit.  There was an assortment of < ~ $10 goodies:  socks, taillights, coupons, more water bottles, etc.  In the end, I was torn between the socks and the taillight, but went with the light since I rarely wear socks that people can read (these said "One Less Car").

Here are the goods!


And in addition to my pedal perks prizes, while I was en route, I engaged with Mr. Happy Friendly.  Remember him?  The super speedy, super friendly one-legged bicyclist?  I actually hadn't seen him in a while.  Maybe he just rides/commutes/whatever he's up to at times other than when I do, but he did seem a bit slower than his usual super speedy self.  I was actually behind him for a while and able to keep up.  

At one point, though, he must've looped around somewhere and we crossed going in opposite directions.  

"Good morning!", was his usual peppy salute.  

Fame, prizes, and Mr. Happy Friendly.  

A good day.  

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15 comments:

  1. A great day indeed! I'd like to attach that light to MY backside now that mornings are so dark when I run. And I love the water bottle, but is it dishwasher safe? I've gotten rid of anything that I have to hand wash.
    Glad to hear Mr. Happy Friendly is still going strong, and still happy friendly! And I'm bettin' next month the enthusiastic typist will know exactly who you are when you come in for your prize!

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    1. I've noticed a few headlights on other runners in the mornings! I remain rebelliously in the dark.

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  2. Cool weiner prizes. Shiny! Nice to see the Sprint Queen of Goose Poop Slalom earning another accolade! And to run into Mr Happy Friendly while getting your prize is icing on the cake. Double whoop!

    A good day indeed.

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    1. Yes, double whoop! Socks for October?

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  3. I wish things were as pro cycling around here. The most we get is a few badly maintained cycle tracks that don't go where you want them to go :-(

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    1. That's sad. We have a few of those too - bike lanes that just end. Seems like a waste of paint.

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    2. I will have to do a post about the bit of cycle path that is on my route to work...

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  4. I laughed at "striding in all prize-winnerish" -- can just picture it! Congrats!!!

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    1. Did your picturing include the super-slo-mo-with-my-hair-flowing-just-perfectly? Mine did.

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  5. Congratulations, you little hot dog!

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    1. Thanks, I'm relishing the spotlight *bahahaha....*

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  6. Congratulations! Everyone loves to be a wiener, no matter how big or small. Plus, you can never have too many water bottles, in my opinion.

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  7. No banner to wear draped across your chest? No tiara? And Miss Enthusiastic was probably typing her blog post, describing the flowing haired goddess who was walking in the door. I think it would have been more appropriate if you had ridden your bike inside.

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    1. Okay! Now I've got both my outfit AND my entrance planned for next month!

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