Sunday, September 6, 2009

Free bikes?! No way!

A lack of common sense usually leads to a lot of confusion and misunderstanding but yesterday, it led to an adventure.

Caitlin had a little bit of "tendonitis" and needed some chicken tenders for lunch - the frozen kind that you just throw in the oven. I offered to get them for her, but got to the grocery store and couldn't find them anywhere, so I came home empty handed with a promise to take her with me to a different grocery store. Who knew that chicken tenders were put with the frozen foods and not with chicken?! I definitely didn't and so all my trash talking about the first grocery store ("They never have anything we want anyway. Can you imagine going there for, like, your whole week's worth of groceries? You'd eat the worst foods") ended up being me trash talking my own stupidity.

However, this extra trip to a different grocery store brought us by 3 bikes standing on a corner with a sign reading, "FREE BIKES" tied to the handlebars of one of them - of course we stopped to get a better look. When we got out of the car and took a good look at the bikes, before touching them or testing any part of them, we decided we needed 2 of them in our lives. They both looked really old, in a cool way, and one of them was gold, which meant that I needed to have it (despite the fact that I don't know how to ride a bike and have no desire to learn.)

We wheeled them over to my open trunk and quickly realized that neither one of them was going to fit, let alone 2 of them. With heavy hearts, we made the decision to ditch one of them and, because the gold one was missing a tire, it was the one that needed to go back to standing on the corner with its' brother.

Now we needed to fit the larger blue bike into the backseat. Caitlin pushed it in pretty easily while I supervised (which is the way it usually goes when we try to accomplish something) but we couldn't figure out how to make it fit so that we could close both of the doors without busting something. We faced our tensest moment when we stood at opposite doors, handlebars sticking out on my side and a tire sticking out Caitlin's, and spoke to each other over the bike sitting awkwardly in the backseat:

"What are we doing...honestly? Is there any real use for this in our lives?"
"Patrick will take it apart and use it."
"We don't even know if the brakes work or if the tires are messed up. It's kind of rusty, now that I look at it...and it's not fitting in the car!"
"We'll make it work."

We made it work.
The moral of this adventure story is one that we have lived by for a long time and, once again, proved itself to be true: If it's free, take it. No matter what it is or how hard it will be to fit it into the backseat of your car.

The Concert Adventure

It seems like we had been waiting all summer for the Heaven & Hell tour (Heaven & Hell with Coheed and Cambria) to make its way to Boston and when it finally did on August 28, we were pretty pumped. We were even more excited when we found out that Claudio Sanchez was going to be doing a signing at Newbury Comics in Fanueil Hall earlier that afternoon.

Unlike the last time we went to a signing, this one would be so much easier! We knew where we were going! It would only take us about an hour to get there! There's no way we wouldn't make it!

And, despite getting our hopes up that everything would run smoothly (which usually means something will go horribly wrong) - EVERYTHING RAN SMOOTHLY! We met Claudio Sanchez (We feel weird not writing his whole name all the time because we don't know him! we're not on a first name basis here!), he was very nice and we didn't have to worry about driving 5 hours back home or possibly getting completely lost. We also had the concert that night to look forward to!

While we were trying to kill some time before heading over to the Bank of America Pavilion, we saw a robot, a juggler, some breakdancers and a giant man.

You know when you think something's going to be awesome but when it finally happens, it turns out to be way more awesome than you ever could have expected and it ends up blowing your mind?

That was our experience with our seats. I don't really want to use the term "front row center" but that's exactly what we were.

















All in all it was one of the best shows we ever went to- we had never been so close before without having to be suffocated or almost murdered by the people around us. Oh! And, Caitlin got a drumstick! :)