We will probably only have a big meeting like our Brrrunch and Buck$ meeting on 3/20 once or twice a year, but we should definitely all get together again when there isn't a specific agenda to discuss- it was fun! The food was great, the conversation and networking was brilliant, and the ideas were really creative and on point with Grease Rag's mission. Well done, WTFs, well done.
Kat and I were happy to host Janne, Jess, Mel, Erin, MA, Jen, Lee, Ari, Eugenides, Amber at Casa de Grease Rag! Thanks for coming.
Over waffles, frittatta, pancakes, fruit, rolls... and many other yummies, we discussed things we wanted to spend the money that Minneapolis Presents raised for Grease Rag through calendar sales.
We brainstormed everything from using the money for other fundraising events, to using it for goods like stickers and patch kits, to using the money for operating costs like photocopies and special tools, to books for the Grease Rag library.
I will be posting up shortly about the different ideas that we came up with- please tell us what you think!
We played a game where everyone wrote their name, and what bike part they would be. We took turns introducing each other by drawing paper out of a bowl, and reading the name and the bike part. The person that was introduced then told us why they were that bike part, before drawing another name.
In no particular order...
- Mel would be a crankset, because... it is complicated and powerful...just like me! <3
- Low would be fenders, because... I like utilitarian accessories and being practical. (Hipsters and roadies don't hang out with me.)
- Amber would be a bike seat, because... it's all she ever thinks about. Her butt. On that seat.
- Ari would be lights, because... they are shiny and bright, and because I wish I came with a rechargeable battery pack.
- Jess would be the spokes, because... they are under a lot of tension and they hold everything together.
- Erin would be a bell, because... they are loud and proud, unique and often colorful.
- Jen would be bar tape, because... it's one of my favorite "parts" of a bicycle. I feel my bike in my hands and my feet, so I like nice bar tape. It's one of the first bike maintenance things I ever learned how to do. The first bar tape I ever wrapped was the red and black splotchy kind. My dad and I put it on the handle of our lawnmower to make it more comfortable to use. I was probably about eight years old. It's not something I do often, but it's something I really enjoy.
- Lee would be a carbon belt, because... I think carbon belt drives are hot! Put that on a Peacock Groove, and I'd be in heaven!
- Kat would be a derailleur, because... I need to take more initiative to "change the gears" in my life right now - within limits, of course!
- Eugenides would be a spoke, because... I believe our power is greater than the sum of our individual parts.