Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Bicycle Commuting, Tom Waits and Cloudcroft

Sorry about the long gap between postings! Aaron and I took a little getaway vacation last week. We spent a couple of days at the family cabin in Cloudcroft, NM and then headed down to Las Cruces and ultimately El Paso for the Tom Waits concert.

Cloudcroft was a nice break from the heat. The second day we woke up to cloud cover and 50 degree F. temps! The first day we were there we had no water most of the day, it seems the village water people did some work and "forgot" to turn the water back on to the cabin. It took them 5 hours to get up there and turn it back on! Talk about slow moving, in a town the size of Cloudcroft, I doubt they were that busy!

Now, on to the Tom Waits concert! What a blast! It was definitely one of the best concerts of my life. Only second behind the Police last summer and pretty close to tied with the Page/Plant concert we saw in 1995. Waits is quite the entertainer, well worth the $90 ticket price! Plus it made my hubby super happy to see one of his favorite musicians ever.

Saturday we stayed in Las Cruces for my brother's housewarming party. So, needless to say, we are dragging a little this week.

Yesterday we bought bicycles. Today was our first commute to the studio. WOW! I knew it was going to be a rough ride at the end because we live in the valley and the last few blocks to our studio are uphill, but damn! I thought my heart would jump out of my chest! Once again, needless to say, it's going to take a little while to get back in hill riding shape. It's been a few years since we've owned bikes, but it's been even longer since I've used a bike for commuting. We decided that it was time to stop spending $80 a week on gas, and riding the bus isn't really a big cut in money, but riding bikes is not only free(other than the price of the bikes), but it's great exercise AND good for the environment. Time to put our money where our mouth is!


Anonymous said...

What a wonderful post!
I can't believe the weather. Any break from the heat is a blessing.
I'm thinking of trying bike riding myself. Haven't done it yet but thinking of it. Anyway, let me know if your ever in Savannah. There are alot of market's and I bet that you could have your work in one. That would be SOOO much fun! We could be in a market together!!!!!If the prices of things goes down that is...lololol Anyway, great post. :)

Linda Blondheim said...

I am green with envy!! I am a huge Tom Waits fan and his "Night Hawks" is a legend.

Paula Manning-Lewis said...

Thanks for the comments. Angela, thanks, I will definitely let you know if I'm ever in Savannah. Not planning any trips right now, but you never know.

Isn't he just great? My husband got me hooked, I hated him the first time I heard him. Of course that was the "Black Rider".

Martha Marshall said...

Paula, I just had to comment this time! Tom Waits is my favorite singer, and yet I've never been to one of his concerts. That must have been such fun.

I applaud your transition to bike commuting. I've been so tempted lately to go get one again.

Good luck with your commute!

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