Sunday, June 20, 2010

Word as art

As the final deadline for CoeBRAI payments nears (July 1), participants may want to consider shelling out an extra $60 for this "sign" from In A Word of Marion, Iowa.

As their Facebook profile describes, "mother and son come together to create art and beauty from things that you see every day. Shapes and letters are arranged to form your favorite words and phrases."

The Cedar Rapids Downtown Farmers' Market has long been a favorite Saturday morning activity for Lisa and I. Now that she has a bike, we love it even more. During yesterday's visit, we stopped by one of the word art vendors, like always. Lisa suggested I might get something for Fathers' Day. While RAGBRAI is a popular design, I wondered what a CoeBRAI sign would look like in my office.

When I stumbled upon the mother-son team at In A Word offering signs for $8 a letter (20 percent below the competition), I was sold. I went to their website, chose my letters and e-mailed my order.

Ian, a recent Marion High School graduate and current student at UNI, was quick to respond with a proof. A partnership was born when he suggested I might refer others on the team. You can get the same word or something else. You can even choose your own images for the letters. Just let Ian know I sent you.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Last things first

While there's a whole lot of biking to be done before we reach Dubuque, the Key City RAGBRAI committee has sent out some information that I wanted to share.

For anyone who is planning to be picked up in Dubuque and is NOT riding the bus back to Cedar Rapids, your ride is encouraged to park in the downtown ramps (4th Street, 5th Street, Iowa Avenue.) Parking is free on Saturday, July 31.

Support vehicles will be parked in the Port of Dubuque in the large green space lot north of 5th Street. This is where we will meet our support crew to load bikes and load the bus for the return to Cedar Rapids.

In the weeks ahead, I will identify a spot for riders to gather on the outskirts of Dubuque so we can ride to the river as a group. Most likely, this will be one of the many restaurants located at or near Pennsylvania and JFK.

For those staying in Dubuque, the Dubuque County Fair offers live music from Theory of a Deadman and Saving Abel on July 31.