Katie and I had a crazy couple of days this past weekend. Rutabaga put on Canoecopia and Budget put on Bike-O-Rama. Both events are right next door to each other and combined they generate a staggering number of sales. Like usual traffic backed up on the beltline because of the event.
What it meant for us though was a tiring four days of work. Here's a quick recap of my Canoecopia experience. Fun, right?
Day 1 - Grab the first of many rides with Katie so I don't have to ride my bike, haul shit, setup shit, drink, setup more, whiskey, whiskey, Beer Cheese Pretzels, Matilda, Fish N Chips, Lion Stout, Gin n Tonic, bike home drunk and happy that my legs aren't burning, sleep.
Day 2 - Wake up still sorta drunk, bike in with burning legs due to being way outta shape, setup more, stock, drink a bit more, sell lots of stuff, make fun of guy next to our booth that looks like Fabio, cop a ride home with Katie cause I'm too tired/lazy to bike home, drink whiskey, pass out.
Day 3 - Wake up and watch Katie go to work at 7:30 AM(13 hour day for her and she's already getting sick), bike to the show in a drenching mist/rain, almost pass out and tip over cause I'm fat and outta shape, eat many donuts (thanks pete), sell shit, eat first pretzel, sell shit, visit Katie next door, happily take 3 mini bags of swedish fish, eat 3 mini bags of swedish fish, sell more shit, eat second pretzel, discuss new sport that pete's developing of "Fast and light hunting..just combine trail running and hunting....and shorty shorts." nice pete, have a nice chat with Fabio and find out that he has the same old ass flip phone as i do....mine has a dinosaur sticker though, try not to keel over on the bike home, curse a lot, drink whiskey, yell at pup for biting me, eat entire box of Mac n Cheese, pass out.
Day 4 - Avoid riding in and cop another ride with Katie, almost have a seizure from the short 1 minute ride to the back of the alliant and realize that I will never EVER ride bikes for fun, scam a shot of coffee from the kinetic coffee booth, sell even more shit, eat first pretzel, eat a sub (thanks Milio's), eat second pretzel, wait for 5:00, pack up shit we couldn't sell, almost die as an 8 foot chunk of slatwall attached to rolling 4 x 4's tips over, almost die once more loading said slatwall into u-haul, huff and puff my way over to the office to unload everything, cop a ride to Jamerica with Janice, Optimator, Jerk Chicken, Hoppalicious, more Optimator, ride home in a headwind....once again totally drunk, inexplicably eat yet another entire box of Mac n Cheese, pass out.
It was fun hanging out all weekend with Josh, Amanda and Andrew from Sea to Summit. Lots of shit was talked and they do know how to drink. Quote of the weekend was from Josh though. About 2:00 on Saturday he took a huge swig of water, looked straight at me and said "Christ, think I'm still drunk." and walked away.
Back to climbing soon. What did you guys get on this weekend? I wanna know. Nic, did you go up to sawmill? Remo, did you go up to the lake? Anyone else go up??? I'm curious how conditions are!!
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