platinum!

I got a call on Friday from Jay Graves (owner of the bike gallery). He told me the top secret news that Portland was going to be named a platinum level bike-friendly city on Tuesday. He asked me if I could put a trophy together for the event to use as a symbol of the award and I said "of course!" As soon as I hung up the phone, I thought "why did I agree to that? I've got no time to do this." So I went to work Saturday at the bike shop, picked my parents up from the airport Saturday after work, hung out Sunday with mom & dad, Then began to work on the trophy Monday morning (Monday was my birthday...happy birthday to me). I ran to goodwill and picked up some metal things, swung by the bike shop and picked up some more metal things, and went to the garage and started to stick them all together. I think Nate found all of this to be pretty entertaining. I was obviously stressed out and as the trophy emerged out of the junk I collected, it started to crack me up how ridiculous this whole thing was. Somewhere in the middle there the trophy fell on the concrete floor and broke in half. I used that opportunity to braze a signalcycles serial number on the underside of the award. When It was all done, Liz came home and I showed her the "platinum" trophy, we both laughed. I was pretty embarrassed, but felt like I had to give it to Jay, because I said I would. The next morning I ran to the store and got some moss and turned it into a planter. Jay picked it up around 9:00 and said he liked it. I apologized and said that he could use it, but that he didn't have to if he didn't want to. The next morning I picked up the paper and saw a photo of the funny little trophy. It didn't look quite as bad as I remembered...