On sunny Sunday, they returned exhausted, but without a single pie. Success. Or as we like to say, "money in the bank kids."
Money. In. The. Bank.
Special Thanks to: Robin for baking; Robin's car for getting us there; Mark's Mart in Selma for your clean bathroom and egg & cheese biscuits; Hwy 80 for being so beautiful; Downtown Selma for showing so much potential; Scott and friend for helping us set up the EZ Tent; Robin's mom for the pimento cheese; Robin's dad for the burgers; Fisher and Mammoth for the 'X'; Blair Stapp (future VISTA) for being generally awesome; Taylor's Bakery for your sweet sweet iced coffee; Gnu's for your excessive book shelves and wacky coffee roaster; Amsterdam for the salmon and house wine recommendation; Megan from Memphis for spelling your name without an 'h'; Allison (future Artist in Residence) for your spunk; Robin's mom for the clean sheets and orange rolls; Waverly, AL for your incredible rad-ness; Wes and Haley for showing up; Andrew for your ideas; Elisa for your pie purchase(s); The Pinehill Haints for your spellbinding bass guitar machine; the lady in the purple hat for your hippie moves; Robin's mom for the BBQ; Robin's living room for the comfy couches and DVD player; Michael Cera for your humor; Amanda for sharing the blankets; Robin's mom for the muffins; Robin's house for the wifi; Robin's brother for turning 21; The Gap for reminding me I'm broke; Amanda's car for getting us back; and Alabama...for the continual surprises around every corner.
Sun: Chattanooga. Melinda. Downtown. Blue Moon. Writer in bar. Amanda sings? Why did the cow cross the road? Floor. Mon: Love to Knead; Knead to Love. Create Here. SuperNova. DJ and Widgets. Ruby Falls. Picnic. Backwoods. "Kiss your elbow turns." Asheville. French Press. Amazing Indian. Tent? Bed. Tue: Black Mountain. Buckminster Fuller, John Cage. Meredith Davis. Raleigh. Another Robin. Michigan brew. Sitar. Schlitz. Floor. Wed: Coffee. Bertie Co. Edmonton. Shit Coast. Mystery Sonic. VAH BEACH! Brynn! Lunar Eclipse? Bed. Thu: Waffles. Coffee. Duke of Gloucester. Charlottesville. Amazing. Steal Drums. Pedestrian Mall. Iced Americano. Brooklyn Stout. Great Convo. Great people. Assetts. Values. Bed. Fri: Coffee. Iced Coffee. CCDC. 1.5 employees. LH&A Architects. Walking Score. 10 hours. NashVegas. Folks. Done.
Mon: First trip to Auburn to meet up with new/old Friends of M, and hear Emily P. talk about Project H. (see more on that below)
Tue: Great day in Greensboro with Melissa Cullens, 2009 Project M Alum. Also, first Taco Tuesday of 20'X.
Wed: Visit and bike tour with Birmingham friends who work here, plus fun times with Emily and Matt (who did this in my back yard last year without me knowning) alongside their Airstream exhibit/house. (Read more about their visit here.)
Thu: Off to Nashville at the crack of dawn for the DISH Student Design Conference hosted by AIGA Nashville. Great food, great coffee, great beer and this guy.
Fri: Talky talky, giant bagels, and student portfolio reviews. Then the longest car ride home in the history of the world. CrashBangBoomOver.
Everyone who went had a great time and nearly everyone raced. Dan and Ryan took home 3rd place prize (and 1st out-of-town team), Megan and Brian took home 1st female team prize, and Willy and Amanda were disqualified (mechanical issues). Immediately afterward, talks of a Greensboro alleycat race were already underway.
Thanks to everyone at Bici-Coop for putting together the event!
Next week Britney will attend a City Council meeting to discuss her plan further. Stay tuned. More to come on this exciting endeavor!
Jerry stopped in again. Two of his cousins were working at the Pentagon during the 9/11 attacks. He told me to insulate the water pipes at my house so that they don't freeze during this cold spell.
Adelaide is very sweet. She once worked for the US Air Force. I think she reminds me of my mother.
A peculiar amount of DC connections today. This town continues to surprise me.
Thanks to everyone who came out to celebrate with us.
Along with awkward climbing poses, bouldering has its own, very specific vocabulary. David and Ryan were often confused. After attempting to watch the competition, we decided to climb a boulder ourselves (illegally) and ended up finding some absolutely beautiful locations.
We were so taken by the climbing spirit, that we even attempted a few "problems" on the way to buying David some lunch.
Oh, and Ryan had some time for some more Christenberry-like photography.
Though our forces have been spread thin (Megan, Amanda, and Breanne in Atlanta. Willy, Oliver, Gabe, and Ramel in New Orleans. Brian in Rhode Island.) Dan and Ryan showed up to PieLab Saturday morning to work. Pam and Johnny were also there and later in the day we were joined by Mark (once he figured out where we were).
Working in such small numbers, while not as fun, was somewhat more efficient. We finished laying all of the replacement flooring, we finished facing the new window, we finished re-aligning the new back door, we sanded the entire back floor, we made an access panel leading under the floor, finished the first layer of polyurethane, and then made it home in time for a quick bike ride down 25 South with no hands.
Also, the Greensboro water tower put on a huge shower curtain and was cleaned.
A stellar idea indeed. And so another Saturday begins.
Happy birthday Breanne Kostyk!
2. Megan buys jeans at Old Navy.
3. Megan meets Corinne and Serah for lunch at Panera Bread.
4. Megan sees Ryan at Panera Bread.
5. Megan, Corinne and Serah drive to Birmingham.
6. Megan, Corinne and Serah try on dresses at a boutique shop in B'ham.
7. Megan, Corinne and Serah continue north east towards the waterfall.
8. Corinne and Serah jump off waterfall; Megan opts out of jumping and takes a nap on top of waterfall instead.
9. Megan, Corinne and Serah follow the 'Shrimp Boil' signs to Alex's house.
10. Megan, Corinne and Serah enjoy diet sodas and conversation with Alex's parents and older brother.
11. Serah chokes on a Cheeto.
12. Megan, Corinne and Serah drive back to Birmingham and eat/drink at Rojo.
13. Megan, Corinne and Serah get dessert at TCBY. In case you're wondering, no they don't accept food stamps.
14. Megan, Corinne and Serah tour around Birmingham in the dark, and almost die in a roundabout.
15. Megan, Corinne and Serah take the back roads to the airport.
16. Megan, Corinne and Serah pick up Serah's friend Nicole from the airport. Nicole is greeted by the American flag.
17. Megan, Corinne, Serah and Nicole head back to Greensboro.
It was Betsy's last day.
Later, as Betsy and I pulled into the Target parking lot, I realized my phone was also missing. Crushed, I resigned myself to a dead silent trip to Panera where we would then transfer Betsy's photos from my HD to her new one (from Target). After the transfer began I called Megan (from Betsy's phone) to ask her to call Breanne to do a quick scan to make sure I hadn't just forgotten my stuff in their home. Soon after, Breanne called Betsy back to exclaim that she had found my phone in a pile of scraps (recently this building) about 20 yards from her house.
Relieved, (but still somewhat miffed) I was able to then enjoy a lunch at Five Guys with Betsy and her friend Julia. What would an adventure be without a few misadventures?
Salvaged and Better Than Ever
Yesterday Will Holman (1,2), an outreach student with Rural Studio for the '09—'10 school year, presented us with several designs for furniture using only salvaged materials. We were so damn excited that we got started on building one of his tables immediately (this morning).
As the day wore on, the table started to come together. After the legs and the main supports were completed we decided it was quitting time and that the only fitting conclusion would be an ice-cold tallboy and then a fire.
Giant man-eating fish attack at Perry Lakes, but all are consoled with milkshakes at J&R's.
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The M Lab was born out of the 2008 Project M session and has since been used to station passionate young individuals interested in the possibilities of meaningful graphic design. For the remainder of this year M Lab will be the design studio (whatever that means) of the combined forces of Meg/Ryan.
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