26 July 2009

Sweet ride, Man

We took a bit of a road trip across the border deeper south in 'Bama. Bryce found through his wonderful forums he is constantly checking a set of nice wheels at an acceptable price in great condition so we headed to Huntsville (we actually met the man in Scottsboro, a much smaller town 45 min. from Huntsville). This was our first time in Alabama and it is actually different from Georgia. They have yelllow and blue road signs and the trees are a bit different. Lots of marshy water instead of lakes and ponds. Bryce would be pleased if you took a moment out of your day to look and appreciate the new wheels. Bryce would love to hear your feedback. Positive only please.

before - with stock wheels

after, with new 'Bama wheels I believe Bryce is trying to show that the wheels bend in a bit toward the hub. One very important detail - not to be ignored. :) I am just informed that the photo also shows the steel gray (darker gray) that's on the inner sides of each spoke.

The sweet part of this is we found a little firestone/pool supply place (yes, both were in the same building, run by the same people) that charged only $50 to take off the old ones and put on the new ones and do whatever it is with switching the tire pressure sensors. Other places were going to charge $130. We took it. Also, as a side note we at the No.1 Chinese Buffet. that is what it was called. Everyone there was oriental, and I was wondering what it would be like to be the only asians in Scottsboro, Alabama... how do you end up there? There is no offense to be taken to this statement. Don't make it up.

03 July 2009


I experienced the Big Apple and I loved it! Jen and I did a Sister's Weekend and I would report it as a great success. We did so much, I'm not sure I want to put it all here because I want to go to bed, so there will be some summaries and some picture montages. Add Image
Where we slept. 17th floor

Jen, getting interviews for the Today show.
Rockefeller Square...Jen's cute, she gets all the pictures
NY style deli sandwich - HUGE. Chutney Co.-Indian food

The squirrel who made us spill our chips while trying to defend them against said squirrel...what a turkey. Night time snack for all the walking we did - cheesecake. Yum!
Of course we hit up all the sample sales we could fit in! Shopping in NYC - very cool.
Cool buildings, Time Square where you can lounge in lawn chairs, more Times Square, the Plaza Hotel, (if a building has flags on it, it's important) cute houses where I would live, and firemen using the truck to water some potted plants on the roof. The empire state building, a parking lot in NYC, which is pretty cool. Also, the crazy amounts of street vendors outside our hotel Sunday morning.
Grand Central Station
Cafe Lalo - the one from "You've Got Mail" The best belgian waffles w/berries and whipped cream. That's what I'm talking about. Then we strolled through part of Central Park.


You know I went to Boston, so here're the pictures from it. My super awesome sister invited me out for a weekend while she was there for work. I flew in Friday fresh from rappelling for half a day with the YW, then spent all day Saturday with Jen and flew out Sunday morning at 5 something to get back home in time for my lesson in YW's. That's what I'm talking about! I had the free hotel room because of her and she had the car so we drove to the train station and rode the T (commuter train) into the city and walked. Then took the T back out. We drove through the "big dig" from the airport tot he hotel. We walked and walked and walked all over the city. We should've had a pedometer on us. We had a canoli on hanover, saw parts of the rivers/harbors, and ate in their Little Italy, saw some super cute neighborhoods (streets of buildings) and the really neat old streets and historic landmarks were mixed in. We started out following the Freedom Trail and took in some shopping on the side at DSW, Aldo, and H&M. We found some really neat streets and one was all shopping and dinning. Too bad we found that one at the end of the day when our feet were tired. I really liked the Swan pond in the public gardens. There were a couple of weddings in the park while we were there. Enjoy the pictures.
Breakfast was the best! Panera bread was the best way we could've
started our day off.
Orange juice with bac
on, egg, cheese sandwich and a s
ausage, potato thing. super nummy.
Start of the Freedom Trail in Boston Commons. There were some mighty fine mounties there so we snaped their photo.
In the nice pretty park. They had swan boats you could ride on.
I AM George Washington...
Can you find my head? These flowers were so tall and neat looking - like out of a Dr. Seus book.
There really was a General and he rode a horse and his last name was Hooker.
This was a neat cemetary with lots of old tombstones: John Phillips, First mayor of city of Boston, 1822; Samuel Adams, 1722-1803 and the remains of the vicitms of the Boston Masacre, 1770.
A cool building, a neat church in the middle of newer buildings, and where I would live...
I was trying to be like Napoleon Dynamite on his wild stallion - not quite right....Jen's just cute.
Lunch time! It was sooo good. And huge portions. We shared.
It was really good.
One side of the city on the water.
Canoli on Hanover St. Mike's Bakery: you know this place is good - it had a crazy line.
We love the roof top gardens. The church used to signal Paul Reveere and a statue of Paul Reveere...one if by land, two if by sea. This is across the street from the harbor pictures above.
Water on the other side of the city. There was a nice park as well.
Another cool building in the middle of the more modern.
Down the center of the street. Nice walk way leading you to shopping. :)
Commonwealth Ave I believe it was.
The shopping. Super cute - Newberry St.