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Arlingtonrider
12-16-2014, 02:12 PM
Save the date! The FS Kickoff will be Thursday, Jan 8 at Capital City Brewing Co. in Shirlington, starting around 6 pm, though people may come earlier or later if they like. Cap City has been wonderful to our group, and offers several half price beers and appetizers on Thursdays.

Last year, we announced the team makeups at this event and posted them online that same evening. The happy hour isn't mandatory, but is a great chance to meet some of your teammates and competitors, make plans (conspire?) and share information and tips. We'll also present the Gold Nugget award to the person who rides the most miles on Jan 1, 2015.

Please let me know (if you can) whether you plan to join us!

A back story: I tried for a Crystal City venue thinking it might be a little easier for some people to ride to, but I could not find a suitable room for us (i.e., a separate room that doesn't have five loud TVs blaring sports events). Cap City has ample car and bike parking and is very trail accessible. Bike and car parking info is in the diagram below. In addition, there are about 14 U-racks at the Shirlington Transit Station about a half block away on 31st Street.

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KayakCyndi
12-16-2014, 02:29 PM
I'll be there. Can you promise snow like last time?

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Consularrider leading the way back up the W&OD after happy hour last year.

rcannon100
12-16-2014, 02:33 PM
Wheel get to show off our new Festivus Gifts! Do you think Santy Claus will bring me that new light I'm asking for? One as bright as Consular's??

DismalScientist
12-16-2014, 03:36 PM
It still didn't stop someone from turning right across his path at the W&OD crossing of George Mason.

Arlingtonrider
12-16-2014, 06:47 PM
Wheel get to show off our new Festivus Gifts! Do you think Santy Claus will bring me that new light I'm asking for? One as bright as Consular's??

I'll never forget hearing about your Festivus wish list last year. Something about chains, whips, sheep and lube. What???! Or maybe it was a chain whip, anything Merino and chain lube. Something like that. ;)

peterw_diy
12-16-2014, 07:33 PM
Count me in!

cvcalhoun
12-17-2014, 01:18 AM
Whee! This one doesn't conflict with either my usual New Year's celebration or the rehearsals for Julius Caesar, so I'm in!

consularrider
12-17-2014, 06:42 AM
Looking forward to the third year of frivolity and idiocy. I'll be there.

Sunyata
12-17-2014, 07:34 AM
I "should" be there. I have an appointment in Richmond at 2:00, but should be back in time to grab my bike and ride across the bridge by six.

I am looking forward to meeting everyone! :D

sethpo
12-17-2014, 08:05 AM
I'm in.

Harry Meatmotor
12-17-2014, 08:55 AM
IN!

TriGirlSara
12-17-2014, 09:14 AM
I'll be at the happy hour too (my first). It will be a pretty decent ride back to my place in Woodley Park afterwards, but on the plus side, I will rack up some additional miles for my Freezing Saddles team!

lordofthemark
12-17-2014, 09:25 AM
I hope to be there, and my wife (shall I call her Queen of the Mark on this forum?) may come too.

PotomacCyclist
12-17-2014, 09:33 AM
For future events, the Highline RXR bar/restaurant is scheduled to open soon in Crystal City, in the former Bailey's Pub & Grille space. Fortunately, they will not allow smoking in the new bar (unlike at Bailey's, which is why I never went there, and apparently the smoking scared away enough people in general for them to go bankrupt). This is above McCormick & Schmick's on Crystal Drive, just a block or two from the MVT connector and the Water Park.

I don't know what the new place will look like. They will have TVs too, but I hope it's not like Buffalo Wild Wings. They will have bar games like table shuffleboard, mini-basketball hoops and other games like they have at Penn Social and other bars (owned by the same group). They also plan to have live music on weekends, and open mic nights, solo performers, karaoke, etc. on other nights, depending on the permit situation.

Looks interesting enough to add to the general mix of happy hour bars, maybe.

(I'm not sure I'll make this happy hour. Plus, I'm not signing up for Freezing Saddles. I'm just trespassing on this thread.)

worktheweb
12-17-2014, 09:41 AM
I should be there. Looking forward to meeting everyone.

Arlingtonrider
12-17-2014, 09:45 AM
For future events, the Highline RXR bar/restaurant is scheduled to open soon in Crystal City, in the former Bailey's Pub & Grille space.

Thanks for that info. I understand, though, that they are eliminating the separate room that Baileys used to have.

Arlingtonrider
12-17-2014, 09:51 AM
Thanks for setting this up, Kathy! I'm looking forward to it. About the golden nugget... Will that go to the rider who rides the most miles on Jan 1 or the rider with the longest ride on Jan 1? Last year I thought it was to be the former but I was wrong. :p It's most miles for the 24 hour day. :)

americancyclo
12-17-2014, 10:09 AM
might make it there with ms. cyclo and kidical cyclo too, but will be closer to 7pm. will we miss the festivities if we show up that late?

ShawnoftheDread
12-17-2014, 10:31 AM
I hope to be there, and my wife (shall I call her Queen of the Mark on this forum?) may come too.

I'm not positive about hereditary titles, but I think she'd be Lady of the Mark.

rcannon100
12-17-2014, 10:53 AM
It's most miles for the 24 hour day. :)

And note of clarification. The Golden Nugget is actually about 5 lbs of lead ~ and if you win it you must carry it for the rest of the contest on your bike.

http://www.mememaker.net/static/images/memes/3426019.jpg

lordofthemark
12-17-2014, 11:07 AM
I'm not positive about hereditary titles, but I think she'd be Lady of the Mark.

:)


in the forum where I first used this handle, I referred to her as QOTM, which had the advantage of abbreviating differently from LOTM.

Mikey
12-17-2014, 12:06 PM
And note of clarification. The Golden Nugget is actually about 5 lbs of lead ~ and if you win it you must carry it for the rest of the contest on your bike.

http://www.mememaker.net/static/images/memes/3426019.jpg

Sorry the pedicab is staying in the garage until spring.

dkel
12-17-2014, 12:28 PM
I will have to work the night of the happy hour, though it's remotely possible I could arrive sometime after 7:30. I'm hoping Rockford10 will go and represent me (even if she's not on my team, but on some sucky team).

Alcova cyclist
12-17-2014, 02:04 PM
I'm in too - it'll be my first forum event since I seem to be unable to make any of the 57,000 coffee clubs despite my best intentions.

Looking forward to BAFS!

Rockford10
12-17-2014, 02:32 PM
I will have to work the night of the happy hour, though it's remotely possible I could arrive sometime after 7:30. I'm hoping Rockford10 will go and represent me (even if she's not on my team, but on some sucky team).

Priorities!

I will go and represent for my own *fantastic* rainbows and unicorns team.

elwbikes
12-17-2014, 02:54 PM
I'll be there! And Arlingtonrider, as I'm registration co-czarina, I can help make the nametags. I can even print them, if we like!

Brünø Moore
12-17-2014, 10:24 PM
Biking from Proteus to Shirlington (yes, I'm a Marylander—had to look up where Shirlington was)? Yeah, those of you unlucky enough to not be on my team are so going down.

CPTJohnC
12-18-2014, 12:08 AM
Alas, I'll be out of town that day (with or without a bike... TBD) but I will, in many ways, wish I was there.

KLizotte
12-18-2014, 01:53 AM
I'm in. Thanks Kathy for setting this up for the gazillioneth time!

Arlingtonrider
12-18-2014, 08:38 AM
I'll be there! And Arlingtonrider, as I'm registration co-czarina, I can help make the nametags. I can even print them, if we like!

Emma, you're awesome! I'm sending you a PM. Let's coordinate some things.

mstone
12-18-2014, 10:51 AM
I'm not positive about hereditary titles, but I think she'd be Lady of the Mark.

"Marchioness" would be the title, and "Lady" the style of address in speech. :)

scorchedearth
12-18-2014, 11:46 AM
I'll be there.

Arlingtonrider
12-19-2014, 12:11 PM
Thanks to everyone who has responded so far, either here or by PM. I'm making a list, checking it twice, gonna find out who's --- oh, never mind. ;)

ian74
12-19-2014, 02:14 PM
I'm coming too. If I ride there in my tights will they let me sit on the furniture? I'm not allowed to at home after a ride.

wheels&wings
12-19-2014, 03:35 PM
If I ride there in my tights will they let me sit on the furniture? I'm not allowed to at home after a ride.

Huh? Um.... you must have really nice furniture. You can sit on mine anytime. :+)

Subby
12-19-2014, 10:19 PM
Should be there with world's best twins in tow.

sjclaeys
12-20-2014, 12:56 PM
Beer + Bikes = I will be there

DismalScientist
12-20-2014, 02:55 PM
The beer alone is enough for me to attend.

Arlingtonrider
12-20-2014, 04:39 PM
Announcing a NEWBIE GOLD NUGGET AWARD (partly a cross-post from the Volunteers thread)

At the initial happy hour on Jan 8, in addition to the original Gold Nugget award for most miles ridden on Jan 1, there will also be a separate Newbie Gold Nugget award for the *FS newbie* who rides the most miles on Jan. 1. Competing for these awards is a great way to work off holiday treats as well as to make yourself an instantly valuable member of any team you're assigned to.

Please let me know your Jan 1 mileage by Jan 3 if you think you may be a contender for either (or both) of the Gold Nuggets, so that I can determine who the winners are. (Newbies not yet familiar with all the features of the forum- If logged on, you can private message (PM) that info to me by clicking on "Notifications" in the upper right corner, above.). We would really like winners and close contenders to be present at the Jan 8 happy hour when we make the Gold Nugget awards. However, if you absolutely can't make it, you can designate a proxy to accept the award for you.

Please, as always, ride safely and have fun!

Powerful Pete
12-22-2014, 12:20 AM
I have asked for permission and while there are questions regarding my sanity for signing up for Freezing Saddles, I will attend and drink beer. And ride my bike to and from.

Fast Friendly Guy
12-22-2014, 04:41 AM
I'm in! Hope I don't have to change my name to. . . Fast FREEZING Guy


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kwarkentien
12-22-2014, 01:28 PM
I'm in.

komorebi
12-22-2014, 08:10 PM
Count me in.

KWL
12-22-2014, 08:55 PM
I'm in! Hope I don't have to change my name to. . . Fast FREEZING Guy


https://scontent-b-iad.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpf1/v/t1.0-9/s720x720/10801861_10152822464900340_5762239450289056441_n.j pg?oh=d53968b4bcc69bfa57106b6be93c0edc&oe=5534A5CCI'm hesitant to take part if there are going to be crazy guys like this in the group. ;)

cvcalhoun
12-22-2014, 10:57 PM
I'm hesitant to take part if there are going to be crazy guys like this in the group. ;)

You're contemplating joining a contest involving biking through a DC winter, and won't join if there are crazy people in it? I don't think that word means what you think it means!

mstone
12-23-2014, 04:36 AM
You're contemplating joining a contest involving biking through a DC winter, and won't join if there are crazy people in it? I don't think that word means what you think it means!
Inconceivable!

bobco85
12-23-2014, 07:26 AM
I'll be there!

Sunyata
12-23-2014, 07:57 AM
Can I bring a plus one? He is also a cyclist and WABA member (and subsequently loves beer and good times), but will not be participating in the competition.

jwetzel
12-23-2014, 09:10 AM
You're contemplating joining a contest involving biking through a DC winter, and won't join if there are crazy people in it? I don't think that word means what you think it means!
Biking through a DC winter is perfectly normal. That beard, however, is not.

TwoWheelsDC
12-23-2014, 11:53 AM
I should be there, assuming I don't get stuck at work.

hozn
12-23-2014, 05:34 PM
I am gonna try to make this one (finally)!

KelOnWheels
12-23-2014, 05:48 PM
I'll try to get there before everyone leaves! :D

Amalitza
12-23-2014, 07:43 PM
I think I'll be able to make it.

rcannon100
12-24-2014, 08:56 PM
News Alert: He caved!

http://www.eduicon.com/admin/images/Basic/Country_Flag_Large/uk.gif

ShawnoftheDread
12-24-2014, 09:24 PM
Slacker or team?

rcannon100
12-24-2014, 09:34 PM
Slacker or team?

He wants to crush you. Doesnt that make you mad?? Doesnt that make you want to sign up? So you can crush him?

ShawnoftheDread
12-24-2014, 09:41 PM
He wants to crush you. Doesnt that make you mad?? Doesnt that make you want to sign up? So you can crush him?

THERE'S NO OPTION ON THE FORM FOR THAT! What am I gonna do?!

rcannon100
12-24-2014, 09:52 PM
THERE'S NO OPTION ON THE FORM FOR THAT! What am I gonna do?!

There is now! 1 hour and 5 min left before George Bailey comes down the chimney and beats up the banker Potter (hey! I like this movie!)

ShawnoftheDread
12-24-2014, 11:10 PM
Oops, missed it by <that> much.

rcannon100
12-24-2014, 11:16 PM
We can always add you. We like bankers. George Baily is a socialist bum! All hail Potter!!

Arlingtonrider
12-25-2014, 07:29 AM
No post deadline sign ups!

That is the rule, which is engraved on hard stone, buried next to a big tree in a secret place deep in a forest in Moldavia.

peterw_diy
12-25-2014, 11:00 AM
No post deadline sign ups!

Now y'all have me worried that my signup weeks ago didn't work...!

ShawnoftheDread
12-25-2014, 11:20 AM
Seriously, I'm on the west coast and got interrupted while signing up, so I didn't hit enter until 9:05 pst.

rcannon100
12-25-2014, 11:29 AM
Seriously, I'm on the west coast and got interrupted while signing up, so I didn't hit enter until 9:05 pst.

F... I.... N.... E....

We will make one exception. Just because we think bankers are such cute and cuddly people. UR signed up.

http://cdn3.whatculture.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/shaun-of-the-dead-yellow.jpg

ShawnoftheDread
12-25-2014, 01:06 PM
I'm not a banker. I'm a lobbyist. Everyone loves a lobbyist.

rcannon100
12-25-2014, 09:00 PM
I'm not a banker. I'm a lobbyist. Everyone loves a lobbyist.

Which one are you in this picture (and is you panier really stuffed with cash)????


http://www.thenation.com/sites/default/files/user/20/DoddFrank_Lobbyists_1000px-1.jpg

DismalScientist
12-25-2014, 09:27 PM
AFSCME and US PIRG are consumer protection groups? That's nice to know.

Arlingtonrider
12-25-2014, 10:18 PM
Getting back to the happy hour . . .

ShawnoftheDread
12-26-2014, 12:25 AM
So what's your point? That the number of lobbyists on an issue is irrelevant to the outcome?

Raymo853
12-26-2014, 06:26 AM
Quote Originally Posted by Arlingtonrider View Post
No post deadline sign ups!

Now y'all have me worried that my signup weeks ago didn't work...!

I too am worried my registration did not take. Can a list of who has been signed up be made available?

Arlingtonrider
12-26-2014, 07:15 AM
My point is just that some of us enjoy this biking forum as a way to get away from discussing politics and jobs.

Also, it might be helpful if we can try to keep things on their relevant threads.

In that regard, does anyone want to offer to lead a convoy from DC to Shirlington for the happy hour?

On another topic, it's a beautiful day. WSGFABR! (We should go for a bike ride!)

jwetzel
12-26-2014, 07:55 AM
Yes, who will lead us on a great adventure across the moat to the wild hinterlands of Shirlington?

elwbikes
12-26-2014, 08:51 AM
Peterw_diy and Raymo853, you are both successfully registered!

rcannon100
12-26-2014, 09:31 AM
So what's your point? That the number of lobbyists on an issue is irrelevant to the outcome?

No no no. My point is your panier is stuffed with cash and that's why we love you. And to tie it back to the thread, we want you to bring handups to the happy hour as pointless prizes.

dkel
12-26-2014, 09:45 AM
No no no. My point is your panier is stuffed with cash and that's why we love you. And to tie it bank to the thread, we want you to bring handups to the happy hour as pointless prizes.

Handups=panniers stuffed with cash. FYI.

rcannon100
12-26-2014, 10:09 AM
I think we need a beer summit to resolve this political fury. Um, oh I know, how about at the happy hour! And, um, all guys with paniers stuffed with cash are buying! ;)


(this is a joke. Had this been a real political discussion, I would sound like a moron and be completely unconvincing).

ShawnoftheDread
12-26-2014, 11:03 AM
No no no. My point is your panier is stuffed with cash and that's why we love you. And to tie it back to the thread, we want you to bring handups to the happy hour as pointless prizes.

I'd love to oblige, but I took the rack off my bike and I'm not sure it's going back on anytime soon. But if you'd like some cheap orange and blue pens, I'm your guy.

TriGirlSara
12-26-2014, 01:53 PM
My point is that some of us enjoy this biking forum as a way to get away from political discussions and comments about peoples' professions.

Also, it might be helpful if we can try to keep things on their relevant threads.

In that regard, does anyone want to offer to lead a convoy from DC to Shirlington for the happy hour?

On another topic, it's a beautiful day. WSGFABR! (We should go for a bike ride!)

I'll be biking to the happy hour from 17th street near the White House if anyone wants to ride with me! I'll be on my heavy commuter bike that day so it won't be too zippy of a pace. I'd also be happy to glom onto a larger convoy since I've never actually biked to Shirlington before. :)


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Raymo853
12-26-2014, 05:41 PM
Peterw_diy and Raymo853, you are both successfully registered!

Sweet I am so looking forward to getting mono again this year in late Jan and having my riding severely curtailed.

consularrider
12-26-2014, 09:46 PM
I'll be biking to the happy hour from 17th street near the White House if anyone wants to ride with me! I'll be on my heavy commuter bike that day so it won't be too zippy of a pace. I'd also be happy to glom onto a larger convoy since I've never actually biked to Shirlington before. :)


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What your departure time form 17th?

TriGirlSara
12-27-2014, 10:09 AM
What your departure time form 17th?

I'm flexible with when I leave, but I was thinking 5:30.


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Arlingtonrider
12-27-2014, 04:42 PM
A convoy will come together - no worries. Sometimes it gets organized just a few days before the event. People usually meet near the bikeshare station at the base of the DC side of the 14th Street Bridge (just south of the Jefferson Memorial).

PeteD
12-28-2014, 04:26 PM
Do my best to be there (which means, probably not, but who knows.)

vern
12-28-2014, 09:06 PM
I have a 3:45 appointment that afternoon at the dentist to do prep work for a crown and some other gruesome thing that I forget so yeah, I'll probably be in line for a good beer a couple hours later. I have never ridden my bike with alcohol in my system so I don't know what that will be like. About 30 years ago I went on a run one hour after drinking a beer and it was the WORST run I ever had, without a doubt.

jrenaut
12-28-2014, 09:42 PM
I'm pretty sure I'll be heading out from DC and am happy to lead a convoy from the 14th St Bridge CaBi station. Once I'm sure I'm coming, I'll provide some details.

Harry Meatmotor
12-29-2014, 09:33 AM
I have never ridden my bike with alcohol in my system so I don't know what that will be like.

Oh - That's easy to fix. (http://www.amazon.com/SunLite-HD-Adjustable-Training-Wheels/dp/B004DAQLFG/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1419867040&sr=8-2&keywords=Adult+bike+training+wheels)

cyclingfool
12-29-2014, 09:52 AM
Oh - That's easy to fix. (http://www.amazon.com/SunLite-HD-Adjustable-Training-Wheels/dp/B004DAQLFG/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1419867040&sr=8-2&keywords=Adult+bike+training+wheels)

Or this... ;)

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Rockford10
12-29-2014, 10:23 AM
I'm in - did I actually say that before? I will be coming from Tysons at about 5:30 or so and will hit Shirlington at about 6:30. If anyone wants to ride East, we could do the easiest possible convoy ever.

Phatboing
12-29-2014, 11:20 AM
I'm in - did I actually say that before? I will be coming from Tysons at about 5:30 or so and will hit Shirlington at about 6:30. If anyone wants to ride East, we could do the easiest possible convoy ever.

Count me in for convoying, mostly. I may bail at the last minute, because my 5-week tropical vacation has obliterated all my institutionalized knowledge re riding in this weather (and I'm rediscovering my leg muscles too).

wheels&wings
12-29-2014, 11:27 AM
... my 5-week tropical vacation....

SWEET! "I'll have what he's having," so to speak, obliterated leg muscles and all. :+)

Rockford10
12-29-2014, 11:56 AM
It's all downhill from Tysons to Shirlington, it will be sweet. It's the back, uphill, after a beer or two, that's the problem...

rolo
12-30-2014, 09:47 AM
I'm planning on being there!

Harry Meatmotor
12-30-2014, 12:06 PM
I'll be coming from NOMA/Union Station @ approximately 5:00-5:10pm if any one wants to convoy. Likely hit Shirlington in 35 - 50 minutes, depending on how spirited the tempo is.

ewilliams0305
12-30-2014, 02:23 PM
I'll be there, can't wait to kick off the season with a bunch of frozen cyclist!

Vicegrip
12-30-2014, 05:28 PM
I am in and I will be bringing the 2015 Freezing Saddles 01/01 longest ride award. As last years 01/01 miles winner I have both recused myself from this years 01/01 contest and hand made the 01/01 award. Trust me, your miles will be amply rewarded with a living room fireplace mantle grade trophy:rolleyes: and something to put it in. (until Jan 2016 when you get to present it to the next 01/01 Winner. ;)

Mikey
12-30-2014, 06:12 PM
Mikey, and Thavaradhara make 2 + 3 kids for the Mikey clan.

jrenaut
12-31-2014, 08:04 AM
I will be there.

I will also lead a convoy from the CaBi station at the 14th St Bridge near the Jefferson Memorial. Pace will depend on who shows up, but I'm not going to drop anyone. Flexible on timing but I prefer earlyish. Maybe 430? PM me if you want to come along.

Justin Antos
12-31-2014, 08:40 AM
I'm planning to be there; will try to join a convoy if I get my act together soon enough.

DCAKen
12-31-2014, 09:24 AM
I'm planning on coming to meet my new teammates.

Boomer2U
12-31-2014, 12:23 PM
I plan to attend, and may bring 2 FS newbies who aren't on this forum yet, FYI.

Boomer2U
12-31-2014, 12:26 PM
A convoy will come together - no worries. Sometimes it gets organized just a few days before the event. People usually meet near the bikeshare station at the base of the DC side of the 14th Street Bridge (just south of the Jefferson Memorial).
I'd be interested to join a convoy riding from DC to Shirlington, FYI

jongon
12-31-2014, 09:22 PM
I'm in! Leaving Adams Morgan slightly after 5 pm if anyone wants to join me for the ride down.

elwbikes
01-01-2015, 02:48 PM
Jongon I'm with you!

Brünø Moore
01-01-2015, 03:47 PM
From where in The Morg are you leaving? WABA Intergalactic HQ, or somewhere further south? I may meet y'alls there.

jongon
01-01-2015, 03:50 PM
From where in The Morg are you leaving? WABA Intergalactic HQ, or somewhere further south? I may meet y'alls there.

Cabi Station @ 18th & Columbia NW

Arlingtonrider
01-01-2015, 04:47 PM
All convoy volunteers and riders - please note date change in the happy hour thread! To avoid confusion, I'll start a new "Jan 9 Happy Hour Convoys" thread.

Arlingtonrider
01-01-2015, 04:54 PM
To avoid confusion, please put any new posts about the happy hour under the new "alert" thread noting the change to Friday, Jan 9.

averagejo
01-04-2015, 01:14 PM
Count me in!