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Detcon 1 report
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Slowly recovering from the con and all that went before and after it. The adventure began last MondayLong rambling report hereCollapse )

The Tooles Kickstarter
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My friends Amy McNally (sweetmusic_27), Dave Perry (lollardfish) and Kurt, collectively known as The Tooles have launched their Kickstarter for a live album.  It's going to be all kinds of awesome, mostly because they're all kinds of awesome.  dave_ifversen is doing the recording and you - yes YOU! can be a part of it!  In fact there are two ways you can be a part of it - and you KNOW you want to be.  For a measly $10 contribution you can get a copy of their album. Give them more $ and you get more cool stuff like t-shirts and stickers and such.

You can also be a part of that album by showing up at the Irish American Heritage Center on September 6th and singing along.   It's going to be an epic night, I'm sure.

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sweetmusic_27 Hope the day is as fabulous as you are!

Heather Dale Concert!
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The lovely Heather Dale will be here in the Chicagoland area this Saturday June 14th. Details here. Concert starts at 7pm. The venue is spacious and handicap accessible.  If you're coming from the city via public transport, contact me and I can arrange pick up at the Metro station (on either the BNSF or Union Pacific West line). 

You are the mask that I've been wearing
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It seems somewhat melodramatic to say but riding my bike really has saved me.  It saved me from going crazy four years ago in the summer of 2010 as my mother's health took a sharp down turn.  Riding my bike was an escape where I had no responsibilities.

It has no doubt improved my health.  When I started riding, I could barely do a couple miles at less than 10 mph.  I just finished 11 miles at an average speed of 14 mph.  When I'm not riding up a hill or into the #$@% wind (or both!), I can easily manage 17-20 mph.

I ride for a number of reasons and in 3 weeks, I'm going to be riding a lot of miles for a really good one - multiple sclerosis.  This is not an abstract disease to me.  It affects people I know and care about.  I think about them as I ride and am thankful that I can ride for them.

I am still looking for contributions to my ride.  You can go here to see my personal page.  It's a flat donation amount - not an amount per mile that I ride.  If you feel uncomfortable donating online, email me at angelakarash at ifversen dot org.
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billroper Hope it's a wonderful day!

Bike MS 2014
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I'm riding in the Bike MS Tour de Farms again this year.  I have a new riding partner who will be joining me this year and the prospect of keeping up with him has spurred my training this year.  As has the lovely new bike seen above.  We're hoping to ride 50 miles on Saturday, an ambitious goal for both of us.  (I've done 35 miles the past two year and know I can do that again.)

I'm riding because I've seen how MS affects people - people I know and care about.  If you are able, please consider donating to my ride - even $5 is welcome.  You can go to my personal page here.  Thanks!
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