January 11, 2011
So I arrived in Phoenix. By now this city is almost feeling like a second home...the more I come here the more I seem to meet more people. It's been great.
Upon arrival, I quickly met up with one of my closest friends here, Angie Kell-Robertson. Angie was doing the 12-hour mtb race with some of her friends, and invited me to come watch / hang out.
It was so much fun! The race was 7am-7pm, so I arrived around 5p or so to enjoy the final hours in the environment. I ran into a bunch of people I already knew - and thanks to Angie (Phoenix's social dynamo), I met a bunch of her friends too.
We hung out for a few hours. Finally, when the race directors had to pretty much throw us out because they'd almost finished tearing down the site, we ventured outa there. Angie had swung back a few brews by that point and was feeling no pain, so I suggested I drive. She flung her car keys at me with a "good idea!" smile.
Carole: "Honey, have you eaten anything today?"
Angie: "Ummmmm. All I've had are Uncrustables all day!"
I leapt into action.
Carole: "Good Lord, girl. We're feeding you - STAT!"
I pushed the pedal a little heavy :) and got us to a restaurant where she inhaled some garlic pizza...and I gnawed on a slice too. (We weren't smooching that night so who cares?) While we were there she kept showing me texts that kept coming in to her phone -- her friends from the race were all telling her how much they liked me and were inviting me to the group dinners, etc., while I am in town. That was so sweet and really made me smile!
It's such a welcoming community here.
Thanks so much to Angie for making such efforts to introduce me to people here so I get even more dialed in. I am NOT moving, though! :) :)