Coffee And Tee’s?: Tim Bikes Around for Stone Creek and TeeCycle

July 10, 2008

Heyo,

Tim’s… got time on his hands. Inspired by Milwaukee-based Coffee House Stone Creek’s offer to give a free pound of coffee to anyone that visits all their stores, Tim took ’em up on the offer. And did so BY BIKE. Check it on the Stone Creek website here:

A few weeks ago we launched our Stone Creek Anniversary Road Trip in which you can visit our stores in the metro Milwaukee area to get free coffee. We were delighted to hear that one of our amazing customers, Tim Cigelske went the environmentally friendly route and took the entire Stone Creek Road trip by BIKE! Which is about 100 miles! Tim also documented his journey, Tour de Stone Creek on his website TeeCycle.org . For every Stone Creek location on his trip he has a photo of himself in a cool vintage t-shirt that is available for sale on TeeCycle.org . Like Tim, we encourage you to share your amazing Road Trip story with us. Send your story or photos to cboivin@stonecreekcoffee.com. You still have a lot of time! (until August 31) So get out there and take the trip no matter what kind of transportation you have! Sip slowly and be safe! Thanks again Tim!

Tim at the finish in Oconomowoc with his free pound of coffee!

Anyway. This was an INSANE trip, 40+ miles one day, then nearly 70 miles the next. I decided to map the coffee & commerce bike trip on Google Maps, which you can check out by clicking here.

All this effort was not in vein, because Tim is now training for a bike ride from Colorado to Milwaukee at the end of this month. That shizzle’s crazy.

Also, Go Go White Sox.

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The “Iron Chef” Mix Challenge

July 8, 2008

This is actually an OLD (and perhaps) never posted blog I found while cleaning out my “My Documents” folder.  It’s an oldie but goodie…

The IRON CHEF MIX CHALLENGE!

Concept: Make something beautiful out of something baffling

Background: Owning an iPod seems to be a necessity these days, and, if your friend has a 600-gig iPod of music plugged directly into their car stereo, it can make road-trips torture. Fortunately most drivers are willing to pass their iPod around so passengers can take advantage of the Gigantor iPod Saving Grace: The On-The-Go Playlist.  Regardless of their ‘pod contents; dated tastes, odd music fetishes, the Creed catalog, it’s actually fun to try to make a bumpin’ bouillbesse out of an iPod full of stinky fish guts.

The challenge: Take your friends’ iPod (the stranger taste in music the better) and make of it a thing of mixtape beauty. The glory being, it’s THEIR musical palate through your tune choices put up against the car’s collective ear drums.

My pal, who shall forever remain nameless* has a particular brand of musical torture – a hilariously “eclectic” iPod.  Here’s a quick list of music I heard on recent road trips; Big & Rich, Snap!, The Back To the Future soundtrack, O.A.R., Dave Matthews Band, 311, Garden State, John Mayer Trio, and of course the aforementioned Creed.

I gladly took up their offer to put together a playlist, and I think I did alright.  This is all from memory, but it went with something like:

  • Phil Collins, “In The Air Tonight” (which was labeled as “Genesis – ‘feel it coming in the air of tonight’ ”)
  • Chicago, “Does Anyone Really Know What Time It Is?”
  • Survivor (Ides of March), “Vehicle”
  • Cameo, “Word Up”
  • Kanye West, “Keep Em High”
  • Jurassic 5, “Freedom”
  • Cardigans, “Lovefool”
  • Deee-Lite, “Groove is in the Heart”
  • Nickelcreek, “Spit On a Stranger”
  • John Mayer, “Kid A” (Radiohead Cover)
  • Rod Stewart, “Maggie May”
  • Spoon, “You Got Yr. Cherry Bomb”
  • Coldplay, “Green Eyes”
  • Dave Matthews Band, “Spoon”
  • Phish, “You Enjoy Myself”
  • Flaming Lips, “Bad Days”

Let’s hear your O.T.G. Playlist successes!

*Person may, as a narrative tool, be a combination of a number of people I know.