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brother can you spare a dime?

Hello friendly blog peeps, peepettes and casual visitors.

Today’s post is asking for a HUGE favor.

If you look to the right… right next to the title of this post you’ll see a picture. If you click it, the link will take you to my page on the Lone Star Chapter of The National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s website.

I’m writing about this because I want to let you know I’m riding my bicycle half way across Texas in an effort to raise funds for researchers to find a cure for MS. I’m riding in the 2009 MS 150 Bike Tour from Houston to Austin. It’s about 160 miles or so over two days.

I’m do it for two reasons. One… believe it or not, I find it fun and of course, challenging. (i’ve ridden this ride before) Two… I know I am extremely lucky to be able to move my body on my own and so I feel an obligation to help.

I want to help researchers find a cure for folks who don’t move so well because of this disease.

I’m no scientist. I don’t know much about this disease or what it will take to end it. But I can pedal my bike and ask people to donate to my ride so the smart guys can figure a way to help those who are afflicted with this disease.

So I hope you will.

I hope you can spare ten bucks… or five bucks… or three or even one.

I know five bucks or even one doesn’t seem like a lot but it all adds up.

When I was in the Marine Corps I learned a saying from the grunts… “ounces make pounds.” I first heard it when my unit attached with some grunts for training and we were going on a 13 mile hike carrying all our gear on our back.

A few of the guys took us “non-hackers” aside and said, “ounces make pounds, Marine. Let me see your gear.” They proceeded to show us how stripping every tiny piece of non-essential crap added up to a lot of weight.

“Ounces make pounds” folks. I know times are tough. Hell, I barely have two nickels to rub together but if you could donate whatever you can…

well, every little bit adds up to a lot.

the American spirit of adventure alive and well

I met Willie and Puppy back on Feb 19th but I lost the little doohickey that plugs into the slot thingy on my computer that lets me upload my pics from my camera. (Sorry for using that technical jargon on y’all… just tryin to impress you with my computer prowess)

Anyway so I finally found it and am now able to put the pics along with this post so here you go.

I saw these two as I was driving on my way to work last week and as I passed them up I saw a little cardboard sign in the basket of this guy’s bike that said, “BIKING ACROSS AMERICA”.I had to stop and meet this guy to see what he was all about and why he had a dog in tow. Luckily I had my camera so I waited for him a few minutes up the road. Which, this particular road, by the way is extremely heavy with traffic.

I got to talking to him and was perplexed by what he was doing and his lack of planning. I mean, I’m a pretty spontanious person but even I have my limits.

And I’m not naive, I mean he looks like a homeless guy whose come up with a new way to make a few tax free bucks off of people who give the benefit of the doubt.

People kinda like me.

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