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THE TIME HAS COME, I’ve headed down the road to Portland because orientation starts TODAY! I did an interview this morning with WCSH (Portland Channel 6) that will air on the Tuesday morning report. (I think, if not then it will at least be online sometime that day). My mom snapped a picture of me getting my mic all hooked up. We had to leave at 5:30 am in order to make the interview time, but Amanda was really sweet and I was so pumped to sit among the staged bookshelves. It’s been a dream of mine for a long time to sit in one of those armchairs in a pseudo-living room set to do an interview. I guess dreams really do come true!

I’ve got my bin and camelbak all packed and Mr. Kite is hot to trot and ready to get riding 🙂 To be honest, I’m pretty nervous, haha, I’ve definitely got some butterflies in my stomach. I hope I’ve trained hard enough and I hope I didn’t forget anything (I’m sure I did, I just know it). I have so many people to thank for getting me this far; it’s been an incredible journey and I haven’t even begun. Let’s just say I’ve got a lot of postcards to send when I leave Maine. I really can’t wait to meet all the other B&Bers though. (I wonder if they’re nervous too) I just hope I can contain these butterflies until we’re actually out on the road!

Sweat Equity

I was lucky enough to work with the Habitat for Humanity of Greater Bangor for the past few weeks to satisfy my required sweat equity hours for Bike and Build this spring. They just moved to their new location in Bangor in Penobscot Plaza by the river and things are looking really good! The ReStore accepts donations of building materials and furniture and sells them to benefit their housing efforts. They are open Wednesday through Friday 10-6 and Saturday 9-5. Check it out!

The Bangor H4H also just selected the next family that will be receiving a Habitat house. They are Lara and David Hooker and their three children (two boys and a girl). Those kids are so cute!! I even got to talk with Lara a little when she came by to volunteer at the ReStore. The lot that they’ll be building on is over on Milford Street in Bangor. Part of the volunteer work I did was help survey the land and mark out the property lines. The site is pretty grown in right now, but it will definitely make a great place for a home. I also helped work on the upstairs office area in Penobscot Plaza that is being renovated to fit their needs. I painted a cabinet, installed some doornobs, cleaned carpet, helped lay flooring and a couple other odd jobs.

I worked a total of 15 hours- I wish I could do even MORE, but I’ve been really busy getting ready to get on the road. I would definitely recommend visiting or volunteering at the ReStore. You can check out their facebook page here: http://www.facebook.com/hfhgb and there’s even more info on their website: http://www.habitatbangor.org/

GOT MY BIKE!

This week I finally got my bike in the mail. It’s so pretty! It came in a huge cardboard box and I put it together with my friends on Thursday night. I can’t believe this is all real! It’s the women’s “avail” and it’s black, white and pink. And I’ve officially named it (drumroll please) Mr. Kite! I’m so excited to start riding it around the city 🙂

1,000 DOLLARS REACHED! (only 3,000 to go)

The other day, Cadillac Mountain Sports finally put me over 1,000 dollars; I can’t believe how generous they were!

THAT MEANS I CAN ORDER MY BIKE! Once it gets here, I’ll need to think of a name and I’ll be taking suggestions. This is a very important ritual, a good name can make all the difference in the biker-to-bike relationship. Comment if you have ideas! I added this classic fundraising thermometer to my dorm room door yesterday. As you can see, there is still a good way to go before I reach 4,000 dollars. More good news though: I GOT A JOB! I will be working in the scene shop for the Steinhardt school, building sets and some props and stuff. I’m really excited to finally have some money to put towards gear. Because what is a bicycle without a seat or tires, really?

On the Radio

I set five alarms this morning to make sure I would be awake by 7:30

104.7 The Bear with Paul and Kat in the morning

(much to the disdain of my roommates) so that I could be interviewed LIVE on Paul and Kat in the morning! (99.1 WLKE, 103.3 WMCM, 104.7 WBFB) They were really fabulous and I’m sure people (my mom) got to hear it on their way to work! I think this was my first live, on-the-air interview ever, but it went better than I thought it would. I hope I didn’t sound too nervous 🙂

Later this morning, an interview that I taped with 100.3 WKIT is also going to be on. I keep telling people that I’m going to be on Stephen King’s radio station! Don Morgan did the interviewing; he has such a great radio voice. Wish I could be there for their Cardboard Carvnival tomorrow, that’s always a hilarious adventure.

"Doug E. Graves" the WKIT mascot

I used to set them as my radio alarm back when I was in Brewer and had to get up before the sun did to go to high school.

Gleason Media radio stations

 

 

 

 

Scott Garrett  was kind enough to put my comments on his 5 Maine radio stations earlier this week WOXO (92.7 & 100.7) • WEZR (1240) • WTME (780 & 1450)

Finally, on Monday morning as I was about to get into the elevator to go to class, I got a call from a man from Cumulus Radio. For Bangor thats Z107.3, Q106.5, I95.7 and 92.9 WEZQ. Haha, he caught me a little off guard so I think I probably sounded a little silly, but I guess a lot of people heard it and they said it was all good. I never got to hear it, but I was so excited to have my own words on radio stations that I listen to all the time!

I can’t believe how lucky I’ve been with media coverage. All of the stations said to call back give updates too! Pay attention–you never know where I’ll pop up!!!

Hey friends!

Thanks for visiting my Bike and Build blog! Look for updates about my training, fundraising and progress as the trip gets closer!