Friday, February 02, 2007

I Want a Bean Feast

Sometimes I am an idiot. I just am. In the world of Willy Wonka, I want to believe I am the Charlie character – but, sometimes, it turns out that I’m more like Veruca Salt.

Case in point: In response to Fritz’s post on Commute By Bike to start making plans for National Bike To Work Day on Friday May 18th, I fired off a note to the management company for our office park asking them if they could set anything up for those of us that commute by bike. I got my reply; it wasn’t really what I’d hoped for.

“I will put the Bike to Work Day date on the Corporate Woods website under the Events Calendar, but we are not interested in putting an actual event together for this.”

My knee-jerk reaction was, in retrospect, very Veruca-like. After all, I want a party! Cream buns and doughnuts and fruitcake with no nuts, so good you could go nuts. Give it to me now! Seriously. I want a ball. I want a party! Pink macaroons and a million balloons and performing baboons… You get the picture.

They said they’d put in on the calendar of events and that is a good start. Now I need to get off my selfish rear and see what I can do, but that sounds a lot like work… Maybe I’ll just sit back and watch T.V. – oh, wait, that is a different character.

4 comments:

Tim said...

Put up your own posters. Organize a breakfast ride before everyone rides to work. Buy a couple of dozen doughnuts. If you can get some people doing it, maybe the company will take notice and consider supporting it next year.

If you have interested people, you're ahead of the game. In my building, we have exercisers and we have non-exercisers. I don't think there will ever be much overlap.

Too many people would rather stand at the back door smoking cigarettes and commenting on the weather while a couple of us roll our bikes inside.

A Midnight Rider said...

I am thinking of organizing the bike to work day in my office of around 800 people.
I am realistically hoping for 5.

Eric said...

KC will have a Bike to Work Week again this year. We're organizing it right now with Bridging the Gap, the Missouri Bicycle Federation, KC Bike Club, and others. Check out http://kcbike.info/kcbcc/ for 2006's event and eventually the 2007 info.

-eric

Fritz said...

Getting it on the calendar is good. See what other folks in Wichita are doing, too.