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Weekend of Wheels

Joy and I had a pretty busy weekend last week. Since my birthday fell on a Wednesday and Joy had to be in choir rehearsal that night, we decided to postpone my birthday celebration and dinner to Friday night. So, after work, Joy and I went and had dinner at P.F. Chang’s. We wanted to sit outside and people watch because it was the weather was so nice, but we had movie tickets for 8pm so we took first available.

After dinner we walked down to the Monaco theater and watched “Premium Rush.” We both enjoyed the movie and it really had me jonesing to get on my bike. So Saturday morning I decided to get up and head to the local bike shop and buy some new street tires for my bike. My bike isn’t exactly a cruiser (like a single-speed beach bike), and it’s not a mountain bike or a road bike. It’s actually a kind of hybrid bike of all three, but it came out before the “official” hybrid bikes (which are essentially mountain bikes with road bike wheels and tires). I’ve been wanting to get rid of the 2″ knobby tires and get some narrower, high-pressure slicks since I only ride on the streets in my neighborhood anymore. Here’s a comparison pic of the old and new tires:

New road tires for the bike

The tires made a big difference. The ride is much quieter and I get about 3-5 more mph now. I did have a slight tailwind, but I was able to hit 25 mph on a long flat street!

Saturday night was my 20th high school reunion. I’ve never been to any of my reunions, but a friend in the VW club that went to school with me talked me into going. So on the way home from the bike shop, Joy and I decided to swing my Enterprise rental cars and see if they had an Italian super cars to rent. Unfortunately, all the Ferrari’s were gone but we did get this:

Rental Fiat 500

That’s a Fiat 500 and we nicknamed him “Guido.” We’ve actually been trying to score a 500 rental ever since we heard that Enterprise had them. We test drove a new one a few months back and both really liked it so we thought we’d try an extended test drive, like a weekend or something and see if it’s something we’d like to pick up used someday. It has been such a fun car to drive. It handles great and it has a lot of pep for only 101 hp. I think it’d be even more fun rowing the gears with a manual tranny, especially if it was in the 160 hp Abarth edition!

So believe it or not, we drove the little Fiat to my H.S. reunion. The reunion itself was pretty boring. I think there was only about 40 people there and half of those people were spouses of my classmates. Most of the people I really wanted to catch up with didn’t even show. I never really talked to a lot of people in high school and I didn’t have much to say to them after 20 years. The food was great and the venue (Syke’s place in Decatur) was cool, but Joy and I still left really early. I’m sure I won the “Most Rude” award, but they’ll have to wait till the 40 year reunion to give it to me!

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