2014 Girls of Summer Alley Cat

Yesterday marked the 4th annual Girls of Summer alley cat race in Seattle. Here are some ladies hanging out at the start.
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Ben held the baby so Laura could race
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meanwhile I left to go get our checkpoint ready. This involved appropriate signage
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our checkpoint was pretty simple: write a love poem
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Mike did some practice runs to simulate the girls arriving
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Gary pondered words that rhymed
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Marcy was the first to arrive
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she loves biking so much that she wrote “I love biking so much that”
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shortly after Marcy left a few ladies showed up
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the rules state that once a lady writes a love poem she gets paint on her nail
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and onward Theresa goes
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Suddenly Mike hears approaching cyclists
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with streamers in their helmets
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they write a poem and get their nails done
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but now which way to go?
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counting out the syllables
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Jenna’s all like, “I got this.”
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Clarissa with Kara hot on her tail
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they write poems together
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checking the manifest
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string cheese
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oh this is not water
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here’s Laura shortly before getting upset that I couldn’t give good directions towards the I-5 Colonnade. Sorry Laura. I still don’t know how to get there.
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Sasha proud of her poem
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Sasha winky face
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what terrible paint jobs we performed!
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all the poor little fingernails!
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meanwhile people kept arriving and writing poems
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and then left, or tried to leave, but realized they had no idea where they were going
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maybe if we put it on the ground?
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climbing shoes? On an alley cat race? What did people have to do at the other stops?
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fabulous space suit top
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Katie with her dead baby bike gang shirt. Street cred!
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and someone ducked so I could capture Gary painting the nails of the woman in the space suit top
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here a contestant gives Gary shit for the massacre on her fingernail
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the famous “ass hatchet” poem is born
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this is not so bad!
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Gary is getting better
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drying their nails
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“Ha ha. Look at this paint job I received”
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well these don’t look awful
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so long Sosho
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then came the important job of painting our nails
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and judging the poems!
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which after a long day of drinking proved to be difficult
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but hey! A phone number!
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Afterwards we went to Twilight Exit for the after party. I did not bring my camera.

I’ll post the full set of photos (112 photos) on Flickr or something, after I get around to creating a Flickr account, which may never happen.

Hooray to all the ladies who participated. That looked exhausting. Props to Margaret, Monica, and Heather for organizing the race again.

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