Archive for June, 2008
Wednesday, June 25th, 2008
I recently posted about Lauren Yant’s startup, Ruthie Pearl . This year she has a booth at the Farmer’s Market and due to her presence there was picked up by the Daily Style on Dooce.com . Superb! And now she is all sold out on bags and quickly sewing more. Ha ha… congrats!
If you haven’t yet, you should check out her site and try to secure an order before she sells out again. =)
Tuesday, June 24th, 2008
Every once in awhile my tiny little feet are advantageous. I might not ever be able to find shoes for work, but on occasion I find climbing shoes on sale. Prior to my trip, I picked up a pair of Anasazis and Methos for $90 total, when they usually retail for $120 per pair. Oh yeah… thank you little feet.
Friday, June 13th, 2008
Sorry for the lack of posts lately. I am on vacation with my friend Shaft and the CB-gbers in Squamish, British Columbia. It is so beautiful here, the climbing is superb, the temps have been good, and the surroundings remind me of Valdez, Alaska. Plus, we have seen MANY bears. I might post a couple posts while here, but perhaps not. It just isn’t a priority right now as I am focusing on relaxing in the sun and enjoying the view of The Chief.
In response to my previous post, thank you all for your support on the loss of my car. This past Wednesday it was found half a mile from my house with only the stereo gone and the glove box shuffled through. Can you believe that?! My good friend Mark went and identified it for me and lined up the towing (it is in drive-able condition but I took the key with me to Canada…doh! … and though I had mailed it to Mark, the car was found before the key arrived). It is now just waiting for me at his parent’s house. Thank you all for your support and for offering up your vehicles. And thank you Mark for taking car of all the details while I am away. I am truly lucky to have so many great people in my life.
Ok, I am off to go climb. =)
Thursday, June 5th, 2008
Once again I was the victim of theft.
I thought I handled it so well this time, but as I write this I am quite bummed. I have lived in Salt Lake City for six and a half years, in many different locations, and out of those six years I have lost six big items. Yep, that means I am batting approximately one big loss per year. Today’s theft was the worst as the item lost was my car.
To date I have lost the following items, none of which were returned.
- mountain bike – I used to have a real nice bike that was stolen from my backyard. This was a painful loss, leaving me to feel so violated.
- car stereo – this one wasn’t a big deal. I actually was going out to the car to uninstall the stereo in order to give it to a friend. Yet, someone had beat me to the process.
- cruiser bike – this one wasn’t painful at all. In fact, I didn’t know it was missing until months later. It was a beater bike that needed some tuning and I found it missing when Spring arrived and I went to do the necessary work. It was given to me and was a quirky bike.
- wallet / phone – this one was truly painful, causing months of identity and credit worry. The items were stolen from my car while I was bouldering at Cabbage Patch in LCC. The Cabbage Patch boulders are seriously right off the road, maybe a 20 foot walk. Yet somehow the perpetrators broke a window and took the items unbeknownest to me. The person was found and prosecuted, but who knows where my credit cards ended up.
- scooter – I cried for days on this one. I bought a scooter, similar to a Vespa. and truly loved the thing. It was part of my identity and at the time scooters were rare in SLC, which made me like it even more. I truly loved this thing. One day it had some problems as I was driving home from the gym and I had to park it in the parking lot of an antique shop. When I went to retrieve it the next day, it was just gone. The story is long and convaluted, but in essence the lady of this store had given it to her friend who was then wanting a ransom for it … blah, blah, blah. It truly is a real weird and long story that ended in me never getting my scooter back in one piece. Funnily, the antique store went out of business about a year later and I believed it was karma.
- car – today the good old faithful Honda Civic was gone. She wasn’t real pretty with her huge dent, but I adored her. She ran so well, even in her old age.
The faithful civic with H.I.P. #1 on the Salt Flats.
The worst detail of the car situation was my car insurance. Please read: ALWAYS HAVE COMPREHENSIVE INSURANCE. My little Honda was a 1991 and pretty banged up, so I figured I would only get liability coverage. In my mind I thought comprehensive would be real expensive and not worth the investment for an old car. I WAS WRONG!!!! I found out from co-workers that the premium insurance is usually only dollars more as the main expense lies in the collision insurance. I was so shocked at learning this fact that I called my insurance company back to learn the cost difference, the total being… get ready for it… $30. By paying $30 more per year I could have recoupped the cost of my vehicle whereas now I have nothing.
This fact really is bothersome as I research out all areas of my life, analyzing the best deals and thoughtfully planning how I spend my money. Somehow it had never crossed my mind to see the cost difference between the two insurance plans. Why the insurance agent didn’t tell me about my options when I bought my policy? I don’t know. It actually makes me angry because isn’t their job to be… "my agent"? However, the main fault is mine as I didn’t do my damn research. How in the world did it slip my mind to ask when I am usually so diligent?!
Ok … enough of the pity party…. I’m back to the giggly self with a newfound insurance lesson.
Wednesday, June 4th, 2008
A fellow SLC climber and friend, Lauren Yant, has started her own business, Ruthie Pearl , selling fashionable, earth-friendly shopping bags and gift bags. Lauren is highly earth conscience and taken her activism to the next level by creating quality products with low impact, while offsetting all business energy consumption through wind power credits, reducing and recycling wastes, and educating others on global impact and how they can have a positive influence.
She was recently quoted:
"A lot of people think that environmentalism is a political movement, but it really isn’t -climate change is something that affects us all. People in my generation look at our grandparents who thought nothing was wrong with smoking and think they were crazy. I think that’s the same way that our grandchildren will look at us."
"They’ll wonder, ‘What were they thinking?’ If there’s anything that I hope people learn from what I’m doing, it’s that anyone can make small changes to help the world become a better place – and you can even look cute doing it. I simply hope that people start taking small steps to make smarter decisions for a better tomorrow."
The current selection of bags can be seen on the site and at the upcoming Farmer’s Market . Lauren has offered a 20% discount for any of the CragBaby readers. Just enter CRAGBABY as the discount code at the time of checkout. And then of course let me know which bag you purchased, as I am still trying to decide…. =)
Sunday, June 1st, 2008
I truly love Salt Lake City. It is a fantastic place housing numerous top notch outdoor recreation possibilities, a handful of great theaters, an excellent symphony (plus opera and ballet, though I don’t frequent those nearly as often), a good number of great restaurants … while still maintaining the small city feel. Living here truly is superb. Summer, though, is my favorite season as the city comes alive with the following events.
The Gallery Stroll , actually occurs all year round on every third Friday of the month, but I participate only in the summer as it is by far more enjoyable (in my mind) to check out The ArtSpace, Broadway, Pierpont Strip and individual galleries in the summer evenings.
The last Gallery Stroll in May showcased plates (a square sheet with two hole punches near the top) at the ArtSpace.
Farmer’s Market is held every Saturday morn starting on June 14th and and goes until completion in October. Over 70 Farmers, non-profits, and artists house booths to sell products and/or inform the public. A friend of mine will be there this year selling her Ruthie Pearl bags . Must see booths include KCPW where you can opine on local debates, the Salsa King (yum!) and all farmer booths were fresh local produce can be purchased. Or, if not wanting to show up weekly at the Farmer’s Market, the Community Supported Agriculture program is a fantastic alternative.
Every year the Farmer’s Market has a fantastic posters, which I proudly hang in my home.
Gallivan Concert Series is held every Thursday from July 10 – August 28th. It is amazing the line-up of artists the city brings in and provides to the public for free. Last years highlights included Michael Franti (who always puts on the best shows), Peter Bjorn and John and Yo La Tengo. The 2008 line-up includes Andrew Bird (yayayayayayay!), Josh Ritter and The Roots.
The audience at one of the Michael Franti shows. Franti came both in 2006 and 2007, but unfortunately (truly unfortunately) will not be in the 2008 lineup .
Sundance Outdoor Film Festival can be enjoyed in Sundance, Park City or Salt Lake City. In years past it seemed to show more actual Sundance films from the annual film festival, where now the mix seems to be more broad highlighting a variety of independents and classics. The 2008 schedule includes 2008 Sundance film Adventures of Power, classic Raising Arizona and a handful that I have yet to see. I have to date only viewed films at the SLC Gallivan Center where movies can be enjoyed while kicked back on the lawn, munching on any food or drink carried in.
Shot from the film Adventures in Power.
For more event listings, visit the Downtown Alliance , the City Weekly or even the Visitor’s Guide .