Little Free Library from Pay it Forward Anchorage

On Friday, I was shocked with a brand new Purple Door Little Free Library. It’s gorgeous. It’s HEAVY — the base of the new LFL is at least 200 pound of steel with reinforced concrete. And it has flower boxes. I’m so in love with it! She’s so beautiful. And, sadly, chained to my mailbox.

The back story can be found in my previous post about my LFL being stolen, thrown in the dumpster and then finding a note in my mailbox which forced me to chase just-emptied dumpsters to no avail.

On a very momentous Friday night, Jon and I were headed out for a Friday night bike & bear ride. He was late and I wasn’t too happy about it because Resolution Brewing Co. only stays open until 8pm and getting home at 6pm, then riding over there really cuts off the time we can taste the new beers on tap.

As I was waiting for him to get organized, I looked out the front window and saw about five or six cars come screaming down Shamrock Street then stopped on the opposite side of the street, all facing south. Then a huge truck and trailer pulled up and blocked my entire driveway. Everybody got out of their cars and walked towards the trailer. I was a little freaked out and ran outside. The first thing I saw was Rachel’s cute little puppy and her gorgeous daughter.

Rachel had tears in her eyes … I asked if she was OK and then it all happened so FAST: the stand came out, the top came out, they bolted everything together, planted flowers and loaded me up with boxes and bags of books.

It all happened so fast and it was a little mind blowing but fabulous! It was so beautiful to have that much love coming from all of them — people I didn’t know, other than Rachel and her family.

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Our first book delivery arrived on this kick ass Vespa :) More book love from Mountain View!

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KTVA did come visit and showed a quick blurb about it on their station – Saturday or Sunday, I’m not sure which, but I cannot find any video of it. The story was a “feel good story” about me being back in business. It was pretty neat because Jacquie, the reporter, was in on the entire Pay it Forward building of the new LFL.  It really was a very awesome community love project. There’s nothing but good vibes from this library!

If you’re looking to find a LFL in your neck of the woods, check out the very cool map that’s found on the website for LFLs. Spread the literacy love with free books: take one, leave one! 

Yes, I did get some beer that night, too: Resolution’s second batch of amazing coffee porter. If you missed it, I feel sorry for you. Amazing!

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Little Free Library Stolen

Sadly, after months of working on our Little Free Library, setting up the charter account, getting the neighborhood involved and getting everything in place, our Little Free Library was stolen between 11pm and 6:30am 6-5-2015 to 6-6-2015.  The thieves even took my huge stump that it used to sit on. I’m just disgusted that this has happened. My Mother’s Day 2015 present has been stolen. People are creeps. 17543748562_2e9bd11875_o 17477893206_0e7e955942_o 14385775102_5b22b7c3d0_o 14180109676_434e2a9685_o   Some of the news companies around the United States have picked up the story:

Indiana: Daily Journal

KTUU Anchorage, Alaska

Alabama

and

KTVA Anchorage, Alaska

Fat Tire Bike Over the Rivers and Through the Woods

Yes, there was a silver lining despite changes in ride plans today.  I had to cancel riding with Clark because I have a dinner at 5:30 that I cannot miss. I didn’t think I could do the Bird to Gird(wood) trail, plus have lunch / beers and make it back in 3-4 hours (probably 30-40 miles). So, I decided to go for a ride myself because it was too beautiful to stay inside. The ride was totally organic with absolutely no plan. I ended up doing 13 miles through Far North Bicentennial Park.  My proudest accomplishment?  I was able to do every single hill, both up and down, without walking at all – even the steepest hills!  Woohoo.  My 125 pound squats must be really making my legs strong.

 

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If you look at the map and notice the whacky bit at the end: that was Pepper Ann escaping from the garage when I pulled my bike in … I had to chase after her and ended up using two other Boston Terriers as live decoys to trap her and put her on a leash.  Ugh.  She’s such a booger.  She immediately ran for JBER :)  Gotta love a dog that loves being in the woods!

Icy Leaves

We’ve had some odd weather – in the mid-40’s and lots of melt, which has caused the fall leaves to be tumbled around the neighborhood. It almost looks like fall again. It’s weird. Today it’s freezing so I played around with my new tripod. medium for flickr-2113 medium for flickr-2109 medium for flickr-2118