Trek Women
October 19, 2007


The Loveman comes from a family of eight.  His parents were Irish case you couldn’t figure that out.  The Loveman is 40 years old and his oldest brother is 58 years old.  His parents were very busy people if you know what I mean.  About 6 years ago his oldest brother Tommy moved to Maryland.  Tommy is one of those super smart academic guys with too many degrees (like the Loveman) and moved here for a pretty impressive job in academia.  He is now chair of the history department at a major university in Maryland.

Soooooo…..Tommy meets this chiclet in Baltimore last year that is 15 years younger than him (go Tommy!) and totally fabulous.  She is a fireball of energy and easy to be around.  She loves kids and digs everything about our children.  She is generous, nice, sweet, fun and thoughtful.  My children love and adore her and always ask why we call her Melissa and not “Aunt Melissa”  if we call Tommy, Uncle Tommy.  It’s confusing to a kid.  Good question when you’re a kid and you have no idea what all the “stuff” is that goes along with having an official title.Melissa1

Since I’ve met Melissa we have clicked.  She has been a religious reader of my blog and currently has her entire office, her friends and any random people she meets reading it.  The other day I called her and she said I have to tell you something.  I immediately thought, “Oh no, did you and Tommy break up?”  She proceeds to say, “I don’t know how to ride a bike and I have been afraid to share that with you…but I think I want to learn.”  I said, “I don’t give a rat’s ass if you’ve never been on a bike and I am teaching you as soon as you’re ready.”  I promised her that her life was about to change in a really fabulous way.   She is an incredibly brave person that is about to become a Women Who Rides.  I am so proud of her and I can’t wait for our first lesson.    


I am one of the many who has become a "religious reader" of "Stinky's" blog. But of course, I don't have a choice. The two most important women in my life would kill me if I didn't read the blog.
Of course, now it will be great fun, as I watch my sister-in-law, Susan, try to teach Melissa -- widely known for her lack of balance and coordination -- how to ride a bike. I am sure that this event will certainly merit further comment on the blog.
My best wishes for success to my girl, Melissa, and her new instructor, Stinky!

Posted by: Thomas | Oct 19, 2007 9:01:46 AM

So my secret is out.... At 44 what am I thinking??? I guess Kiley and I will be learning to ride a bike together!
I hope Susan and the Loveman are ready for this challenge.
I guess Santa may bring me a bike and helmet (and maybe some padding too). I guess I should start behaving!

Posted by: Melissa | Oct 19, 2007 10:07:00 AM

Don't worry Melissa, until 3 years ago I thought people on bikes needed to grow up and get a life. I wanted no parts of it! Well..... 3 years later and about 90 or so pounds lighter, It has become our life. I now have 3 bikes, plus my husbands, well five or six, lost count. Anyway, nerves aside and panties behind, you go girl. You will have a blast! Oh yea, Susan, make sure you show her how to use Butt Butter!

Posted by: Missie | Oct 19, 2007 3:16:14 PM

Here's to Melissa and Susan. If I can learn at my age, then it won't be long before she leaves me in the dust. I cannot think of a better more inspired teacher than Susan. I wish I liveed close by. Keep me posted on the progress as it will make great reading.

Posted by: Trek Sister Marie | Oct 19, 2007 7:47:34 PM

I've just gotta say "You Go Girl!" to Melissa! It takes a lot of courage to learn to do something that it seems every other adult in the world can do! I feel the same way every time I go into an aerobics class -- am I the only female on the planet who never took a dance class???

Posted by: Ginger | Oct 22, 2007 7:35:56 AM

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