Our friends Mike & Catherine were married 10 years ago in an igloo on top of Wild Bill Hill in the Scottish Lakes high country, officiated by a friend who'd recently become a pharoah in the Universal Life Church. Just another Pacific Northwest wedding.
As uniquely wonderful as that was, not to mention the tele'ing under the stars down the hill for sphincter-obstructing amounts of fondue and whiskey afterwards, part of them felt they'd missed out on the big-traditional-wedding thing.
So this month, 10 years later, they got remarried at Golden Gardens beach in front of over a hundred friends and family from all over the globe. The celebration featured all of the things they've loved over the past decade: sailboats, Cuban dancing, pizza, and gelato. And it ended up being pretty much the best night ever - we're all still basking in the afterglow of a singularly wonderful evening. Veraci brought the pizza oven cart from the Farmer's Market. M & C arrived in a home-built Wharram catamaran that also got started 10 years ago, our friend Maiensy led the dancing to Picoso's live show, and me, I rolled up in a custom Gelato Bike.
Want to build one? It's a day's work, and not hard to do. Get yourself a MADSEN. Buy some 1/2" copper pipe, a pipe cutter, torch & solder kit, and some T-piece and 45-degree bend connectors. Drill with 5/8" bit through the top corners over the bucket but not out through the bottom of the lip. Hack together something like this:
Solder it together (the morning of the wedding). Take measurements from your structure and sew up some appropriately stripey gelato cart fabric with some kitschy ric-rac trim. Hack up some insulation board into a bottom layer that sits where the benches go, mid-layer with slots for gelato trays, and top cover, and cover with contact paper. Add dry ice & gelato & people that like dessert:
We're wicked excited to have this now. In the winter I'll be lowering the canopy and sewing up some waterproof Sunbrella striped awning fabric with 3M reflective piping and clear roll-down sidepanels, for cozy cozy winter riding. And attach the poles more securely, no doubt.
And this weekend we'll be serving up gelato at the Fiets of Parenthood Family Bike Games! Don't miss it. But chances are you'll see the gelato bike again at Kidical Mass. All we need is an xtracycle blender setup and we'll have a fully integrated complete bicicletti treat fleet.
Why gelato, you may ask? Well, Catherine's half-Italian, and it works with Neapolitan pizza, etc ... but it's also just so tasty. The lower fat content, higher serving temperature, and lower air content make it healthier and tastier (the flavors are "brighter") than ice cream. If you live in Seattle, don't miss our gelato sponsor - D'Ambrosio Gelato, recently opened on Ballard Ave. But feel free to defend your frozen confection of choice in the comments.