It’s Not About the Prizes (With Updates as Events Warrant)

03.2.2010 | 8:41 am

I have a lot of things to talk about today, but my availability to write is going to come in very small chunks. So, rather than wait ’til late in the day after I’ve written everything I want to — and all the information I need has come back to me), I’m going to just keep updating this post as I get a chance to add new stuff.

The Results of the “Help Fatty Help Kellene Help Dallas Get a Kidney” Contest

First, let’s get to the nitty-gritty: how much did we raise, and who won stuff? Well, there were 1,116 individual donations, raising $31,354. As usual, Fat Cyclist readers exceeded my expectations. Thank you.

I have sent out email to all the winners. As they reply, I will update this blog with their names. Until they reply, I will just note they haven’t responded, and will instead indicate the general area where they live. They have now all responded; be sure to read their comments.

The winners are:

  • Trek Madone: Lisa G of California has checked in and says, “I didn’t donate for the bikes. We lost my grandmother almost 8 years ago. She had been on dialysis for 5 years and I know how hard that can be on a person. She was strong, but chose not to have a kidney transplant because the doctors said her kidneys would just start creating cysts again. I’m glad Dallas will get another chance at a transplant and I only wish I could have given more.” She also says that she doesn’t really need a bike, and so she is going to give the Trek Madone to . . . Kellene. That is cool beyond belief, and I know for sure Kellene will ride it with pride. Thank you, Lisa!
  • Diamondback Sortie Black: Brian B of Indiana has checked in and says, “My teenage son has Crohn’s disease, so I am familiar with chronic health issues. My thoughts and prayers go out to Dallas.”
  • Lemond Fillmore: Richard P of Colorado has checked in. Richard has actually donated product (boomerangs!) for other giveaways I’ve done, so I’m excited to see that he’s won something. Richard says, “I would be honored to accept the bike and I will ride it with pride. I wish all the best for Dallas. Please say high to Kellene and Dallas.”
  • Troll House Cookies: Anne C of Denmark says, “I am pleased to have been a part of raising money to help Kellene help Dallas get a new kidney. Please keep us posted on your blog on how he is doing. Thanks so much for the cookies. I am sure they will bring a lot of joy. I will share them with my colleagues, otherwise my coach is not going to be happy with me, being an athlete I have to watch my diet.”

A Note from Kellene

Thank you times 1116 from the Mortensens! How do we express enough gratitude to all of you for that kind of generosity? We will start here…

We are so appreciative to you all. Each one. We know times are difficult for each of you in some way. Even so you took the time to comment, to donate and to send well wishes our way. The donations will help off load an enormous burden that we are facing once again. The day to day medical crisis that continues will be that much lighter as we know we are not completely sinking financially. A huge relief.

We hope as you have read our story that you will think about organ donation. Living or deceased. Please make sure someone knows that you would like to give that 2nd gift of life. It is an amazing gift. Just last month here in Grand Junction, CO, a gift like that was given. A good friend of ours needed a heart transplant — a beautiful 19-year-old girl. Another family here in Grand Junction suffered the loss of their high school son. To help with their loss they gave his heart to our dear friend. He will now live on for many more years as he has saved her life. His choice to donate, in fact, helped over 100 other individuals with transplant needs.

As for Dallas’ immediate future, he’s scheduled to have a peritoneal catheter installed tomorrow, so he can begin peritoneal dialysis. This is good because the hemo dialysis has been giving him stroke-like symptoms and a resting heart rate of 111. Within a few weeks he should be able to go to work again. He’s excited for that.

We are now in the process of giving our son another chance of living free from dialysis and such difficult medical needs. I, along with my sister and brother-in-law begin the testing process for kidney donation next Tuesday. We will keep you posted as to our progress.

Again, thank you from the Mortensens. We hope that each of you will find peace, good health and happiness each day. Thanks for bringing each of those into our lives.


Kellene, Rocky and Dallas Mortensen

A Note About This Contest From Fatty

This has been a very different contest from the ones I’ve usually run on this blog. Sure, on the surface, it’s similar: one or more bikes being raffled off for a good cause.

But this time they were used bikes — one of them extremely used.

And this time, the prize you win won’t necessarily fit you.

And this time, the contest has been for one person, instead of for a foundation — a person you probably hadn’t even heard of before I mentioned him here.

Honestly, I do not know how I have stumbled onto the most generous readership on the Internet. But I have, and I appreciate you.

Again, thank you for helping my sister’s family.

What’s Coming Up

I believe I may have mentioned recently that I am getting married soon. At this point in time, “soon” means “tomorrow.” And then The Runner and I will be heading off for a little vacation, and I have promised to not bring a computer with me.

Those of you who know me will know that this is not a small thing I have promised.

However, I have already posted stuff, which should magically appear daily without my intervention. They’re all posts I’ve rescued from my MSN Spaces Archive. Unless you’ve been reading me for all of the past five years, I’ll wager that at least some of them are new to you.

I swear, there are a couple of them I don’t remember writing.

In other words, while I won’t be around, posts will continue to appear each weekday. And I’ll be back with fresh stuff a week from tomorrow.

Also, time permitting, I will post a photo from the wedding tomorrow — probably between the wedding itself and the family lunch afterward.


  1. Comment by rich | 03.2.2010 | 8:56 am

    that’s weird…I just checked my email and don’t have anything from you….I’m sure it’s me that won….I saw it in a dream last night…

  2. Comment by NW | 03.2.2010 | 9:00 am

    As the daughter of a very good man who’s been waiting on dialysis for a second kidney transplant for over 6 years, I just think this is amazing what has been raised in a such a short period of time. I hope Dallas gets a compatible kidney very soon and lives out life never having to enter a dialysis center ever again. World Kidney Day is coming up too (March 11), so perfect timing for this.

  3. Comment by Dave Breukelaar | 03.2.2010 | 9:04 am

    I don’t live in any of those places.

    $30+k. Awesome. Congrats everyone for making it happen.

  4. Comment by Bryan | 03.2.2010 | 9:05 am

    Thats an amazing amount of money! Fatty, you are infinitely generous(as are your readers), and masterful in the art of fund raising… We all have a great deal to learn from your example!
    Livestrong Dallas!

  5. Comment by Philly Jen | 03.2.2010 | 9:05 am

    The troll must have used its magic powers to snag a trip to Scandinavia, the cradle of troll civilization!

    Congratulations to all the lucky winners.

  6. Comment by Barbara | 03.2.2010 | 9:11 am

    Seems you have a few BIG things on your agenda this week, least of which is writing this blog. Blessings to you and Lisa and your families, soon to be one big happy.

    Thanks for all you do for others (including making us laugh on a regular basis)!

  7. Comment by Caspar | 03.2.2010 | 9:16 am

    I always wanted to relocate to California!

  8. Comment by Greg Furry | 03.2.2010 | 9:33 am

    I am from Indiana! I just checked my spam folder and didn’t find your email? I did find lots of other great offers and discounts though! I guess every cloud has a silver lining.

  9. Comment by Dr. Randal Mandos | 03.2.2010 | 9:38 am

    Win “Best Blogger-Whatever”
    Next Blog: not even fair-to-middlin’
    Shows us little people where your priorities are at.

  10. Comment by MattC | 03.2.2010 | 9:46 am

    Must be something wrong with my inbox and/or junk folder…I was SURE that I won the Madone (and I AM in Calif)…your email must have gotten lost Fatty. I was really hoping to be able to tell you to ‘thanks, but you keep it’ (unless you sent it to my home email?? Hmmmmm…can’t check that till tonight…rats.) Anyway, that’s an amazing amount of $ for Dallas, which is very cool! I’m happy to be a tiny part of that.

    And what is the shipping for cookies to Denmark Jen? Will that be International Overnight? The worlds most expensive batch of cookies ever! Next time go w/ Rice Krispie bars..they’re mostly air…light n fluffy…mmmmmmmm!

  11. Comment by GJ Jackie | 03.2.2010 | 9:52 am

    Fatty, I can’t imagine what else you have to do with your time other than write this blog. I mean you have at least 24 hours before your wedding, so what’s the big deal?

  12. Comment by GJ Jackie | 03.2.2010 | 9:52 am

    P.S. AWESOME job on the fund raising. So happy to be a part of it. WIN DALLAS!

  13. Comment by Greg @ Greg Rides Trails | 03.2.2010 | 9:54 am

    That generosity is awesome!

    Kudos to everyone.

  14. Comment by Jodi | 03.2.2010 | 10:05 am

    So cool what your readers can do, Elden! And great letter Kellene – you’re so right on point with the organ donation idea. Fingers crossed for our family and our abiity to create compatible kidneys!

  15. Comment by josh | 03.2.2010 | 10:05 am

    As a long time family friend the runner knows you well, and understand you blogging exploits.

    I suggest you live blog your wedding.

    She’ll be ok with it, right.

  16. Comment by dpinner | 03.2.2010 | 10:25 am

    You’re a good man, Fatty. Your generousity and compassion is inspiring.

    SOMETIMES it’s not about the bike.

  17. Comment by Caren | 03.2.2010 | 10:32 am

    Fatty, Kellene,

    A woman in our community was in need of a kidney for years. She wasn’t very high on the donor recipient list, and had tissue compatibility issues with her living relatives and husband. Then she and her husband were made aware of the PAIRED DONATION network/program. Her husband contributed his kidney to someone and she received a kidney from a donor she was compatibile with.

    I don’t know if you’ve heard of this program or not…if not I hope this might be a lead to help Dallas find a kidney!

    LiveStrong Dallas!

  18. Comment by Cyclin' Missy | 03.2.2010 | 10:46 am

    My mom was diagnosed with Lupus years ago, and one of the effects it had on her body was to attack her kidneys. For about a year and a half, she did peritoneal dialysis, which allowed her to continue working and even travel to France to visit me when I worked there. She later had some issues with the peritoneal dialysis and had to switch to hemo for another year or so before finally finding a donor match. The transplant was a huge success. She’s had the new kidney for 4 or 5 years now without complication. She feels great and volunteers as a mentor for other patients who are awaiting kidney transplants through the National Kidney Foundation.

    I am so happy to help Dallas, and I hope that his transplant story is as happy and successful as my mom’s!

  19. Comment by AngieG | 03.2.2010 | 11:00 am

    FC- Like MattC I too live in California and didn’t get an email. :-( I would have also told you to keep the bikes. Having been gifted with the opportunity to meet Kellene, I would have gladly handed over every penny.

    Be strong Dallas!

    Congrats on the Bloggie win!! I think your new theme song is “Big Time” by Peter Gabriel.

    @Philly Jen- Bring cookies to Austin roomie!

  20. Comment by Vinny | 03.2.2010 | 11:04 am

    What, no winner in New Jersey? Uncle Tony and cousin Pauly will pay their respect to you in person and ask politely to rethink the odds of future raffles…I’m just sayin’, aren’t we all family?

    Yeah, I’m pretty sure this is the first time a bike hasn’t gone to NJ! – FC

  21. Comment by Judy | 03.2.2010 | 11:14 am

    hmmmm…. I live in california and can’t check my email until this evening. So therefore, the Madrone is both possible and impossible at the same time, but can’t be determined until the email box is opened.

    I hereby declare myself the schrodinger winnah….

  22. Comment by Bob | 03.2.2010 | 11:22 am

    Hey FC,

    Great results, but you can’t fool us. Dumping 3 bikes the day before the wedding might just have something to do with having to finally tell the new bride exactly how many bikes are in the house. Actually, how many are left in the stable?

    Still doing Tour Divide in June?


    The net total number of bikes in the garage actually goes up by two (her Orca, Singlefly, Paragon, beater road bike, and her daughter’s Sugar). – FC

  23. Comment by bikemike | 03.2.2010 | 11:26 am

    oooh, i love how stuff just magically appears, uhh…like magic.

  24. Comment by NYCCarlos | 03.2.2010 | 11:32 am

    Congrats again buddy… best man helmet cam up tomorrow?

  25. Comment by Mike Roadie | 03.2.2010 | 11:38 am

    I know it’s not about the prizes, but I really need that Madone.

    Good luck and have fun tomorrow!!

  26. Comment by Alyson | 03.2.2010 | 11:56 am

    Troll ~ go find some other blog to comment on. Oh, wait you have already done that…actually it seems to be the only thing you’ve done..strange being a “surgeon” and all,that the only thing on the internet about you, are your stupid ravings in bloggersphere.

    Wonderful news about Dallas!! Sending you positive thoughts and good karma for a donor!!

    Good luck for tomorrow Runner!:-) Elden, you are so scoring Dude! Have an awesome wedding day & honeymoon!!

  27. Comment by leroy | 03.2.2010 | 11:58 am

    Vinny — to paraphrase Clemenza: leave the bike, take the cannoli.

    The cookies sealed the deal for me.

    Congratulations again Lisa and Elden!

  28. Comment by MVSC | 03.2.2010 | 11:59 am

    Hoping for a Mortensen family jumping pose in the future.
    Awesome job, Team Fatty.

  29. Comment by Nancy | 03.2.2010 | 12:00 pm

    Good job using your powers for good, Eldon. I hope everything works out well for Dallas and his family.

    Congratulations to you and The Runner on your wedding tomorrow. May the sun shine on your day, may all who attend be full of joy and peace, and may you have MANY years of blissful running and biking together. And then, when you’re very old, many more years of rocking on your porch together, remembering.

  30. Comment by Lori | 03.2.2010 | 12:10 pm

    Is an iPhone a computer?

  31. Comment by GenghisKhan | 03.2.2010 | 12:12 pm

    Bikes-shmikes… Moving to Denmark to claim the cookies!

    Oh, yeah, congrats on everything!

  32. Comment by Todd Royal | 03.2.2010 | 12:18 pm

    Fatty, have an awesome wedding and a great vacation with your bride! We’ll be looking forward to hearing (almost) all about it.

  33. Comment by MattC | 03.2.2010 | 12:22 pm

    Just saw the updates w/ the Letter from Kellene…awesome! As to being an Organ Donor..I’m proud to say I’ve been listed as an OD ever since I got my first drivers liscense. Nice that they put that on them (but somewhere deep in the paranoid recesses of my tiny brain, there is a small voice that wonders just how hard ‘they’ try to save you if you are listed as an OD). But thats the same small voice that is afraid of shark attacks and lightening strikes, and also thinks I will win the lottery someday. I obviously hope I never need to ‘use’ my OD status, but if I do, I would be proud to think that others will have a better life becasue of me. A bad thing turned good.

    Fatty and Lisa, CONGRATS is all I can add. And have a WONDERFUL computer-free (ack, cough, hack) vacation! (no blackberry either? Gosh..thats HARSH!)

  34. Comment by Franky | 03.2.2010 | 12:35 pm

    Tomorrow is the big day, wow time flies. I’m sure you two will have a wonderful time.

    @Philly Jen, you realize that I HAVE TO try your cookies at our next FC training ride. I’ll bring the milk.

  35. Comment by Heidi | 03.2.2010 | 12:37 pm

    Getting married tomorrow is a heck of a way to get out of making the kids’ lunches! Clever guy.

    Wishing everyone love, happiness and fabulous health. And that goes for your awesome readers. Thanks for helping make this world a better place, everyone.

  36. Comment by Sara | 03.2.2010 | 12:52 pm

    I am so thrilled that you raised so much money. I hope this helps Kellene and Dallas worry about more important things than money.

    Oh, and congrats on the wedding!

    I, too, am in California but alas no email. Oh well, I prefer the stationary sorts of bikes anyway :-)

  37. Comment by Eric Benjamin | 03.2.2010 | 12:56 pm

    Geez, please tell the runner not to keep Fatty all to herself! Doesn’t she know who she is marrying? It’s like marrying Superman, she has to be OK with letting you save us from a mundane day in the cubicle.

    As Spiderman learned,”With great power comes great repsonsibility.”

  38. Comment by Minh Nguyen | 03.2.2010 | 1:01 pm

    That message from Kellene totally made my money’s worth it! =)

  39. Comment by Minh Nguyen | 03.2.2010 | 1:04 pm

    oh, and congrats again on getting married! you’re one lucky guy!!! (she might not be as lucky though… lol, JK!)

  40. Comment by Sasha | 03.2.2010 | 1:26 pm

    Congratulations to Fatty and The Runner! :) I’m so excited for you two. Please, please, please post a picture or two or 10 from the wedding. :)

    Yay and THANK YOU to all your fans that were able to make a contribution to Kellene and Dallas! Fingers and toes crossed and prayers said for a kidney match and a new lease on life. Please keep us posted on his progress. I’m so thankful that some of the financial burden has been eased for them.

    I’m also grateful you thought about us and are leaving us with posts! I’m sure I haven’t seen them cause I haven’t been following very long.

    Also, if that person from California accepts the Madone, I’m going to be very displeased. They better not. But it shows your amazing huge heart that you’d give up such a precious prize. Your heart is definitely in the right place and anyone that doubts what an awesome guy you are because of your silly blog posts about your awesome quads and your celebrity blogger status can go pound sand. I’ll help.

    And I’m supremely disappointed that I didn’t win PhillyJen’s cookies. That is the ONLY prize I wanted. The bikes are all too special and WAY too big for me. But the cookies. YUM. Very, very disappointed. Maybe we can talk Philly Jen into making 1,115 batches of cookies for everyone else? ;-)

  41. Comment by Sasha | 03.2.2010 | 1:34 pm

    BTW – I’m listed as an organ donor on my drivers license and have been since I got it. It’s a no brainer, really.

  42. Comment by buckythedonkey | 03.2.2010 | 1:44 pm


  43. Comment by Dr. Brett | 03.2.2010 | 2:00 pm

    Congrats, Fatty, Enjoy your time alone with your new bride…get away from the pressure for a little while. We’ll be awaiting your return.

  44. Comment by Michelle Byars Gray | 03.2.2010 | 2:34 pm

    Congrats on your marriage! I think that is Congrats to the groom and Best Wishes to the bride :) if my southern manners are recalled correctly. I’d love to see more of the kids :) Enjoy your day!

  45. Comment by FNEditor | 03.2.2010 | 2:51 pm

    What? You’re not going to live-blog the wedding?

  46. Comment by mark | 03.2.2010 | 2:57 pm

    You should totally live blog the wedding. And the honeymoon. OK, maybe not the honeymoon.

    Just know that I’ll be tuning out the next few days, because I actually have been reading for five years. Which makes me feel old and useless, because it seems like a long time, and I don’t feel like I’ve accomplished much of anything in that period.

  47. Comment by brian | 03.2.2010 | 3:10 pm

    Sweet! For the next few days I’m going to comment on how your posts have changed and aren’t as good as they used to be.

  48. Comment by Betsy | 03.2.2010 | 3:13 pm

    Woo Hoo! Great to hear the good news about the fund raising and glad to be apart of this amazing crowd.

    Blessings to you and Lisa, and all the kids tomorrow.

    I vote for Philly Jen to make cookies for all of us too. Yummy Troll house cookies……..I smell them now.

    Go Dallas. and Yes I am an organ donor too. They can have anything they want!
    Peace and Blessings.

  49. Comment by rokrider | 03.2.2010 | 3:20 pm

    I just hope that whoever is officiating at the wedding uses your real names. I don’t think; “Do you Fatty take thee Runner to be your lawfully wedded wife?” is legal in Utah.

  50. Comment by Kathleen@ForgingAhead | 03.2.2010 | 3:42 pm

    Team Fatty in San Jose were clearly all hoping for the Trek! Me too. Hi Matt and Angie!

    Enjoy the time off with The Runner Fatty!

    Health to Dallas!

  51. Comment by Annie | 03.2.2010 | 3:42 pm

    Wow what a great dollar amount. I am sure that will go a long way. Please keep us updated on his condition.

    Congratulations on your upcoming wedding. Enjoy every minute of your vacation. I look forward to seeing lots of pictures. :)

  52. Comment by hillbilly | 03.2.2010 | 3:55 pm

    Congrats!!! Have a great time

  53. Comment by sllym | 03.2.2010 | 4:37 pm

    Congrats and Best Wishes to Fatty and The Runner. And to Lisa G of California – you totally rock. While I wouldn’t have accepted the Trek had I won it, I don’t think donating it to Kellene would have entered my mind. You have an amazing group of readers Fatty.

  54. Comment by Craig | 03.2.2010 | 5:31 pm

    Way cool Lisa G. I’m constantly reminded that there are so many good people out there. Since I ride a 56cm, my first thought would have probably been ebay. Seriously, I’m that lame!

    Maybe (?) I’d have realized it and sent all the money to Fatty though. Wonder how much I could have got for it?

    Congrats to Fatty and Runner, have a joyous day.

  55. Comment by Drdave | 03.2.2010 | 6:24 pm

    Congrats Fatty, have a great week off and just enjoy!

  56. Comment by Bee | 03.2.2010 | 6:40 pm

    Lisa G may just be the coolest person in the country. What a great thing to do with the Trek! That is some seriously good karma.

    I’m a relatively new stalker…uh, reader, so thanks in advance. Now I can read Old Fatty ad figure out what all the complaining is about. Perhaps you even reveal how you became Fatty and who gave you the nickname. Unless that’s top secret.

    I’ll be waiting for the next giveaway and hoping it includes cookies.

  57. Comment by allie | 03.2.2010 | 6:42 pm

    Best Wishes for a marvelous wedding and honeymoon…sans computer.

  58. Comment by Joel P. | 03.2.2010 | 7:34 pm

    I think I have said this once or twice before and probably many times more. I am proud to be a member of the Fatty Nation. We do great things. Best wishes to the newest Fatty Family tomorrow. I will be thinking of you.
    Joel P.

  59. Comment by bubba seadog | 03.2.2010 | 7:44 pm

    like the old song from the sixties run run runaway but take the runner with you in to the next part of this lifes journey and yall be happy in each other God bless!!

  60. Comment by cece | 03.2.2010 | 7:57 pm

    I am a proud organ donor and on the bone marrow registry…which is another worthy thing to do. I am just waiting for the call!

    Good luck Fatty and the Runner! Have a wonderful marriage!

  61. Comment by Jeff | 03.2.2010 | 8:41 pm

    Didn’t make team Carborocket.
    Didn’t win one of Fatty’s bikes.

    Dallas better get that kidney, or I’ll be batting the big O-fer!

    Dallas, Good luck. Never give up.

    Elden, Thanks again for the opportunity to help.

  62. Comment by gumoore | 03.2.2010 | 8:46 pm

    I live in the Pacific Northwest and I offer you a Salish blessings on your wedding:

    Now for you there is no rain, for one is shelter to the other.

    Now for you the sun shall not burn, for one is shelter to the other.

    Now for you nothing is hard or bad, for the hardness and badness is taken by one for the other.

    Now for you there is no night, for one is light to the other.
    Now for you the snow has ended always, for one is protection for the other.

    It is that way, from now on, from now on. And now there is comfort.

    Now there is no loneliness. Now forever, forever, there is no loneliness.

    Blessings on you both and your families.

  63. Comment by Henry | 03.2.2010 | 9:05 pm

    Oh for the love of dog, can someone in your group of friends and followers keep one dang bike that they win? Seriously! Lol.

  64. Comment by Zed | 03.2.2010 | 9:10 pm

    Congratulations, Elden!

  65. Comment by ted lippold | 03.2.2010 | 10:10 pm

    Wow, to give up a madone, i didnt see that coming, but what a gift, for both Kellene and Lisa. Now i’m happy i did’nt win. I was just thinking about me, gotta quit that. Enjoy you’r time off, you deserve it.

  66. Comment by Marlys | 03.2.2010 | 11:05 pm

    Thoughts and prayers to Kellene and family. Fatty, you have a wonderful time tomorrow and a great week off enjoying your new life. Don’t worry, we will all still be here awaiting your return. Best wishes!

  67. Comment by Gunther (from Germany) | 03.3.2010 | 12:25 am

    Hi Fatty,
    alles Gute zu eurer Hochzeit aus Frankfurt/Deutschland !
    Many greetings to Lisa and you,
    Gunther (from Germany)

  68. Comment by denise | 03.3.2010 | 12:34 am

    Congratulations on your wedding. I too am a newlywed so I understand that you are going to be very excited for the next couple years. Have a nice married life!

  69. Comment by John (from Australia) | 03.3.2010 | 2:18 am

    Hi Fatty,

    I know this is late, wishing yourself and Lisa and awesome wedding (with great weather) and a fantastic honeymoon. Sending all my best wishes to Kellene and Team Mortensen. Isn’t it about time the Biker Babes got their own blog.

    Best Wishes
    John Fraser

  70. Comment by Jenn | 03.3.2010 | 2:42 am

    Thinking of you both on your big day (which, for you, hasn’t started yet – I think it’s still yesterday where you are?). Congrats from Germany…have a wonderful, blessed day, and enjoy your vacation!

  71. Comment by Jenn | 03.3.2010 | 2:48 am

    Check the ‘top posts’ and ‘archives’ for the answers to your Fatty-related questions. Warning: you will need lots of time and tissues (for laughter and empathy tears). Enjoy! MUST read: Open Letter to Assos, and related Dr. whats-his-name posts.

  72. Comment by Mark Kynaston | 03.3.2010 | 3:20 am


    Have a great day. I hope the sunshines on you, the Runner and your families today and everyday from now on.


  73. Comment by Claire | 03.3.2010 | 5:09 am

    Happy wedding day, Fatty and The Runner!

  74. Comment by Born 4 Lycra | 03.3.2010 | 5:52 am

    To Mr and Mrs Fatty – all the best to you and your new family. Hope the day goes well and you get a real surprise by the amount of people that role up to your open house later in the week.
    I’m sure Susan is very happy also. Take care.

    Dallas best of luck for the future mate.

  75. Comment by Cardiac Kid | 03.3.2010 | 6:42 am

    Congratulations Runner and Fatty and best of luck to Dallas.

  76. Comment by Leslie | 03.3.2010 | 8:45 am

    Happy wedding day, and best wishes for much happiness in the years ahead!

  77. Comment by Rob M | 03.3.2010 | 9:08 am

    I wouldn’t be too surprised if Johan Bruyneel invites Philly Jen to the next Radio Shack Training Camp. As long as she brings Troll House cookies, of course.

    All my best to Dallas, Team Mortensen, and Lisa and Elden.

  78. Comment by MattC | 03.3.2010 | 9:25 am

    Lisa G…donating the Madone to Kellene is flat out BRILLIANT!! You bring honor and pride to all of us in the Fatty Nation. I humbly bow before you.

    And btw…we need to come up with a cool buzzword for all of US, who comprise the Fatty nation…Fations? nope. Fatzerlanders? nah. Well, thats it…I’m out of ideas…need more coffee).

    @ Gumoore: your Salish blessing brought a tear to my eye this morning…very nice and OH so appropriate!

    Have a WONDERFUL day/vacation/honeymoon Fatty & Runner! See u next week!

  79. Comment by Janneke | 03.3.2010 | 10:29 am

    As said before have a wonderfull day and week and rest of your lives together!!

    @MattC; How about Fattyshists… Nope!! Ermmm, Fatty-ites? Or just fatso’s? Hmmm not one of those really does it for me. Keep thinking…


  80. Comment by kareninak | 03.3.2010 | 1:05 pm

    Hope today is a spectacular day for The Runner and you! Have a wonderful day and a relaxing trip :)


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