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Happy Spring! I hope you are doing awesome! It was great seeing some of you at the King of the Hammers, oh how it feels like so long ago! Over the last few weeks, I’ve done some reflecting on what the I’m Not Just a Girl statement means to me, and what it stands for. What started as a fun idea, and a great statement, has turned into being a bit of an interesting movement of girls. I appreciate those of you that pushed me to start this club J and a huge welcome to all our new girls this month! ~ Charlene
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About the Shirt:
With Spring in the air, and so many people working in their gardens, I thought of flowers. But flowers can be so, um, pretty, and I know that isn’t really what I’m Not Just a Girl is. So, I looked at the amazing flower Matt welded on my desk, looked at the metal roses in the bathroom, and worked off that concept. Next thing I know, I have a whole tool box sporting different types of flowers. Hope you love the shirt as much as I do!
You are getting the first shipment, and the rest (including a hoodie) will be sold exclusively at AreaBFE just outside Moab, UT during the Easter Jeep Safari week. We have been selling our shirts out there for three years now, with all proceeds going to benefit their property. When we get back from Moab, we will put them on the store so you can grab a hoodie or tell your friends.
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About the Bling:
Shipping flowers isn’t exactly something you can do easily. Plus I hate that I can’t ever keep anything alive, so metal flowers tend to be my favorite. When it came time to make you some flowers, I had to think metal, rusty, and big. Then how in the world was I going to keep them from falling apart. In my wanderings I found a guy that has a hoard of sorts, but a cool hoard in some people’s eyes…like mine. I picked up just what I needed to build you a ‘perfectly unperfect’ flower and then found the jars to display them in so you can keep it on your desk, or add to your bling collection. Who knew Rust was the new Bling?
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Since Last Time, I was at the King of the Hammers and Competed in the Back Door Challenge….
About Backdoor Challenge and Charlene’s Run:
Here are a few facts to paint the picture: 1. I’ve never raced anything before. We can take that one step further to saying, I have never seen a green flag and hit the skinny pedal. 2. I’ve never driven up the obstacle Backdoor as a passenger…muchless a driver until the Saturday before the event. Sure I have taken hundreds of pictures, but that doesn’t mean you can crawl it. 3. I was driving an everyday crawler. Is that fair? How about a 4 cylinder YJ that has slowly been stripped into an AZUndertakers proven tube buggy. Yes, that makes the decision to compete at this fun challenge even crazier!
We drove onto the lakebed Friday to set up for the week of helping racers. Mid-afternoon Matt came and put me into the buggy – “Time to show me you can do this!” I went up Backdoor as a passenger and learned the passenger line; I got out and watched Matt go up it once and learned the drivers line; then I came back around as a driver and pulled up to feel the angle, gave it a few tries and made it up; went back around for a second try and ONE SHOTTED IT! Whoooohoooo! Talk about some self-confidence. I was ready. Well, maybe not quite yet. We went back out on Saturday night so I could run it at night with a group of hecklers and a helmet on. I could feel the adrenaline and put a few laps on the ‘ol Backdoor. I got this.
When Monday came, I was crazy busy chasing racer boys around the lakebed trying to get work done. (Yes, it’s what I do) I almost lost track of time but headed into the drivers meeting and then raced back to the trailer to get the buggy final prepped. Final prep: Stickers of course! BFGoodrich, Raceline Wheels and WARN, plus the fancy Bower Motorsports Media banner duct taped to the top – thanks to Matt for the touch of Pink J And we were loaded and headed to staging for the King Shocks Backdoor Challenge.
I think I pee’d 5 times, maybe more. I was nervous. The Backdoor canyon could be described as a scene from a medieval fight arena. To take my mind off things I decided to hike up the canyon to talk to Raceline’s Greg Mulkey and Tim Lund who were announcing. That was a bigger feat than I thought, but I took a bag of koozies and they worked perfectly as bribery: “Here, I am paying ahead to make sure I don’t fall”. Anyone that has walked like a billy goat on the side of a mountain with hundreds of people (or goats) in the way can attest to this feat. I made it and back safely. Then I took my mind off things by cleaning. The jeep was really, really clean.
It was finally time to buckle in. Time to go. What in the world am I doing? I rolled down to the start line. 3-2-1-GO! I went faaast! I’m not sure if you can tell in the video, but I was speeding along to the base of the waterfall. I lined up perfectly. I hit it, but not enough. Dangit! I waited for the buggy to settle, put it into reverse and went too far down! Dangit! Rolled up, and again the 4-squirrels weren’t there. I backed down again, knew that this was my last chance………and it crawled!!!!! I made it up! Slammed into the rock at the top, went around to the right hand climb, walked right up it and then sprinted to the finish.
The volunteer at the finish line has THE STORY. He came up to the buggy and asked if I knew what my time was. “I don’t care! All I care about is I get to talk to you right now and that means I made it to the top!!!!” The end result was a not so awesome time because of all the backups, but I made it up, and within the set cutoff time. That was my goal, that was my accomplishment. This gave me the title of “Fastest Girl up Backdoor” – I’ll leave it at that because we have all been having a lot of fun with that name…
I hope you enjoyed my personal recount of this life altering event and can wear the shirt with a smile. This is my personality in a nutshell: Simple and Fun? OK, Lets do it! More of the Story, the Aftermath, Photos, Videos and MORE at: www.ImNotJustAGirl.com
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