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What's in a name?

One of the fun aspects of RAGBRAI are all the teams that have been created over the years. There are of course organized teams based on common ground, such as military affiliations like Team Air Force who had over 150 riders this year. There are also a number of teams based on charities...Team Relay for Life, Team Livestrong, etc. But a majority of the teams are individuals like our little group, friends who get together and come up with a silly name. My personal favorite, Team Pirate. I mean how fun would it be to be a pirate for a whole week. The number of booty jokes/references alone are priceless. AND they have a really cool bus! There are teams named after animals...Team Cow (who's bikes and clothing look like a herd of milk cows), Team Flamingo (who wear their distinctive pink boas throughout the week), Team Whiners (who's motto is "Fork more Pork."). And of course there are plenty of team names that are just a little bit naughty and suggestive, after all, RAGBRAI for many is a time to let go of reservations and take on a bit of a different persona for a week.

So as we make plans for next year, one of the things our crew needs to consider is our team name. This year we rode "unofficially" as Team Single Brothers and Married Sisters. Team motto (the brothers' creation) "We pedal the bikes, they make the babies." Or shortened its, "We pedal, they procreate." While funny, I'm not sure I'm cool with the implication that I'm only good for "makin' the babies". Not to mention it seems a little exclusive, limiting our membership to those who fit the bill. So I thought I'd explore some other options (yes, my brain has way to much free time and not near enough stimulation!)

Team Tube Sock. Simply because I can't say tube sock without smiling. It's just funny.

Team Peeps. As in "me and my peeps"...a commonly used phrase this past RAGBRAI. Plus I'm sure we could find plenty of ways to use chic references during the week.

Team Yoda. Not because we're Star Wars fanatics, but because Yoda is wise, green, and zenny....just like us :)

Team Salt and Lime. Probably no explanation needed there!

Team Airstream. Our team-mobile next year. I wonder if we can get jerseys with a airstream on cool would that be?

Team Brothers & Sisters. No relationship status indication needed :) If you're on the team, your our brother or our sister. One big happy family!

And my personal favorite (born from the desire to incorporate my yoga practice with the fun spirit of RAGBRAI)....

Team Rub the Budda. Sounds dirty, but it not. (Though I'm imagine the brothers already have some ideas on how to use this to their advantage...)

I'm sure we'll have many heated discussions before a find decision is made. Hopefully over a cold drink with salt and lime. Regardless of the our team is sure to be had...both on and off the bike!



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