The blog was able to find Kenda Janet at an airport, sparing a couple of minutes after a flight was cancelled. As a very busy corporate executive, we thank Janet for allowing us this brief opportunity to get to know her better and find out who is that woman behind the Kenda jersey.
Blog: Well Janet, thank you for tak .....
KJ: Mark, I'm a busy corporate executive and world traveler so can we dispense with the trivial and cut to the questions? By the way, I can't believe I'm allowing you access to me during my busy life as a corporate executive and world traveler. How did someone as uncouth as you get my phone number? Never mind, just get this over with.
Blog: Errrrr, ok Kenda Janet. Let's start with your nickname, how did you acquire it?
KJ: Because I wear a lot of Kenda logoed cycling gear. I have a relation who is high up at Kenda, as many of my friends are, high up in the corporate world. I didn't get to this point in my life by wasting money so I have one jersey that I wash after each ride.
Blog: So, you travel a lot, where are some of your favorite places?
KJ: Places the callow can only dream of. San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles, Palm Springs, Seattle, Orlando and many other
Blog: When you fly do you....
KJ: Let me cut you off right there because I know where this is going. I would not be caught dead in coach class. It's first class only for me and I am vying for time on the corporate jet because I'm uncomfortable with the first class types too. Too many of them are
coach flyers who cashed in their frequent flyer miles.
Blog: What is your favorite destination?
KJ: New York of course. It's such a sophisticated, worldly city. I enjoy conversing with sophisticated people who are corporate executives, like me.
Blog: How is it you are in Ohio?
KJ: I'm working to get out of here as soon as possible. People are so unvarnished, unmingled, uncomplicated, just unworldly for someone like me, a corporate executive.
Blog: You seem to enjoy riding with the people from around central Ohio?
KJ: I grit my teeth and just endure with the unwashed masses. I spend so much time traveling with the elite that it is a culture shock, riding with you all.
Blog: Surely some of us meet your standards?
KJ: Yes, there are a few.
Blog: Who are some?
KJ: None I can think of really. I was just trying to be nice. None of you rise to my standard, as a corporate executive and world traveler.
Blog: What about Paul, he seems like a normal guy.
KJ: He is just better at acting the part. He too is appalled with the unleavened slouches who ride.
Blog: OK, changing the subject, what do you like to read?
KJ: Vogue, Glamour, New Yorker magazines. I wouldn't be caught dead reading anything that was not befitting my station in life.
Blog: Ummm, what about your accomplishments on a bike?
KJ: As a high powered corporate executive, I don't have time to ride much but if I did invest in the time, I'd be one of the best in Ohio. Did you know I briefly was riding a bit more and won the Starner Hill Climb race as part of Pelotonia? That is but one example of what I could do if motivated but I choose to instead rise, quickly, up the corporate ladder and mingle with the elite.
KJ: Mark, I have a call on line 1 and others holding for my words of wisdom so I have to end our conversation. Corporate bigwigs like me are in big demand.
Blog: OK, thank you Kenda Janet and thanks for sending me the image of you as a child. It is easy to see that even back then, you had taste that far exceeded most.
The interview process continues. Who next? Maybe Jon Morgan to find out what makes him an investment whiz or Marty Sedluk to find out what it is like to live the life of leisure, or Covair, or Mark C to discover how he balances life in the church with unchurch-like behavior on the bike or Andrew Hall who secretly wishes he was Shannon K or Mitch to discover his perspective on the drug war or Ginger to find out what it is like to work in a US post office, etc... I just don't know where the interview process will next stop...