Sunday, August 9, 2009

sliding and a find

I haven't reported on my sliding activities as of late. I've probably made it out at least once a week for the past few weeks. Each session has been on the small side but fun.

Northern expeditions have been the predominant theme of the summer and I find that The Bollocks and I tend to spend more of our time up in Maine or NH to the point that I may never head south again(unless of course Nantasket is working).

This past Friday saw me up at Jenness. The Wall was probably better but Jenness is always quieter and I was able to spend a couple of hours getting more than my share of the squeaky clean shin to thigh high peelers. It was easily one of my best sessions of the summer as regards my meager abilities. Actually, the handful of relative beginners that were out made me look and feel like the Big Kahuna. I really couldn't miss. Highlights included yanking victory from the jaws of defeat when I muffed a pop-up going left but managed to still get to my feet and rode that sucker bully stance and then getting pretty close to a nose ride on a clean little right.

In other news, I recently moved with my little family to Arlington and we're pretty close to the Minuteman Bike Trail. I have a Schwinn beach cruiser but thought that I might like something akin to my Columbia ten-speed that took me everywhere in my pre-driver's license life. With me being out of work, not spending a lot was also a factor.

One day while visiting my Mom, I wandered into a Sal's thrift store and scored....a Fuji Gran Tourer 12 speed in decent condition. It needs a little tlc to get it ready to ride but I'm looking forward to the challenge. Score.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

A Year in the Life

On Sunday, my son turned 1. Hard to believe doesn't even touch it. As my older sister put it, "You can't have a son. You're 12."(For the record, I turn 40 in December).

It's been surreal, miraculous, aggravating, puzzling...all that. Every new thing that he does and discovers is both amazing and terrifying at the same time. I remember having to coax him to touch kid.

Cheers to you little boy!