And we still have Ann's birthday to celebrate tomorrow. Just a quick update. I'm off to have pizza and beer. Life is good.
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Friday, May 23, 2008
Sunday, May 18, 2008
We did our usual Rt 28 to Leesburg ride. It was still a little on the cool side and both of us wore long sleeve shirts. In addition, the wind was blowing a bit briskly during our ride. It never seemed to be an in your face type wind so I'm assuming it was more of a cross wind, but it was hard to tell. For the most part the trail is pretty well protected against the wind. We rode out to Leesburg and stopped at our usual place - the Douglas Community Center. During our break, Daughter#1 called on my cell and Ann took the call. I'm not sure what the deal is with the hugging herself. For the past two weeks there have been what looks like large family picnics going on at the Community Center's picnic pavilion area. Large commercial type BBQ's and the works. Smells delicious, but no one has invited us for lunch. Dang.
I tried to get a picture of Ann pedaling along, but with our digital camera the time between when you push the button and the actual shutter operation made it near impossible. I have a picture of her front tire and that about as good as I could get. In this picture, that is Ann way far down the trail on the right. Also when I was taking this picture, my bike fell down underneath me and the chain popped off. I managed to get it back on myself with out too much difficulty.
Friday, May 16, 2008
They are forecasting a decent Saturday with highs in the 70 with a chance of more rain on Sunday. I'm hoping to at least get out for a bike ride tomorrow.
Today Ann and I got out for lunch at Red Lobster. The Son, who now also works from home on Fridays, joined us. It was a nice get together. He also dropped off jars of coins for us to deposit at our Credit Union. By few I mean it turned out to be over $200. Good thing they had a coin sorter machine. While we waited to use said machine, a couple in front of us was unloading a whole box of coins. To pay for a vacation they said. Their haul was $800. That's some serious coinage.
Ann's birthday is coming up later this month and the kids have been burning up the Internet with their e-mails trying to arrive at a consensus on what to get her. I think they finally have it nailed down and now its just a matter of ironing out the details. Daughters#1 and #2 will both be coming home next weekend to celebrate along with their SO and husband respectively. It will be nice to have a full house for a change.
Pictures were taken by Mike Lee.
Sunday, May 11, 2008
I have a feeling his gf helped him a bit with the flowers, but I'll give him the credit. They looked really nice. Here they are displayed with cards from The Son, Daughter#1 and myself.
He also came through with a gift card to a local spa. That was so thoughtful and I know Ann is looking forward to using it and being pampered for a few hours. So kudos to The Son.
It has rained steadily all afternoon and evening and we've gotten over 3 inches of rain since about 2:00 this afternoon. This on top of 2 inches of rain on Thursday night. There are flood warnings all over. My gutters are clogged with spring debris, which I haven't gotten rid of and all my gutters are overflowing. Not the best thing for the house, especially around our bay window.
Before it rained, I did go for a row this morning. I got in ten miles, but there was a tremendous amount of debris in the water due to the heavy rain Thursday night. At times I was litterly picking my way through sticks and logs and other flotsam. I had to turn around and look behind me every five strokes or so to make sure I wasn't going to hit something that could either dump me in the water or damage the boat. Granted I did hit some debris. It was almost inevitable, but what I did hit was at a very slow pace, which didn't do anything to the boat, I think. However, when I took the boat out of the water and was washing it off, I noticed some nasty scratches on the bottom. I don't think I caused them, but to tell you the truth I didn't look at the bottom of the boat before I put it in the water so I don't know if they were there before my row or not. I don't remember anything running under the boat while I was rowing, but I just don't know. I hope not.
Friday I had a checkup with my dentist. Everything seems to be fine for the moment. The usual 45 minute trip took me an hour and 20 minutes. Traffic on the Beltway was a mess. You would have thought the storm had dumped 7 or 8 inches of snow on the ground rather than just rain. I got to the appointment 20 minutes late. Any later and they would have cancelled my appointment and rescheduled me. Bah on that.
My dermatologist has started me on a two week course of a medicine that turns my urine a nice shade of orange. Think McDonald's orange drink. I find if totally gross and oddly fascinating all at the same time. I also can't drink for two weeks. That sucks mightily.
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
After the boathouse tour, we take them out on one of the docks to the erg machines. The rowing simulators are mainly used for off water conditioning, but they also prove useful to teach the basic rowing stroke. We have a few club members that are certified erg instructors and they teach our guests how to erg.
After our guests get the basic rowing stroke down we send them off to the barge. The barge is like it sounds - a clunky, but very stable floating platform on which to further refine the rowing stroke. Like a rowing shell, the barge uses regular oars and has sliding seats. Every guest gets a chance to give it a try with club members demonstrating proper technique and offering advice and lots of encouragement. We used to send the barge out into the cove, but it took to long to get out and back. Now we keep it chained to the dock and it works just as well from a rower's perspective.
After the ergs and the barge, our guests are ready for the real thing - rowing in a real 8 man shell. We put four guests in the middle four seats with experienced rowers in the bow pair and stern pair. Yours truly was originally designated to give the boathouse tours, but got drafted into coxing. Here our first group of guest pushes away from the docks in preparation to heading out of the cove and onto the Occoquan. That's me in the very back of the shell. I'm a little big to be a coxswain and it's a tight fit for me.
Finally our guests get to show their stuff and row on the Occoquan. Most do surprisingly well for just getting a crash course on how to row. We like to think if we can get you into a shell, we've got you as a member. Rowing is just that good. Next up for us is our two week rowing camp dubbed "Raw Knucks".
Sunday, May 4, 2008
After lunch we returned to their house and threw some horseshoes. Daughter#2 and I beat The Son in Law and Ann. We also took a long walk with Gracie their dog before calling it a day. Since Daughter#2 has one of our cars, we are using hers until we can meet again and swap back. Right now that would be Memorial Day weekend. That weekend is shaping up as a big one as Daughter#1 will also be home and we'd all like to check out a baseball game at the new stadium. Should be a fun weekend. I'm praying for good weather.
Thursday, May 1, 2008
A front has moved through and the weather has reverted to being raining and cool. The weather is suppose to begin warming up again in time for the weekend. Lets hope. We don't' want our second Learn to Row Day to be rained out again. Tomorrow (Friday) is my Friday off. here's to three day weekends - yea!