7.18.2016

#cutaway Dropped Dean off at Cutaway Mountain Bike Camp in Charolottesvile VA... YE HA!


this weekend past I drove my older son Dean to Mountain Camp in Charolottesville VA

it was a long drive for camp drop off... 
that said... it was a scenic drive and a good opportunity for Dean and I to catch up

Dean had stories to tell about the Naval Academy Rowing Camp from two weeks prior
then there were all sorts of stories from camping at Lake George with my brother and my nephews (Dean's uncle and cousins)

there was a moment where Dean complained that his summer is going by so fast and he has not had time to chill...
WHAT?
You don't want More Adventure? you don't want More Enriching Experiences?
the boys frustrate me...
Grant came back half way through his month of sleep away camp
which means he does what?
Video Games in the AC!

TWO WEEKS OF VIDEO GAMES AND AC?
that sounds a lot like the school year
this is SUMMER... time for ADVENTURE!

POKEMON GO!
well maybe... actually I am not sure

Video Games in the AC is not an enriching way to spend your summer
Dean is craving some of the nonsense time that Grant is experiencing

the boys love their "down time"

it was a good drive... 3 plus hours of time to try and catch up

it still amazes me that this child who would never stop asking questions at the age of three has nothing to say at the age of 15
sure there are times when he opens up.. hikes... throwing the frisbee... long drives
this was one of those times

finally we arrived... right on time
in fact... a few minutes early

Camp Cutaway

I had heard good things about this program
glad that Lisa and I decided to send Dean to this camp
it looks totally cool
the kids down there look so stoked to be there


the campus looks like Hogwarts
which is funny...
Dean is reading the Harry Potter series again
but to our error Dean left Harry Potter 2 in the car
go figure

Dean is rooming with Alex... Carlo's son

funny... hope they get along
Alex just did the "race camp"
this week is "mountain bike travel" camp
this is Alex's third year at Cutaway


I wanted young Grant to go to Cutaway... looked like a handful of kids under the 14 year old cut off at camp
including my sister's nephew

hopefully next year

at drop off Dean and I checked in.. unpacked and set up the room..
then strolled around the campus with the dog
Didg got to swim in the pond
Dean got to swing on the swings

THIS PLACE LOOKS FANTASTIC!



6.29.2016

Banksy... Banksy Does New York...


Banksy
it is not original to be a fan of Banksy
am I a fan of Graffiti?
if and only if it looks good
bad graffiti is vandalism
good graffiti is art

art is in the eye of the beholder
vandalism is an eyesore

Banksy Does New York



Banksy and Graffiti on the Gwadzilla Page


6.28.2016

Bill Cunningham... Dead at 87

Bill Cunningham dies at 87

Street Photographer...
NYC Character

the catch phrase does not fit... it is said that The Bristol Sessions are the "big bang" of Country Music... one problem


country music people... especially of this era would more than likely be creationists
thus not seeing any significance of a thought like "the Big Bang"

Bristol Sessions
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bristol_sessions

The Winding Stream on NETFLIX

Couch Commander... and other great


Couch Commander... INSTANT Classic!



Obama on Jimmy Fallon... HILARIOUS!



to videos to get people to register to vote



What is this "contributory neglect" issue pertaining to cyclists? What does this mean?


10 Questions about Contributory Neglect

and then some other links on this issue 




what is my favorite band? It may be Queens of the Stone Age


QOTSA
Josh Homme is too cool
dig the band's sound
dig the band's style

stream their stuff on YOUTUBE if you are not familiar



Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine... not the Steve Jobs that so many elementary school kids did biographies on over the past many years

does the end justify the means?

Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine on Netflix

watched this last night...
an amazing life
an amazing career
an amazing contribution
an asshole


6.17.2016

Happy Birthday Dean... Dean turns 15!

WOW!
the days can drag on...
while the years will fly by
it is an amazing trick that time plays on us

it seems like yesterday I could throw this kid in the pool
now I can barely lift him off the ground
Dean is challenging me on the bike in the woods
ready to wrestle with his strong arms and over sized hands
trying to claim the spot of King of the Mountain

but not yet...

Dean


as Dean's Birthday approached we discussed the options
there was talk of the traditional pool party at his grandfather's
but I opted for a party at the new house in Manor Park
party at Quackenbos

Dean was amendable to the notion of a party in Manor Park
Dean also agreed that he would handle the invite and the purchase of food
the initial plan was for a Saturday Party
but with kids rushing off to vacation and camp we bumped it up to Friday and then Thursday
all that said... our party invites were going on on Wednesday for the following day


easier said than done...
most often planning goes through the "moms"
Dean group texted his friends... everyone said yes... no one knowing that they were already scheduled for something else
so when I got home early from work on Thursday Dean was telling me that his short list of attendees had gotten shorter

he was not sad... but he was let down
me... I would have taken it personally even if it wasn't meant as such

I had Dean try to text he rowing buddies to see if they could make a showing
in not much time two friends were at the door and I was sending them out with a list and some money to buy food for the day
while they were out... I drove across down to grab my nephews Eric and Conrad...
unexpected guests... but two of Dean's favorite people

Eric and Conrad



when I returned with the cousins
I organized troops and we marched to the Takoma Rec Center with croquet and Kan Jam

it was a good number... 5 kids and then me
six being the perfect number for singles or doubles of croquet
also good paring for two on two Kan Jam
the games were intense... high level of positive competition

I won...
yes I won croquet and Kan Jam
but really I won because I helped to deliver a day that was special for my now 15 year old son Dean
everyone had fun
hopefully they had a day to remember

after the games we returned to Quackenbos for some food
the watermelon was delicious
the food of the grill was fantastic
Tim at the ice cream straight from the gallon container... I was tempted to make him finish the whole thing

we had fun... I felt as if I had achieved my goal
was bummed that some of Dean's friends were not able to attend
one friend had been to Dean's birthday parties since pre-k
missing this year really broke a streak




6.14.2016

Happy Birthday Eric Heiden...

Olympic Skater Eric Heiden was not just an amazing skater
Eric Heiden was a dynamic cyclists

Happy Birthday Eric Heiden!

Eric and Skating on the Gwadzilla Page