still excited about the Owl sighting in Rock Creek Park last night...

lots of mention of Rock Creek Park on the Gwadzilla Page

so many great memories over the years in this park

sad but true... I never shared my photos from Bruce's Alleycat not did I every write up a race\ride report... that time has long since passed

Bruce host the pre-race meeting of the CROAKED ALLEYCAT
it was a frog themed event
who would think that there would be roughly 40 or so possible frog themed check points
how does someone gather that list

these links will give you plenty of reading pleasure
choice words and random images to accompany your coffee
Alleycat and then Bruce


Was hanging with Chris last night... he joined me for a short hike in the woods with the dog... we had the happenstance to witness the night activity of what appeared to be a Screech Owl

good to catch up with Chris
I had no advice for him... just clear instructions
people seldom take advice
just as unlikely for him to follow my instructions

those instructions would have involved a few things
one... getting up earlier than usual this morning
then locating a new spark plug for his chain saw
the other tasks... a little more intensive... and a little more important

random mentions of "chris"
more accurate search for Totally Hardcore Chris

Bike to Work Day... for so many of us... EVERYDAY IS BIKE TO WORK DAY!



looking at images on this old XP computer... so many memories

Decades ago I went to Peru
proposed to my soon to be ex-wife at Macchu Picchu 

DCCX... good times

Dean and Grant at Wakefield

Jordon formerly of Bicycle Space... I did not appreciate the Gwadzilla Number One from him.. it effects how I view BicycleSpace even today...

CHASE THIS LINK if you want to read some Choice Gwadzilla Rants!

Tagged along w Cargo Mike to Edwin of Edible's wedding reception

this post has been a draft long enough
I thought I was going to add some photos from the real camera
but that time has passed
I post these as they are

all from the iPhone

dancing... drinks... food...
and friends
it was a great party
a wonderful start for Edwin and his bride!

good times for sure!

Fast pass through the Smithsonian Folklife Festival... PERU! Don't Miss This! One of the great FREE things that DC has to offer!

these guys ham for the camera before their dance performance
I did to speak Spanish with them... just assumed they spoke English
I think they got the gist of what I was saying

will be more respectful on my next pass through and try to speak to them in their native language

Alpacas... not Lamas 
smaller... softer... and less aggressive
these guys already have their summer haircuts
I think they are more cute with their longer hair

this guy was not a participant in the festival... he was just passing through like myself
only he brought his pet squirrel 
nice guy... cut squirrel

I wonder how the domesticated squirrel responded to the nearly domesticated squirrels on the ground

Folklife Festival... CHECK IT OUT!

John Eaton Elementary School... DC PS... You Served Us Well! Thanks to everyone at Eaton for helping my boys to become the people they are!

Jennifer Ramsey and Angelo Perodi may have been our top teachers
so many great teachers
would love to name all of them
Mrs. Delay! I wish I could be in her class...
okay... I do not want to list everyone
but thanks to everyone

from the principal to the custodial staff
the after-school program
everyone at John Eaton
thanks for all that you do

you were a big part of our lives
now you are part of our past

you are appreciated

Promotion week has passed

I did not attend Grant's fifth grade promotion ceremony
it is complicated
but a simple alibi
lack of vacation... lack of money

this year was a good year for Grant
so proud
transitioned from the Rec Soccer team I coach to a Travel Soccer Team
developed a love for music with the Marimba and now the piano
was Captain Hook in the school musical and a major player in the Tempest at the Folger Theater

good stuff... so proud of him
proud enough that I allow him to play an excess of Grand Theft Auto

there is more that I am proud of
his maturity... his independence
his outspokenness

he is not an easy child to parent
but he is easy to be proud of

I am so proud of both my boys
they are so similar
they are so so different!

photos from a bike swap in Mount Pleasant show things how they were years ago and bring rise to how things have changed...

leaner and meaner
faster and more fit
also often bearded
and of course
living in New York now

no longer a messenger
married... mother... and still Kate
Kate Shrock Rocks!

Russell moved to Colorado
I would give an update... but jealousy would overwhelm me
bought some wheels from him before he left
those wheels are on Grant's Gunnar Single Speed

random people selling random stuff

Sean and his zest for life
his passion on the bike is inspiring
that guy pushes the pedals hard and smiles harder
need to ride my bike more so I run into Sean more

Dean is being lured to the darkside- ordered some pedals with strapsand am going to make this bike fixed

we discussed things...
with birthday money and promotion money
Dean has enough money to buy an inexpensive Fixed gear from Pure Fixed or another such online company
there was some discussion

we discussed that
we discussed building a bike

in the end
we have decided to FLIP THE HUB
just ordered some pedals with straps
this will be his FIXED GEAR
this is a nicer bike

we can build another bike as he grows
but this will be a nicer ride than a Pure Fixed
quality SWOBO frame
wheels with Paul's hubs
come on... this is a better bike!