Checking out the app.. Anyway, Melinda got her new frame in the mail. It’s pretty awesome. It’s a redline flight Pro. Superlight. Their top-of-the-line frame. We purchased it off of someone we met that was going to Rock Hill for the national meet last weekend. This frame actually went to the world nationals in Copenhagen.Uncategorized | Comment (0)
It’s been mostly BMX stuff lately.
Melinda was interviewed during that Redline seminar.. and ended up on TeeVee…
I took some video of Rockwell last night during practice… They are getting better every day.
And then Rockwell too some (vertical) video of 50yo me in the same section of track..
Last night Melinda and Rockwell attended the “Redline Flightschool” BMX clinic. It was taught by Jason Carnes, the USA BMX champion from 2002 to 2007. This guy is in his 40s now and is still built like a rock, and still races professionally. He talked about the gate, the rhythem section, and jumping. Here he is giving Rockwell and Melinda some pointers on the gate.
And here is a group photo, of the kids after 3 hours of “flight school”! (Melinda is not in there.. The ever vigilant student she is, she asked to go home bofore this photo was taken, so she could get ready for school. Gotta’ appreciate THAT.
The last 24 hours has been pretty Amazing. It’s going to be hard to beat this run of events. We did a Zombie walk last night with Makeup (Rockwell was feeling sick and did not want to go), we did the color run this morning, We did a “Improve Everywhere” MP3 Experiment this afternoon at 6pm, and then we went to the BMX track and competed there till quarter to nine. Great timing of events.. It was Awesome!
Check out this video of one of the “color throws” at the end.. they give you packets of tempra to toss in the air. fun!
We ended the night with some BMX. Melinda and Hannah’s race. This is the race where Hannah, Melinda’s friend, took a pretty nasty spill. Scraped up her hand, her elbow, her side and her knee.. but she STILL finished!! No one can say these girls are not tough!!
One of Rockwell’s heats. This was the very first race he used clips on his pedals. In the final heat he took a pretty nasty crash.. I think melinda was wondering it came in three’s at this point!! Everyone was OK in the end.
Melinda has been attending some horse riding lessons. He thought she was riding western the whole time in St Croix, but it turns out her teacher there taught her a few English things along the way. Teacher: “Melinda! you are posting! There is no posting in western riding..!”
I ran the Quacks and stacks 5k last weekend.. I came in 3rd out of about a dozen people.. But in the 50 and over class!.. I’m 49 for another two weeks!! I don’t know how that happened.. but someone got cheated out of 3rd place! If I was in the 31 to 49 class, I would have come in 10th place out of about 20 people.. still not that bad for an old man.
Melinda wanted to go to Charleston to go surfing.. but she looked at the surf forecast, and everything was less than 2 feet.. No surfing going on in that. So then she wanted to go biking in Charleston, but we had to go to the soup kitchen Sunday. So we would have little time to bike. I talked her into going to 5 points in Columbia near USC campus. We rode around there, then we rode through USC’s campus to the Capitol. I had not been through the campus.. pretty nice!
Here are the couple of pics we got. Here is Melinda in front of the Capitol building.
And here we are in the back of the building at the Strom Thurmond Statue.
For those of you not framiliar with Good Ol’ Strom, He was our senator for a LONG time.. He actually ran for president in the 60’s and created the “Dixiecrat” party.. a pro segregation/Anti Civil rights party.
Here is the little plaque on the side of the monument… Hmm.. Some things seem to have been changed.. was that “Bessie Mae” added later?? LOL.. why yes it was. Bessie was Strom’s half black Daughter by a house servant when he was young! Do with it what you will.. Bessie kept her mouth shut until after he died. and to his credit, Strom Mellowed out when he got older.
So, I had a couple observations. College kids don’t ride bikes any more. I was really disappointed to be honest. I thought 5 points would be crawling with them. Not even close. But it as crawling with college kids. I guess they walked or drove.
Over all, I thought my idea of going to 5 points might have been a failure at first.. but then after riding through the campus, and going around the capitol, It turned out to be fun. I’m looking forward to going to Charlston for a bike ride.. Perhaps we could talk Aunt Christine into going also.
A couple weekends ago, we went to Rock Hill SC. to the grand opening of their super cross BMX track there. Rockewell even got to race on the track.. He did not do well, considering He did had a flat and did not get to practice before the race.. (Insert sad face here..) But the facilities are AWESOME.
Rockwell Helped the young makers work at fixing up a Haunted house tfor this fall. (actually, Melinda did too, and this is the same place Hannah helpd Charles do a photo shoot at before she left) But here is a parting shot with one of the actors.
I realize this is simple stuff.. but I am still impressed. This was a project for English.. Melinda had to compose a 6 word “story”. Hers was: “I’m a lion, hear me ROAR”. But the cool thing is, she used a picture from when she was 6 years old. She actually went to the blog and searched it out and found it.kids | Tags: homework | Comment (0)
- She has to take public transportation to school each morning. The busses run off electricity, with wires above for them. All of the kids take public transport.
- She has 15, 20 minutes between classes.
- They have almost 2 hours for lunch. Evidentally, even though they have a cafeteria, they often leave campus and go to a cafe or grocery.
- Some kids even take the bus back home to eat.
- Her maths look framiar. She might be repeating a little.
- Music class was also framiliar. That seemed like it might be comforting.
- She is behind on German knowledge, but does not feel too behind, and endevors to catch up.
- The Maths teacher says they will be learning some Python at the end of the year! I thought this was genius, and very smart of the school.
- She has an “IT” class.
- The school is BIG. 4 floors. “Oh, I am sorry, 3 floors above the ground floor” lol. Multiple buildings.
- ~1500 students in the school? But her class size is ~20 people, and they all attend the same classes thougout the day. (? not sure how that works)
Here is Hannah’s first day minus one. The day before she vistied the treeline in the alps with her Uncle and cousins! Her Uncles name is Jeurge, and her Cousins names are Liv and Lars. Remember that, you will be seeing a lot of them for a while.
And here is Rockwell and Melinda.. Not quite as excited about school this year. I’m happy in that they got excellent schedules, Both of them are in all the best classes. Melinda was even included in the Spanish class. If I’m not mistaken, they only had 24 spaces, and they only took the top 24 people in her grade.
Here are their schedules for this year.Events, kids, school | Tags: first day | Comment (0)