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Happy Birthday to Rockwell!

Kathi took Rockwell and his friends to the trampoline place. It was a lot of fun!

Posted on 18 June '17 by , under Birthdays. No Comments.

Happy Birthday to HannaH!

My oldest is getting…. older! πŸ™‚ Happy birthday sweetheart! Here we are in an abandoned building down town. The lights in the background are a storefront across Broadstreet.

Hannah Also had a birthday swim party at Arthurs house. But I did not get anyy pictures for some strange reason.. πŸ™ It was fun all the same! (There is a video in the archive of everyone diving in the pool for future refrenceΒ  πŸ™‚Β Β  )

Posted on 1 June '17 by , under Birthdays. No Comments.

Canal Crown

Rockwell and I participated in a mountain bike race this month. The Andy Jordan’s “Canal Crown” a time trial to see who can get around the canal trail loop the fastest. Rockwell has won two of the 4 so far, I have come in with respectable times in the middle of the “sport” group. It’s been fun!

Here are our number plates.

Hanging out before the race the first night.

Rockwell on the podium!

Andy Jordans used my picture from the second night for the promo of the third nights race.. I’m famous!

Posted on 31 May '17 by , under Activities, Mountain bike. No Comments.

Leg Xray and schools.

Rockwell and I were at the Gym (the Y downtown) and Rockwell was doing Box Jumps and landed HARD on his shin. Enough where we thought it might have been broken. So, when it was still hurting the next day, we went and got it xrayed. All is well. Which is awesome. As a note, that xray cost about 280$. Not a bad price if I’m honest.

Melinda Applied to, and got initial interviews for both Govornors schools. She received a letter from the Arts and humanities. She was close, but she is on the waitlist. We have not heard from the Math and Science yet. Good luck Melinda! You have done an awesome job so far.

Posted on 11 April '17 by , under school, sports. No Comments.

Augusta Half Marathon

Also known as a “comedy of errors”.

So, Work sponsors races all the time, so If I go to a race, chances are its because I get a free entry. (You know me…)

This time it was the Augusta half marathon. A mildly popular race. (not anything as big as the Augusta Half Iron Man.) So, last night, I looked up where and when we were supposed to be there, and I read “NO PACKET PICKUP DAY OF RACE”.. Really? This is NOT that big of a race..Β  Not even close. OK, Guess I’m running Rogue then, because.. no packet.Β  so, I get there, and realize I did not bring my running shoes. nice. Fortunatly/unfortunatly. Im wearing an old pair of retired trail running shoes. OK, Guess I’ll run in these then.Β  Then, I start Strava in bike mode. (not running mode) so it wont give pace or split info. great. Then, at the end of the race, I take a picture of the timer… but there are two timers? what? AND, the time seems to be way slow.. I though I ran under 2 hours. but the timers are OVER two hours.. turns out, those timers where for the 5k and 10k .. WTH. the Half timer was on the other side in a different place. Really? come on people.

Anyway.. Its all good. First Half marathon, 1:55:54 About a 8:50 pace average. I’m good with that.

 


Here is a picture of the (wrong) clock(s) when I crossed the line.


Here is a picture of all 3 clocks so i can calculate the right time. Turns out I just had to subtract 15 minutes from the clock that said 2:04:11.


The finishers medal.. Gotta’ get one of these, or else you didn’t finish. πŸ™‚

Here is my Strava.. in bike mode of course.. slightly different than the calculated time..Β  πŸ™‚ Slightly longer too.

Posted on 26 February '17 by , under Running. No Comments.

Misc. Updates. Bike, etc.

Figured I would make a generic post with some generic updates.

I used my work “bonus” to but two bicycles.

 

This one is a 2008 Giant TCRa1. It’s in unbeleivably good condition. Origional tires, not even used enough to wear the tire molding nibs off. If this bike has 200 miles on it, I’d be suprised. It’s AWESOME. My new favorite bike. Sorry old Panasonic fixie.. you have been replaced. I got it for (what I thought is a deal) 480$

 

And the other one is a really nice 2012 Sette Jammer. An awesome “Small Adult” mountain bike with a really nice Fox Front fork with 100mm of travel, and Hydraulic Brakes. This one is for the kids or friends to ride.. so I have someone to ride with. πŸ™‚ This was a deal too at 475$.Β  I’m excited for this biking season!

 

I have no idea how this one got forgotten about, but Hannah was the captain of her Mathlete team in High school. Not sure how they did in competition to be honest.. But I’m pretty sure the did better than average. Its a bit of a shame the schools dont advertise these events better.. sigh.

 

OK, thats all for this moment. Rockwell and I are going to go for a BMX gate practice tonight, and there is a Race tomorrow night. We went and practiced last night, and even on a soft moist track, Rockwell recorded his best time yet. 45.80 seconds. So, I’m sort of excited to see how he does in the races. (Hey, I’m not doing that bad myself BTW.. πŸ™‚Β  )

 

 

Posted on 24 February '17 by , under Activities, BMX, school. No Comments.

Running.

I have run 131.8 miles so far this year. I’m going to run the Augusta Half Marathon this coming weekend. Wish me luck!

Posted on 22 February '17 by , under Running. No Comments.

Catchup

Well, had an Issue with the Blog.. for a second O thought it was corrupted.. That would have been VERY BAD. Nothing like making sure I back it up occationally.

But, as a makeup, here are some pictures from my work hard drive from late last year.

 

Rockwell giving his cousin a ride on the honda.

Picking up a half pipe! We are taking too long to put it together.. we are not done. Therefore we cannot SKATE.

Melinda working on her Sci fair project.

The metals to test! she is going to measure how fast heat travels though each of these types of metals.

Just a IR Picture of Melinda working on her project!

I went to an art show.. “SEEDS”. One of the artists had produced a number of Guns with social statments imprinted on the side. I made Like I was shooting one. πŸ™‚

Rockwell volunteered to help with the NAMS Robotics club. they had a Lego League meet to compete. They did OK considering!

My Buddy Wes at the NA Christmas parade being a joker. As per usual.

Posted on 22 February '17 by , under Events, kids, school. No Comments.

Math and Science.

The kids were just talking about math.. not homework, not any specific problem, Just an older sister saying “Hey have you done this yet” to her little brother, and him showing what he knows. This was the scrap paper left over from the conversation.

Rockwell was one of 2 8th graders who Volunteered to help with the 6th grade “FLL”.. (First Robotics Lego League). Good kid. πŸ™‚

Posted on 20 December '16 by , under Events. No Comments.

Learning Arduino with Melinda (Girls who code)

I must say.. I am super excited about January!
Why?
Because I get to help my daughter teach an Arduino class at theClubhou.se..

So, for some background:
Rockwell has been staying after school helping with the 6th grade first robotics class.
Melinda expressed disappointment that she did not have the opportunity to do that in middle school.

Well, of course, my ears perked up hearing this.. I asked her if she would be interested in teaching a class on using the ardino, while learning how to do it herself.. to my surprise, she quickly replied “Yes! That would be great!” (Not really the answer I was expecting from my somewhat shy/reserved Melinda.. πŸ™‚ )
So we put together a lesson plan that involves 5 days (the 5 Tuesday evenings in January) where we would get a half dozen or so girls together at the Clubhou.se, and teach them about how the arduino works, and put together a 2 line LCD display that they can program to display inspirational messages that they will be able to bring home with them at the end of the class.

We proposed it to the Clubhouse, and they liked it! I’m in the process of getting together with Chase Lanier to solidify the plans so we can get an invite out. It will be limited to about 8 (female, sorry guys) participants, and will likely be free to clubhouse members, or cost 99$.

The class will be called “Learning Arduino with Melinda (Girls who code)”

So excited!

Posted on 1 December '16 by , under Activities, makerspace. No Comments.