"Freedom and responsibility we speak of easily, nearly always without recognition of the iron courage required to make them effective in our lives." j. glenn gray

Monday, May 4, 2009

Goings On

Hey, all!  No story today just a run down of what I've been up to.

Let's start with WWP Soldier Ride TX.  I had a really, really great time.  It was in the 40's and raining the entire ride but it could not have been more fun.  Met some new friends and hooked up with some of those I met last year.  Thank you to Woody for inviting me again.  Met Benson who, as it turns out, just lives across the freeway from me.  We've been riding a bunch and it's nice to have a friend to hang out with again.

I ordered a new full suspension MTB... a Specialized Stump Jumper FSR Expert test bike.  Sweet riding bike!  I should have been on a full suspension bike a long time ago.  It's in, I just have to come up with the mullah to go pick it up.  I'm trading the C'dale 29er and a grand for it.  But with a house full of teenagers...  I would never have believed that they eat so much if I hadn't seen it with my own eyes (and checkbook).

For Spring Break we went to Corpus Christi and stayed at La Quinta.  It was a fun trip.  We all went, including the puppies!  Becky watched the cats and fish for us.  We went to the Aquarium and took the kids to ride PWC's at the Holiday Inn on the beach (Thanks to Anthony for making that happen), took Fabian wind surfing at Bird Island and generally just enjoyed being together.  For Soldier Ride it was 40 and raining and less than a week later it was in the 80's and sunny... as Steve Earl sings "Texas weather's always changing and one thing change will bring is something new."

Funny Time:  They said that "There will be a black President when pigs fly..." and now we have Barack Obama and the Swine Flu... I laughed my ass off when I first heard that one.

We aquired power of attourney for Trevor who is now living with us on a "legal" basis.  He's been staying with us for nearly a year now but the school discovered that his folks no longer lived in the district.  It seemed the right thing to do allowing him to finish school without having to start all over again.  He only has his senior year left.

On April 18th the rain came down so hard and rose so fast that it caught me by surprise.  I was driving over to pick up Mick from school and the water rose from a few inches to above the wheels by the end of the street.  I tried to go around the block to return home but the motor died and the water rose to nearly the mirrors.  It flooded up to the instrument panel.  Insurance totaled it and our brand new jeep went to the auction block.  I'm going to look at the same jeep today only in a different color... and without the water.

Those are the big events.  Other than that, I've just been riding lots and enjoying family and friends.  Ah, my back has been giving me fits while riding so I'm looking into changing to a recumbent or a trike.  I found a really cool trike at Terra Trikes that would be perfect.

Summer draws near and I can't wait.