Geeking Out on Bikes

OK, I’m going to take a moment to talk about bikes and biking. I haven’t said much about my riding lately, but that’s not to imply it hasn’t been on my mind. Rather, I deliberately avoid talking bikes too frequently because it’s not a topic of interest to very many people — at least, not many people find it as interesting as I do.

So this is your cue to wander off of bikes bore you.

A few months ago, I noticed the frame of my race bike (dubbed Alexander the Great) had a thin crack in the seat tube. I couldn’t tell if this was just a crack in the paint — they used really thin paint, and it got innumerable dings and cracks in it after I started riding it consistently in March — or, more worrisome, a flaw in the carbon fiber itself. I pointed it out to a bike shop employee, and he said to keep an eye on it. That’s all I did for quite a while. Continue Reading >>

Wheely important

Here Benji, our budding engineer, tries to understand how wheels and, to a lesser extent, strollers, work.

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A thorough exploration of all wheeled devices is required. He spends 10 minutes at a time spinning wheels.

Keys do hold some fascination, but really, nothing compared to wheeled objects.

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Hmm, keys.
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Back to the stroller wheels.

Oh, I should also add that in the last day or so, Benji has also started pointing at things. Now he points at food he wants, buses, trucks, doggies, Daddy, and other less obvious targets. Continue Reading >>

Home Improvements

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We’ve lived in our house for over 3 years. A hose hanger has languished on our back porch for a year. Now, finally, I have a home for our back yard house. Seems small, but it’s sure nice to have it off the porch!

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Back in April, we paid money to a upholstery place to make new cushions for our old, sagging couch (which, I will say, came to us free). At the of July, the guys came and took our couch. And finally, last week, it came home. Hooray! Amazing how comfy and improved it is. Continue Reading >>