Pandemic Post 11 :: An Epic Weekend

The weekend started early with Kantar (my employer) adding recognition for Juneteenth as a company holiday this year for the first time.  I was able to clear my calendar after 10am and I spent the rest of the day learning about the different experiences of People Of Color (POC) and Whites. I read about it. I listened to a podcast about it. I watched 2 videos about it. That theme continued through the weekend with additional reading and listening.

While I listened to the podcasts, I worked on the screen room sewing. I finished the sewing just in time to head out to MBSP for an hour kite-foiling session. After the session, we just chilled out in the trailer for the rest of the day. I put the bed down for a while and Endo and I laid there watching the world go ’round. Endo went for a swim and we did a couple of laps of the park with the longboard.

I’d have stayed for the sunset, but I was getting hungry.

Sunday started with a workout.  WOD 2 didn’t happen because it took me 40+ minutes to do WOD 1. George Floyd will have to wait until another day to get his.  I did this workout outside because it was only about 80 degrees and there’s just something super gratifying about dropping the bar when you’re done with a set.  Endo guarded the barbell between sets.

Then, we hooked up the trailer and towed it out to MBSP for another afternoon of fun. This time, we mostly played with the Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP). I had worked with Endo in the living room to get him to stand on the board. I had worked with him in the yard. I had even rocked it side to side to get him used to the motion of the waves.

When the rubber hit the road (so to speak) and I asked him to get on the board in the water, he didn’t hesitate. He trusted it and trusted me completely. He dug his nails in a bit at first, but he was quickly distracted by a stick floating nearby and an irrepressible need to retrieve said stick.  I used that distraction as an opportunity to use the paddle to propel us toward the object of his desire. He didn’t mind it one bit.

After some floating around in the little inlet, we paddled out to the other side of the rocks and over to the next inlet. He was fine the entire trip. In fact, we did it a couple of times and he was ready and eager to jump back onto the paddle board each time I asked him to.



We capped off the awesome day with some frisbee and made some new friends. Everybody loves Endo. I’m pretty sure that only 5 people still love Raymond.

Pandemic Post 6 :: Slacker

I bought a slackline. If you’re not familiar, a slackline is like a tight-rope, but it’s 2″ wide. In the most simple terms, it’s a 2″ ratchet strap. You can string it up between 2 trees or any other objects that are capable of handling 600 pounds of side-pull. It takes a while to learn, but as you do learn, you get a good core workout. After you’ve learned, then you can start learning tricks. Not like backflips or anything, but things like turning around, squatting, squatting on one leg, sitting and standing back up, etc.

You suspend it about 3 feet above the ground so there’s not a lot of penalty for failure. That means it fits in my wheelhouse.

Pandemic Post 4 :: Three on the Water

It wasn’t a great day. It wasn’t a warm day. It wasn’t a day when all of the locals showed up to kite. It wasn’t even a good wave day. But, it was a bonus session on a day that was supposed to be saturated with rain from early morning until… well, until Wednesday.

Ryan, Jay and I rolled in to MBSP parking lot shortly after 10 am and debated for far too long about which kite/board to employ. Eventually, Continue reading

Pandemic Post 1 :: Vegetable Garden

Today, I dug out my new vegetable garden. I’m not sure how many plants I’ll actually put in, but I dug out a plot that is 6 feet by 17 feet. That gives me 7 rows spaced about 20 inches apart. Since I’m just one person eating these veggies, I think that’ll be way more than enough.

I put the garden plot way out near the back of the yard because that spot gets sun most of the day.

My wallet is about $70 lighter because I had to buy some chicken wire to keep the critters out (mostly to keep Endo out), a 75′ soaker hose, and some cardboard planters to start a few of my plants indoors. When I pulled up to Lowe’s I was surprised by the line out front. And, I was a bit shocked at how few people were wearing masks.  Note, I know it looks like these people were standing very close together, but I assure you that it is due to the angle and the lens. Everyone was keeping safe distance.

Among the plants that I’m starting indoors are 2 different types of tomatoes, 2 types of peppers, and a whole tray of strawberries. I’m not sure where I’ll put the strawberries. I think I may end up building a planter-box that I can keep on the deck.

These are the plants that will go in the ground once the rain has passed us… probably on Friday.

Six Hours Under a Kite

Ryan and I were the early crew. We rode foils for about the first 3 hours. Then, the forecast delivered and we switched to twin-tips. At one point, there were 5 kites on the water. I think there were 8 of us throughout the day. Andy, Bobby, Luke, Joel, Jen, Stephan, Mark, Ryan, Me. Yup… 8 kiters and one windsurfer. I can’t believe none of the other windsurfers showed up.

I can’t remember the last time that I spent 6-hours kiteboarding. I’m exhausted. As usual, there’s no pictures of the cameraman.  Ryan did get some drone footage of me kiting, but we’ll have to wait to see if there’s anything worth sharing.

Here’s the video of me riding with Mark Musgrave of Red Sky Surf & Snow… My adrenaline dealer.