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.

Downtown Scooter Session

I went downtown to take some photos – just to get some practice with different lighting. As I was walking along Summit St, I saw two kids on scooters cutting through an atrium next to that parking garage that faces the park. On the other side of the atrium was a fountain that I hadn’t remembered ever seeing before. So… new subject matter, right? Cool!

I snapped a couple pics of the fountain and looked around for the next interesting shot when I noticed that the ledges around the fountain had been ridden by skaters and they’d done some grinding on those ledges.  The wild part of what happened next is that I had just watched a video on YouTube by B&H Photo about how if you just park yourself in an interesting spot, the photos will often come to you. You don’t always have to go searching for them.

I started to sit down on the steps to do exactly that; wait for the pictures to come to me. Just then, the two scooter kids came back through the atrium. The kid in the blue/white shirt said, “Hey do you want to get some pictures of us grinding that ledge?”

“Hell yes!” was my reply.

Here’s what I got. As always, if you’d like a full size image or a print, let me know. I’ll hook you up.

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Pacesetter Park Skate Session

Click here for the full gallery!

Saturday, between my bike ride and my evening plans, I made another trip out to Pacesetter Park in Sylvania to snap some more action shots.  Overall, I’d say it was a great shoot. Though, the light got worse the longer I was there.

In addition to the gallery that I uploaded here I also got some sequence shots. Click the image to view the action.
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The first photo in the gallery is actually a shot of the skate park at Highland Park in South Toledo. I only included it because I went there first. Unfortunately, it didn’t appear that there were many kids really trying to work on good runs or specific tricks.  So, I went to the top of the hill and snapped the overhead shot for the Tilt-Shift photo that you see here.IMG_8091-Edit


If you’re interested in buying any of these photos as prints, let me know by email or by commenting below with your FB login. I’ll be happy to hook you up for a good price.

To the three little groms on inline skates.  Sorry, the shots that I got of you didn’t turn out – with the exception of one (the Frontside Nut-slide).  Next time, perhaps.