Its been a long haul

So what happens when it is halfway through the month of December and our hero Mountainstroh has a total of 10 (nope not a typo, ten) bike miles so far? Well for one, he starts wondering just how many layers he will need to ride in 30 degree weather, and for two, the blog needs other inspiration to keep it from dying an early death. Tonight I stumbled on a bit of a spark. Continue reading “Its been a long haul”

Easter Traditions

Michelle and I were talking today about someone we both know.  He was telling her all the things he HAD to do both tonight and tomorrow because its Easter.  All in the name of tradition.

Michelle and I have it easier.  Every Easter she makes Au Gratin taters and we just hang out together.  Its nice, and normally we don’t have to go anywhere or do anything.  But her telling me about this person reminded me of the year my almost missing Easter completely restyled in a new tradition… Continue reading “Easter Traditions”

A lot like me…

Folks I am a lot of things, some good some not so much.  I am a helluva trainer, my students not only learn, they succeed and they have a great time doing it.  I am NOT a fashionable dresser.  Shorts and T-Shirts are and should be acceptable for any occasion, including work, weddings and funerals.  I have been told lately (well for almost 5 years) I am a good hubby, and I try, plus I am the role model for my 4 siblings.  I am NOT a good singer, but I am not afraid to bellow out a song.

I am also a dad Continue reading “A lot like me…”

Hold that baby tight ma’am!

When people ask me how and why I started blogging, I quickly point out that it would NOT have happened without Michelle breaking out the Mac book, pulling up WordPress, clicking “Start new blog” and said “HERE YOU GO!” She knew I had been playing with the idea, but thinking “Really, who you but you or mom would read it?”

I soon found I enjoyed the heck out of doing so, and a day just doesn’t seem complete without a blog post. So the why I do it is easy. I enjoy it, I like to tell stories and share things, and people tell me I am good at it.

One thing I didn’t anticipate is that I learn things about myself as well! Continue reading “Hold that baby tight ma’am!”

Parents know best!

AS much as I hate to admit it, real life just gets in the way of riding the bike sometimes. This week I am training at the office closer to my house. Normally this is not a bad thing, as its only 5 miles from the house. This means I usually bike it round trip.

However, today, it wasn’t an option. The person I am teaching doesn’t start till 9, and I have to take the manchild home after work. Add to it the stack of stuff I had to haul for this class and it adds up to having to drive (at least today).

The one advantage, I listened to the radio this morning on the way. It allowed me to hear that the rescue of the family stuck on the sailboat off the coast of Mexico was a success. But then the news told me something that made me mad. Continue reading “Parents know best!”

A dad challenge

For some reason lately, I’ve been thinking about all the stuff the kids did when they were younger. Both the Manchild and the Mathmajor did a LOT more things than I ever did. Of course, the main reason for this is I never really wanted to do anything but read or ride my bike as a kid. I did have one year of little league (played right field never got a hit) and did Cub Scouts for a while, but that was it.

The boys, Manchild played, baseball for a couple years, even got to pitch once or twice, and tried wrestling (hated it!) . His “nice weather” activity now is longboarding and he loves it.

Mathmajor tired both gymnastics and Irish Step dancing for a bit, as well as one year of Cub Scouts (the people in our troop were weird!) But the thing they both did the most was Inline speed skating.

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Somewhere I did Something right…

So, as the readers of this blog know pretty well, Michelle and I have 2 kids.  The Mathmajor is 20, and goes to Western Washington University, it’s the start of his Junior year.  The Manchild is 15 and lives with his mom about 35 miles away.  He is a Sophomore in high school this year.  We spend as much time as possible with both boys, (though Mathmajor is pretty damn independent now).

I am sure I am like most parents when I sit and think I could’ve done better when raising them.  Did I do all I could, was I selfish when I wanted time to myself…  Sometimes, the negatives even make me thing (much to the angst of Michelle AND my mom) that I wasn’t the best dad.

But then there are days like today that make me think, “HEY I did alright!” Continue reading “Somewhere I did Something right…”

Scaring the Children

I am a pretty good dad.  We have two boys, the Math Major is now 20 and the Manchild is 15.  Both of them are smarter than hell, and they and I get along better than my dad and I did.  One measure is the visiting.  When my folks split up, I liked being in my own room, so visiting my Dad wasn’t that big a deal.  Our boys came up every weekend, unless school got in the way.

However, since they were knee-high to a grasshopper, there is one time I scare them and they really don’t want to be around me.  Continue reading “Scaring the Children”