Monday May 30, 2005 was a beautiful
day from a weather perspective. A few days ago all the weather
forecasters were predicting a rainy holiday weekend. It turned out to be
a fantastic weekend, almost too dry, it would have been nice to actually
get a little rain.
The day before, Sunday May 29, 2005
I did not ride my bike, but I did get my exercise. I worked like a dog
helping plant some new bushes and flowers in the front of my Mom and Dadís
house in Royal Oak. For Motherís Day us kids told my Mom that we would
pick a day and all come over to work together doing some new landscaping
in the front yard. Well Sunday turned out to be the day and all kidding
aside Barry and I worked very hard. Amanda chipped in with a good effort
as well and she also made a crucial run to the local Seven Eleven for
Slurpies about three quarters of the way through. Carol was an excellent
supervisor and she manned the hose watering all the new plantings. Brian
and Melissa both had to work real jobs so they couldnít be there. Diane
also had to work until 2:00 pm so she didnít show up with Max until we
were almost done. Max went to the new Star Wars movie with a friend and
Jonathan was up north with his second family of Bob, Cathy and Mark. So I
drove over by myself and Barry and I did most of the work. I almost
forgot to mention my brother Tom. Even though he is a big shot at
Chrysler he told us he had to work and wouldnít be able to join us.
Thanks for the help Tom, just kidding I understand the importance of
making a few thousand more Chrysler minivans on a Sunday to store in
various lots around the city, you can never have too many minivans
collecting dust in storage with over a 100 days of new vehicle inventory.
All the hard work was worthwhile, the landscaping turned out great.
Check out this link for pictures we took during this event.
Back to the bike ride stories. On
Monday Diane and Max went up to Adams to play tennis. I figured this was
a good excuse to ride my bike to the tennis courts to watch them play. It
is a short ride up to Adams, so while I was watching them play for a
couple minutes I decided to ride around the schools, both Adams and Van
Hoosen to get a little exercise myself. Before I took off on the first of
many laps around the schools which turned out to be just a little over one
mile round trip, I noticed that Max appeared to be smoking Diane in
tennis. The lap around the school is actually a nice little training
route, you get some up hill and a little downhill. I ended up doing five
laps total, stopping each time to watch a little tennis in between.
The football/soccer field at Adams
is completely torn up. The grass is gone and currently is covered by what
appears to be sand. Adams High School is getting a new artificial field
surface installed in time for the next school year. I have recently
gotten a new part time job working for the construction company that is
installing the new field. So in addition to riding my bicycle I am now
operating some heavy land moving equipment on the weekends with the
construction company. See the pictures below of me in one of my new
rigs. This part job my not last too long, one thing you may know about me
is I have never been real good at driving my car in reverse, I sometimes
have trouble going in a straight line. Well, my first day on the new job
and I was driving my new yellow land mover when I had to go in reverse to
smooth out a pile of dirt. As luck would have it I got off track a little
and missed the pile of dirt and I plowed right into one of the turnstiles
at the entrance and completely flattened it to the ground. The foreman
was quite upset. I said to him, look on the bright side at least there
wasnít anyone in the turnstile when I turned it into a pancake. They
havenít officially fired me, but I havenít received a phone call
requesting me to come back. Oh well, the way I see it the less time
moving dirt the more time for bike rides. If you haven't already
checked out the pictures see this link.
The ride up to watch tennis and the
laps around school turned out to be a nice little ride. Following are the
statistics from this ride. The total distance was 7.6 miles, 11.0 mph
average speed, 20.5 max speed for a total time on bike of 41 minutes.