Juuuust enough snow to live that Sled Life.
Actual footage of me and the girls emerging from the space-time wormhole in the backyard.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! . Today was our family tradition we call the “GingerSLAM Ultimate Tournament of Elite Champions”. An elite cadre of confectionary builders test their construction skills against the might of a wrecking ball. . Dreams were crushed, glory was won. . The “Trojan Unicorn” was my (Dave’s) effort. It turns out marshmallow legs do not in fact have elastic properties of bouncing a wrecking ball back. . This was Zoe and Joss’ second GingerSLAM. We have a strange relationship with candy in our house.
Just enough time to bust out some milk jug shoulder pads this morning. Hiccup costume complete. . Zoe’s super stoked and planning to wear it every day for the next year. . I’m really glad to make it with her instead of buying one. When I was a kid, we always made our Halloween costumes, so I spent a few memorable years as Captain Spatula. Happy to continue the tradition.
Zoe wants to be Hiccup from “How to Train a Dragon” for Halloween. As usual when crafts are involved, things got out of hand and we spent half a day making a helmet. Worth it, though. She’s stoked. . Haven’t decided yet if I’m going to stay up all night to make armor.
We live in a cynical world. Don’t let anyone tell you your dreams are impossible.
We painted the house to get it ready to sell, so we are telling the girls not to touch or put stuff on the walls. Tonight I was working in the bedroom when Zoe invited me into the kitchen. She and Joss created a laser obstacle course. It’s one of those parenting moments where you don’t want them to tie things to every handle in the kitchen because it’s gonna break stuff...but it’s a freaking laser obstacle course so you can’t be mad. Plus, Joss wrote warning notes for “booby traps” and “be careful”.
We are yachties again! Back amongst our people, roaming the Annapolis Boat Show. The girls had a great time, mostly because they got loads of swag from vendors. The second pic is the man/myth/legend Erik, from Sailrite. When Dad and I were sewing liner panels and trampolines, Erik patiently talked us through the challenges over the phone. Stoked to be able to thank him in person!
NEW BOOMERANG DAY! Boomerangs are one of my favorite hobbies. . A perfect throw results in the boomerang hovering directly over you and dropping into your hands. . As you can tell from how hard I’m panting, I haven’t exactly mastered the “throwing perfectly so you don’t have to run” bit. Expert boomerangers get way less exercise than I do. . Also, catching in low light is a bit dicey. You don’t really think about it till the moment of truth arrives, but the whirling blade with sharpened edges needs to descend to decapitation height in order to be caught. And when it’s that low, hurtling directly at your head, it is only visible as a thin line of imminent death. . Anyways, that’s why I was so happy in the video. New boomerang AND I didn’t die catching it in twilight? Bonus!
Today is the one year anniversary of the world premiere of this stop motion music video I made in my garage for my band @toomanydrummers . It took 3.5 years to make. It is nine and a half minutes long and contains more than 12,000 individual photos. . I know it’s not cruising related, but it’s a special day for me so I wanted to share it with you so you can get to know the crew of Exit Only better:) I’ll post a link to the whole music video in the profile. . What made this premiere even more special was crowdfunding the rental of our local theater. So many people supported the project and came out to join in...really a highlight of my life:) . Btw, this sequence is a shot for shot tribute to one of my favorite scenes of all time: the guitar amp scene in back to the future. . Behind the scenes tip: That is Sarah singing “Ave Maria” while I fly through the air backwards in slow motion.
Perils of parking in a boatyard. Yesterday I drove all the way from Fort Pierce, FL to Valdosta, GA before discovering that my rear tire was leaking air. I did some investigating and found a small bent nail in the tire tread. . It was already 7 pm but thankfully a local tire repair place was open late, so I pumped the tire up (it was down to 18 psi and audibly hissing) and hurried ten miles to the shop. . Much to all of our surprise, this massive five inch fish hook was buried completely within the tire. The “bent nail” I saw was only the top of the curved hook. . The tire guys were amazing, plugging both (!) holes from the hook and charging me a total of $19.99. . I’m a grateful man:) Boatyards have some gnarly debris and I got off easy.
Hauled out to discover that our TWO MONTH old bottom paint job somehow allowed THOUSANDS of barnacles to grow. Not grass. BARNACLES. This bottom job was $800 worth of @westmarineinc PCA Gold Premium Ablative Antifouling Paint. . It’s a brand new paint job. We were only in the water for two months. I’ve never seen anything like this. The guys in the boatyard never have either, and they haul boats every single day. . The paint gets good online reviews. No idea how this happened but we need a new bottom job. I don’t think this paint accomplished anything at all. . Well that’s not completely fair. It definitely fertilized barnacles.