Category Archives: Pals

Plague update

A drawing by Max of him and Dad hiking and doing a “skramble”

We’ve been weathering the Coronacrisis upstate in Saugerties. It was immediately clear that trying to work full time remotely while educating a 2E kid and a toddler in a small apartment was going to end up in an Overlook Hotel situation.

Up here we have a backyard with a a swing and some room to run. Put in a trampoline. On the weekends we can go for hikes.

Max in a sweet pose with Sam and Z in the background at the Esopus creek nature preserve

Max says he’s forgetting his home because he’s been up here so long. On the bright side he’s also much more interested in hikes and walking outside. He’s noticing that and thinks it might be because there’s less noise outside up here.

Queen Z with a stick she was twirling

Zezus has been having a grand time. Hikes wear her completely out. She’s been doing walks around the block and stomping in puddles with me. Bath times are capped by putting on pajamas in front of the fire.

We’re still trying to find a balance so that Sam isn’t overwhelmed and I can get some work done. Trying a new schedule with some explicit breaks for each of us. Trying to just be more chill with each other and be ok that the kids are gonna get more screen time.

Sam being abused by a pile of tiny monster children

Welding

Did a little welding class last night. I got to practice Oxy-Acetylene welding one on one because no one else wanted to weld on a hot summer night in the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

Since it was just me I got to do more with the instructor and we did both brazing and actual steel welding. Tons of fun. My final project was a little Z-Z tea light holder!

Obstacle Racing

I did my second obstacle race last weekend and it was glorious. This time, instead of just being alone, I had a crew. I saw them at the beginning and the end, but it was good to have a posse! I got all the obstacles except three that I gave up (too early) on.

Group photo of my running team

Mike, the guy in the sling, had his arm broken by someone’s knee in the race and KEPT RUNNING!

This is mostly an excuse to share some cool pictures.

I did great on time but next race I’m going for strict completion of everything. I should be able to do it!

Week 3046

Grunting and Sweating

Amazing Trainer Christina, Deepa from work and I went to Obstacle Athletics on Saturday and had a lot of fun in their grown up playground. I got to do a lot of wall vaults and monkey bar work, ran up some wavy walls, balanced on beams and traversed long wall climbs. All were pretty cool. I also finally got to a place with a high rope so I could practice rope climbs!

Also finally got back to biking in! It’s beeyoootiful out.

Got to go to Georgia’s birthday party afterward and had a really swell time with my peeps there.

Politics

I’d vote for Biden over Trump – but I really think Biden will lose. He’s not even as exciting as Hillary was. There’s no reason to vote for him, just reasons to vote against Trump. Makes me wish again for Ranked Choice Voting. I’d love to see someone who has some enthusiasm get the nomination.

Skimmed the debates and it seems like Warren did great in her night as a real standout, committing to Medicare for all. On the second night, I didn’t check out as much but it looks like Biden’s skeletons are starting to become more known in the mainstream.

Family

Last week of school for Max Lazer! He’s coming out of kindergarten. I got to read a bunch of material that had never made it home before from him!

A book from my dad and a book from my son

Max also has been back at his circuits and seems to have figured parallel and series circuits.

Max Lazer Rainbow Shield

Zeezus on the other hand may have to go to a reform school.