wakeboarding

Nice day on the lake

Sean and Julia invited me out on their boat today, and we dropped it in Lake Sammamish a little after 1pm as the sun was peeking out from behind the stray fluffy clouds. It was only 60 degrees in the water, but that didn’t deter us (much) from starting our wakeboard season. Thankfully, Sean’s wetsuit is ridiculously stretchy and accommodates anyone from Julia’s size (tiny minus 2) to mine (long-armed gorilla), because it’s definitely not summer weather in Seattle this week; decidedly nice spring, yes, but that’s as generous as I’m going to be.

I was up on the board in a couple tries – more than I expected since I haven’t done this in 4 years or so. Sean spent most of his board time trying to scientifically determine the exact ballast settings, wedge angle, boat speed, rope length, board length, passenger seating configuration and a zillion other variables to create the wakesurfing sweet spot, while Julia dove into the wake on her surfboard like she grew up on Waikiki and then spent the rest of the day sunning herself on the deck like a cat. We had a great time and were happy to just be on the lake today, not even slightly discouraged by a little cold water. Thanks for the invite, you two – you rule!

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Air shows and wakeboarding

Oooh, i can barely walk today! So i must have had a really great weekend, right? Well, you’re right, i did! Summer is the best! 🙂

Friday nite we took Josh out for his birthday. Started with dinner at the Elysian Brewery (mmm… beer battered fish!). I feel it important to point out that their cool mood music was pumping out of an iMac behind the bar. 😉 Then it was off to Dilletante for way-too-rich desserts that required taking the latter half home with us in boxes. That could perhaps be partly because Kim, Josh and I ate an entire birthday cake in the 5 days preceeding. Josh actually only had two pieces, so it was really Kim and myself enjoying birthday cake with dinner, for dinner, as a snack, for breakfast, etc. Anyway… then down to the Alibi Room for drinks, finishing off a great summer evening! And a big happy birthday to Josh! He should have birthdays more often…

Saturday Josh and I met his friend Duncan for a most excellent day of lake fun and sun. Besides being a rather cool guy, Duncan also pilots a well-equipped boat, perfect for Josh’s seasonal-first and my forever-first day on a wakeboard! It was a total blast, i did way better than i thot i would and had a superb time at it. Despite swallowing a large portion of lake washington, i managed to get on my feet by the end of my first set, and by the second set i was getting the feel of it and carving around the wake a bit. I’m totally jacked about giving that another try, and a big whopper thanx to Duncan for being such a patient instructor and gracious watercraft host! Totally sweet.

Lest we get any time to rest, Josh and I rolled right up to Steph’s to enjoy her housewarming festivities – burgers, beer and good company! We did a good job of scaring Steph’s work friends into their own little corner of the house with our obnoxiousness and chased each other with leftover sparklers in the backyard. A top-notch summer evening, and a perfect initiation for Steph’s new house!

Sunday Gabe and i rolled down to Tacoma to scope out some freakin huge airplanes, and also some not-as-huge but still pretty impressive ones, at the McChord AFB air show. I’ve got pics i’m workin on, but suffice to say we saw a lot of cool stuff, and Gabe totally filled my brain with random airplane facts – i think i could lube the landing gear on a C-17 with my eyes closed. 😉

Today it’s back to work, and not too bad of a day, as i’m spending most of it working with the graphic design department to set up their sweet new Macs (including one of those amazing 23″ cinema displays). Always fun to work on the machines in that department… 😉 Spent some time catching up on IM with Sara Torbet, Josh Lambert and Shanna Massey, too – great talking to you kids!

So i’m still totally sore from abusing myself on the lake, drinking a bit, and getting no sleep – so much so that i’m still limping this afternoon. But it was totally worth it! I’m having a great monday – hope you are all too! 😀