Monday, September 18, 2006

Week in Review

Turns out my back didn't survive the week after all (don't click the link).

My wife and I both help out part time with a local catering company when we have the spare time. I had signed up to work a large job on Saturday but wound up at the chiropractor on Friday instead with sharp back pains. Thankfully my wife stepped in and covered for me so we didn't have to leave the caterer in a bind. Thanks sweetie - you're the best!

p.s. I'm feeling much better now, thank you.

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We had a fun day yesterday on our greater Minnesota skatepark tour. In one day we visited 5 different skateparks in the name of "research." We learned a lot and the kids had a blast trying out all the new sites. Here are a few pics of what we saw...

Showcase Skatepark - Rogers, MN

A huge indoor park with tons of ramps and a giant wooden bowl. With an attached "nightclub" for teens that features live bands on the weekends, this place is an ideal hangout for kids.

Admission fee required.

Zero Gravity Skatepark - Mound, MN

A nicely sculpted cement bowl with a nice "flow."

A municipal park so no fee is required.





Austin "gapping" the 5-stair.






Chanhassen Skate Park - Chanhassen, MN

A decent outdoor skatepark sponsored by the city. The ramps were nice but the kids didn't like the bumpy tar surface. Was probably installed over an existing parking lot.

A municipal park so no fee is required.

YMCA Tri-City Skatepark - Edina, MN

The sides of this bowl are 11-feet high! Designed more for the experienced or pro skater, this park was more than my kids were comfortable with. Because MN law only allows 4-foot walls in public unsupervised parks (due to liability), this park was owned and operated by the YMCA and charged a fee to skate. We didn't skate here.

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Finally, here's something you won't see everyday... me holding a baby!


One of my coworkers brought her 4-month old boy into the office the other day. Note how completely natural I look with a baby in my arms (not).

It was fun to carry this baby. Fortunately, holding a baby is not contagious - so I won't be "carrying" this type of thing back to our household!

10 comments:

wendy boucher said...

Carrying the baby must be what threw your back out. Holding Girlie as a baby nearly put me in traction. Now I make her carry me - payback.

Actually, that's a really cute picture of you and the baby.

onetallmomma said...

Telling us not to click on the link and then NOT telling us why is cruel.
All I could remember was the last "don't click" warning. That was one gross critter.

Glad the back is better. My 8 year old is all about trick bike riding. We don't have such cool facilities here.

Harmonica Man said...

wendy - Yeah, but look at that death grip I have on his poor little leg. I didn't want him to flop out of my arms like a giant muskie and drop him on the floor. His mom wouldn't have liked that.

ashley - I'm all about fair warning. At View From The Cloud you click at your own risk!

Bugwit Homilies said...

It's that extreme skateboarding you do. Bad for the back, you know.

Waya said...

I know what that link is all about so I opted not to click it, it's still freaking me out, can I say "M"?

So, what else do you do? Music man, catering man, what else?

BTW, thanks for the handcuffs comment. Now my Dad and Mom will have a totally different image of their favorite son-in-law.

Heather said...

Natural...Yeah. That's what I was thinking.

Glad your back is on the mend.

Jennine said...

Interesting. I use the old "My back just went out" before get togethers at my in-laws.

You've got yourself a keeper, Jeff. Any woman who will cater so well to your needs is priceless!

but Momma said...

Don't let the wife hold it, they ARE contagious, it's only men that are immune.

Mooselet said...

Awwww, don't you look sweet with the little one. I don't think you look all that uncomfortable, really. Just a wee bit...

Glad to hear your back is better - they can be a real pain (no pun intended) to heal.

yellojkt said...

That is a lot of skateparks in Minnesota. You could hurt your back real bad at one of those.