We had family in from out of state for the weekend. I bought my wife an Amazon Fire TV box as a Valentine’s Day gift. The gift of entertainment is one that keeps giving, I guess. Our Samsung Smart TV lost its ability to connect to our network a long time ago, possibly due to a little kid beating on a Wii game to get bowling pins to fall over, or something like that.
Saturday morning we went to our son’s children’s league basketball game (he scored several goals – he’s good at sports even though my wife and I dislike team sports). We all went to breakfast/lunch afterwards and over ate. In the early afternoon, my father-in-law, son, and I went for a bike ride in the neighborhood. At a nearby middle school, we watched kids practicing softball – my son was fascinated by the catching, throwing, and batting drills.
After we got home, my son and father-in-law played catch and my son practiced batting in the back yard. I built a fire outside and made my son a cup of hot chocolate. Temperatures were in the low fifties and it was a windy day.
In the late afternoon, I got to take a solo bike ride. I’m out of shape and probably rode no more than 12 or so miles, but a lot of that was against a strong headwind. Here in Stepford, there’s a lake by the country club that’s probably spring-fed and impounded by an earthen dam. I rode out to it, walked my bike through the gate that prevents passage of motor vehicles and down a fairly treacherous and rocky roadbed. Where it flattened out I got back on the bike and rode to the dam, then through the narrow space between another gate and steel fencepost, then across the dam to the other side.
Once across the dam, I noticed a path off to the right and rode over there. It descends along where the water that escapes the dam forms a stream with falls, and the path leads to the bottom of the dam in back. I took some pictures there with my new Optio W30. Riding back across the dam to the neighborhoods to finish my ride, I crashed into that steel fencepost and banged up my shoulder and knee a little, but was not much hurt. Then I finished my ride.