Easter my entire life has been the odd man out with holidays. The fact that it’s date randomly floats around every year was something I never understood and my lack of religious belief didn’t help matters. Hell you don’t even get a day off from work for it.
So I don’t recall if I talked on the blog about Chuck, a fellow YouTuber that made me a GoPro mount designed to be mounted on the bed of my Tacoma. I found Chuck from a video about the cool lift, wheels and tires he installed on his new Tacoma. Chuck lives in Maryland but out of the blue he emailed me saying he is going to be down in my neck of the woods in early May and wanted to know if I wanted to meet up. He said maybe we could do some truck related project together.
At first I thought I wouldn’t be able to do it because the days Chuck is down are also the same days Patrick and his girlfriend are coming to visit. However after more thinking I remembered Pat saying he would not be arriving until later in the day that Monday so I told Chuck we could do something earlier in the day. I said it would be awesome if we installed the 3-1 leveling kit in my truck that I had been thinking about. Chuck agreed so if all goes well I will be doing my first YouTube collaboration video in a couple weeks.
On Saturday I kept quite busy doing stuff around the house as is usually the case. All I need to do is scan the property and to do’s pop into my head left and right. During the afternoon Cindy, Elsa and I did a DD, Pinch-a-Penny, Home Depot, and Rural King errand run. Elsa is slowly getting better at being out in public spaces.
Saturday night Cindy and I went to see Fate of the Furious. Of course I already knew the movie would be entertaining, action filled, and stupidly unrealistic. I wasn’t quite sure how they could up the ante over the last sequel which featured jumping cars in between sky scrapers in Dubai. Well they managed to pull it off. It was like the script writers sat down and said, “Ok let’s come up with a scenario that even Superman himself would find impossible to pull off.” Evidently Vin Diesel, Jason Statham and The Rock have their own kind of superpowers. Hey the movie was entertaining for sure with plenty of T&A, awesome cars, explosions, and nuclear submarines for anyone. I’d give it a B+ all day long.
Cindy and I did have to deal with yet another case of inconsiderate idiots. We were nestled in to the top corner of the theater with noone that close. Just as the previews were finishing we see a Hispanic family of five or six making their way towards us. One of those family members was being carried in a baby carrier. Cindy and I were in disbelief that someone would bring an infant to the movie, not to mention two of the other children that appeared to be less than 5 years old. The fact that they chose to sit two seats away from us was just our luck.
So of course it took precious little time until the children started crying and it took Cindy and I even less time to get up and move to the other side of the theater as we muttered how amazingly inconsiderate some people can be. The new seating was not without it’s annoyances. There were some more younger kids behind us that were talking a lot, luckily the action of the movie drowned out most of it. I did have to turn around at one point and tell the kid to knock it off when my seat began vibrating from him bouncing his feet off the seat next to me. I am constantly amazed at how rare of a thing simple common courtesy appears to be in today’s world. No wonder I prefer to be at home.
Easter morning I drug myself out of bed early for another 5K run. Although I felt half decent during the run and my pace was better than recent weeks, my right knee started to hurt almost immediately afterwards. Today I am walking with a slight limp but that happens so often nowadays I hardly notice or care about it.
After doing a long weekly bill paying/credit card reconciliation session Cindy and I went out for an Easter EUC ride. We parked and rode around Pelican Bay park initially, a place I never knew about. Cindy was doing a great job progressing on her wheel, so much so that we ventured out of the park and onto the sidewalks and bike lanes. We rode all over the place, even down along the beach like I did several weeks back.
Cindy also rode across grass, stones and compacted sand during the ride. In total I would estimate we covered 8-10 miles easily during the ride which obliterates Cindy’s previous best by a ton. I was very proud of her efforts and I can tell she really is starting to enjoy riding her EUC. I have ideas for a lot more single wheel adventures in the future.
I talked to all my family members on the phone during the afternoon, an Easter tradition. I also managed to change the oil and blades on the tractor, which hopefully will not become a tradition. We watched Passenger last night on dvd. It was interesting but not quite as good as I hoped. I’d still go B+ with it.