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So this is a strange shout out and just an idea. I work for a charity called Solutions at Work in Boston you can see the links below as to what we do but we are putting together a evening boat trip around Boston marina with 2 free drinks and other benefit........ I was wondering if any one was interested in supporting us and coming along. Just have a look and see what you think. Even if its not for you pass the info on please.
Thanks for having a look.
Parker Philip Brady - Born 10 September 2012 at 6:37pm - 2 lb 9 oz.
Mommy Madeleine recovering well, Daddy Phil tackling diaper changing!
He has his little spaceman scuba gear on to help him breathe since he is so small but he is doing super well and says hi!!
Here is a picture without all his little wires!
An informal snowkite gathering is planned for Saratoga Lake , Saratoga Springs NY February 18 and 19. The Saratoga Convention and Tourism Bureau is in contact with the Polo club to see if we can use that site in addition to the main site at the north end of Saratoga lake. Also a state boat launch at Great Sacandaga is 24miles away so there should be enough choices for a good time. Book rooms early if staying overnight as there is a big event in town "Dance Flurry". See discoversaratoga.org for more details. I will post more details as they become available.
After two days of wandering the snow fields, and doing most anything to keep the mind occupied and spirits up, the plateau finally delivered on Martin Luther King Jr day. The snow cover was near perfect, good fortune really, seeing how the snow fell three days before and would be gone tomorrow. The winds arrived in the early am and the forecast called for a strong southerly all day, just what we had been banking on. The time was now, for us jonesing kite stragglers to ride the expansive terrain and get a taste of that prime snow we had been drooling over for days.
In the early morning the sun was shining with 20+ degree air temps, people were riding straight away, feeling out the conditions with medium and large kites. That did not last long, as noon approached the clouds began to thicken and the south wind ramped up, most small kites were quickly pulled from the quiver and raised to the sky. The 25mph+ winds now made it ideal to explore the far boundaries of the area with little apprehension of having to hike back. Riding amongst the wind turbines is something else, massive twirling sculptures, much like a piece of modern art, working to harness the same power we're after. Their sheer size would distort one's sense of scale and depth, especially when gazing upward towards their props as you turned your kite across the sky. No room for daydreaming on this Kite Rally session tho, the high winds and gusts called for a certain degree of focus and intensity.
When sought out, the wind tunnel area had a good variety of riding options. Powder turns in the deeper drifts down a slope on the backside got high marks, you could park the and kite and carve some flowing S turns with the added help of gravity. A small causeway with heaps of snow was another fun area, although I never really got it dialed in, was ideal for freestyle play. The big hill with the farm pond at it's base and the tower atop was the windiest section and had some jumping/gliding potential, but had lost much of it's snow cover. The small pond was being hit up by a number of kiters and held substantial snow. I only wished we'd had another day of the same wind direction to go deeper into it all.
The day's snowkiting was a blast but also consuming, after too many request from my legs screaming stop! I conceded and called it quits, even tho my head said "there's still fun to be had" -and there was, the remaining kiters who rode on was proof positive of that- but I could stop now, without regret, and bask in the glory of the days kiting along with the rest of the crew. The itch had been scratched and the skunking denied. The long drive home would go easy now as the wait for next years Tug Hill Kite Rally begins...
The following stills are taken from my perspective that day with a go pro helmet cam. I tried to post a variety of pics including landscape/sections kited, kites in the air, MassKiters, snowcover/tracks, as well as any unique shots.
EDIT: I know this looks like it was written by a drunk five year old. I'll fix it all up later I just wanted to get this posted
Okay so a disclaimer - Some sort of bad thing happened with my camera where only about 1/3 of my pictures came out but in the end - who really cares - it was a hilarious night and while you all don't get to see me dressed up all cute as little red riding hood (or my equally cute wolf hand puppet) feast our eyes on the rest of the gang...
I'm also torn between blog or event report - so I'm gonna do a mashup - pics on the bottom for those who don't want to read my nonsense and blog format for those who do :) (NB: there are more pictures just posted below than in this blog so if you want to see them all be sure to check out the slideshow..)
It was a dark and stormy night.. Okay it was day - but whatever. I hitched a ride with Jermy and Biggi.. (If you see Biggi around - please ask her about the rabbis... LOL!)
We got up to Salem about 1-ish? Parking was a nightmare and it was cold as a witches teet. In a moment of supreme braininess I opted to not wear my costume until we settled in a bar much later. Smartest. Idea. Ever.
I should also say that the parking job Biggi managed was probably one of the most impressive displays ever. She didn't even rub bumpers once!
We wandered around a bit -checking out the sites.
Soon we got a message from JohnnyD, Gorette and Pete. It then becomes blantently obvious that I am not the only one with flawed navigational skills. We go to where John dropped a pin - nothing. Then we start the phone navigation - nothing. Jermy is on the phone with John. Biggi is on the phone checking maps. By all accounts John and Co. should be on top of us.
We all see the same building. We all see a white tent. We should be on the same street. And yet, nothing.
About 15 minutes later - victory.
Okay. So it's freaking cold. I put the camera away for a bit. But let me fill in you on what happened. We discovered JohnnyD left his ID at home. We got hot dogs. We met up with Phil (who was kind enough to share his heat and umbrella with me once it started raining).
It starts raining. It's freaking cold.
We go on a haunted site tour with a Witch tourguide who looks like he still lives in his mom's basement.
We learned that Moitbe? Mo it be? Mobi? Is the witches equivlent to Hallelujia.
It's still freaking cold.
We learn that Gaol is Old English for Jail.
Holy. Freaking. Cold.
About 3/4 of the way through the tour, Gorette comes up with a brilliant plan - once we pass Rockerfeller's bar - we can skip out. As soon as I see the bar, I beeline - dragging Phil with me - to the bar. We lost the rest of the group for a little but soon after joined us at the bar. After about 2 cups of tea I started to warm up. We nom nomed a bit and then decided to head over to some place that was "a way aways" for clam chowder. Fortunately after only a bit of walked we got side tracked to some awesome bar where we hunkered down feasting, drinking, dancing and just having a great old time.
So bummed all my pictures didnt come out - but meh ..
I made Phil pretty
And the picture that I can't look at without LOLing:
LOL. More pics below - I have to run to class so can't type much more but - one more thing that must be included here -
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Our first meetup at Vault in Boston!
* Getting to hang out with the girls and revealing our new banner!
* Meeting up with some curious bar-goers and getting to introduce them to Masskiting and KLaG.
*Wandering around aimlessly trying to figure out where G parked her car.
* Gorette and I heading home and encountering one of those rogue window-washer people on the street. We passed by him fortunately but then got stuck at a red light about a block away. I saw him behind us running toward the car. I suggested to G to turn the wipers on, in hysterics we watched him - undeterred by our attempts at thwarting an unwanted washing - fearless wash her windows in between the moving blades. In an impressive display he managed to only get clipped once...
It was an small affair this time but I am definitely looking forward to the next meetup!
Okay so left the house around 7am towards the Cape with a very small chance of kiting since the forecast wasn't promising.
Made a couple stops along the way since I was driving alone and need to recharge my coffee mug, not a good example here by driving alone, I don't usually do this and you all know but I had to be home early evening so couldn't take the chance on been late since the wife was anxiously waiting for my arrival..
So the day was super fun got to meet some new people and did chat a lot about few topics including house hunting, which we are on the middle of.. so if you have advice please share
As you all can see here the turnout was excellent many people was able to make it to the event which wasn't just kiters but also the whole family and as I see more and more people are increasing the family size I think this will be a commom theme for now on.. Yeahhh we are not expecting any baby soon in case you wonder
So here are some photos some good and others not that great but a least will give you an idea of what you missed and hope that the next one you can make it!!