Photo Friday… Confidence…
- Lane Bailey
He REALLY wanted to cross the rope bridge. We stood in the line for a few minutes, and he was excited the whole time… until the person in front of him went. At that point, he was much less excited… at that point he realized that he was next. It was going to take a few minutes though, because the boy in front of him was SLOW.
We talked… he told me he didn’t want to do it. I reminded him that he would only be 4 feet off the ground… and that there would be spotters walking with him the whole way. The boy in front of him had the spotter’s all but carrying him across the bridge at this point.
He bravely walked up to the base of the ladder… climbed it and stepped out onto the ropes. The spotters moved in. After his first step, he asked the spotters to back up a little and let him walk it. In what seemed an incredibly short time, he climbed down the other side.
Now he was ready to do it again. He was an expert… telling other boys in line what to expect and how to increase their performance. One trip across… Expert. I will say that the pointers he was giving were pretty good… They were the same ones I had given him just a few minutes before. ;^ )
What a difference a few minutes makes. He had completely forgotten the nerves and the trepidation. Now he was brimming with confidence.
I was (and I still am) a very proud Dad. He overcame his fear and reaped the reward of pushing his boundaries.
Photo Friday… Hockey Time
- Lane Bailey
Garrett gets some 1 on 1 from Danny Taylor
It is a little earlier than usual, but it is 2nd week of Hockey Camp time… I’ll be spending a large part of next week at the skating rink watching my older son play his favorite game.
All year long he looks forward to spending two (non-consecutive) weeks playing hockey and hanging out with the coaches and other players. Honestly, I look forward to it as well. Maybe not as much as Garrett, but it is a lot of fun.
The folks that Dan Sullivan gets to coach for the Come And Get It Hockey Camp are a pretty cool bunch. Dan played with the Gladiators and currently plays for the Colorado Eagles (both in the ECHL). Several other past and present coaches are current or former Gladiators… as well as some players that have been in the Ontario Hockey League and the NCAA. Eric Boulton (of the Atlanta Thrashers) has been to most of the camps with his sons, and this time, he is making it official… he’ll be on the ice with the players. Chris Thorburn of the Thrashers has also been involved with the camp.
The kids are a lot of fun to watch, too. Some of them are pretty talented… enough that the pros will step out of the weight room, or hang out by the glass after their ice time to watch the kids play. Of course, part of that might be them thinking back to their days of hockey camps and youth hockey.
Hockey players are different than a lot of other athletes. Even in Canada, hockey rinks aren’t at school… and often, ice time for youth players is at “inconvenient” hours. One pro player told me that when he was in high school, he was at the rink at at 5:00am… then school, homework and finally… the rink, at 10:00pm. Games were often at 11:00pm or even later. High school athletes in other sports usually don’t have to put up with the same hardships to play their sports. Hockey players are a dedicated bunch. Mine is only 7, and this is what he loves. And he works REALLY hard for his coaches.
And if you are looking for something to do, you might drop by the Duluth Ice Forum next week for a scrimmage. The kids will play a game each day between about 3:00 and 4:30 in the afternoon (the play for an hour… in there somewhere).
Photo Friday… If it Bleeds, It Leads…
- Lane Bailey
It’s that time of year again… Mud4Blood time.
Each year, for the last 8 years, the GBR4WD Club has hosted one of the biggest one day blood drives in the region for LifeSouth. The goal this year is to break 200 pints of blood collected at the event.
If you are a local car nut with a cool ride… whether it is a high-riding 4×4, low-riding mini-truck, rat rod, resto-mod or rad bike, or even something completely different… we have a cool show for you.
It doesn’t cost a dime to enter, aside from your gas to drive to Hooters in Kennesaw. We don’t want your money… we want your blood.
If you like to see the coolest cars and the coolest people in the Atlanta Metro area car scene, it doesn’t cost a dime to show up… aside from your gas. We want you blood.
If you want to have a shot at the HUGE raffle, it doesn’t cost a dime to get a ticket. We want your blood.
Do you sense a theme here?
It’s all about the blood drive, but the blood drive isn’t the whole thing… There are cool vendors offering excellent deals, too. And if you get hungry, it IS at Hooters… right by Cowboys.
Photo Friday… What Hits, What Fits…
- Lane Bailey
Yes, that is my little truck… and it is inside a garage. This particular one is listed as a 2 car garage. It is about 540 square feet. And yes, I did actually close the door… because I could. ;^ )
One question I often get (from agents, not my car enthusiast buyers or sellers) is how big is a “standard” garage. The easy answer is about 400 square feet, 20′ x 20′. But, looking at homes that are a bit older, the garages seem to be a little deeper… often around 22′-23′. Sometimes they are a little wider, too… around 21′-22′. So, I run across a lot of two car garages that are in the 440sf range.
On the other end of the spectrum, a lot of new homes seem to have garages around 380 square feet. I certainly can understand that cars are generally smaller now that during the 70s… but 380sf is pretty small.
Occasionally, I run across something a little different… like tandem 3 car or 4 car garages. These might have a bay or two that is closer to 40′ deep, keeping the normal width of a little over 20′. Much more common in the 3 or 4 car range are garages that are 30′-45′ wide. But, I do have to say that there are some nice advantages of having a longer bay… like pulling in a longbed truck, or even a boat on a trailer.
If you are ready to step up to a bigger garage, let me know…
Photo Friday… Things That Make You Go Hmmm…
- Lane Bailey
Sometimes you just have to wonder...
Last year we went to Myrtle Beach around Thanksgiving to visit with family.
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I noticed this sign on the beach… Now, I don’t want to make light of the power and danger involved in a tsunami. We have all seen the devastation and loss of life from the recent tsunamis in Japan and elsewhere… but the sign strikes me as a little humorous.
Have we reached a point where we have to be told to stay off of the beach when there is a tsunami coming? And if there are waves like that (which I hear tsunami waves do NOT look like), our hero on the sign is WAY late to begin the running…
Bottom line… the sign is funny, but don’t laugh at a tsunami.