There is an interstate between our house and the school, so getting to the school involves crossing it by bridge one way or another. My preference would have been to go down Monroe with the traffic, while it's rush hour the traffic doesn't move that fast. Eleven_year_old is still learning how to deal with traffic, so we went the other way, up Culver. Rather than cross Culver and cross back in two blocks, we rode on the sidewalk the two blocks. Gosh a pedestrian/bike bridge would be nice.
Tomorrow there's a Kidical Mass, which is a watered down Critical Mass, in that it takes place on the Erie canal towpath, which is closed to motorized traffic. Instead of annoying hundreds of cagers, they'll be annoying tens of moms with jogging strollers, joggers, bladers and dog walkers. I'm not sure if eleven_year_old is up to biking there, doing the Kidical Mass, and biking home. Hypocritically, we'll probably drive there in the minivan with bikes attached.
I'm slowly getting my dad's mountain bike into better shape. I've replaced the back tube and tire, I should do the front soon. The brakes need to be adjusted, and perhaps the derailluer.
Sixteen_year_old has her junior prom in four weeks. We bought her a dress off ebay, from Hong Kong. We didn't want to spend over $100, and we're pretty close to that mark, as she chipped in some lifeguarding money. We even paid extra for super-rush shipping, so there's time for alterations and shoe shopping. I don't know why she can't wear her new Birkenstocks with the dress.
I don't see the big deal about the prom. My buds and I skipped ours to play D&D, or Traveller, or Top Secret, and look how well we turned out!
In vacation planning, I'm thinking a few nights near New Brunswick NJ, a few nights on Long Island near Stony Brook, and a few nights in Massachusetts.
We'll most likely be camping, and I've started buying more gear. Sixteen_year_old wants to make a camping hammock this summer, but she has lots of plans. I bought her a deep air mattress, her old self-inflating mat might get wearying after a week. I figure if we can do two-three days at a place, we can do stuff eleven_year_old would appreciate so she doesn't feel totally ripped off on her vacation.
Rutgers has a Packaging Engineering major, SUNY Stonybrook has a good engineering program, and she knows someone going to WPI. We may also hit RPI. Finances-wise, anything beyond SUNY tuition would depend on scholarships, loans and grants.
For more local places, UB, Penn State, Alfred, we'll do day trips to break up the kids' summer. Mrs. Ha will be working most of the day, so they'll need something do to.
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