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By georgeha (Fri May 17, 2013 at 10:12:06 AM EST) (all tags)
and we even rode on the sidewalks!

There's even more biking planned for tomorrow.

Plus, prom planning, vacation planning and college tour planning.

Wednesday was bike to school day, but it was cool and drizzly and eleven_year_old didn't want to go, and I didn't feel like pushing her to go. Today they're planning biking from the school to the park behind our house, so she needed a bike at school. The weather is nice, Mrs. Ha has a dentist appointment around pickup time, so biking is the logical choice.

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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Pedestrian overpasses by ObviousTroll (2.00 / 0) #1 Fri May 17, 2013 at 10:22:34 AM EST
Are always nice.

I've been waiting for PennDot to replace an old bridge that would let me avoid having to ride about 100 yards on a wooden boardwalk bolted to the side of the turnpike, but the bridge has apparently been out since 1972 and has been "coming soon" ever since. 

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There is on for this interstate in the park by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #2 Fri May 17, 2013 at 10:26:35 AM EST
behind our house, but it would add a lot more distance to our commute. They could put one ending in the Collective Garden, behind the Armory, but someone on the other side would have to give up some of their yard, and possibly their driveway.

I suppose I can hope for a fire or gas line explosion to level one of those houses, just for our convenience.

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so, by garlic (2.00 / 0) #3 Fri May 17, 2013 at 10:34:18 AM EST
Is 16 year old ready for going away to college? Being responsible for herself getting up, doing homework, feeding herself, etc?

That first year is a doozy for a lot of us, but she seems like she might have particular challenges. Maybe get her to sign up for a Navy ROTC program that'll help with the cost of school, and the discipline?

That is the question by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #4 Fri May 17, 2013 at 10:43:58 AM EST
and we're wondering it, too. She does like to learn things the hard way.

ROTC is out, despite the guns. It's hard to show off your fashion sense in a uniform.

She may blow all her college savings on her first year and have to drop out. Then again, her true career might be as a tap dancing roadie.

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which is totally fine by garlic (2.00 / 0) #5 Fri May 17, 2013 at 10:57:55 AM EST
it just might be a shame to blow all that cash to learn that college isn't for her.

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She does like school by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #6 Fri May 17, 2013 at 11:05:24 AM EST
and college will probably be for her, sooner or later.

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sure. by garlic (2.00 / 0) #8 Fri May 17, 2013 at 11:35:16 AM EST
I have some friends who struggled initially, but ended up finishing. I think my brother only made it through because the Navy was looking over his shoulder making sure he did.

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I thought college wasn't for me, then I enlisted. by wiredog (2.00 / 0) #10 Fri May 17, 2013 at 01:16:33 PM EST
The Army was even less for me.

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One day per week & during ROTC lab. by ammoniacal (2.00 / 0) #11 Fri May 17, 2013 at 11:31:32 PM EST
Not too challenging.

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it's the 2-4 years after that concerns her by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #12 Sat May 18, 2013 at 09:02:17 AM EST

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Start those scholarship applications early by kwsNI (2.00 / 0) #7 Fri May 17, 2013 at 11:16:31 AM EST
On the bright side, there are a crapton of scholarships for women interested in engineering.  There wasn't a woman in my class that wasn't on at-least full tuition scholarships. 

IWe're hoping for that by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #9 Fri May 17, 2013 at 11:36:01 AM EST
She had her AP Physics on Monday, and she really liked AP Physics. There's a month left to study for the Regents, play with lithium, and build a hang glider.

The SAT is on June 1st.

So, she likes math and science if it grabs her, otherwise she's meh.

She likes History and English, except for writing.

STEM seems like a better fit.

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WPI by jimgon (2.00 / 0) #13 Sat May 18, 2013 at 09:20:35 AM EST
As written before if you come through Worcester let me know. 

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Will do by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #14 Sat May 18, 2013 at 06:05:22 PM EST
though Mrs. Ha is normally anti-social, so we'll probably be camping.

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WPI 2 by jw32767 (2.00 / 0) #15 Sun May 19, 2013 at 01:01:30 AM EST
If you or your daughter wants to chat with an alum, let me know.   I haven't been back in a decade, but the school does do a lot of things differently (generally for the better) so having someone to bounce questions off of might help.

Thanks, but she's a teenager by georgeha (4.00 / 1) #16 Sun May 19, 2013 at 06:58:58 PM EST
so adults can't tell her anything.

She went to a women in engineering thing at RIT, she decided EE and Civil E were boring, but Packaging Engineering was cool.

One of the dads on the Lego Robotics team did Packaging Engineering, but she couldn't see any reason to talk to him.

One of her swim team friends just finished a year at WPI, she'll talk to her.

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