Head of the Hooch

Meg and I competed in the Head of the Hooch Regatta, our season ending 5K head race, a couple of weekends ago. The “Hooch” is quite an event. There were almost 10 times as many boats entered than the next largest regatta we’ve attended. We’ve never seen a traffic jam of racing sculls before. And the Tennessee River is BIG! We certainly didn’t ever envision ourselves rowing on such a large waterway when we first got started a few years ago. Our new Fluidesign double scull is magnificent and very stable (for a high-performance racing scull). But, I even raced the dilapidated club single I like to row and its kinda tippy. We’ve both come a long way since our first LTR class.

Speakmon Memorial Regatta

Meg and I competed in our first ever 5K head race this past weekend. We’ve done “sprints” before; but this was our first longer race. Rowing almost seven miles on the Scioto river wasn’t as scary as it seemed it would be when we were there for the race in June. We’re definitely a lot more comfortable in the boat than we were last year.

Charlie Doyle Memorial

In addition to rowing with Meg, I am also the coxswain for sweep in many of the races. I steer the boat, set the stroke rate and help keep then crew synchronized. It’s a lot of fun pulling the strings. But it’s COLD in bad weather since I’m not moving much.

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Midwest Masters Regatta

Meg and I competed in our first ever rowing competition this weekend. We certainly didn’t plan on racing when we signed up for learn to row; but we improved faster than we thought we would so we felt comfortable entering a regatta. We still need a lot of practice; but we’ve got great teamwork.

Senior Day

Tara being recognized on Senior Day. Its hard to believe it’s been four years already. It seems like just yesterday that Meg and I were on our way to Trine for the first game of her collegiate career. Congratulations Tara! (click it to big it)


Senior Recognition Night

Here is a photograph of Brandon in an iconic pose in front of the Cathedral of Learning just before the start of the University Of Pittsburgh, Swanson School of Engineering’s Senior Recognition Night honoring 2013 graduates. Congratulations Brandon! (click it to big it)

Brandon at the University Of Pittsburgh, Swanson School of Engineering's Senior Recognition Night

Scoring The Game Winner

Here is a video of Tara scoring the game winning goal in short time against Tiffin back in September. It made the highlight reel for 2012 for UC soccer! It’s hard to see the clock in the background but there were just 23 seconds left. As you can see, she was very excited! The parents were going crazy on the sideline too. Side netting, upper third — it doesn’t get any better than that.

Engines to power

Engines to power. Turbines to speed. I always wanted to say that.

By now, you have probably figured out that “we’re not in Kansas anymore”. Considering how many WordPress installations I’ve set up and configured for others, it was more than a little ironic that I stubbornly clung to my “original” web site. In the process, I’ve also switched from Apache to IIS 7.5. Apache will always have a fond place in my heart; but it was definitely time to move on. Every reason single reason that made it the web server of choice back in 2003 is no longer valid; especially since there still isn’t an official 64-bit version for Windows. It was past time to change. And, now that everything is up and running, I am glad that I did.

I still haven’t decided what I’m going to do with the photographs. The new home construction photos are, most likely, permanently offline. We love our home; but its “new house” days ended a long time ago. But, even though we’ve lived here for a while, will always be the “big house on the hill” that we dreamed about in olden times. I do plan on finding someplace to put the photo of me standing next to the SOLD sign. Most of the other photos were pictures of the “kids”. We will certainly keep them around for ourselves. But, now that they are older, it’s probably better to use more recent photographs. Everyone was as kid once; but, as time passes, some pictures aren’t as cute anymore (at least to the subjects).

I don’t know how often I will post. But I definitely will make updates more frequently than I did to the old site. So, as they say before fights in the UFC, here we go!