Steve Jobs and Uncle Ben

Having a bit of a tough time falling into a routine lately. Routine is crucial for me, it allows me to sleep better, eat better, exercise more regularly, and just genuinely enjoy life on a more consistent basis.

It has also been difficult to write lately as the topic that has most consumed my mind is something I’m forbidden from writing about. Sorry for the disruption to the blog, but life will go on and I will find my routine again.

With all that crap out of the way, I am pleased to report that I am now officially married to the woman of my dreams for 10 years! Yesterday was our 10 year anniversary and we have plans to celebrate with a big family dinner tonight (my parents, Jaclyn’s parents, my sister and her family). Tomorrow, I am going to take Jaclyn to a very romantic getaway to………..

Wait for it….

Baltimore!

OK, I know, that is not what you were expecting. In fact, there were about 76 places ahead of Baltimore on the list of places I wanted to take Jaclyn for our anniversary, but they are all completely booked for weddings. I guess the end of September is a good time to get married – it was for us! With that being said, we booked dinner at a restaurant that my friend highly recommended and we’re staying at a cool hotel near the Inner Harbor. We’ll probably drift around Fell’s Point and Federal Hill, but I have found in the 10 years with her, we make any place a perfect place to be. Watch out Paris, Baltimore is coming after your top spot on the list of romantic locations.

Today, I am sitting at University of Penn for a follow up appointment, should be pretty easy. I think this will be the last time I come here, my future appointments should be in the hands of my capable family practice doctor.

Last weekend we did reconnaissance for a float trip down the Youghiogheny River, we are now all set and hope to set sail next weekend (canoes/kayaks). While we were exploring, I was holding Benny via leash and he dragged me into the river because I was wearing flip flops with limited traction and he just loves water. My legs went completely under the water and I had an iPhone in my pocket, it got soaked. I turned it off, dried it off, and let it sit in my car for a couple hours to dry off. When I turned it on, the speaker and microphone did not work, which made phone calls impossible. Later that night, I stuck it in a bag of rice, sealed the bag, and went to sleep. I woke up the next day, removed the bag from the rice and it worked again perfectly!

Thank you Steve Jobs & Uncle Ben, you guys are great!

Bike Ride

I hopped on my bike Sunday and headed up the Montour Trail. It is like the tow path near the Delaware River, it is paved in some places and stays fairly flat. I had heard rumors that the trail takes you all the way into Pittsburgh, about 20 miles away, I made that my goal.

After about 10 miles, I was in Bethel Park and the trail abruptly ended. I searched my phone for guidance and it recommended that I get off the trail and take a road for a little while. I rode my bike on the road, consulting my cell phone, trying to figure out how to get back on the trail. After a couple of miles, I realized that I was not getting back on a trail, it was roads from now on.

I ended up going up some serious hills, a couple of the hills were so steep that I was out of breath just walking my bike up the hill! Riding down those hills was exhilarating as I felt like I was hitting speeds close to 40 mph.

I eventually made it to East Carson Street, then rode through Downtown, passed the stadiums, and made it to The Strip. I parked my bike at a rum distillery and began texting Jaclyn begging her to pick me up in the city as I did not want to ride back home. My legs were a little tired, but my butt was in serious pain. I need bike shorts or a different seat, something needs to change.

Jaclyn and the kids agreed to come get me on the condition that I treat them to Mexican food.

 

Pictures From Lake Pymatuning

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Went to Lake Pymatuning, there’s a spot called The Spillway where people have been feeding carp bread since the 1930’s. This has resulted in two things:

  1. There is an abundance of large bronze carp lazily swirling along the lake top, nudging each other out of the way for remnants of bread. If you jumped in, you would not make it to the bottom because the carp are in there so thick.
  2. The years of carp eating and pooping in the same location year after year has made the water super gross, like a fish tank that hasn’t been maintained for 50 years. I prayed that my kids did not fall in as I think there is something worse than ebola swimming in those waters.