Friday, July 25, 2008

Bitten by a Copperhead

Last Weekend Kevin participated in another race. This time he had to ride from Long Beach to Catalina Island and back. This was his second time in the estimated 56 mile race, but it was the introduction of the magazines project boat called Copperhead. Kevin was pretty nervous because along with a brand new paint scheme (which Kevin designed himself :) they had made some modifications to the boat, intending to make it faster but the last few times he took it out there were some hiccups. Kevin wasn't the only nervous racer. Justin, Kevin's associate editor was racing too, but it was his first race ever and he had never even been to Catalina Island. The race started at around 8:05 AM and Devon (Justin's girlfriend ) and I decided to grab some breakfast while we were waiting. We figured it should be at least an hour before they get back. Well at 8:22 Devon's cell phone rang and it was Justin. His boat wasn't running right so he was already done racing :( Poor Justin he was so frustrated. When the first racer crossed the finish line I started keeping a look out for Kevin. When I finally saw him I was relieved to see a smile on his face. He later explained that for the first half of the race he was doing really well. He was going back and forth between 10th and 11th place. Then his boat started to overheat and a hose came off. So in the middle of the ocean with racers passing him, he did his best to put the boat in working order, fire it back up and finish the race. Needless to say Kevin didn't come in 11th place but I'm proud of him for fixing the boat and proudly finishing the race.

Monday, July 14, 2008

The Summer of Visitors :)

I know I've said it before but I live so far away from my family and I miss them terribly. I will always welcome the chance to have any of them come visit us. This time it was my oldest sister Lezlea, my niece Reagan and my nephew (melissa's son) Blaine. I had not seen any of them since our wedding a year and a half ago. They came out for a whole week and I tried my best to make sure they had a good time. We went to L.A. (of course) and decided to take a bus tour. It is basically a double decker bus that drives around Hollywood and Beverly Hills and points out spots you may have heard of. Some examples being the laugh factory(comedy club that Pauly shore's mom owns), viper room (where River Pheonix died) and Rodeo drive (where Julia Roberts shopped in Pretty Woman). One of the stops was the La Brea tar pits. That was especially exciting for Blaine. We also stopped on Melrose Ave so Reagan could get some funky back to school clothes and Heard a lot of little known facts about the City. It was pretty fun. Another day we drove to San Diego and went to the zoo. It is a pretty large Zoo with lots of hills so we definitely got our exercise. Kevin and I were happy to have them and are looking forward to seeing everyone on Thanksgiving!