Webster Groves 4th of July Parade – 7/4/2019

Danelle is on the Webster Groves Sustainability Commission. They had a shared parade float and were walking with a small float. Danelle asked if the family could come along and they said yes. I’m not one to pass up a parade and an excuse to ride a unicycle in it. Corvin and I both got the unicycles out. Just to make sure I was up to it, I scouted the parade on the first. Lots of chairs were already out claiming space!

Since we were riding the parade, we only got one selfie before the riding started. I made a huge number of loops around the parade float, constantly circling so I didn’t go slow enough to dismount. We rode as close as we dared to the sides and got high fives from the kids as we rode by.

I’ve got some ideas for next year if we get the opportunity to do it again. The people organizing the float liked us as we were a big attention grab!

Hogan Haake

Donut Ride – 6/29/2019

I saw an event online that I just didn’t want to pass up. It was an organized Donut Ride. The plan was pretty simple. Bicycle approximately 14 miles and visit 5 different donut shops. We had plans for later in the day, so we were going to visit the first 3 donut shops, then turn tail and head back. We were headed to Kansas City to pick up Sonora after the ride. This also made our ride about 5 miles total!

We had Danelle and Corvin on their bicycles. I was riding the 36″ unicycle for the first half of the trip.

One of the great things about this ride was the people riding. They mentioned before we started that we should have cash ready and consider sharing. At the first donut shop, somebody came out with a box and offered donuts to anybody that wanted one. We of course returned the favor at the next shop.

I’m not as good as I should be riding the 36″ unicycle and it took a bit to mount. When we got to the third donut shop (our last), we got our own donut as we were earlier than most of the crowd.

After we left to head back, Corvin and I switched with him uni-cycling and me riding his bike. Corvin makes me look like a beginner with as strong of a rider as he is. It was a fun event to spend our morning doing and get some exercise. I never though I would say this, but after three donuts in less than an hour, I was stuffed and ready to head home!

Hogan Haake

 

 

Holly Moving – 6/21/2019

My sister Holly is moving to Kansas City after being in Wichita for about 10 years. This is super exiting for me as i don’t often see her as its a very long drive from St. Louis. Now she will be closer and we can see her and her family.

This moving journey starts out on Friday evening in St. Louis though. I wanted to change the air filter in my van before we left. This requires tools and reaching back in the engine by the firewall to get the screws out. I had done this successfully and had it mostly put back together. Sonora came out and was checking out what I was doing.

I work hard at being a good father and I was in the groove. I asked her if she was interested in helping. I got a resounding yes. Before long, Sonora was leaning over working on tightening the screws to get the cover back on. That was when I heard the fateful sound of her dropping the socket deep into the engine.

On the photo above, I had to take out a majority of the plastic parts behind the battery before I found the socket. It took about 45 minutes, but I got it all fixed. I was glad to get if fixed up as we needed to take the van the next day to help with the move.

Holly said not to come too early as they were still packing the truck in Wichita, but we didn’t listen. She had lots of stuff pre-moved at my parents house. We got to KC before lunch and didn’t waste any time gathering the troops and starting the move. Hiatt, Tom, Kathy, Matt, Lauren, Mom, Dad, and Sonora.

We packed up Tom’s Expedition, Dad’s Flex, and my Sienna and headed out to Holly’s new house to unload without her. Along the way, I made some modifications to the boxes to help them find their stuff.

We just finished unloading the second load when they showed up!

Lots of trips in and out of the house trying to put things where they were supposed to go.

But it wasn’t all business, we did stop to have some fun! I taped David’s mouth shut.

Lindsay didn’t want to be left out of the fun.

And before long, it was family fun!

Henry wanted to help, but he had to work. Eventually he did get off work and we make sure to visit. His mustang is coming along nicely!

Moving was a lot of hard work and I can tell I’m getting older. By the end, I was going much slower. The hard work was worth it helping Holly and Jim out.

Hogan Haake

 

Motorcycle Ride – 6/15/2019

I was still on vacation and I told Danelle so. The family planned to go to the St. Louis Blues Stanley Cup parade, but I wasn’t interested. I took too long getting ready and go tied up into playing chauffeur to drive them to the metro stop as the parking lots were full. After dropping them off, I warned Danelle that I was going way south and would not be back for a long time.

Eventually, I ended up in St. Genevieve, MO, looking out at the flood wall where I wanted to take the ferry across the river to Illinois to continue my ride.

While I was there, I got the frustrating call to come pick them up… I had to end my ride early and was quite disappointed.

Hogan Haake