Forrest Park Ride – 2/28/2016

We found a nice day for the family to bike around Forrest Park. Its right around 5 miles and mostly flat. The kids and Danelle were on bikes and I uni-cycled on my 29″. Around the halfway mark, we stopped to play with some dinosaurs.

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The T-Rex stepped on me, but I escaped unharmed!

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And while he didn’t need long arms to ride the unicycle, it did need to be taller, so I didn’t have to share šŸ™‚

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Sonora ended up having issues towards the end and wanted to quit, but we all made it around and had a great day!

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Office Unicycle – 3/24/2015

I’ve been unicycling since 2006. For some reason, IĀ  started doing it more this year and ended up with another unicycle. I brought it into the office and one of my co-workers, Dan Pavel, learned to ride over the course of a few weeks. Dan ended up purchasing his own, here are two more people, Daniel Ferguson, and Josh Hunt, giving it a go. I don’t think either of them are going to be pursuing riding.

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Halloween – 10/31/2014

Halloween fell on a Friday this year. I had plans and the kids were okay with it. I dressed for work like any normal day, but then put my clown outfit on over it. From there, I grabbed my unicycle and kids and proceeded to walk the kids the mile from our house to the grade school. We got lots of smiles along the way and the kids enjoyed the extra attention. I occasionally rode the unicycle, but mostly walked with the kids. Once the kids were deposited at school, this is where the fun began!

Riding away from the school, I got lots of smiles and kids pointing. Several parents looked surprised, but happy too, When I got back to the main street, I started riding my way to work. In the less than 2 miles it took to get to work, I believe I was honked and cat called 50 times. I even glanced a man taking video with his phone as he drove by slowly. I distinctly remember a man in a large dump truck yelling, typical construction workers. I now know what it feels like to be an attractive woman šŸ™‚

As I approached my office, there was a building that was still under construction. I came upon two of the workers sitting on the tailgate of a truck looking at their work site. As I came up silently behind them, I said in a strong voice “Are you guys just clowning around!”. They turned with movement ready for a physical confrontation. Upon laying eyes on me, the first one said “You’ve gotta be kidding me!”. I smiled, tipping my red nose at them and continued on into work!

I found out later that one of my co-workers didn’t realize it was Halloween and wondered why I came to work dressed as a clown for the day.

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Later that night,we went out trick-or-treating with the Brown family and had a great time.

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Halloween – 2011

This was one of my most memorable Halloween days yet. Typically, Danelle takes the kids around to get candy. This year, we switched as I had a costume and wanted to go with the kids.  Even the animals were festive this year!


If you don’t believe me and my clowning around, check out the video, it is one of my greatest life works.

 

 

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Fourth of July Parade

Each year, the city of Webster Groves hosts a very nice family friendly parade to help celebrate our nation’s independence. Last year, we made our own float for the River Des Peres Watershead Coalition. But over the winter, we sold the boat that had the trailer we used for the float. This year we decided not to create our own float. But that didn’t stop Corvin and I from participating in the parade. The Cub Scouts have their own walking float. They are supposed to ride bikes and help promote the pack. Of course I’m not one to do something easy, so we decided to participate. Corvin rode his bike for a little over half the route while I rode my unicycle.

Looking at the photos now, I look like a total sweaty disgusting dork, but it was fun for me. I need to practice if I do it again as I was very exhausted at the end of the route. Near the last turn of the parade, on of the pedals broke off my unicycle from the abuse I was giving it. Overall it was a good time.

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