Sat 4 Jul 2009
It has been a long time since we have had access to a computer and I rarely notice it when we do.Â Usually it takes Ken to spot it.Â Big surprise.Â Nerd.Â Anyway, here’s a re-cap of my week in Dayton…alone…just team A.Â It was a long week and a half in Dayton, but it is still Dayton so here are just a few highlights.
In Indianapolis we had two options:Â either take a rest day there and partake in Karen-oke on Tuesday night or not take a rest day and make it to Dayton by Wednesday night for karaoke at Blind Bob’s.Â Of course, with my persuasion we opted for an early arrival in Dayton.Â Ken performed his staple Brother Love’s Travelling Salvation Show, which brought the house down.Â The only other act that came close was my good friend Jon Gassett’s rendition of Material Girl.Â Both fabulous in their own respects.
The next night we grilled out on Emily’s back patio.Â I made up some bleu cheese stuffed burgers, Nathan’s hot dogs, grilled corn on the cob, potato salad.Â Delicious.Â I regret not having my camera around but don’t mind being distracted by great company.
Friday night we went to see the Dayton Dragons play the Michigan minor league team.Â Dayton blew it 0-6.
Saturday was Brett’s big day.Â Again, thanks to EP maggie and emily we all looked pretty decent for the occassion.
Sunday afternoon was supposed to be spent bridge jumping in Pleasant Hill with Brett and the rest of the wedding party.Â That didn’t happen.Â Instead Emily, Noelle, Casey, Ken and I all went to Yellow Springs to swim at Glenn Helen National Park.Â It was beautiful.Â There are two waterfalls and one emptied out into a deep area that allows you to jump off the top of the waterfall.Â Although, you have to shimmy up a fallen tree to get back to the top.
After the weekend I lost track of days.Â It’s a miracle I remembered which day to leave for Columbus to meet back up with Ken and Quinn.Â The rest of the trip was awesome, though.Â We finally did end up going bridge jumping in Pleasant Hill.Â That is where Eric grew up and bridge jumping is how he spent his childhood summers.Â It was Eric, Maggie, Emily, Martin, Martin’s daughter Penelope, and myself.Â The bridge is only about 15′ high but you have to go up to the roadway and make sure you don’t get seen by any passersby or they might call the police.Â It’s not neccessarily legal.Â There was also a swinging rope hanging from the bridge into the creek.Â It was only about 5′ long but still fun nonetheless.Â And just to ease the nerves of the parents, every year the kids move rocks to dam the creek to make it deep enough to jump in.Â No worries.Â There was also another waterfall further downstream we could stand under.Â I never knew Ohio had such magical places.Â Later that night I even experienced my first Drive-In movie.Â We saw Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.Â It was pretty entertaining and made me wish NYC had drive-in movies.Â Or bike-in movies.
For me, this trip has been the first time I’ve met a lot of babies of friends and family.Â In Milwaukee I met the adorable Mabel Steffeck, Roxanne’s daughter, and Miles Divozzo, my nephew, I also got to meet my other nephew Peyton Allen, my sister Rachel’s little girl.Â To all the new (and experienced) mothers, your children are beautiful and I’m glad this trip has allowed me to meet them because who knows when I’ll get another chance.
One of the last nights I was in town my friend Eric Hoyer took me on a bike ride.Â Just about the only time I used my legs while in Dayton.Â There is a group ride every Thursday night around 10pm that he organizes.Â In all about a dozen people, maybe a couple more, showed up.Â We rode with the pack for a bit but then we broke off and he took me up into some of the only hills Dayton has to offer.Â It was real fun and I’m glad he reminded me Dayton can be fun to ride around.Â He was pretty upset that I wasn’t winded though, given his competitive nature.Â But Hoyer, I’ve been doing this for 2.5 months now!Â Don’t be mad.Â When we were on our way back downtown the skies opened up and began to pour.Â It was great!Â Nothing I love more than sweet summertime rains.Â That about does it for Dayton.Â I thank the whole of Gem City for being so awesome.Â Always a hole in my heart for ya.