My typical Sunday morning ensemble, friends.
This dress is my entree into the world of Disney princesses. I thoughtfully chose Belle for the following reasons:
1. She’s a reader, and so am I
2. She dreams of adventure, and I’ve been known to get into the mix
3. She sees the good in people (and Beasts!), and I am a hugger who feels people’s goodness
And who were the givers of such a fashionable birthday gift? Pop-Pop and Nagypa! (“A child cannot subsist on hockey alone!”)
Last month, Mom, Dad, and I made a pilgrimage to Oakland for…Pedal Fest!
Stretched across several blocks of Jack London Square (Rectangle?), Pedal Fest’ers celebrated the noble Bicycle in all of its forms: great and small, old and new, classic and wackadoo.
My fave part? Trials riding! That’s when brave souls balance and hop on obstacles. It’s wild! Mom had to hold me back from getting in on the action.
Dad’s favorite part was Curbside Creamery, an ice cream shop in Oakland that regularly sells from its trike bike. What an awesome job!
Mom favorite part is the pedal-powered music venue where the audience hops on bikes to power the amps. They even arrive with all their gear by bike!
Randomly, we saw new friends Nici and Mike working the Bay Area Bike Share table. What a way to get around town! Bike Share is all over the US, so I look forward to getting my “fix” when we travel.
Post-Fest, we went to — where else — Bicycle Coffee! Made a cup at a time, Mom and Dad enjoyed their brew while I explored the space.
Until next year, Pedal Fest!
Check me out as I “get in the mix” at the Santa Clara Public Library!
Unfortunately, Mom could only get a coupla snaps before security told her taking pictures inside wasn’t allowed. Seriously? Mom, in a rare moment of defiance, asked “Why not?” which caused the man to respond: “Those are just the rules!”.
That was certainly an important lesson for me: Question the Rules. It doesn’t hurt anyone, and people may think twice about why the rules even exist!
Watch out Mom and Dad…
In its 7th year, Target Summer Pops is a weekend concert series performed by Symphony Silicon Valley. Pre-show, Mom and I chatted with friend and 1st chair violinist, Heidi, who is also a mother, musician, lawyer, and all-around sweetheart. (I played it cool, but in that moment, I really felt like I was “with the band”.)
On the musical menu that night? Cole Porter. Privileged throughout his childhood in Indiana, Porter followed his passion and became a musician, even against his grandfather’s decree to be a lawyer. You go, boy!
My fave tune of the night was “It’s De-Lovely" — and not just because it lyrics mention my nickname: Mi Mi Mi Mi! Ray Ray Ray Ray! (OK OK OK, I know it’s really spelled Re, but let’s just go with it.)
Now that I’ve experienced one symphony performance, I’m scouting out the next. The Music of Led Zeppelin featuring Symphony Silicon Valley, anyone?
One our way back from a Monterey weekend getaway, Dad made it a point to stop at The Central Texan Barbeque in Castroville. Even Mom got into it!
While the menu is focused (brisket, ribs, pork, chicken, sausage), the decor is dense and the purveyor salty. I LIKE IT! My pulled pork was nommy-nom, but it was the BBQ sauce that put me over the edge. Awesome!
While Dad took his time, Mom and I “explored the space” where I saddled up on a coupla stools and shook my tailfeather on a bench. The sawdusted floor was a nice touch — so much so I’m looking into it for my room.
So when are we going to Texas, Mom and Dad?
It’s gonna be a good day (or shall we say 10 days!) when Grammy and Grampy come to town!
In June, G&G made the trek out west from Virginia to help celebrate my 2nd birthday. Wondrous! Included above are Grampy’s photos from the War Memorial Playground, my local spot. We owned the yard!
What you’re missing are audio clips of Grammy’s lovely singing voice. She often broke out into “Let’s Lock the Door (and Throw Away the Key)” by Jay and the Americans (1964). She really got my head bobbin’ and toes tappin.
Thank you for coming, Grammy and Grampy!!!
Dude, I think I was born a gear head! (Thanks Dad, Uncle, Great Uncles, and Grandpa!)
Check me out burnin’ rubber at Eastridge Mall before Mom and I hit up Tomi Sushi and Seafood Buffet for din-din. I have no clue who my co-pilot was, but he didn’t get in the way of my lead foot, so he’s all right by me.
Checkered flag — here I come!
Last month, Mom, Dad, and I went to the Silicon Valley BBQ Championships in Santa Clara. There was something for everyone in our family: BBQ (Dad), Craft Brew (Mom), Wide Open Spaces (Moi).
Upon arrival, the People’s Choice Winner was slammed, and word on the grass was that they were running low. So we hopped over to The Cats booth, and hooked up pork sliders and baked beans (hello, brown sugar!). Nom!
Once fed, we pulled up a few hay bales and watched the awards ceremony. Folks came from far and wide to compete: Arizona, Texas, New Mexico, even Massachusetts! I was a bit tempted to follow the winners back to their tents for a tasting. But alas, we scooted over to the carnival area where I got bounced in the bouncy house and spun in the spinning tea cups.
What a tangy-sweet day!
In this toddler’s estimation, the 4th of July is a lively mix of friends, food, and fun. But is that it?
This question inspired me to read the Declaration of Independence. Ambitious, you say? Maybe, so I asked Mom to help me out. My paraphrases below. Let’s begin.
[USDoI]: When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
[RR]: Yup, Great Britain, we have this you-tell-us-what-we-can-and-can’t-do dynamic goin’ on. But since we’re all a part of God’s green Earth, it’s time for us to bust out and do our own thing. Let me break it down for ya.
[USDoI]: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
[RR]: We all arrive on the scene with the same rights as the next guy or gal: Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. You following?
[USDoI]: That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.
[RR]: To lock-and-load these rights, we the peeps empower our own governments. If they start gettin’ shady, we can throw ‘em out. (As we should for our own good!) Hey, we’re not going to change governments over silly stuff. But if they keep screwing up, we gotta take action and bring in the A-team.
[USDoI]: Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
[ Check out Wikipedia for the laundry list of shady stuff ]
[RR]: Hey, we cut you some slack, but you’ve gone too far, King. Ready for the substantiated laundry list? Here goes. You didn’t pass laws to keep the peace. You even told your subordinates not to pass ‘em! You tried to trick us into trading laws for our right to representation. We’re no suckas! You tried to hold legislative meetings in super random and inconvenient places, so people would knowingly flake. You flat out kicked Representative Houses to the curb! Then you stonewalled the election of new reps, rendering us vulnerable to attack. What’s up with that? Then you said no one could migrate across the pond. Let’s see here — what else did you pull? Oh yes! A big N-O to creating empowered judges. And then came the swarm of bureaucrats, harassing us left and right. Not only did you deploy standing armies in peace-time, but you made the military unbeholden to civil leaders. Argh! But here’s the kicker: via Parliament, you tried controlling us with laws that conflict with our constitution. Not cool. So you counter with war — not very becoming of a so-called civilized nation, don’t cha think? We asked nicely for you to stop, but no.
[USDoI]: Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.
[RR]: Listen, we never wanted it to go down like this. We told you we were setting up shop in a new land. But you didn’t listen. So you’ve given us no choice. It’s on.
[USDoI]: We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.
[RR]: It should come as no surprise that we had a little pow-wow, and decided enough is enough. We’re going to do our own thing without you lording over us. We Be Free. Period.
[RR]: Signed, the Original 13.