Saturday, August 14, 2010
Kickball, biking, pull-ups, and IDA update,
Huge crowd at the Nethermead - teams waiting for the fields to be theirs at 9 to play what looked like a Kickball tournament. The shirt backs all said "Play Kickball." Don't exactly know what kickball is - obviously a sport played by kicking a ball, but who knows what else. It looks kind of like soccer played with a basketball. It's a perfect day for it - sunny, mid-high 70's, not humid.
Also perfect weather for the bike racing going on as we were heading to the meadows to run JJ. Not a huge participation - I think this might be the "off on vacation" time of year. When our kids were smaller, I noticed that all families went on vacation the last 2-3 weeks of August. Mainly because that's when the camps are over.
Swan family thriving and looking great. No sign of the 3 lone geese - the Singletons, as I think I will now refer to them. However, we didn't make a complete circle around the lake. Just went as far as the Boathouse, sat and enjoyed the view, then retraced our steps. It's possible that the Singletons read the "Do not feed the wild animals" signs and moved on to find their own food, unlike the woman with two kids busily feeding bread to the geese within spitting distance of the new sign. Sigh. We did see Anne and Ed just arriving at the Park as we were leaving (late for them), and they said they'd keep an eye out for the Singletons.
Also noticed as we were leaving that the exercise platforms and bars mentioned in a previous entry were being used! Anne and Ed mentioned that at 7:00 on the weekdays, when they usually come in, there's a group of well muscled men using this new outdoor gym! Pull-ups and sit-ups before breakfast! Should I decide to really get in shape, I know what to do. 4 miles of walking is more than enough for me these days.
FOLLOW-UP TO "IN DEFENSE OF ANIMALS" RALLY: The politician whose name I couldn't remember was Tony Avilla. I felt really bad about this, since I met him a couple of years ago at our local Flatbush Frolic, was impressed with him, and even gave a little money towards his ( eventually unsuccessful) mayoral campaign. Also there, as the emcee, was an actress named Elaine Hendrix, who is on the Board of IDA and wonderfully photogenic - can't hurt the cause!!