Fifty Plus (50+) - Happy Father's Day!!
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06-21-09, 05:32 AM
Happy Father's Day!!
As I understand it, most of you had a father, and many are fathers. So, to all of you, HAPPY FATHER'S DAY!!
To me, being a father is one of the greatest privileges known to mankind.
Any special Father's Day rides being planned out there?
Thanks and my best wishes to all the proud fathers out there, too.
No special rides for me. Oldest daughter is home for a visit and we'll probably go for a hike instead.
Thanks Dnvr and the same to you. :beer:
I didn't get any cards in the mail yesterday. :( Hope I get a few phone calls today.
No rides planned today. I'm working at the bike shop. :o
06-21-09, 07:01 AM
Happy Father's day right back at ya. My wife is preparing a spectacular dinner for me and her father (94 yrs. young). A salad, Standing rib roast, roasted potatoes, carrots, and pound cake with strawberries and whipped cream. No ride today, weather kind of dank, but after that meal will definitely be riding tomorrow.
06-21-09, 07:05 AM
And to you as well, sir.
We're planning a ride after church today.
Most likely visit the Father In Law-until his knees gave out he was my best golfing buddy. Might have to get him on bike at 81 after he gets his second knee replaced!!
06-21-09, 08:50 AM
My sons (16 & 18) are currently in Germany on a mission trip so no breakfast in bed for me this year. My wife and I went on a wine tasting tour of Santa Ynez yesterday (the location where the movie "Sideways" was filmed) and stumbled across a cupcake bar (ended up getting the 6 pack sampler - with flavors like blackberry merlot and creme brulee, these aren't your mother's cupcakes). Today, the sun is out, the weather is perfect and we'll be taking a nice ride after church.
Rode a favorite around here , Brushy Mountain near Hiddenite & North Wilkesboro, NC. 72mi, a bit over 17MPH average with 4300+/- ft. of climbing. A good training ride for Blood, Sweat & Gears in Valle Crusis, NC, next Saturday.
Got home to a enthusiastic welcome from my twin daughters who presented me with cards and two "Life is Good" T-shirts, one with a road rider on the front, the other with a grill, opened as I sipped on a Fat Tire Belgian Ale.
Does Father's Day get any better???
Since my father is hard to reach on Sundays, I phoned him yesterday, and I plan to visit him in Utah (greater Provo area) in August for his 80th birthday.
I spent Fathers' Day eve with my younger son and one of his friends, assembling a cheapo mountain bike out of the box. The bike is not much, but at least it got assembled properly by someone who knows how. :) My Canadian boss emailed an assignment to me, then told me that I am not to start on it until tomorrow, so that I can enjoy "the fathers day."
06-21-09, 03:59 PM
Had a great Father's Day (so far).
Wife sang a beautiful solo at two church services. Went to Guadalajara and shared a huge chicken burrito followed by sharing fried ice cream, followed by 20 mile bike ride (6 of those miles with my wife) followed by a nap. Formal "Father's Day" has been postponed until next Sunday due to son's wotk schedule - where we will share breakfast and all will then journey to Calhan, CO, at the 40 band Summer Gospelfest, where my XY Zingers will sing.
cranky old dude
06-21-09, 04:14 PM
Thank you Dnvr, and Happy Father's day to you too.
Been a good day here.....finished my work week at dawn this morning and drove home through the rain to my waiting bride. We went out for breakfast to our favorite local Diner and our favorite waitress paid for our meal and wished me a Happy Father's Day and a Happy Birthday (past Friday).
With a full belly taking a four hour nap was a breeze. I got up around 1:00pm and went for a leisurly ride along the Genesee River, in the rain. The wife and I just returned from enjoying a Frozen Custard and now we're just chilling out. (We were supposed to meet with family but things came up) Oh yeah, I've got a six-pack of Molson Canadian Lager in the 'fridge which I expect to polish off this evening.
Sigh, what a life!
EDIT: All three daughters called this evening: Albany Daughter, Chicago daughter & L. A. daughter...life is good.
06-21-09, 04:26 PM
Happy Fathers Day to all the fathers on the forum. Mine was terrific, my daughter (who by the way is my favorite riding partner) came over from St Pete and we did 31 miles together. It was a bit of a late start and the feels like temp was 105 when we got home but still a great ride. The wife fixed a great meal as she always does and then my son called making for a great day.
06-21-09, 05:10 PM
Thanks DF - and same to you.
My girls - the best things in my life got me this
06-22-09, 04:18 PM
I'm posting this because many of us might take having a father or being a father for granted sometimes.
I never knew my father, he disappeared in 1957 or so when I was about 1.5 years old and my older sister was 7 and my Mother, who has since passed, an Auschwitz survivor, was pregnant with my younger sister. We have never heard from him since, and have no idea if he is alive or not. I and my younger sister grew up in a series of foster homes, my older sister in other homes with no real contact between us. For the most part, we were fortunate that the foster homes were decent, though we always knew that we could be shipped off somewhere else at any time, as happened when I was 10. One day, we are with this family, the next day, another one.
I for the most part coped ok with this situation, though it did have some impact with relationships.
So, fathers, think about the impact you have on your children when you are there and when you are not. Every day for you and for your kids should be Fathers Day.
06-22-09, 04:55 PM
I had a cool Father's Day - I lead a Family ride out at Red Rocks (Santiago/Blackstar Wildnerness, Orange County, CA). We had 3 dads and 3 - 8 years old, 2 boys, one girl. Plus wives, friends and other docents for a total of 16 people. The kids were alot of fun but I loved the fact fathers were also involved. Little boys and girls need daddies to show them how to grow up right. One little boy struggled coming back (it was a total of 5 miles, but definitely a real mountain bike trail with hills, sand and rocks) and dad, in a nice encouraging way told his son to "man up" and ride. No allowing him to wuss out. The child was so proud of himself when he finally finished (although he was done, almost too tired to celebrate).
Anyway - love you dads! Hope you all had a fun and loving day.
06-22-09, 07:17 PM
Took a very pleasant 20 mile loop ride on the Great Western Trail (DuPage Co.), Illinois Prarie Path - Elgin Spur, and IPP main line with my son-in-law. Weather was cloudy with a few sprinkles on the first leg. We'll do this again some day....
06-22-09, 08:41 PM
Thank you Denver. no special father's day on Sunday and no riding this weekend either... I spent the Saturday and Sunday on several airplanes traveling to a Caribbean island (Dominica) for a consulting project. Will be here until Saturday. Both boys and their families came over on Friday night for a good old summer dinner, burgers on the grill, homemade pasta salad, corn on the cob and baked beans.... MJ and I had a great time...
06-22-09, 09:43 PM
Kids came over and BBQ'd tonight. My older daughter gave me a card that says: NO one does the "WHAT the @#%! is going on here?" look like a Dad.
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