Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 17 of 17
  1. #1
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    S.E. Pennsylvania, USA
    Posts
    1,737
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    My father continues to amaze me...

    I'm closer to 60 than fifty, but find that I continue to be amazed by my father. I visted him and my mother over the holidays and was bragging a wee bit about the number of miles I've ridden this year. Not sure why I was doing that, but I suspect his strict military style in raising his three sons had something to do with it. In any event, after talking about my riding, I asked how he had spent the rest of his recent birthday, now that he's 80+ years old. He said he pretty much treated the day like any other. My mother, however, chimed in and said, "He spent the day hauling wheelbarrow after wheelbarrow of gravel down the lane." Turns out he was adding gravel to his driveway a wheelbarrow full at a time. He had to walk each load over 100 yards to place it. As I looked at his driveway I was stunned at the sheer amount of physical work this must have involved. So, I said, "Wow, Dad. That's a lot of work. How many weeks did it take you to do this?" He glared at me and said, "Weeks my *$#% (arse). It took three days. It was only a bit over 90 loads." My mother nodded her head in agreement. Somehow my mileage this year seems a bit less impresive. The man had spinal surgery less than 8 months ago!
    Oh I used to be disgusted and now I try to be amused. But since their wings have got rusted, you know, the angels wanna wear my red shoes. But when they told me 'bout their side of the bargain, that's when I knew that I could not refuse. And I won't get any older, now the angels wanna wear my red shoes.

  2. #2
    I need more cowbell. Digital Gee's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    Reno, Nevada
    My Bikes
    2012 Masi Evoluzione, 2009 Specialized Globe Vienna 2
    Posts
    7,899
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Wow...that's fantastic!

    Was the wheelbarrow made of carbon, by any chance?

    Seriously, that's cool.
    Visit my blog! The Leadership Almanac
    2012 Masi Evoluzione
    2009 Specialized Globe Vienna 2

    Proud member of the original Club Tombay

  3. #3
    Me and the cat... Pamestique's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    Tustin, CA
    My Bikes
    2002 Lemond Zurich, 2006 Santa Cruz Superlight, 2010 Landshark, 2012 Santa Cruz Juliana
    Posts
    4,265
    Mentioned
    3 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Very cool story; thanks for sharing.

    Makes me realize that all is not lost going into my later years. I don't need to haul wheelbarrows. I just want to ride!
    ______________________________________________________________

    Private docent led mountain bike rides through Limestone Canyon. Go to letsgooutside.org and register today! Also available: hikes, equestrian rides and family events as well as trail maintenance and science study.

  4. #4
    rebmeM roineS JanMM's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    Indiana
    My Bikes
    RANS V3, RANS V-Rex, RANS Screamer
    Posts
    11,138
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Can you put 90# of gravel on a B.O.B.?

  5. #5
    Senior Member Marrock's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Posts
    1,921
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Sounds like the best way to get your dad to do something is tell him he can't do it.

    I've done that pick and shovel kind of work and what he did is on the sunny side of impressive.

    Quote Originally Posted by JanMM View Post
    Can you put 90# of gravel on a B.O.B.?
    Well, if I can get 140# of groceries in a BoB a bit of gravel should be doable.

    And yes, I know the trailer is rated for only 70# but I rarely feel like making two trips to the store.
    "Engineering! It's like math, but louder."

  6. #6
    Yen
    Yen is offline
    Surly Girly Yen's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    SoCal
    Posts
    4,100
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    That is very impressive. It's amazing what we can do when we set our mind to it.

    A tree trimmer came to give us an estimate a few years ago. I asked him about a particular tree for our side yard, a Chinese Pistache which has gorgeous fall color. He warned us about the leaf drop in fall and asked "Will you be able to rake leaves when you're 70?" I was aghast! In a shocked tone, I said "I sure hope so!!!", and he looked puzzled by my response. My parents were 70+/80+ at that time and I couldn't imagine them not being able to rake leaves. Our 95-year-old neighbor still takes care of his own lawn and garden and trims his own trees.
    Specialized Roubaix Expert
    Surly Long Haul Trucker

  7. #7
    SEMPER FI HAMMER MAN's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    My Bikes
    Tiemeyer Road Bike & Ridley Domicles
    Posts
    2,906
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Outstanding!
    " Advantages must Be Pressed, Disadvantages Must Be Overcome"
    He conquers who endures

  8. #8
    Senior Member CrossChain's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Posts
    2,024
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    My father was state swimming champion of New Jersey, was one of many Pvt. Ryan's at Normandy then France/Belgium/Germany, loved my mother for more than 50 years, played catch in the street with me for much of my life, and left me with many sweet, personal memories.

    The fact that I'll never equal him is somehow OK with me...and yet an inspiration to always try a bit harder. Maybe that's the way it ought to be for some of us.
    Last edited by CrossChain; 12-28-07 at 12:00 PM.
    Riding and aging don't get easier, you just get slower at slowing down.] (FiftyPlus observation inspired by G. Lemond.)

  9. #9
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Posts
    2,259
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by CrossChain View Post
    The fact that I'll never equal him is somehow OK with me...
    Not true. Think of how many young minds you've helped to mold.

    Is there anything more important?

  10. #10
    Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Central Illinois
    My Bikes
    '01 Specialized Hard Rock, '06 Specialized Sequoia
    Posts
    449
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by CrossChain View Post
    My father was state swimming champion of New Jersey, was one of many Pvt. Ryan's at Normandy then France/Belgium/Germany, loved my mother for more than 50 years, played catch in the street with me for much of my life, and left me with many sweet, personal memories.

    The fact that I'll never equal him is somehow OK with me...and yet an inspiration to always try a bit harder. Maybe that's the way it ought to be for some of us.

    +1

  11. #11
    Senior Member Red Baron's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2003
    Location
    On a Road in Central Bluegrass KY
    My Bikes
    Not enough
    Posts
    1,249
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I'm physically 2 inches in height over my dad (now deceased), but I'll NEVER be taller he was!
    **Fate is a fickle thing, and in the end the true measure of a person is not fate itself, but how they master it**

  12. #12
    Senior Moment Litespeed's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Location
    Lakeside California
    My Bikes
    Litespeed Blueridge
    Posts
    952
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Is your father's name Jack LaLanne by any chance?

  13. #13
    Gone DnvrFox's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2001
    Location
    Gone to other places
    Posts
    20,676
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Would he like to vacation in Colorado? I have some yard hauling that needs doing.
    Gone >> Gone >> Gone >> Gone >> Gone >> Gone >> Gone

  14. #14
    dbg
    dbg is offline
    Si Senior dbg's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2004
    Location
    Naperville, Illinois
    My Bikes
    2004 Trek 5900 Superlight, 2001 Lemond BA, Dozen other muts
    Posts
    2,253
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I had a summer construction job in a quarry many years ago and on my first day the foreman drove me down into the hole and dropped me in front of a huge pile of boulders. These were large boulders that mostly didn't even fit onto a shovel. He told me to move the whole pile (maybe 8 cubic yards) 15 feet, ..out to where a loader could scoop it up. My first assesment was that this was not even remotely humanly possible. But he drove away and left me there with just a long handle shovel. I stood there for an hour trying to figure out how I was going to explain to him that it was not possible. Then I started to move them. I kept thinking it was a joke, or some initiation, but I kept moving them one at a time. By the end of the week (10 hrs for 6 days) every boulder had been moved and scooped. Whenever I have a long task ahead of me I think about that pile of boulders. Once you have that mindset, anything is possible.
    David Green, Naperville, IL USA (Trek 5900 Superlight), (Lemond BA), (Peugeot UO8 (SS)), (Dozen other muts)

    "The older I get, the better I used to be" --Lee Trevino
    "I told my psychiatrist that everyone hates me. He said I was being ridiculous; everyone hasn't met me yet" --Rodney Dangerfeld

  15. #15
    Let's do a Century jppe's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    North Carolina
    My Bikes
    Pinarello Prince/Campy SR; Cervelo R3/Sram Red; Trek 5900/Duraace, Cervelo P2C/Duraace
    Posts
    5,838
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Great story BSL! I'm sure you're glad to have some of his genes!

  16. #16
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    S.E. Pennsylvania, USA
    Posts
    1,737
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Litespeed View Post
    Is your father's name Jack LaLanne by any chance?
    Naw, He thinks Jack is a sissy boy.... probably because of the jump suits. And, no, we don't talk about the Lycra/spandex cycling clothes.
    Oh I used to be disgusted and now I try to be amused. But since their wings have got rusted, you know, the angels wanna wear my red shoes. But when they told me 'bout their side of the bargain, that's when I knew that I could not refuse. And I won't get any older, now the angels wanna wear my red shoes.

  17. #17
    Don't mince words Red Rider's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Vacaville, CA
    My Bikes
    '08 Orbea Diva "The Avocado"; Specialized Dolce comp "Sweet Thang"; Co-Motion Roadster "Blue Jay", Fuji Team Pro
    Posts
    6,864
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    That's impressive. Way to go, Dad.
    When my feet hit the floor in the morning, Satan shudders and says, "Oh, *****, she's awake!"

    Visit my blog.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •