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Sep 21, 2019

Volleyball Industrial Complex
last update: 09/21 @ 21:09

Today’s game was in Sterling at the Northern Virginia Volleyball Assocciation. TC had their games on court 5.

While they won a game, and were close in all of them, both matches were losses.

Sep 18, 2019

Volleyball is back
last update: 09/18 @ 23:16

Robert and team had three practices before tonight’s games. The Titans won both matches against Falls Church and Justice High Schools.

That makes the team undefeated for the (1 day old) season.

They looked really good on the court.

Sep 16, 2019

Another beautiful day!
last update: 09/16 @ 17:11

Sunday was another great day for getting on the river.

It was a little hot in the sun, but once on the river it was fine. The water level is a bit low, about 2.8 but the water temperature is cool so it was very pleasant.

I’m sorry Robert was getting ahead on homework (lots of evening plans this week). And that Sarah felt a little bit off and decided to stay home.

I went back to Little Falls and this time I thought to stop and get a couple pictures on the way.

That first rapid is about halfway down. Nice waves, few obstacles and huge eddy on the right.

This time I started at the lock 5 parking lot and carried up the tow path to the path over to the feeder canal. From there, it is a little upstream paddle to get to the gates for some warm up then down the Z Channel into the main river.

At 2.8 the Z Channel is just passable for my canoe. I worry that if it drops much lower, I may have to walk the last drop in the channel.

Little Falls itself was fun, as always. This time I was felt more comfortable and in control than last weekend.

And it’s great to be able to get out there two weekends in a row.

I couldn’t help myself and had to try to get a self portrait with the rapid in the background.

If nothing else, the beautiful weather should be clear.

The carry up to the C & O Canal is not too bad, and they have water in it now so it’s an easy paddle back to the car.
a perfect circular run!

Sep 15, 2019

Washington Spirit Tie
last update: 09/15 @ 11:20

Not as good as a win but still a good game. Those of us with the excellent view from these seats (who might also be Spirit fans) thought the second goal by Reign FC should have been taken back as their player was offsides.

But we had a good time: Sarah joined us as did more of Will’s family.

It’s too bad most of their games are played in upper Montgomery county; that’s much harder for use to get to.

Sep 03, 2019

10th Grader
last update: 09/03 @ 17:41

Robert started 10th grade today.

As always, he’s looking forward to the school year (and Volleyball is starting up again too, that’s the string bag).

Same backpack because the first day of school is a red day and the new backpack is for blue days. If you need to know more, you need to ask Robert.

Aug 25, 2019

Perfect day for the river
last update: 08/25 @ 16:54

I snuck off to the river this morning.

Well, not really sneaking: Robert was still asleep and Sarah was plotting evening plans.

The weather was ideal; the river is normal summer low but not too low. I paddled up to Wet Bottom Chute and then came back down.

We have an informal get ready for back to school gathering this evening. The kids are down to their final week of lazy summer before school start September 3rd.

Washingtion Spirit Wins!
last update: 08/25 @ 00:14

Robert, Will and I got into a sold out Audi Field to see the Washington Spirit win two to one over the Orlando Pride. It was a great game and a very nice stadium.

And that was on top of seeing Dear Evan Hansen at the Kennedy Center this afternoon. An amazingly spectacular day!

Aug 18, 2019

last update: 08/18 @ 22:05

Sarah took us to see Twenty20 at DC 9 tonight. They were not bad. Friends of friends kids making their first headline appearance.

Aug 11, 2019

Perfect Day!
last update: 08/11 @ 22:43

We had a perfect afternoon on the river.

The level was low but not too low; the Maryland chute was fun and it was easy to get back up and even drag the boats over the rocks and paddle down.

And the humidity has broken for the weekend — truly amazing to have such perfect weather for a weekend in August.

We packed up the boats and headed to Angler’s Inn.

And we even got a parking space before we were completely unloaded.

I guess we happened to time it all just right today.

There were others on the river, including a river dog, but mostly they were in one spot and we were in another.

Speaking of spots, I didn’t get a picture, but golf ball is huge now. Space for two or three helicopters :)

We’ve likely seen the last big water for the year, so it may stay huge until next spring.

After a day like today, I’m sure we’ll be back to check it out.

Aug 09, 2019

Agile Software Development
last update: 08/09 @ 09:58

Sorry a bit off the normal family topic…

Plan as much as you need as late as you can.

My summation of Agile Software development. I don’t see any results when I search for that on the web so I’m going to claim ownership of it.

And I’ll quote myself again from a short presentation I’m putting together for work:

“It’s always hard to find the sweet spot between over planning yourself into a box and flying by the seat of your pants into a cliff. We try to make sure we know where we’re generally going and what next one or two steps are most likely to get us closer.”

I think it applies more generally than just software development: when remodeling, you don’t need to choose the colors before the drywall is up.

Back to normal family travel and milestones…

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