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First Day of School 2010

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15 Albums That Stick With You

The rules: Don't take too long to think about it. 15 albums you've heard that will always stick with you. Tag some friends, including me, because I'm interested in seeing what albums my friends choose. To do this, go to your Profile page, then to your Notes tab and paste these rules in a new note, list your 15 picks below, and tag people in the note).

  • Neutral Milk Hotel - In the Aeroplane Over the Sea
  • Nirvana - Nevermind
  • The Palace Brothers - Days in the Wake
  • U2 - The Joshua Tree
  • Pavement – Slanted and Enchanted
  • The Connells - Fun & Games
  • The Cavedogs - Joyrides for Shut-Ins
  • Toad the Wet Sprocket - Pale
  • Tom Petty - Full Moon Fever
  • Jawbreaker - 24 Hour Revenge Therapy
  • The Spinanes - Manos
  • R.E.M. - Life's Rich Pageant
  • The Pixies - Doolittle
  • Songs:Ohia - The Lioness
  • The Lemonheads - Lovey

Basketball Hall of Fame

On the drive home from CT we stopped off at the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, MA.  I’d been before during a previous trip to CT (~25 years ago?), but it seemed to have changed a lot from what I vaguely remembered.

As we were about to leave, there was an announcement that the basketball courts were being closed to set up for a “Legends of the Game” presentation by Felipe López.  I’d never heard of him, so we decided not to wait for the presentation.  However, as we were leaving, Lopez and his kid were just being dropped off by their driver, and we said “hi” as he walked into the building.  Our curiosity was piqued…so we ended up deciding to go back inside for the presentation.

Felipe was interviewed by one the Hall’s staff for ~ 20 minutes and then was slated to do some instruction for the kids.  The staff suggested some dribbling tips, but Felipe quickly turned it into a game of Knockout.  Finn was struggling to get the ball up to the rim on his turn, so Felipe picked him up to dunk (see the 0:25 mark in the video below).  Elliot had a decent shot of actually winning Knockout, but we convinced him to drop out and get in the autograph line when it started to form.  As the boys were posing with Felipe for a photo after the autographs, Felipe joked: “Do you know the difference between these two [pointing to Finn and Elliot]? This one can dunk [pointing to Finn]!”  We all got a chuckle out of that one.  Elliot had caught the attention of the Hall staff member too who complimented him on his shooting skills and asked if he played much.  Lisa thanked Felipe for giving a shout-out to his school teachers during the presentation.

Felipe (originally from the Dominican Republic) was a big high school and college star (see a summary of honors and accomplishments on the autograph paper below) but not so much in the NBA.  He played in NYC and the Big East (instead of one of the college conferences that get more of my attention: ACC and SEC), so maybe that explains why I’d never heard of him (or maybe those mid- to late-90’s years were ones where I paid less attention to basketball).  Anywho, he ended up being a charming guy and quite interesting to hear speak…so we were very glad to have stayed around to see/hear him.  Here are photos of the boys with Felipe and of the autograph, some video of Knockout, and a few more photos:

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Video of Finn and Elliot playing “Knockout” at the Basketball Hall of Fame

A few more pictures:

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The boys know who Larry Bird and Magic Johnson because we’ve watched part of a documentary about them on HBO.

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Fishing With Grandpa

The week on Bolton Lake was topped off with an evening of fishing for Grandpa Moore and the boys.  Elliot managed to reel in the biggest catch of the day.  Here are some videos and photos:

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Mystic Seaport

During our week on Bolton Lake in CT we took several outings: jazz in the park in downtown Hartford, CT Science Center, and Dinosaur State Park.  Our (especially Elliot’s) favorite was Mystic Seaport.  Elliot really enjoyed the old-timey baseball, blacksmithing, printing press, etc.

Here are some photos:

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Cranbrook LAX Jam 2010

Back in early June, Elliot and I drove down to Troy, spent the night at Lisa’s parents’ house, and then got up early the next morning to go to the Cranbrook LAX Jam tournament.  It was a fun day.  It was obvious that the coaches’ expectations weren’t too high because they had been crushed over and over again at the same tournament the previous year.  However, it was a different story this time.  I think the fact that we (the parents, at least) weren’t expecting much made it even sweeter when the boys played so well and went undefeated for the tournament. 

I was especially proud of Elliot.  His skills seemed to have improved quite a bit over his first season of LAX.  He was playing “middie,” and he would catch a pass from a teammate (at this level, just being able to catch a pass in the air is a big advantage…as opposed missing it and having to pick it up off the ground before making your next move) and then take off sprinting down the field toward the goal.  He had his first two assists of the year, and they were important in their close wins.  He was also hustling.  In the fourth game, after a long day, it was clear that he was still giving it all that he had.  On a couple of occasions he chased down a player who had the ball from behind by not giving up when he first got passed him.  His coach noticed his hustle too and praised him afterwards.  It was a great feeling…the first time that I’ve been, I guess I’d say, inspired by my kid and his teammates for their performance on the field of play.

The following “Peak Performers” article appeared in the June 20, 2010, Midland Daily News:

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The Midland Lacrosse Club's third-fourth-grade team completed its season recently by winning all four games at the Cranbrook LAX Jam tournament, the largest such tournament in the state with teams from across Michigan.

Midland began the tourney with a 5-4 win over perennial power Birmingham, then beat Gross Pointe 7-3, Forest Hills Central out of Grand Rapids, 5-4, and Rockford 9-3 to finish the season at 8-1-2.

Only five members of the Midland team had played lacrosse prior to this season, which is only the second year in which the MLC has fielded a third-fourth-grade squad.

Eleven different Midland players scored in the Cranbrook tourney, and the team used seven different players as goalies throughout the season.

Members of the team are (front, from left) Garrett Brillhart, Ryan Flint, Noah Treangen, Davis Purtell, Elliot Moore, Pierce Morley, Adam Nunn, Adam Wolok; (second row, from left) Carter Bean, Jack Treangen, Michael Hogan, Jared Zahn, Andrew Carras, Creighton Annelin, Brandon Kovacevich (third row, from left) Jacob Pokreifka, Joey Kilbride Parker Laffey, Jeremy Brookens, Chris Bellefeuille, Carson Winter, Nick Rappuhn; and (back, from left) head coach Kurt Brillhart, assistant coach Tom Grey, and assistant coach Jamie Zahn.

Not pictured are Graham Bailey, Jonathon Baillargeon, and Willem Short.

Bolton Lake 2010

Our week in Connecticut was spent in a house on Bolton Lake, so various water sports were a big part of the agenda.  Here are some photos and videos:

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Niagara Falls 2010

On the way to our week’s vacation in CT a few weeks back, we stopped at Niagara Falls for the day.  Here are some photos:

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Update 2010-07-31:

I forgot to add this video

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Power Line Troubles

Today some power line troubles in our backyard led to firework-like explosions, a 911 call, and a fire truck response.  Consumers Energy ended up shutting off the power on our block, driving a truck into our yard, and cutting back the trees.  With the power off, neighbors gathered to watch the high wire work.  Here are some photos:

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What would you do if you had a pet chicken?

Finn’s class hatched some chickens towards the end of the school year.  Here’s a photo of Finn with a chick and his list of:

What would you do if you had a pet chicken?

  • use it as hunting bait
  • eat it
  • make it lay eggs
  • use it as a birthday present
  • take it on a walk

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