Thursday, May 19, 2011

Boys Weekend

Santa Clarita
At the last minute, Ian and I decided we are going to ditch mom Saturday afternoon and drive up to Santa Clarita.  We'll spend the night and then catch the start of Stage 8 of the Tour Of California.  After the riders are on their way, we'll cut back down to Simi Valley and then cut west to Thousand Oaks and catch the finish.

After Ian and I had hatched our plan, I informed Mary she was on her own this weekend by peeling three $100 bills off a big ole' stack I have as a result of selling a vehicle today and then handing them to her.  I instructed her to "buy something nice".  I've always wanted to do that, though it would have been even cooler if there was an extra "0" on those bills - very classy in a Robert De Niro/Casino kind of way.  But unfortunately I sold a Toyota Pick-up, not a Porche 911.

Here's the schedule -


7:00 AM - 1:00 PM:  Me:  Ride with OC Velo / Ian:  Video Games

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM: Ian's T-Ball Game

4:00 PM - 6:00 PM: Drive to Santa Clarita

6:01 PM - 7:00 PM: Hotel Pool

7:30 PM - 8:30 PM: Dinner at some mutually agreed restaurant, most likely around Magic Mountain

9:00 PM - ??: Marathon card playing session (e.g. War).  But I suspect Ian will be asleep by 9:10.


8:00 AM - 8:45 AM:  Breakfast

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM: Hotel Pool

10:30 AM - 12:30 PM:  Race expo & start

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM: Drive to Thousand Oaks/Lunch on the road.

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM:  Race Finish

4:30 PM - 6:30 PM:  Drive Home

At some point after 10:30 I expect that Craig a/k/a TRI714 will be joining us.

My only concern about the trip?  I have this paranoid thought that when Ian and I check into the hotel without a mom in tow someone is going to assume that I have kidnapped the kid and we are on the run.  Is that weird?

Ted King
It also looks like Monday I'm going to take the day off from work and drive back up to Thousand Oaks.  Team Liquigas Cannondale is hosting a ride for Southern California Cannondale dealers.  Craig and I have a friend (and new team boss - more on that later) named Derrick who owns Outspoke-n Cycles, which is a Cannondale dealer.  So he invited us to go.  And since this opportunity is pretty much akin to a baseball fan finding out that the hometown pro team is having a BBQ at the park down the street from his or her home, I figure I really shouldn't miss this.  Plus I really want to meet Ted King.  Maybe it's because he's from New Hampshire, close to where I grew up in Massachusetts.


XLMIC said...

For some reason I kept thinking "Santa Rita" not "Santa CLArita"... sheesh, I was thinking...why would you want to go to a PRISON? ... okay, it's late...

It sounds like you and Ian will have a blast. Kids love doing the one-on-one trip with dad... I think they like it more than if it were with mom... dads just tend to be more fun.

Just make sure Ian isn't mad at you or you mad at him when you check in... each of you having a more neutral or even happy demeanor will help squash suspicions of abduction :)

Hope it's a great weekend!

KovasP said...

Santa Clarita is a well-known fugitive haven. If your disguises are up to snuff, you'll be fine. With your shaved head, you could tell everyone you were Levi or Chris, maybe wear your jersey everywhere?

Sounds like a great weekend and, except for the unfortunate team name, it would be very cool to hang out with the Liquigas guys.

Jennifer said...


Jason said...

That sounds like a great weekend.

And I did the same thing with Karen but I peeled off $1 from a pile that was smushed in my pocket as I am heading to The Woodlands for IMTX and our boy Jeff, gal Shannon and Guru Bob.

Lucas R. Tucker said...

Cool weekend plan! I didn't think about Casino...I thought about the kitchen scene with Ray Leota in Goodfellas... I like the way that scene ends :)

Johann said...

This is all perfect! Love the way you described the handing over of the money. Thanks for the idea! I now have a boys weekend to plan! Have a great weekend!

TRI714 said...

Well I will be there. However I thought you were calling me about a different ride Saturday ??
As far as the Liquigas Monday gig, My wife of all people is really pressing me to call in sick and go.
You forgot to mention the invite to the Cannondale complimentery food and beverage feast tent ! Yeah US !

Emz said...


dad/son time = awesome.

love the "buy something nice" comment.

well played. for sure.

on the weird thing . . . just keep calling him "son" and patting him on the head.

valen said...

good stuff riding with Liquigas!, how cool is that!

PS: Take your NZ jersey, tho.

: )

Groover said...

Just came across you blog and have to admit that I'm majorly jealous. Sounds like an awesome weekends and the right mix of quality time with your son and cycling.

Aimee said...

Sounds like a fun trip!!

You totally cracked me up with your "worry" about someone thinking you kidnapped your son!

Unknown said...

Hope you had a good time. We're watching today's stage taped right now... and wishing that we could have been out there!

Big Clyde said...

I like to have a rare "Dude's Weekend" with my two boys also.

Hope you had fun. Enjoy your ride tomorrow.


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