Wednesday, 19 December 2012
Elijah has enjoyed a lot of subjects these past two years, taking particular interest in CADD (Computer Aided Drawing and Design) for which he received a course award. The college also offered a range of activities -- participating in rugby, snowboarding, snorkelling and mountain biking -- which, if you know Elijah, he lives for.
He's been very fortunate to have been offered some well-paid work for the next little while, starting a couple of weeks ago. We are waiting to hear on university course offers but, at this stage, his plan is to work for a while, saving money to finance participating in missionary work for our church. Though I expect university is in his future -- as noted above, he has a strong interest in design and technology -- he'll likely address that a bit further down the track. For now, we're glad to see him finish with good grades and an open road before him.
 See here for an explanation of Canberran terminology.
Wednesday, 12 December 2012
Monday, 22 October 2012
P.S. For those keeping score at home, Ariana's team had won the ACT round and were competing in the National final in Perth for Tournament of the Minds. They didn't win -- they were in the Language/Literature (Secondary Schools) category -- but they did receive the Integrity award and she had a lot of fun!
Sunday, 5 August 2012
Currently going through a fussy-ish phase in his diet, Gaynor was happy to indulge him in his gastronomic choice. We had some new friends around to help celebrate -- their two oldest and Micah get on like a house on fire (which they have not yet literally attempted).
A great time and we're now looking forward to another year of his lovely brand of living.
Wednesday, 4 July 2012
Sunday, 20 May 2012
In any case, as a follow on to enjoying some of the country surrounding Canberra I decided a ride was in order. The decision was made easier after getting to know Nick, who has a 2003 Harley-Davidson Road Glide and a wife that loves being chauffeured around on it. Being the easy-going people they are they left it to me to pick the route and, since it had been a while, a ride out around Tidbinbilla seemed a good pick. After meeting up with Nick and his better half, then fueling up, we headed out to see the scenery as you only really can on a motorcycle.
Getting through the valleys I came across the road to Gibralter Falls. Being in lead I made the 'executive decision' to take a detour. After all, we were in no rush and I hadn't seen them before. Pulling up on the side road, I failed to get my bike's side stand down in time -- an unfortunate combination of thinking about something else and jeans' leg catching on the stand itself -- and so Nick and Co. pulled up just in time to see me land on my butt with the bike coming a close second. Getting the bike upright was not that much trouble. The hassle came when I tried to gently straighten the now bent clutch lever. For the record, cast aluminium only has a few bend corrections in it and I guess they'd already been used up -- the bike has definitely been dropped before, once by me, a low impact one, but at least one other, big drop.
So there I am, Saturday afternoon and a number of kilometres from home, with an essentially unrideable motorcycle. Fortunately, not so far that the mobile phone didn't have some coverage. Calling my ever reliable brother-in-law netted phone numbers for two motorcycle shops. First one was closed and the second one answered, despite having supposedly closed an hour earlier. The proprietor was very helpful; identifying exactly the correct part, double checking the one he had was right, taking my credit card details ($15!) and leaving it in a convenient power meter box on the outside of his shop for me to collect.
So, Nick dropped his wife off at the falls themselves (only another 7km down the road) and gave me a lift back to town to collect the replacement lever. We dropped his Harley off and came back in his car, just to give ourselves a bit of back up if the new lever didn't pan out as planned. I have to say, the ride on the Harley was quite an experience. I've ridden a high performance, custom Harley around a parking lot in the US -- also an experience! -- but getting chauffeured around on the mobile lounge room that is a Road Glide was something else.
In the end, the clutch lever fit was about 30 seconds and I joined them up at the falls a few minutes later. By this time the sun was setting, making for a pleasant twilight experience at the free flowing falls. Not exactly what we had planned but I think it worked out well in the end. Kudos to Nick's wife for waiting patiently at the falls while we went back to town and double kudos to that ever reliable brother-in-law who also picked up Mara from ballet when it became apparent I would not make it back in time.
 For those readers in the US who are unfamiliar with typical Australian customs, many shops, barring the biggest of retailers, usually close around lunchtime Saturday. I guess they value their lifestyle over the money I may want to give them.
Sunday, 29 April 2012
Wednesday, 25 April 2012
Wednesday, 21 March 2012
KML file if you want to put it all into context on Google Earth.