Welcome to Aggieland

August 23, 2013

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It has been quite the week here at SWCS. On Wednesday, the Racer, a long time fixture at the shop, went off to college. His mother and I drove to College Station, helped him move in, met his roommates, fed them all lunch and said our goodbyes. I’ve got to admit, it was a little more difficult than I thought it would be.

It was just a little more than 18 years ago when this long strange trip began (yes – a Grateful Dead reference). 1995 – 2003 in Madison, New Jersey and then off to Austin, Texas. Barton Creek Elementary through Westlake High School, trips to England, the Jersey Shore, Vegas and the outer banks of North Carolina and now off to Aggieland. It’s the beginning of the next chapter for all of us.

What did I say to him as we were leaving? I’d like to say I had some sage advise about life and love to pass on, but no. Sometimes the simple things are the most powerful. “I’m proud of you and I love you. Study hard and have a good time. Gig ’em.”

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Campus Bike

August 9, 2013

Things are about to get very interesting in our house in the next week. I’m sure it’s the same all around central Texas. Summer vacation is coming to an end and the kids are getting ready to head back to school. In our home that means Westlake High School and Texas A&M University.

The Racer will be a freshman at TAMU this fall and will be leaving home in 10 days or so. I’m not sure who is looking forward to it more – he or us. Either way its the start of a great adventure. Most of the supplies have been purchased, the paperwork has been completed, and the tuition is almost due. The final decision was what bike to take to campus.

Lots of things are part of the equation when deciding what bike to take. What is the terrain? How far do you have to ride to class? Is there indoor storage? Am I looking to make a statement or just transportation?

After answering all these questions, the Racer decided on the Jamis Beatnik. No need for gears in College Station – a single speed works perfectly. Swap out the stock flat bars and brakes with a more traditional road set up, add a Kuat Bottle Lock and, presto, the perfect campus bike.

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Just a brief note, the Cousin will be sporting the same bike at UT this fall.