Note: this is a reprint of an article I originally wrote for AquaticsFan.com that was also featured on Alameda.Patch.Com.
The 2 sunscreens shown above -- bought at the Alameda Marketplace -- are not inexpensive. At $15 for 3 ounces, you may wonder why my family uses Badger SPF 30 instead of much cheaper chemical sunscreens such as Banana Boat or Coppertone. The reason is simple: the latter 2 brands could be extremely dangerous to your health.
2012 was a great year for records. This un-obvious collection is listed in order of appearance. They are all current, "relevant" bands who demonstrate to my ears the magical ingredient of Sonic Vision. Each of these gets better with listening and aren't about to fade from the Ford Flex shuffle mix. They all play like records. Some are concise, and others sprawl. Please enjoy.
We had an amazing week up in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks in July. We camped at Lodgepole and had a sweet spot right on a river bank (next to a nice family from Palm Springs.) On our first night, we saw mother and cub rooting around in the river bed below us.
After spending last spring break in Vancouver, BC, we resumed our desert adventures and camped in Joshua Tree National Park for 5 days at the Blackrock campground near Yucca Valley. (For prior desert adventure, check out Death Valley - my personal favorite.)
Heat 9 (my boys Simon and Henry, ages 10 and 8) perform ACDC's "Back In Black" at the Lum School talent show. The above video is from the early show for K through 2nd Grade. I know some of the kids were confused when Simon incorporated a looper for the lead section. Some of the kids accused him of cheating (old skool music fans I guess?)
Our family is, and always has been, very involved with swimming. Because my younger brothers were so fast (I wasn't), much of my childhood was spent schlepping around the midwest for weekend swim meets. Hello Holidome! Centered out of St. Louis, we were all over Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, and even down to Memphis…. an armada of station wagons with electronic football gadgets and towels over our heads… in pursuit of more regional records for my bros' all-star relay team to destroy. One of those 4 went on to be a swimming star at Stanford.