Project Ride Smart

For three weeks, I’ve been teaching bicycle skills to 5 graders at H Allen Hight School. My teaching partner was Doug (below in red shirt).
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Rechalking lines AFTER a small rainstorm. Darnit: back-breaking work.
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There are 45 bicycles in the fleet in four different sizes. Each day, we roll them all out.
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At the end of the day, they had to be packed tightly into a small storage location – Doug was great at this.
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Blacktop drills:
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Mr West’s class. There were two after-school coaching sessions and about 10 kids either learned to ride a bike or relearned basic riding skills.
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A letter from Udham:
Dear North Natomas TMA Staff, Thanks for teaching me how to ride a bike. Mr Meyers, you’re a very good teacher. I also want to thank Mr Doug. You motivated me to not give up. When I got hurt, I kept going thanks to you. Now I want to thank Ms Arlete for not giving up on me. I was one of the worst riders, now I’m one of the best in my group. You had confidence in me.

The third week, if students had good basic riding skills, we left campus for a ride in the community in groups of 8 students plus one LCI and one more person, usually a parent, teacher or community volunteer. L-R: Pollyanna, Doug, Brad, Mellissa.
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Friends!

A couple of beers with Maria at Blue Cow Deli:image
Coffee with Linda and Ade:
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Caroline. We first met in Mexico years ago and once owned catamarans. No more! But the friendship stuck.
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Girlfriends are the best. You know what I mean.

Pomegranates!

I got some juice from Tom and Julie in Dixon, but then one of the guys Justin works with gave him three large bags of whole pomegranates.image
We borrowed Merrilyn’s juicer and Dave set up a work station in the garage. Phyl (mostly) and I cut the pomegranates and – bless his heart – Dave squeezed out all the juice. 92 poms!
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Time to make jelly.
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Peaceful Valley Farm & Garden Supply

Phyl and I drove up to Penn Valley in Justin’s truck to do our version of “American Pickers” at a storage unit in Penn Valley, but our additional purpose was to pick up some California Golden poppy seeds for an upcoming RLEHS project – 8 lbs to cover 30,000 square feet. Stay tuned.
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This nursery focuses on organic growing only.
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Auburn Elementary Bike Club

A couple of weeks ago, no one showed up, but today – Hurray! – there were 11 mostly 4th and 5th graders present.image
I shared many ways this bicycle club could develop and tried to find out what the students were interested in. Teacher Luke Brownell is the staff advisor and Miha Tomuta of WALKSacramento is the administrator of the program that funds my LCI coaching position.

Early Timer’s Lunch

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This is a long-standing annual Rio Linda event held every October at the American Legion Hall.
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It’s simplicity makes it a special event. A microphone is passed from person to person.
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Stories are told, memories are shared. Old friends are found.
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Ray Sisler with Danny Mott.
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Thank you very much to Joyce Buckland for organizing this event.
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And I was the only one in the room who came for lunch in between two part-time jobs. Lol!