Four Generations of RSHs at the Helm

May 21st, 2010

In 1977 my grandfather bought a neat wooden powerboat built in Maine.  He and my dad had a lot of fun on the boat, including working at the Los Angeles Olympics in 1984 and lots of trips to Catalina Island.  Somewhere, there’s a picture of my dad holding me as I ‘drove’ the boat as a toddler.

My grandfather sold the boat in 1985

In 2002 my grandmother discovered the boat in San Diego.  It had been bought and sold by several owners.

My dad bought it soon afterward.


And yesterday, my son River got to ‘drive.’

In Newport. The one on the West Coast

May 18th, 2010

4617118691_9e253278fdHi everyone.  Just in case you’re thinking of calling us at 7AM east coast time, be forewarned – we are  in California.

…not that I wouldn’t be able to take your call.  Since Saturday R4 continues to wake up at 4:15AM. *Yawn*

If you want to watch the action, here are photos of this trip.

We’ll be back east in a couple of days.  Oh, and if you’re a burglar reading this, good luck finding our home (not yet purchased) or our things (under lock and key with a storage company).  This time, I’m not kidding.

Let’s Move.

April 25th, 2010

That’s it.


Today I went to the grocery store (confession, it rhymes with Mole Dudes) and saw that they were out of Tazo China Green Tips.  Add to the fact that Sarah’s career has changed (from librarian to laid off librarian and mother of River), and the fact that we sold our condo and that a moving truck will be outside our building in 36 hours (all true) means that we’ve decided to MOVE.

Yup.  We are headed to Mystic, Connecticut.  A place we’ve wanted to be for quite some time.  As soon as we close on a house you’ll all be invited to the party.  Keep watching this space.  Oh, and yes, we are super excited.  This has been in the works for awhile.

Too Much to Ask For?

April 14th, 2010

River’s New Wheels

April 11th, 2010

4509246934_5d7f08e296_bMany of you have wondered what we were going to do when River outgrew his sling.  Today we have a partial answer: a bike.

Several months ago while visiting Sarah’s parents in Hingham, MA, we saw a mom pedaling a bike with the coolest child seat – one that holds the kiddo in front of the rider.  As soon as I saw it, I knew we’d have a hard time avoiding this most necessary purchase. Read the rest of this entry »

New Niece and Nephew

April 10th, 2010

Olin MovalsonI’m a little behind on reporting this, but our extended family just got extended.

On March 29th my sister had her third baby: Olin Ellis Movalson.  He’s adorable and there’s lots to read about his terrific name, his first week, and more pics of his cute little mug.

The very next day, Sarah’s brother and sister in law had their second, Elspeth Kathryn Dunbar.  Her pictures are after the jump.

Read the rest of this entry » Seeks Someone To Actually Do It

March 28th, 2010

01-broken-wheel-07-02-07-thumbnailMany of you have heard me talk about a some-day-web-venture called  It’s a little project I’ve wanted to start for some time.  Here’s the synopsis:

  • Each week on the website, we outline a test we plan to execute over the weekend. One favorite example:  we buy a child’s stroller at a yard sale, attach it to the back of a car and strap 15 lbs of sand in the seat.  Then we drive at 75 MPH until something goes wrong.
  • Web visitors can forecast by multiple choice what they think will go wrong.  (i.e. Will the hub get too hot, melt and release the wheel?  Will the attachment point to the car fail?  Will the stroller speed wobbles and capsize?)
  • After we’ve collected everyone’s forecasts, we’ll execute the test and film the results, narrated by an engaging and hilarious commentator.
  • When we show the video, it’ll be edited so the viewer enjoys the commentary, and juuust before the mayhem ensues, we cut to a 15-second word from our $spon$or before returning to the video and the charismatic ending.

Think of it as Mythbusters meets WillItBlend meets Jackass’ Johnny Knoxville.

But here’s the catch:  I don’t have time to execute this money and laughter making idea. Do you?  Do you know someone who does?  Have them give me a call.

Some new thoughts on the iPad

March 14th, 2010

It seems like it was seven years ago that I wrote about the new Apple iPad. Since then, I’ve had a partial change of heart.  I’ve also had a severe shortage of Rusharound updates.  This post addresses both.  Read the rest of this entry »