First full training since putting the new paris 180 trucks on. The bushings are brand new of course and are going to take a bit of getting used to after the Bear 452's and their original green bushing s which have taken some stick with a lot of pumping over the 200 + miles I've done in training so far. So it took a mile or so to get used to the slightly stiffer trucks, and I did have to do one spectacular dismount at one point at the sudden realisation I wasn't going to make a turn before hitting a wall! But no harm done. I can't afford to loosen any more, for fear of wheel bite. For the non-skaters among you wheel bite is when the wheel touches the deck when turning, thus grinding the skater to a suddden halt and catapulting them forwards unexpectedly! Wheelbite is not good and is to be avoided and is one of the reasons many longboards have evolved into the shape you see in the photo above here.
By 11.00 I was finished and met up with Rachael and the kids to take them for breakfast in a local cafe. We had a bit of an incident between Steven and Ailsa in the car as we got there, but we managed to get them both out of the car and calmed down. Steven had woke his mum up at 4.00AM again, so Rachael was understandably tired again while he was of, course, fully wired and being...Steven in the cafe. The ladies who run it just seemed to take it all in their stride thankfully and they let me put a Long Push flyer up on the wall, so thanks to to them for that.
Later on Steven was going to watch The Amazing Spiderman movie and stay over at his friends house for his friend's birthday, and this was quite probably the root of his anxiety today...excitement and change from a 'normal' (whatever 'normal' is) Saturday. Henry is Steven's best friend. His mum and Rachael have known each other since the two boys were born and although the boys now go to different schools, Steven still loves spending time with Henry, and Henry accepts Steven for who he is.
Later on I went to a work colleague's wedding in the evening. I formed part of the 'work contingent', along with another colleague who has a son on the autism spectrum. So our experiences came up in the conversation of course, but it wasn't the only thing we spoke about. Sometimes it's nice to talk about the other things in our lives as well!
Congratulations on your wedding Tom and Leyla.