My boys are certainly doing their part to stimulate the economy. The day after Alec bought his car Connor bought himself a bike. He has 3 bikes, 2 hand me downs and one 5 year old stunt bike that he has outgrown. He is very, very hard on his bikes. He rides into trees and rocks for fun. He has broken his chain twice this season, has 2 bikes out of commission with damaged rims and I have lost count of the number of tubes on the bikes and the unicycle. He sold his kayak a few weeks ago and decided to put the money towards a bike instead of a replacement kayak. He will save all winter towards a new kayak. So
Connor's new bike
Then the rear derailleur ricocheted off the spokes and the front derailleur and damaged all three parts. Did I mention this was an extremely expensive bike? Almost $900 on sale. It should have been SuperBike - able to leap tall buildings in a single bunny hop. It certainly should have stood up to a jump over a sewer. So back to the bike shop for repairs. Most of it was covered under warranty but Connor had to fork over another $20 bucks for parts.
Our nephew Dalton is up for a few days because we went canoeing/kayaking yesterday. Or more accurately we went portaging waterfalls with boats yesterday. This is Dalton's leg after riding Connor's bike this afternoon. Apparently he didn't realize Connor's pedals are studded. It took 13 stitches to close the wounds. And they (doctor and parents) are still going to let him go on a canoe camping trip next week with Kevin! Dalton was a real trouper. Not a whimper.