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One thing’s for certain: Finn’s a pretty darn good nine-year old baseball player.

Last season he was the star player on undefeated Zeeks Pizza Panthers little league team.

Last summer he made his first-ever select baseball team, the Seattle Pilots.

The dude is pretty good.

This season his Zeeks Pizza Pumas team is off to an undefeated, once-tied start.

And last night he lit it up.

The undersized, twig-legged wonder struck out all five batters he faced to help Zeeks Pizza defeat the Astros 6-3.

At 2-1 going into the fifth inning, it was the best little league game I’ve been a part of.

For the season, Finn’s stats are off the charts.  Through four games, he’s hitting .750 with an .818 on base percentage; .750 slugging percentage; and an OPS of 1.568.  All but his slugging percentage are tops on his team (Carter Ellis, .778).

His pitching numbers are even better.  He’s faced 18 batters in his 4 2/3 innings.  He’s struck out 14; walked four; and has not allowed a run or a hit.

The rest of his peers will catch up and pass him soon enough, but for now this is one fun ride.

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One of the most memorable nights out of 2017 was our trip down Montlake to watch a Huskies softball practice.

Last night we did it again.  Not the same — it was a game and our group was much larger — but it was every bit the fun.

Our collection of Laurelhurst Lionettes arrived at the stadium about forty minutes early to watch practice from our infield seats.  That turned out to be fortuitous.  The crowd was so scant that the Husky marketing crew picked Reese and her teammates McKenna Couch and Sadie Howard to be the Foul Ball Crew.  They also randomly picked Finn to be the Guest Junior Announcer.

Finn did an excellent job as Vin Scully in his PA debut (he mucked up one name, but I digress).  The Huskies won 2-1 (more) on an eighth inning home run by Julia DePonte.  It came none too soon.  It was freezing cold, and had the game gone on any longer I suspect we would have left.

Afterwards our crew of sixteen hit UVillage for dinner.  Half our crew dined at The Ram.  The rest of us bared the hour wait and repeated last year’s trip to Din Tai Fung.

All and all a fantastic night out.

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Whistler 2018

For the second year in three, the fam did a quick winter vacation in Whistler.  (2016.)  It was considerably colder this trip than last.  Sunday it was so cold that the kids only last two runs before packing it in.  Temperatures at the top of Blackcomb, which was closed, were reported at -40 F.  It warmed up some over the next few days, but not a lot.  Overall a great trip, though, and one we’re keen to make an annual endeavor.

A few photos:

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Another January 1, another Alki polar bear plunge.  This year Reese opted out, so it was just me, Finn and probably seven hundred or so other warm-blooded souls.

A few photos:

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Two things that can’t be said about Laurelhurst: it has good cell phone coverage; and it’s on a good power grid.

We recently switched from the terrible Sprint to Verizon and found it’s even worse.

As for the power — when the wind is up the power goes out.  It’s happened half a dozen times (at least) in the past several years, the most recent last night:

 

With no refrigerator or light, we did dinner at Ihop for the first time.  Kids under twelve ate free, so it worked out well.

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As a fairly present parent/coach, I have ample opportunities to watch the neighborhood kids accomplish great things.

Today was another such occasion.

The event was the 2017 Pineapple Classic, a 5k-or-so obstacle run that raises money for leukemia and lymphoma research.

But this was no ordinary morning.

It was raining.  And snowing.  And it was about 35 degrees.

And still, the four dads, Finn, Reese and five of their friends ran that race.  Complaints were minimal, fears were left in the dust.

A morning none of us will soon forget.

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Halloween 2017

Another October, another Halloween season.  Nothing remarkable to chronicle here other than Reese’s Marie Antionette costume did not arrive on time so, for the second year in a row, she went with a plan B costume.

A few photos:

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