TikTok, Social Distancing, and the New UnNormal

You might remember not long ago I was on here grandstanding about deleting my Facebook account to live a better life of real human connection and personal experiences.

Well, bad timing I guess.

Thanks to a global pandemic and our new reality of “Social Distancing” my grand plan needs a Plan B. Turns out Social Media is a good thing during a state-wide Shelter in Place. I hang out on Instagram and Twitter a lot, these days, and sometimes long for my old Facebook feed.

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Stay Inside. Build a Handmade Skateboard

Download the free woodworking plans and put your kids to work when they’re stuck at home

The Global Pandemic is finally starting to disrupt daily life. School is closed through Spring Break, and the six San Francisco Bay Area counties announced a Shelter in Place order that goes into effect at midnight tonight. Which means for the next 20 days the Weekndr Family is stuck at home. We stocked up on food, toilet paper, and the basic essentials: hardwood lumber.

That’s right, we’re getting through this global pandemic scare by eating and building handmade skateboards in the garage!

If you’re looking for a fun activity to put YOUR kids to work, and get them out in the driveway for some exercise*, download a free set of my plans for building a 1960s style pinstripe skateboard, inspired by the original Hobie Super Surfer skateboard.

REQUIRED TOOLS and MATERIALS:
Back when Hobie built his first handmade skateboard in the 1950s, they used any old piece of lumber they could find, so don’t feel bad if you don’t have access to the same hardwood lumber I use in this project.

  • One or multiple pieces of of hardwood (or cut from a sheet of plywood)
  • 3 clamps
  • Wood Glue
  • Handheld Jigsaw
  • Palm Sander
  • Rasp and File
  • Drill-Driver
  • Skateboard Trucks and Wheels

*P.S. If someone gives you trouble for skateboarding during the Shelter in Place order, let them know it falls into section 10, “Essential Activities,” as long as you stay 6-feet away from everyone.

SKATEBOARDING IS NOT A CRIME!

Outdoor Movie Night in South Pasadena

Back To the Future, Movie Night in South Pasadena

We watched the 1985 classic Back To the Future on a movie screen tacked to the side of the old historic society building in downtown South Pasadena last night. We camped out with crowds of other movie-goers who trekked here with lawn chairs and blanks and snacks.

The showing was part of South Pasadena’s Outdoor Movie Night series, which plays every Saturday night at 8:00 p.m. on a lawn next to the Mission Street Metro Station.

I was snapping photos left and right, and had the exposure just right when I caught this classic scene of Doc Brown and Marty McFly just after the DeLorean hits 88 mphs in the JC Penny parking lot.

Last night’s blast from the past was the last showing of the 2010 season. Can’t wait till next year!

Just Another Thursday Night in South Pasadena

After a brutal commute home from a long work day, I can’t think of anything more refreshing than stepping off the Metro at the Mission Street station to find myself smack dab in the middle of the South Pasadena Farmer’s Market.

South Pasadena Farmer's Market

balloon manThe event takes over the center of town every Thursday night with vendors hawking locally grown fruits and vegetables, flowers, and other local products like honey, nuts and beans, and organic roaster chickens. And it seems like the whole town comes out to celebrate.

Even better than the groceries are the food vendors who cook up sidewalk cuisine to rival the best of them. I headed straight for the fresh tamale stand and chased one down with a buttery roasted corn on the cob. If you prefer barbeque tri tip or Peruvian or Korean or Greek or Vegan, they have something for you too.

The kids entertained themselves popping bubbles with our new friend, who we still only know as “the bubble man” (you’ll meet him later on Weekndr). He sets up camp in the grass among throngs of kids and creates giant bubbles, tiny bubbles, and everything in between, while the kids stand at attention ready to pop.

The girls topped off this night by convincing us to pony up for a pair of balloon wands, ordering up one with an alien head and the other sporting a picture of Ariel from The Little Mermaid. The five-dollar fee was the well worth the 20 minutes we waited in peace while the girls patiently watched the Balloon Man’s inflatable creations come to life.

Long Lost Cousins

Long Lost Cousins: Ringo and Daisy

As the journey West continues for the Weekndr family, our dog Ringo yesterday was introduced to his toddler cousin, Daisy. As expected, they hit it off swimmingly from the start. In the eight years we’ve known him, Ringo tends to prefer girl dogs and small dogs. So with Daisy, it was love at first sight.

P.S. The people cousins are having as much fun as the dogs.

Oh, Christmas Tree

We went to the a local garden center to buy a fresh-cut Coniferious Christmacus, aka Christmas Tree, yesterday. They were neatly displayed in a unique way I’d never seen before: hung by their tips from the ceiling with rope. Dozens of fresh-cut tree stems hovered 6 in. above ground, a surreal sight when captured with our Canon Rebel T1i.

Once home, the kids quickly trimmed the tree up right.

Happy Thanksgiving! A Day in the Life

7:05 a.m. Thought about tuning in for early TV coverage of the Macy’s T-Day Parade. The crowd started at 6:30 a.m. EST. on and it airs on NBC by 9 a.m. Visit the Web site for some cool games and video and an annoying musical underscore.

macy's thanksgiving day parade

7:18 a.m.: Started baking sweet potatoes for the Obama’s cumin-spiced Sweet Potato Casserole. Recipe from Us Weekly (no link).

7:24 a.m.: Read an article on NYTimes.com about the most-search food terms for Thanksgiving, via our favorite food site, Allrecipes.com. Sweet Potato Casserole  and Tofurky top the list. Read the article…

10:13 a.m.: Finished making replacement scrabble tiles and blogged about it (see next post).

diy scrabble tile

11:45 a.m. Left the house headed for turkey dinner at the Diaz Family Farm!

1 p.m. Watched Sadie the Scottish Terrier win the National Dog Sow. I was rooting for the black lab or the miniature pincher to no avail.

2:00 p.m. Ate the bird. Became too tired to write any more.

3:00 p.m. Went for a walk.

4 p.m. Sat down.

8 p.m. Fell asleep.