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11 May 2007 @ 12:34 pm
Happy Friday!  
Yes, the irony of those words after last night's SPN...

Moving on, I have some questions for the f-list:

1) Who sent me the sweet virtual gift? I'm half-afraid that it's the lovely person I'm about to gift, who's having a really undeservedly hard time right now. I just ache for her. But whoever you are, Thank you so much. *is teary-eyed* ♥

2) Does anyone know of any slash Michael/Lincoln love-vids (Prison Break)? Someone who read my ship_manifesto essay asked about that, and I'm entirely out of touch with vidding for that fandom. In fact, I miss most of the fabulous SPN ones, and just this morning realized I'd misplaced my rec for the Sam/Dean one with the incredible simulated kisses (I think that's question #3 there).

3/4) My daughter needs a new bike. :( Unfortunately, what she really needs is a very lightweight 22" bike, and it appears that the market is Kids' Bikes up to 20", and then whammo-- adult bikes at 24" and up. She's very tall and leggy, and not very strong (she's only 9). Any suggestions as to brands?

5) Looks like we'll be buying a minivan soon, since the Honda repair shop told my husband last weekend that his '92 Accord is in the "limping along" stage now. Thoughts on 2006/2007 Honda/Toyota/Kia minivans, plz?

Pleasant surprises yesterday:
* I got a letter from an old friend who disappeared out of my life right after her mother died (terrible time for her) who wants to get back in touch. She's still on her feet, and that makes me happy.
* Christopher survived the Zoo field trip last night from 6-9pm, all the way through. I seriously thought he'd bail out around 8pm (his bedtime is at 7:30, and I'm not happy with the school on this particular issue). But he made it to the end, without fussing his way into oblivion. For him, this is a miracle.


Other pleadings: I belong to this wonderful writing community, 60_minute_fics, that meets every Friday night from 10-11pm EST (I write on my personal 10-11 PST instead, which is okay). Participation has been low lately, and I'd like to encourage some of you to apply for membership and give it a try. I don't always manage to get a story out, but I show up to try and the muse usually cooperates. Some of my best writing has started in the challenges for that comm. Check my tag listings (60_min_fics) to see what I mean.



 
 
 
bluesister on May 11th, 2007 08:08 pm (UTC)
Until you find a better source, you could (if you haven't already) read up on kids bikes to see what they say about weight. That site seems to gather consumer info from other sources, one of the few free consumer info sites.

Have you asked your local bike clubs?
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on May 11th, 2007 08:26 pm (UTC)
I'll check the link-- thanks for the source!

What we're afraid of is getting an overly expensive bike. She's not a great bike rider (not that good at it, not strong-- of course, her bike is also much too small for her) and she's got a lot of growth left and many more bikes to go through, so we're hoping not to get one that's too expensive. She's almost 5-feet-tall now, and I think 5'10" to 6' is probably where she'll quit. :0
bluesister on May 11th, 2007 08:33 pm (UTC)
Sweet on her height.

I hear you on how short-term the bike will be. You're thinking that the tallest kids bike with the handle bars and seat at the max might not last her long, right?

SO many kids get bikes and never ride them, I'd hit yard sales and 2nd-hand shops. I bet you could find one that's virtually new.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on May 11th, 2007 08:36 pm (UTC)
You're thinking that the tallest kids bike with the handle bars and seat at the max might not last her long, right?
20" appears to be the maximum (her current bike), before you cross into the adult bikes.

Her 20" bike has the seat and handle bars as far up as they'll go, and it is just too short for her. As I said, 22" would be perfect for now, but there seems to be a gap in manufacturing! What is that all about?!?
bluesister on May 11th, 2007 08:54 pm (UTC)
When I searched, I kept getting info on mens bikes that were 22" and smaller. Seems that's the frame height and you're talking about the standover height. Kid bikes, as you said, go up to 20" without so much measuring. Anyway, that term might help, if you didn't already know it.

I agree that they all seem to go from 20-24". So it sounds like you need a 24" that adjusts low. Like this:
says it is 24"This but then gives the standover height as 21"
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on May 11th, 2007 09:28 pm (UTC)
I think you're right, I'm getting confused here (I hope).

For kids' bikes, the measurements are in wheel height. For adult bikes, they're in I thought standover height. Now I'm not sure!

I'll have to take her out and see how she measures up to an actual bike.

This would be easier if she were just "big," but she's tall and incredibly skinny. As in, size 12 pants for length, size 7/8 shirt for width. She's willowy, and with that, she doesn't have a lot of muscle mass or strength.
Princess Robot Bubblegum!astrothsknot on May 11th, 2007 08:12 pm (UTC)
I'm not surprised Christopher was fine. He'd have been doing something interesting and that would have kept him amused. But I would also take issue with the school for doing something that late at night, particularly as the US day starts very early
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: weechestershalfshellvenus on May 11th, 2007 08:23 pm (UTC)
He'd have been doing something interesting and that would have kept him amused.
Sometimes it just doesn't help. He's adaptable about some things, and extremely rigid about others. His bedtime? OMG-- we've battled over keeping him up just 5 minutes late. We did not go back to Disneyland at night for fireworks a single night we were there, because he would not go to bed later than 8pm. I'm sure he thought he was giving a lot of ground there, too. :0

His school starts early, at 7:55, and the latest he can get up is 6:45. 9pm is later than our 9-year-old goes to bed (or any of her school peers ought to, IMO).

The teacher was shocked when I initially told her that we weren't doing that field trip. She couldn't believe it. I said, "It's far past Christopher's bedtime, and he won't want to do it-- especially on a school night." (Not to mention the cost-- $30 children, $35 adults-- which again said Highly optional event to me).

She impressed on me that it was part of the regular curriculum (I was doing the WTF in my head at that point). We agreed to try to get Christopher to buy into going, given that we had a month to wear him down.

Still boggling over what the teacher was thinking, though.
Princess Robot Bubblegum!astrothsknot on May 11th, 2007 08:40 pm (UTC)
School here is at nine. I couldn't imagine getting up out of bed before 8, thought Stewart will have to get up at 7.30 in August when he starts at secondary school. Not that getting up is ever a bloody problem for him. He only sleeps 5 or 6 hours a night, even when exhausted.

I'm still WTF at the teacher as well. If it's part of the course why the price and why at night? Things like that should be school hours stuff. It always school hours stuff here (and free or nominal charge)

the reluctant lobotomist: bohemianfourfreedoms on May 11th, 2007 09:20 pm (UTC)
You could get her a boys bike. My mom's not even that tall, but she's dutch and they all ride bikes that are much larger there, and they didn't have one in the size she wanted so she got a boys bike.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on May 12th, 2007 07:45 pm (UTC)
It sounds like I'm looking for something in between "kids" (which apparently is littler kids) and adult.

Boys' bike is probably a must, because it'll need to get handed down to her younger brother if it's at all expensive. I'm thinking "blue," which is Lauren's favorite color. Christopher likes red better, but so be it...
the reluctant lobotomist: fedorafourfreedoms on May 12th, 2007 09:28 pm (UTC)
*cough* My name is Lauren and my favorite color is blue, goodness, I always startle when people have the same name as me, because it's not actually that common.
The Good, The Bad and The Lanathelana on May 12th, 2007 04:44 am (UTC)
I never particularly "got" vids. So the only thing I remember is that I think moyoo did one once. Of course that was way back in season 1. Don't really have a better suggestion than searching youtube.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: PB slashhalfshellvenus on May 12th, 2007 07:46 pm (UTC)
Searching "Youtube" was a good suggestion. I didn't find any obvious slash stuff over there, so there may not be much. I can encourage the person asking to make his/her own. :)

I'm hit or miss on the vids. Not really that big on them, but sometimes I see ones that just really work well.