Monsoon

A nasty monsoon ripped through my neighborhood a few hours ago.  Beside my backyard canopy being blown three feet (it weighs a few hundred pounds), the tree in my front yard was blown down.

My neighbor had some roof damage.  Those coyotes that live behind my house are pissed.

1,000

There’s quite a bit to this update.  Let’s get the title out of the way.

This is my one-thousandth update to my blog.  It’s true that there are a few that have been lost to the vast depths of the internet, but we’ll call this one thousand just to simplify.

The blog has been running for almost nine years!  I originally bought jasonschlueter.com to host a portfolio for my work while I looked for a new job in New York.  I’ve long since left New York and have been in Tucson for five years already.

That’s pretty neat.  I’ve been dedicated to this as a project and I don’t think that I’ll be letting up the blistering few-times-a-month update pace so buckle in.

Did anybody watch any bit of the 24 Hours of Le Mans this weekend?  If you were unable to but still wanted to, I understand your pain.  It was supposed to be on Fox Sports 1 and 2 but even then it was demoted to other Fox Sports stations and apps that I don’t have access to.  It seems that if there were three things that needed to take up the two channels, the Le Mans race took the back seat and would just disappear.  Why bother showing NASCAR qualifying for only a half hour?  It was silly.

It was a great race and very eventful.  The big story was Ford’s return from their 1-2-3 victory in 1966 with the ever-beautiful GT40 MK2.

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The story and the rivalry between Ford and Ferrari is legendary and gave birth to some of the fastest and sexiest cars we’ve ever seen.

Fast-forward fifty years to just yesterday and Ford again pulled a win with their new version of the GT.

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This was the winner!  Number 68.  Ford pulled a 1-3-4 instead of a 1-2-3 but with Ferrari in second…just perfect.  Ferrari had a wonderful race and lead for a good chunk of the race.  Overall it was a lot of fun to watch, I’m very happy for Ford.

The saddest story was poor Toyota who absolutely dominated the prototype class until the last lap when their car lost power.  The car slowed to a stop and was passed by Porsche who took the victory.  Even the Porsche pit manager said that they didn’t deserve the win.  It was so sad.  Toyota earned it and lost it during the last five minutes.

I went to bed at 1 AM and got up at 5 AM to catch the end of the race.

It was also Father’s Day – my second as a father.  I got two beautiful gifts from Sarah.

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I wanted to share one of my favorite stories about being a dad so far.  It happened just recently.  Sarah has started to figure out and push for her independence.  She needs help getting to things and reaching almost everything but once she’s in a good place, she’ll tell you to “go play” because she wants to be alone and figure things out.  It’s great.

A few weekends ago, we were playing out in the back yard.  When she needs to take a big step (down the stairs, on the slide), she’ll reach up for my hand.  She reached up for me and then walked me inside and pointed to the couch.  She said “couch” and basically told me to sit down.

She walked away from me back to the backyard, looking back at me to see if I was still sitting down.  I had no idea what she had in mind.

She turned the corner and I lost sight of her until she was behind the window, where I could see her clearly.  I don’t think that she remembered that one can see through windows because that’s when her mischief started.

She peeked around the corner one more time, then bent over to begin to gnaw on the garden hose.  I stood up and watched her through the window.  She was just bent over, chewing on the green garden hose.  I watched trying not to laugh too hard so that she would hear me.

I knocked on the window.  She looked up surprised but with a big smile on her face.  She laughed at me and I asked her what she was doing.  Of course she didn’t respond.  I walked back out the the backyard where she continued to gnaw on the hose until something else caught her eye.

Toddlers are funny.

And we hit a heat record here in Tucson on Father’s Day.  I’ll just leave this here for now.  This is in the shade.

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It was 109 at 9 PM!!

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It’s 112 degrees on my porch.  We were only scheduled to hit 111!

Sarah wanted to play outside.  It only lasted about twenty minutes and she wanted to come back in.  It is really hot out today in Tucson.

As long as I don’t have to deal with winter, I’ll take this all year long.