Earlier this summer, soon after returning from our two week RV adventure to Yellowstone and the Tetons, we planned to take Harold to the Beach Boardwalk to celebrate his birthday. But <a href=”https://www.jaworskihouse.com/blog/index.php?/archives/417-Didnt-Make-the-Boardwalk.html” title=”rv broke down”>the RV broke down</a>, we got stranded, and we had to promise him another time.<br />n<br />nThis weekend, we finally made good on that. Saturday morning was clear and cool, with a promise of a warmer day, even coast-side. We arrived at the Boardwalk to claim our wristbands, only be to pleasantly surprised not once, but twice: It was <em>bring-a-friend-for-free</em> day, and we also were just in time for the annual chili cookoff. Nice, there’s our lunch!<br />n<br />nOverall, we had very much a satisfying day, riding rides, spending lots of times at the shoot-em-up Terminator game, eating and rating lots of chili, and even kicking up some sand on the beach. By the time we left at about 6:30pm, it was already getting dark and we were all pooped.<br />n<br />nIt’s a good thing we got to bed early on Saturday, because Sunday was another busy day. I went for a run at Almaden Quicksilver County Park with a few people from work, a trail run, a five miler. When I got home, Rita and Harold took off to do errands while Penny and I stayed back and finished installing Halloween decorations. Ol’ Skelly Bones finally got himself a home, swinging from a high branch of a redwood tree out front. Harold got home, and got a little spooked when I animated Ol’ Skelly as he exited the car. Harold likes being scared, but he <em>does</em> get scared.<br />n<br />nIn the afternoon, we cleaned up to head up to Concord to celebrate Aunt Jean’s 99th birthday. Though she’s slowed down, has lost some hearing and still battling some dementia, she is in generally good health. And from the looks of it at the all-you-can-eat Country Buffet restaurant, she hasn’t really lost her appetite. Lots of family were there from Cousin Betty’s (Grandpa Rex’s) side of the family.<br />n<br />nAnd I didn’t even mention Friday night at the Grand National Rodeo at the Cow Palace. Another busy weekend.