an extended weekend
July 4, 2005
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For once I’m actually enjoying a Sunday evening since I’m not dreading the start of the work week. The weekend has been good so far. I opted out of the Akron BBQ on Friday because I wasn’t in the mood for a big event, so I headed to a restaurant I’ve been meaning to try for some time, Udupi Cafe in Parma Heights. It is an all-vegetarian Indian restaurant which I had heard good things about, and it more than lived up to my expectations. The food was excellent and it was really cheap, so it definitely earned a spot on my list of places to go back. Scene magazine had this review a few months ago.
Saturday morning I headed up to Schneider’s Bike Shop in Cleveland and picked myself up a new bike. I had been thinking about getting one for a while and had recently begun picking the brains of all my biking friends to get their opinions since I knew very little about bikes since it has been at least 10 years since I’ve owned or riden one. I opted for the “comfort” style of bike since I don’t see myself blazing new trails through the woods and jumping off cliffs. The owner at Schneider’s was very helpful in finding the right bike for me, set it up quick, showed me everything I needed to know, and all at a great price.
Afterwards, I headed up to Cold Stone Creamery for their special new summer flavor introduction sampling event where I got to try out 5 new flavors for free. Can’t beat free ice cream on a warm summer day. None of the flavors really overly impressed me. The Oatmeal Cookie Batter was the best, and the Wasabi Ginger ice cream was the oddest flavor I’ve ever tested, and did not seem to go over well with anyone in attendence (including myself).
To work off my ice cream, I headed up to the park and got my run on, followed by my first bike ride in over a decade. I managed not to fall or otherwise injure/embarass myself during the course of my six mile ride on the towpath. Hopefully the first of many rides to come.
Later in the evening, I headed to my friend Josh’s house for his annual birthday bash, always a highpoint of the summer. Downed way too many hot dogs, had my first croquet game of the summer, and played some seriously competitive badminton (I’m coming for you Worst Weather Ever!). Good times were had by all.
Today I had my long run of the week, some lunch with Kristy’s grandparents, a quality nap, and finally caught up on my internet browsing (and blogging) which I’d missed out on the past week. Tomorrow I plan to get in a good bike ride on my day off from running, and might go check out some fireworks in the evening. Looks like this weekend will continue the streak of good weekends I’ve been having as of late.