Go fly a kite.Go fly a kite.
Notice the buoy on the right? Remember the distance for later photos.Notice the buoy on the right? Remember the distance for later photos.
Mike's got knees.Mike's got knees.
Kelly's free kite.Kelly's free kite.
Do I have enough gas?Do I have enough gas?
Yes, I have enough gas.Yes, I have enough gas.
The sapphire.The sapphire.
Dog and diver 150 feet out, swimming from buoy to buoy.Dog and diver 150 feet out, swimming from buoy to buoy.
Boo-ya!Boo-ya!
  • Go fly a kite.
  • Notice the buoy on the right? Remember the distance for later photos.
  • Mike's got knees.
  • Kelly's free kite.
  • Do I have enough gas?
  • Yes, I have enough gas.
  • The sapphire.
  • Dog and diver 150 feet out, swimming from buoy to buoy.
  • Boo-ya!

Thank you to everyone who contributed to my Charity Water Birthday campaign (you can still donate if interested up until Sept. 12).

I’ve had a great day. I started the day taking my new roommate, Monty to the airport—we had a great conversation around abundant living and faith. Next, I grabbed coffee and headed to church with my friend Mike, to hear Carl Medearis talk about his practice of following the example and life of Jesus versus the practice of Christianity (the religion)—this was very meaningful for me. Then Mike and I popped into downtown Kirkland to catch a bit of the 2013 Kirkland Classic Car Show. Daughter Kelly picked me up there and we dashed off to grab a bit of lunch followed by a garage sale hunt through Finn Hill—this was  a blast, Kelly found a skateboard for a dollar and got a free kite, I found the Lincoln and Weird Washington books for a $1 (for both!) and got a print of Jesus for free; that famous classic image of Caucasian Jesus. We were both elated with our new treasures.

Kelly and I then made our way to OO Denny Park in Kirkland to chillax a bit in the sunshine of this gorgeous day. That’s where the photos you see up top were taken. To cap off our time together, we dropped into Baskin & Robbins for some ice cream where this conversation took place. And to the best of my recollection, here it is.

Phil: This was the best milkshake ever. Jamocha almond fudge. Deeply satisfying.

Kelly: The thickness was good?

Phil: The thickness was perfect. Couldn’t be better.

Kelly: I want to tell you a story.

Phil: I am ready to hear your story.

Kelly: I went to B&R in Bothell and ordered a Chocolate Chip Mint shake and—

Phil: That was your first mistake. Chocolate Chip Mint is not a shake flavor.

Kelly: I went to B&R in Bothell and ordered a Chocolate Chip Mint shake and it was thin. I was not happy.

Phil: Really? Seriously, Chocolate Chip Mint is not a shake flavor.

Kelly: So I went to Jack in the Box and bought their Chocolate Chip Mint shake and it was perfect.

Phil: What!? Jack in the Box sells a Chocolate Chip Mint flavored shake?

Kelly: Might have been Cookies and Cream. But Jay-in-the-Bee sells the best shakes. They are thick.

Mike and Kevin: (Murmuring ascent.)

Phil: I can’t accept this. I see two problems. One, as earlier ascerted, Chocolate Chip Mint is not a shake flavor. And two, the operator on duty may just not have had the skill to deliver the correct balance of ice cream to shake.

Kevin: You want to learn two things that will change your life?

Phil: I am ready to learn two things that will change my life.

Kevin: Go to Jack in the Box and order a Strawberry Shake and ask them to blend in Oreo cookie crumbles.

Phil: I do not accept this as life changing.

Kevin: When you get a cupcake next, cut the top off with a knife, turn the top over and apply it to the bottom half of the cupcake so the frosting is in the middle.

Phil: (Mind filled with the beautiful image just described, pauses in wonder at his visionary son.)

Mike and Kelly: (Murmuring ascent.)

Phil: This is an amazing idea. This will indeed change my life.

Mike: You want to learn something that will change your life?

Phil: Of course, I would like to learn something that will change my life.

Mike: Cut off your hand with a saw. That will change your life.

Kevin, Kelly, and Phil: (Expressions of repugnance.)

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