Making my workshop 

One of the good things about moving to The Richelieu House (outside of it being the house where Laura and I start our married life together) is that it has a big basement! That means I can finally have a workshop to satisfy my tinkering hobby.

I’ve been itching to tinker since I was a kid making a non-functioning robot from cardboard to making works of art on a laser cutter in graduate school. I have crave it and now I can hone that craving to a useful hobby.

But first, I need a workshop space and that’s where our Richelieu Basement comes into the picture. I have a corner that is perfect for a workbench and it’s up and running.

As of now, I have:

  • Scroll saw
  • Miter saw
  • Dremel tool
  • Misc hand tools
  • Workbench
  • Peg board
  • Room to work

It’s enough to get started and excited about future projects!

Here’s my Richelieu Basement workshop:

A Roller Derby Bout

Yesterday, Laura and I went to our first Roller Derby Bout. The first thing we learned is that each Derby event is referred to as a “Bout”. Pretty neat! 

Laura is really captivated by this sport for its intensity, fun, and bonding between participants. By the end, we both understood the game enough to inject our own strategic insight. I’ll be ready to cheer Laura on when she decides to join the team, that’s how into it she was! 

The gist of roller derby is this: 

Get your team’s scorer (a jammer) through the jam of players on the track and make it a lap around to score. 

We were lucky to find that the brochures had the rules to the sport in the front cover as seen below: 

Our local team, the Valley All-Stars won by turning up the intensity at the end of the second half. Seeing this in person was a treat and it makes me want to watch even more next season when I see the love of my life with a fun nickname in the track beating people up. 

Smith Mountain Lake Day

Today, my group is doing a half day and going for team building and comradery at Smith Mountain Lake! 

We did something similar two years ago and it was a blast. I’m privileged to be part of a work group that works and plays hard. They are good people who I will have the pleasure of spending leisure time with (outside of the the band Booms in the Air, with Alan, James, and Chuck).

Hopefully the weather stays agreeable!