Yesterday, Brody and I had our rescheduled surf lesson with Evan the Surf Instructor. It went great. Brody is a natural. His handler, on the other hand, needs a lot of practice. I had no idea how much work it was to push a dog into a wave.
I would have had a fuller recap for you by today, but as you may have heard, some doofus in Yuma managed to power down the entire county of San Diego for the day.
As we were leaving the beach, I remarked that there sure was a lot of traffic, even for 4 o’clock. An awful lot.
I peered up at the sky. Planes were still landing. That is good. But the traffic lights were out. That was bad.
My husband punched angrily at the radio buttons, getting nothing but static. One lone AM station was still on the air, and all they could say was this: “There is a major energy outage across Southern California. We have no other news at this time.”
We looked at each other. This could only mean one thing.
So instead of working on getting the photos together, I had to dig out our emergency equipment once I realized this thing could drag on until the next day. No power. No lights. No computer. For a blogger, this is all sorts of bad. I had to sit, and stare at the sky, and contemplate stuff. Way too deep for a Thursday night. Fortunately my iPhone had just enough power and a cell connection for me to tweet my displeasure, which was enough civilization to at least keep me calm.
Our city powered back a good deal ahead of the rest of the county, around 9:30 or so. And because I love you that much, and because I’m so proud of Brody’s progress, I stayed up extra late just to share a few of my favorites with you all.
It was ridiculously beautiful out that afternoon. I mean, like, I can’t believe my good fortune in living in San Diego beautiful, power grids notwithstanding.
We wasted no time getting him on the board. Note: This is, without a shadow of a doubt, a 2 man job MINIMUM. It would be utterly impossible to do solo, not with a 75 pound behemoth like Brody anyway.
Being a good V family overachiever, he tried to stand right away.
But you fall off less when you lay down, at least as a beginner.
Translation: “Uh oh!” “BIIIIRDD!” “I got the leash.”
Evan, thinking to himself that he has a really weird job sometimes.
Brody absolutely shredding it. SUPERSTAR.
A moment of pride.
Due to the power explosion, I have to postpone the Eukanuba giveaway I had tied into this for another couple of days, but I figure you all will understand. It’s a really fun one, too. I’ll have it up in a few days.
Sorry guys, the surf instructor is not the giveaway item. But thank you for this awesome lesson, Eukanuba. It was fan-tastic. I’m feeling much better about Sunday now that I know I have a natural on my hands!