Gary Jackson: Fire When Ready Pottery
A Chicago potter’s somewhat slanted view of clay & play
Categories: Taylor

So while I was racing, my niece Taylor was tracking me on the IRONMAN app. And sending me encouraging texts throughout the day. Unfortunately, you can’t race with your phone see I didn’t see these until I got back to the hotel. But it was great knowing that I had so many friends & family out there tracking me and cheering me on… from the comfort of their own dry & cushy sofa!!!

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Categories: family, special events, Taylor

BIRTHDAY WEEK… Day Three!!!

After pedaling a hundred miles of hills this past weekend… it was great fun to take on a bunch of “different” hills Monday at Six Flags Great America!!! So much fun playing at Fright Fest with my “Cohorts In Coasters”… my sister Jen & niece Taylor!

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Categories: family, Taylor

A wonderful day at Six Flags Great America on Thursday. A great way to “keep the holiday going”… especially as there were surprisingly short lines for every ride?!!! Some rides we rode four or five times in a row with no wait!!!

Fun as always with my sister Jen, niece Taylor and Cousin Kim who is always ready to “show her true colors” after some blue cotton candy!!!

And sure, this may just look like a circle…
but it’s actually the newest rollercoaster at Six Flags!!! THE MARDI GRAS HANGOVER.
You sit down in the car, rock back & forth a bit… and then they speed you all the way around inside the circle in both directions. But the crazy part is when they stop you upside-down at the top… and let you dangle!!! Brilliant!!!!

Categories: animals, family, Taylor

Thanks to everyone who offered up some adorable names for my niece Taylor’s new puppy. And after my “lobbying” for the obvious choice… OREO… she decided to go with one of her original three names… RILEY.

Still cute nonetheless!

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Categories: family, Taylor

Looks like there’s a new puppy in the family!
My niece Taylor adopted a new puppy this morning. A new friend for her
and their dog Shadow. Now we’re just looking for a good name… any suggestions???

Categories: Chicago, family, food, Taylor, weather

Another wonderful day with beautiful blue skies
as far as the eye could see. Happy Sunny Sunday pedal on!!!

Followed later in the day with ice cream with my sister Jen and niece Taylor!
First you work it off… and then…

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Categories: family, ornaments, photography, Taylor

Seven Days & Seven Photos in black & white of your everyday life.
No explanation, no people. Challenge a friend to join everyday.

Day 7 of 7. I was challenged by my friends Barb Duro & Pam Walden.
Today I challenge Scott Hayner on Facebook… and Taylor Hayner on Instagram!

Categories: art fair, family, photography, Taylor

My niece Taylor came out to help at ART IN THE BARN both days.
She’s a great booth assistant, and apparently a blossoming “marketing director” in the making… with her own Instagram collage post to her friends & followers.
Always thinking, always helping.

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Categories: family, sunset, Taylor

A wonderful day of “playing hooky” at Six Flags Great America yesterday with my “family four pass.” We got season passes this year so we can play all summer!!! Roller coasters, water rides & cotton candy… and the new JOKER… oh my.

Yes, THE JOKER was our first ride of the day. It’s the newest roller coaster at Great America. I t may not look all that cool in still photos… but… what you can’t see is that the seats are actually flipping around while you’re sitting in them zooming & down the track. Much of the time you have no idea of which side is up!!!

To see more about the newest roller coaster THE JOKER, click here for the teaser video.

Never too early for cotton candy… luckily for us, my cousin Kim was willing to share!

A quick ride on The Viper… one of Taylor’s favorites!!! A great wooden roller coaster with lots of hills & bumps…. lots of flying out of your seat!!! Which I love!!!

Next up for me and Kim… Vertical Velocity. A quick twist up one end, and straight up the other. Not big hill to ride up and ride down… just magnetic propulsion sending you soaring up into the sky. Needless to say, Jen & Taylor decided to sit this one out.

While waiting for Logger’s Run… we saw momma robin had set-up her nest right above the the roaring rapids of the water ride. Not too calm or serene… but she sure seemed to like her vantage point.

After the ride, we were a little drenched… but happy!
Ready to move on to another roller coaster to help us dry out a bit!!!

As our day of roller coasters, water rides and snacks continued into the late afternoon, the sun began to set creating some great views & vantage points.

All of a sudden, the sunset turned the sky ablaze with colors. Creating a beautiful sky show creating a wonderful sky show with the roller coaster silhouettes.

All too soon, our day at Great America had come to an end. A wonderful day, beautiful weather and so much fun with Taylor, Jen & Kim!!! And luckily, we have our season passes… so more fun to come!!!

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Categories: Taylor, theater

Another fun night of musical theater last night with my niece & oompa-loompa Taylor in her school’s production of Willie Wonka… complete with her first “official” headshot!

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