Keeping Promises

The guys at Ginna are still in the midst of the refueling outage and working long hours, so I was excited when Brendon invited us over to “help” put their boat in the water for the summer on one of his coveted days off.  When Shannon and I pulled into his driveway, I immediately recognized Ryan and Ernie’s vehicles as well; a great surprise to spend the day with a couple more Ginna friends.  We loaded the boat into Lake Ontario and followed a channel that led to an extremely low bridge before reaching Long Pond where Brendon lives.  The water level was so high we had to second guess ourselves a few times as to whether or not the boat would make it under the bridge, but there was only one way to find out…it made it.

A little while back, I made an off the cuff promise to Brendon that I would go tubing no matter what the conditions.  When he indicated that he was going to hold me to it, I wasn’t about to back down — fortunately he had a wet suit.  It was a nice day, but not that nice.  My plead to Brendon was, “please, just keep me in the wake.”  He must have had sympathy for a one legged kid because the ride was extremely smooth and I stayed dry, but make no mistake it was still extremely cold.

Afterward Brendon and Lisa treated us all to a really nice cookout with chicken, corn on the cob, and Lisa’s famous summer pasta.  It was a great day hanging out in the sun, but it seemed strange boating and barbecuing with everyone bundled up in winter coats.  Maybe that’s why we were the only ones out on the lake?

We had to cut out early to make an appointment at “Drive On” to continue my efforts towards getting back on the road.  Shannon and I were under the impression that this would be my last appointment, so we were shocked when the instructor informed us at the beginning that there would be a minimum of two more training sessions.  We didn’t hold back our surprise or frustration, but at $100 per hour it wasn’t worth wasting time.  First, the instructor took me to a parking lot to get familiar with the left foot accelerator.  Impressed with my performance, we soon progressed to driving in a neighborhood, followed by heavier traffic, and ultimately the highway.  Sure enough, they passed me that afternoon — good thing we didn’t waste time arguing.  We went straight to the DMV and now I’m legal to drive again!!

After a long day, we still had some work to do.  Mom and Dad met us at our house in the city where they helped us de-winterize by uncovering the courtyard fountain, setting up some statuary, and mowing the lawn.  It always feels so good to see the place come back to life in the Spring.

Afterward, Mom and Dad took us out to dinner at Uno’s in Webster to support a fundraiser for Carolina DeHond.  What better way to contribute than by eating?  While waiting to be seated we happen to run into an old high school friend, Dawn, and her husband Zac.  It’s incredible how you can go without seeing someone for fourteen years and instantly recognize them again.  It was so great to see Dawn again after so much time and hear a little bit about what she has been up to.


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12 Responses to Keeping Promises

  1. Cousin Geoffrey says:

    I’m very impressed, Bret! You are now an inspirational in yet another way! We were out on the boat all weekend and none of us dipped as much as a pinky toe in the frigid water! Hard core, man!

    We all missed you this weekend! Hope to catch up with you before you guys hit the road!

  2. Aaron says:

    Bret, you’re crazy!!!! There’s a reason nobody else is on the water! It’s not one of the two months of Rochester warmth!!!! Of course, I’m not surprised you would go in though. You’re looking great Bret!

  3. Wendy Kruse says:

    That is awesome about the tubing and driving!!!! Congratulations!!! Brendan and Lysa are amazing people and even better friends. I can’t wait to see them again, it was nice to see pictures! You are doing wonderful!!

  4. Mary Ann says:

    Congratulations on being legal on the road again!!! Looking forward to reading of your upcoming adventures!!

  5. Sherri Kennedy says:

    Absolutely amazing!! Did you guys think 6-7 weeks ago you’d be hiking, tubing and driving already??? I guess to you guys it seems like it has taken forever to get to this point, but stop and think about it and celebrate the moment and where you are now, and how far you have come so quickly. I mean really…you are amazing. The strength and courage you have is humbling. An old Willie Nelson song comes to mind..”On the road again….just can’t wait to get on the road again…”. I can’t wait to see where you head off to next as you continue your journey of riding in a good direction!

  6. Mom says:

    So glad to see you’ve got that “keeping Promises” thing down…but what happened to that chapter titled, “Think before you promise” ?
    We’re all glad to see you’ll never change! You’re awesome and hilarious….and much loved.

  7. Daniel Siciliano says:

    I had a patient the other day talking about a company that mods cars. the company is called fenton mobility and they are in jamestown. dont know if this info will help…but i figured i’d pass it on to you. nice styx….

  8. Makiko says:

    Bret, you’re crazy… but we love it! I still remember you swinging on a rope and jumping into a stream at Ellison Park on a dare from your little nieces and nephews.

  9. nihadsendic says:

    i’m nino and also cancer survivor almost 15 years. i have hip disarticulation and live full life. i’d like to get in contact with you if you like. nino

  10. Jessica says:

    Those pictures make me c-c-c-c-cold!!!!

    Congrats on the license!

  11. Scott D. says:

    You make me laugh!!! I have a dry suit or a full wetsuit for you the next time – if there is. Maybe a nip of Laurie’s famous VOL to warm you up. (Vanilla Orange Liquour) Intake temp this morning is 48F. We don’t even like to ride bikes in that cold. Notch one more thing that you have done that most of us never will. Ha! Glad all is well and congrats on your license.

  12. Aunt Bo says:

    you are truly one crazy dude….I, too, am cold just thinking about what you did. But you do continue to entertain all of us. We love you!!!

    Congratulations on getting your license…does it feel the same way it did when you were 16???

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