For Today’s Post I Shall Get My Kids Ready for the New School Year

08.19.2009 | 10:32 am

Let’s see…I can either write a blog post or finish last minute registration stuff, buy supplies, and go meet the teachers.

Hmmm…hard call.


  1. Comment by Kathleen@ForgingAhead | 08.19.2009 | 10:52 am

    Definitely best to get the kids ready for school!

    What fun…the first day of school. I still get butterflies just thinking of it and believe me, it’s been donkeys years.

  2. Comment by geraldatwork | 08.19.2009 | 10:56 am

    Definitely made the right choice. I have a son going to college as a freshman next weekend.

  3. Comment by Kevin M | 08.19.2009 | 11:07 am

    Ahh..the joys of a new school year. It has been too many years since I have had to worry about that. Great call Fatty. Win for Fatty’s kids!

  4. Comment by DC | 08.19.2009 | 11:12 am

    Good call.

    You brought back the memory, as a grade schooler, of picking out book covers at the drug store, going home and putting them on our books. My Dad was a Cornell grad, so he kinda of pushed me to get the Ivy League collection. Brown, Harvard, Yale…

    The anticipation was the best part of going back to school.

  5. Comment by Gene | 08.19.2009 | 11:14 am

    The start of school, such fun!

  6. Comment by BikecopVT | 08.19.2009 | 11:15 am

    It is amazing how much paperwork there is when getting ready for school. It seems a never ending supply of forms to fill out. I only have my twins starting Kindergarten. Not the four kids in assorted grades (except the girls) you have. I was very happy the school is not splitting up my kids. Believe it or not there are five sets of twins starting Kindergarten at our school this year. Good luck with the school shopping and remember…have fun!

    Fight Like Susan!

  7. Comment by monkeywebb | 08.19.2009 | 11:24 am

    Way to have priorities! I must learn that skill one of these days.

    My wife’s favorite thing in the world is buying school or office supplies. Mine is riding my bike. We have a tenuous balance right now…I applaude you for dealing with that balance on your own.

  8. Comment by Pink | 08.19.2009 | 11:30 am

    Your kids will always remember how great you and Susan are. They will carry these life lessons on to their kids.

    Just watch those narrow silly trails. please. They need you.

  9. Comment by Maik | 08.19.2009 | 11:42 am

    Smart Choice

  10. Comment by coffee | 08.19.2009 | 11:51 am

    Bahhh, I walked to school up hill both ways in the snow; let the kids take care of the details while you entertain us.

  11. Comment by pauline | 08.19.2009 | 11:55 am

    Definately a good choice! I live in the UK and we get forms through in next couple of weeks to make our choice of schools for our eldest starting proper school in sept 2010. Quite nerve wracking. Keep fighting the good fight x

  12. Comment by Mikeonhisbike | 08.19.2009 | 11:59 am

    I miss the days of wearing super stiff jeans on the first day of school. You know the kind with the quadruple thick knees that would never wear out. You should get your kids some of those. By the way, wearing lycra to meet teachers probably isn’t a good idea. Just a thought.

  13. Comment by Blackdog | 08.19.2009 | 12:24 pm

    Be like me. My son started school on Monday. We bought supplies last night. Then again we really did not know exactly what he would need until after he had been to his classes. I would just go for a ride. You can always get school supplies when the sun goes down.

  14. Comment by Julie | 08.19.2009 | 12:24 pm

    Love the start of school and buying school supplies!

  15. Comment by bikemike | 08.19.2009 | 12:24 pm

    skool am veri overated

  16. Comment by Pat1236 | 08.19.2009 | 12:33 pm

    Glad you are taking care of the kids. They really need you more than ever now that Susan is gone. As you know I never met her but she has left an impression on me that will not be forgotten. So you see she lives on in many people, most of whom you may never meet.

  17. Comment by KD | 08.19.2009 | 12:33 pm

    Don’t let the teachers shake your hand too hard. Meet-the-teacher day (we call it “Sneak Peak”)…good times. Enjoy.

  18. Comment by Jaime O. | 08.19.2009 | 12:35 pm

    I hope you feed them fun junk food.

  19. Comment by Mehera | 08.19.2009 | 12:50 pm

    Busy years, these school years! Something to do, or fill out, or pay or bake all the time. But they go by like a blur and you will wish them back again. My favorite years with my family.

  20. Comment by Road Divit | 08.19.2009 | 12:55 pm

    Who out there remembers the taste of the old mimiograph copies the teachers made.

  21. Comment by XCTiger | 08.19.2009 | 12:55 pm

    Go take care of the kids. Post when you can, we’ll be here when you get back. Kind of like the annoying relative that just won’t leave. Speaking of which, got any more snacks and beer in the fridge?????

  22. Comment by Kelly | 08.19.2009 | 1:03 pm

    I’m sure you could combine all these tasks if you really put forth the effort. Unfortunately, you are probably too weak to attempt the feat due to your bike’s injuries.

  23. Comment by jwbikes | 08.19.2009 | 1:36 pm

    My boys returned yesterday, this morning I got an e-mail saying the swine flu was present (student). After ONE day…..I am going for a ride before it spreads.


  24. Comment by Haven (used to be Kt) | 08.19.2009 | 1:54 pm

    Wow, is it that time already??? I keep thinking there’s at least another month of summer left!! Ack!!

  25. Comment by Onan the Barbarian | 08.19.2009 | 2:03 pm

    Ugh. School is SO last year.

    /Works for a public school district.
    //Doesn’t get summers off.

  26. Comment by eclecticdeb | 08.19.2009 | 2:21 pm

    Just get out your checkbook. It’s amazing how much stuff those kids need.

  27. Comment by Miss Lola | 08.19.2009 | 2:29 pm

    getting my youngest ready to leave for college tomorrow….talk about school supplies…..

  28. Comment by Phil | 08.19.2009 | 2:36 pm

    You Yanks go back to school freakishly early.

    On a totally unrelated note, I’d love to see some Fat Cyclist “Allez Fatty”/”Win” wristbands. In orange and black. I’d buy dozens, and then trade them up Colbert-style.

    Allez Fatty.

  29. Comment by GenghisKhan | 08.19.2009 | 2:37 pm

    Checkbooks? Checkbooks?! Go public, my friends as public edumacation is free! Yeah, um.

  30. Comment by bubbaseadog | 08.19.2009 | 2:52 pm

    come on down to texas we got a tax free wkend on clothes and school supplies fight like susan..

  31. Comment by Powerful Pete | 08.19.2009 | 3:08 pm

    I’m with some of the other posters. They are tough. Let them handle all that edjumacation stuff. Let’s talk bikes and leg shavin’ here.

  32. Comment by Powerful Pete | 08.19.2009 | 3:09 pm

    Erm… re-read my previous post and just realise that it makes little sense… by tough I was referring to your kids being tough.

    Apologies to all for being even slower than usual tonight…

  33. Comment by Rich Wielgosz | 08.19.2009 | 3:26 pm

    Buuuuuuuuuutttttt….. you wrote a post….

  34. Comment by Rob M. | 08.19.2009 | 3:35 pm

    To Road Divit: I remember, and liked, the smell of the mimeograph machines.

    Now, does anyone remember making our own book covers out of (paper) grocery bags?

  35. Comment by Elizabeth | 08.19.2009 | 3:50 pm

    Phil has a great idea about the wristbands. Do it “a la Livestrong”……sell them for a buck a piece, all proceeds going to Livestrong. There’s your next fundraiser, Eldon. Allez!

  36. Comment by Jamieson | 08.19.2009 | 3:56 pm

    Stay focused on the family first!

    See you Sunday!

  37. Comment by Rocket | 08.19.2009 | 5:10 pm

    Well Mr Fatty i’m not sure whats more daunting, plunging off a cliff or facing the mothers at school drop off. Me i go to work i know my place. Good luck with it.

  38. Comment by PennyPue | 08.19.2009 | 5:11 pm

    Ack!! Thankfully my kids are past that age. I no longer have to haunt Staples and Office Depot looking for the correctly sized spiral bound five subject perforated notebook with subject dividers that have pockets on them. Five required, all in different colors.

    I swear the teachers DREAM this stuff up just to torture parents.

    Good Luck!

  39. Comment by Marrock | 08.19.2009 | 6:09 pm

    Someone say custom wristbands?

    Found this site, they’re not too bad to work with and the best part is no minimum orders:

  40. Comment by TomE | 08.19.2009 | 6:10 pm

    I LOVED the commercial that Staples use to run during “Back to School”…now that I think about it, maybe it was Office Depot. Anywho…it was to the xmas song “it’s the most wonderful time of the year” and showed a boy and a girl pouting while “dad” was dancing around the aisle and doing a “tango” with the shopping cart!! Enjoy your time Fatty!!!

  41. Comment by Born 4 Lycra | 08.19.2009 | 6:10 pm

    Rob M I liked the smell of the mimeograph printing as well but Road Divit said he liked the taste!

    I love the idea of the wristbands – good one Phil. FC is it possible – I realise you are busy but anyone on here with the skills?

  42. Comment by 2VT | 08.19.2009 | 6:25 pm

    Allez, Daddy.

  43. Comment by Sara | 08.19.2009 | 6:46 pm

    Wristbands are soooo yesterday. Sorry about that. Check out I think Fatty arm sleeves would be so cool.

  44. Comment by Julie | 08.19.2009 | 7:14 pm

    Rob M. – I remember the grocery bag book covers! I loved doing that. Wasn’t a fan of the mimeograph smell however.

  45. Comment by Jim | 08.19.2009 | 7:16 pm

    My heart is out to you dude. and I say that in the most Masquline way possible.

  46. Comment by Anonymous | 08.19.2009 | 7:26 pm

    Allez Fatty!

  47. Comment by Gordon In Melb, Australia | 08.19.2009 | 8:48 pm

    School is for kids so why not blog….oh they are kids.

    A sure way to get on the teachers good side is by making sure that you inform ALL the teachers that your children are GIFTED.

    Trust me I’ married to a teacher and they love that ???????

  48. Comment by Bisso | 08.19.2009 | 9:06 pm


    cant imagine why, when running, it can be hot enough to warrant a singlet/tank top/vest but you need to wear unattached sleeves. the world i grew up in has changed……

  49. Comment by Beth | 08.19.2009 | 9:47 pm

    not only did I love the smell of “dittos” but loved it when I got to go to the office and actually “run” the ditto machine for the teacher and bring back the copies……lol…cheap thrill.

    While wrist bands might be so yesterday, they would be easy to do and cheap etc…can’t quite figure out where I would wear arm warmers as I don’t bike as intensely as some on here……if I’d won the bike on Monday….

    I would be happy to look into the wrist band deal if you’d like Elden…just email me.

    Hope the kids have a great first day; don’t forget to pack their lunch ;)

  50. Comment by Kent Peterson | 08.19.2009 | 11:30 pm

    Wait a minute. You’ve got four kids and at least dozens of blog readers. Didn’t Spock teach you anything? “The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.” Or the four.

  51. Comment by Anna | 08.19.2009 | 11:36 pm

    While they won’t remember this time 10 years from now, it’s exactly what you need to be doing, exactly when you need to be doing it. YOU are an amazing parent and father.


  52. Comment by Mike Roadie | 08.20.2009 | 5:14 am

    Where’s the Blog post???


  53. Comment by buckythedonkey | 08.20.2009 | 6:30 am

    Your latest Tweet suggests that something else is distracting you from your blog…

    Allez Fatty!


  54. Comment by Kris | 08.20.2009 | 7:25 am

    I hope your kids have the good teachers, friends in their classes, and the best possible school year. Good luck finding all the right supplies.

  55. Comment by kiwi | 08.20.2009 | 7:31 am

    Hey Fatty,
    Very important for the girls to have a cute outfit for the first day of school….just so you know! Its a girl


  56. Comment by Sara | 08.20.2009 | 7:47 am

    Thanks, Bisso!

  57. Comment by Shiny Flu | 08.20.2009 | 8:10 am

    Hehehe :D

  58. Comment by McBain_v1 | 08.20.2009 | 9:00 am

    First day of school for mini-McBain is about a year off but we are already sweating about which school to try and get him into – it’s extremely competitive here in GB. I’m going to take the first week off when it comes to the little ‘un starting school – I will be way more worried than him I bet.

  59. Comment by traci | 08.20.2009 | 9:14 am

    Around here we have a back to school ad where the dad is filling his cart with school supplies singing “It’s the most wonderful time of the Year” I did this to my children last night – it was not appreciated but boy did I have fun!!!!

    Enjoy the shopping and paperwork.

  60. Comment by dinglearm | 08.20.2009 | 9:44 am

    I miss the “smells” of the first day of school. The smell of the metal lunch box when you open it. The smell of the supplies…….(I want my mommy!)

  61. Comment by Rita | 08.20.2009 | 11:24 am

    Looks like you’ve got shinier fish to fry, Fatty – now that’s downright beauteous.
    Hope the shopping and registering went well and you found the right pencil cases and rulers. I always had an aversion to those wooden rulers, everything about them seemed to be off just a little – the printing of the measurements was off, the straightedge always had ridges, they never felt satisfyingly utilitarian in the hand. Wish you all a good school year.


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