Shannon Stacey

Weekend double whammy

Some of you might remember SK got a new ATV—a 2010 Polaris Outlaw 90—and managed a whopping 17 miles before it died. Well, Friday we picked it up from the shop so we were ready to hit the trails Saturday morning.

He was so happy to have it back he climbed up in the back of the truck to sit on it.

Sadly, we should have left it in the back of the truck because that’s apparently the only way the thing’s going to stay in motion. He made it thirteen miles this time before coming out of the woods on the tow strap.

Today is Just How Good A Company Is Polaris? day. Defective products happen. The question is how they’re going to make it right. Sadly, since they’re in Minnesota, I can’t call them until 9am my time. I’m sure I can still summon up some morning crankiness just for them.

And who ordered a heat wave? When it’s so hot all everybody can do is sit and melt into puddles of sweat, it starts not being fun. And there was no way in hell my kids were going to put on their gear and hit the trails. Even the promise of shady woods and at least a little bit of breeze wasn’t enough to lure them into their helmets.

And the horseflies this year? Holy crap. Never seen anything like them. My husband, who did ride, reported back that they seem organized into gangs and they have NO problems keeping up with a four-wheeler.

There were some highlights, though, including one of the most hilariously demented games of baseball (wiffleball) I’ve ever seen. People changing teams as needed. Bases literally being stolen as people picked them up and ran with them. Second base being moved as the runner came in so he couldn’t tag it. My favorite was the camper who, every time he reached second base, switched teams and became an outfielder. If the Kowalskis had played baseball in Exclusively Yours, it would have looked like that.

Then there was a little of this…

How was your weekend?

8 comments to “Weekend double whammy”

  1. Jaci Burton
      · July 6th, 2010 at 12:49 pm · Link

    Well that sucks for SK. Looks like he enjoyed his time in the pool though, which is where I would have been in the heat instead, anyway.

    The baseball game sounds hilarious.

    Give Polaris hell, Shan!

  2. Shannon
      · July 6th, 2010 at 1:11 pm · Link

    We have to be careful with SK in the pool, though. Not only could he broil like a lobster in that heat without knowing it, but the pool chemicals make him break out in hives. They fade fairly quickly and don’t bother him, so we don’t keep him out of the water, but we try to at least pretend to keep it under control. :lol:

    I even went in the pool Saturday and I NEVER go in the pool. It was that hot.

  3. Alison Kent
      · July 6th, 2010 at 2:57 pm · Link

    You means there are summers without horseflies and sweltering heat from Memorial Day to Halloween? ;)

  4. Lisa J
      · July 6th, 2010 at 3:26 pm · Link

    As a former Polaris employee, don’t bother to call the company. All service requests need to be handled by the dealer.

    Good luck!!

  5. Charlene Teglia
      · July 6th, 2010 at 10:28 pm · Link

    Awesome weekend. Er, here the husband worked and I worked in the garden. Until we both started melting from heat. Now we’re all laying in front of fans whimpering.

  6. Shannon
      · July 8th, 2010 at 2:16 pm · Link

    Alison, we usually only encounter horseflies if we’re in the woods. They don’t usually gang up and follow us around. They were brutal!

    Charli, my garden’s dying. I don’t care. No force on earth, even The Force, could make me go out there this week.

    Lisa, the phone call to Polaris was the single most frustrating phone call I’ve ever had. I thought I was going to have a stroke. The problem is that we really, really like and respect the dealership and wanted to separate that from our issue with Polaris. Sadly, that’s not going to happen. Still waiting for them to enter the official diagnosis so we can start Round Two.

  7. Annmarie
      · July 12th, 2010 at 11:05 am · Link

    I striped down to skin, positioned 3 fans on my bed and kept very very still.

    I hate this heat.

    HATE IT.

    Sorry about SK. Sucks.

  8. Shannon
      · July 12th, 2010 at 3:51 pm · Link

    We had a cooler weekend, but right back to the heat today.

    It makes me Very. Cranky.

    Still waiting on SK’s machine…

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