Great concert but it SO LOUD I can hardly hear today. Our seats were eight rows from secondary stage. They played multiple songs right in front of us. Bono was showing his age. They started at 8:15 and played until 11:00. The Songs of Innocence music is much better live than on the studio album. I took notes of the set list. Bono hardly had to sing the last song, the audience sang it for him.

  • The Miracle
  • Gloria
  • Vertigo
  • I Will Follow
  • Iris (hold me close)
  • Cedarwood Road
  • A Song for someone
  • Sunday Bloody Sunday
  • Raised by Wolves
  • It’s the End of the World
  • Johnny Cash song – Experience
  • Invisible
  • Even Better Than The Real Thing
  • She Moves in Mysterious Ways
  • Desire – with fans
  • Lucifer Hands
  • Every Breaking Wave
  • Into the Blue Sky
  • The Hands that Built America
  • In the Name of Love
  • Beautiful Day
  • All I Want is You
  • With or Without You
  • Stephen Hawking speech
  • City of Blinding Lights
  • A Paul Simon song I didn’t recognize
  • Where the Streets Have No Name
  • One

U2 Ticket  

The Classics

As part of my goals for Balanced Endeavors, I’ve been reading classic novels.  This is my list of completed and goal books.

  • Moby Dick
  • The Three Muskteers
  • Treasure Island
  • Sherlock Holmes
  • Robinson Crusoe
  • Fahrenheit 451
  • Huckleberry Flynn
  • The Great Gatsby
  • Lord of the Flies
  • The Time Machine
  • To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Nathan Graduation

What a great week! Nathan graduated with honors from Sycamore. We couldn’t be happier.

The whole family came visit.

  • All the Larson’s
  • The entire LeRoy klan
  • Many friends from church
  • Parents of Nathan’s friends

Larson Family Picture at Nathan Graduation


2015 Prom

Nathans senior prop was this weekend. The kids looked great. All the families came to out house for pictures. The kids then went to Maggiano’s for dinner. We had a limo pick them up from dinner and drive them to and from the dance.

Lynn and I had hosted David and Lisa Allison along with Shelly Reddy for dinner. We had a great time too.

Jump Day at PerfectNorth

Nathan and I went snowboarding on Saturday. Afterward, I made this video:

Matthew and Nathan started laughing about my arms during the jumps (which were terrifying!) and this video came out of it.

I hope you laugh as much as we did.


This was absolutely terrifying for a guy over 50.

Nathan said “Dad, the faster you go, the smoother it gets.” That wasn’t very comforting. My heart was pounding out of my chest after the first jump.

The “BIG” jump was crazy. I did the “medium-sized” jump. The ramp was nearly five feet tall. The landing zone was about 20 feet downhill. He was right; going faster was better. But it felt like I was in the air forever! After about six times, it got much easier but my arms wouldn’t stop circling. :-)

Hey, it keeps me young, right?

Thanksgiving Day Race Results

We completed our 14th thanksgiving day race. This is a great race that starts in downtown Cincinnati, runs over the Ohio river to Kentucky and back to downtown Cincinnati.

Here are my results for the past several years.

Year Participants Bob (total/pace) Lynn Ray Larson
2001 7,355 1:32(14:42) 1:32(14:42) 1:03(10:02)
2002 8,366 1:09(11:07) na 1:09(11:07)
2003 9,157 1:07(10:54) na na
2004 8,294 58:41(9:27) 1:35(15:26) 1:00(9:49)
2005 9,060 58:58(9:30) na 1:00(9:45)
2006 10,594 55:29(8:57) 1:49(17:42) 59:13(9:33)
2007 10,623 1:01(9:53) na na
2008 11,555 1:01(9:59) 1:49(17:37) na
2009 15,481 55:09(8:53) 1:56(18:48) 1:56(18:48)
2010 Did not race N/A N/A N/A
2011 13,884 59:30(9:40) N/A N/A
2012 14,332 58:23(9:25) N/A N/A
2013 14,259 53:54(8:42) 1:45:22 1:03:18
2014 13,284 53:43(8:40) DNR DNR

Homecoming 2014

Nathan and Sydney went to homecoming this year. They looked great.

The plan is:

  • Pictures are our house
  • Dinner at Maggiano’s
  • Dancing at the High School
  • Relax at our house

Here are some pics:


Lynn and I took a trip to Colorado for Allison’s wedding. We arrived on Thursday morning and met up with Mike in Denver. We had a nice lunch and walk around the 16th Street Mall. Everyone did some shopping for souvenirs.

Early afternoon Lynn and I took the convertible Mustang up MT Evans; the highest paved road in North America. While Bob thought was great, Lynn was genuinely terrified. It was actually snowing at the top. The visit took a very long time so we drove to our hotel at the Keystone Resort.

On Friday, we slept in and went to the gym. Our brunch by Keystone Lake was very nice. Later we took a bike ride from Keystone to Dillon and back. It was a beautiful day!

Saturday took us to the top of Keystone Mountain for a great hike. Mike and Marie joined us which made it even more special. We took the gondola up and followed a guided tour around the top. The weather was great and everyone had a great time.