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So this was a post about how I fell in love for the night with the girl from catfight. I deleted the post.
I am a moron.
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Good day to you all.
A long weekend, but it's finally over.
So I spent my Valentine's Day watching movies. Took in a matinee of CHICAGO. Really great film. I'm typically not big on musicals, but this is up there on my list with Moulin Rouge. Also watched Bowling for Columbine Friday. Michael Moore is a great documentary film director. I really enjoyed his movie, Roger and Me, showing us how the town of Flint, MI, suffered due to the complete move of the General Motors plant to Mexico. Columbine is an intense movie focusing on gun control in America. Watch this movie. It makes you think.
Had hoops Saturday and wrestling yesterday. Events are keeping us busy here ... it was a long frustrating week. We are very fortunate to have our new arena, the Convocation Center. However, the growing pains are driving me nuts.
The facility is brand new (opened in August), and a wonderful venue for college athletics and concerts. I really like the place. My frustration lies with the running of the arena. There are some great people there who work their ass off. No doubt. I question only a few of the workers there, and more importantly, the planning and implementation of their scheduling. This past week we had three basketball games, two concerts and a wrestling meet. Yeah, that is a lot. And everyone there put in LONG hours. But when our events rolled around, the place was in shambles. It was filthy, unorganized and basically chaotic. People weren't assigned to clean certain areas before our events ... or they were, and just didn't do it. Before Saturday's women's game, our staff (an associate AD included) was helping with the clean up. THAT pissed me off. Plan ahead people!!! I know long hours can get on every one ... but there is something to be said for getting the job done, no matter how long it takes.
Again, these are growing pains. I'm hoping it will all be worked out and next year things will run smoothly, but I am weary of that. I just remember being at Wake and playing in the Joel. Sometimes we were treated like the stepchild there, mainly because they knew it was the only place we had to play our basketball games. I fear of the Convo Staff treating us the same way.
I'll give it some more time, but I do hope this gets solved by next year. I want to ENJOY walking into the arena for an event ... not dread it.
Well, back to the real world. Oh, I am hitting Chicago this Friday. Going out on the town with some friends. It'll be good to really see the city at night.
Hope all is well with you kids ... wherever you may roam.
A lot of my single friends are really down on Valentine's Day. Actually today, a friend of mine who is in a relationship tried to tell me Valentine's Day is not enjoyable for single people. I just don't buy it.
Valentine's Day is focused on love ... not just the Hallmark Card, bouquet of flowers, box of chocolate kinda love. Deep down, it is focused on the complete and utter adoration two people can have for one another.
Maybe I don't think Valentine's Day is such a bad thing because maybe I've just never really been in love.
I'm 25, and I've been involved with several women over my years but two people whom I thought I honestly loved. One was a relationship that lasted on and off for two years. She was a magnificent person, but it just wasn't our time.
The second lady was right after ... I was in one of those stages where I just wanted to be single, but low and behold I stumble across an amazing woman. It didn't last long though. She was involved. I was left alone. Oddly enough, that one hurt more than any other.
But looking back on those two relationships, I'm just not convinced either of them was truly the definition of love. I still don't know what the definition is. I can read ... I know what my boy Webster gives as his definition. But I just know if I've ever felt that.
Valentine's Day is filled with couples that are going out and showing their love for each other. They give gifts or simply spend time with their certain someone.
I think that's great. I also think I can still enjoy the day. I'm single. It doesn't mean that Valentine's Day should be "Black Friday." I'll spend the day focusing on what is important to me. My friends and my family, all of which I love unconditionally.
Love, you are an important part of life. Maybe, just maybe I might stumble across you one day.
Before I begin my usual ranting, I want to give a special shout out to George Greer and the Wake Forest Baseball team:
The Deacs open up their season tomorrow with App State at good ole Hooks Stadium. Coach, I wish you and the fellas all the best in the upcoming season. I don't know if I'll make it back to Hooks this year for a game, but let's just say I'll see you in Omaha!
The G man and the baseball Deacs were easily my favorite team to pull for in my two years at Wake. Coach is a real stand up guy who tells you like it is. You piss him off, you'll know. You do good things for him, he appreciates it. His assistants, Jamie and Holmesie, as well as the team are all great people. I was proud to be associated with that team.
Oh, and Coach Greer ... sorry about closing The Red Zone down. That bum Big Red never gave me any of his material. If Red wants to say one last goodbye to the internet, I'll offer him the space.
So back to life ... had a great weekend. After working Friday and Saturday morning, drove up to Milwaukee to hang out with Big Red, Dean, Kelsey and the Wake Forest basketball crew. Had dinner with the fellas and sipped on a few drinks with Red, Dean, Kels and Flippen, who I suckered into making the trip with me. Flip and I kinda cheated though ... we had one drink around 5:30. In Miller Park. Yeap, home of the Brewers. Pretty sweet little restaurant they had there.
After a wee hangover, hit the Bradley Center for the Marquette/Wake game. Tough loss for the Deacs. They just couldn't seem to find a rhythm. Maybe Dook was on their mind ... this Thursday the Deacs have Dook in the Joel. Go get 'em Deacs! Damn, I just hate Dook.
And I told Kels this last night ... working for Coach Skip Prosser and that team made pulling for Wake so much easier. I grew up a Tar Heel fan, and it was difficult as hell to pull for Wake my first year. The coaching staff on that team now is one of the best in the country. Not only that, but they are great damn people. It makes cheering for them a pleasure. No question.
I apologize for being away so long. Work has been ... hectic. I use that term so much, but seldom do people who don't work in athletics or the world of sport understand what that entails. Hey, everyone gets busy. It's a way of life. Some things I just let fall by the wayside, such as this web page or my email. I'm the biggest procrastinator with email. I let them just pile up in my inbox until there are 80 messages in there dating back six months. I'm trying to work on it. I'm trying to work on a lot of things. I love my job, but I need outlets. I've started to work out a little and plan on continuing that for a long time. I've decided that if I can't find the time to take guitar lessons, they'll just have to come to me ... in the mail. So I bought a DVD that teaches guitar lessons. I'm not sure how this is going to work out, but we'll see. A rockstar AD. That's all I wanna be.
Back to real life kids. Three hoops games this week, a silly holiday and the arrival of my PlayStation 2. Should be an interesting week.
the lowe down
The life and times of Jay Lowe, a 30-something university employee, music lover, husband, sports enthusiast and most importantly, dad.
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