It is a Saturday evening in Nashville ... well, Sunday morning, and I'm listening to an old VH album. That shouldn't be a surprise. However, we have just finished our second of five consecutive home games. And in case you aren't keeping score at home, the Commodores are 4-0. Yes, 4-0. It hasn't happened since 1984. If we are fortunate enough to beat MTSU next week, we'll be 5-0 for the first time in ... hell, forever? I don't know. But I know it'll be a big deal. Things are good here at Vandy. People are excited, the team is playing well. It is an atmosphere very similar to that of NIU when I was there. Moral of the story ... a program that isn't used to success. We certainly are that here in Nashville, but we are ready. We are ready to move forward and make this an experience our kids won't soon forget. It'll be a great ride.
So much has happened since I last wrote ... I don't even know where to begin. I suppose I should start with Marian. She will be a Dookie next January. Yes, my sister ... who is so up on things ... as been asked to be a part of the Duke University Medical system. She'll start in '06, and she will be taking care of so many of their new cases. YES, she will be a Dookie ... and I'll be honest, I'm not totally comfortable with that ... HOWEVER ... she'll be doing it for the right reasons. She will be trying to make a difference in peoples' lives. I admire that and wish I was like that. I am not, however, and I hope she is able to keep people happy in our area. If not, forget 'em. She's made more than enough effort.
It hasn't been easy ... actually, it has been a very hard past few weeks. I'm not one to bitch about my job, however I've found myself wondering at times ... wondering if this is for me. I've never really doubted my career choice, but the last couple of weeks have tested my desire. There were times I found myself just not enjoying it, not having fun. Even on our first home gameday, all I did was stress. Depending on others to get their jobs done is not always fun. I did find the opportunity to make time for myself, and that enabled me to really think about things. I am happy, I just have to maintain Jay time. I must make a point to really take care of myself and take time for me. Hell, when you have your own staff telling you to do so, you know you need it.
Dad has his date for surgery set. October 21st, Dad will have his hip replaced. I'm not sure what to expect from the surgery, but it is my understanding it shouldn't be too difficult. They've told Dad he should start feeling better as soon as the surgery is complete. I'm heading home that Thursday through Sunday. I hope to see some friends while I'm home, but I'm not making a promise. I want to spend time with the family, especially Dad. Here's to hoping everything goes well and Dad is up and walking soon after surgery.
Another busy week ... who wants to buy me a beer? If so, save it for the weekend of October 15. With Georgia coming into town, that Saturday evening will be spent having MANY, MANY drinks with some good friends from Athens. I can't wait.