Since he was in high school, he's been working his butt off in some form or fashion. Our family has always been very comfortable, and that is due to both mom and dad. Their care and support has been tremendous. But Dad has an opportunity to take back his life. He is retired! That must be such a great feeling, but now he can take time to do things for himself. He can take more time to spend with his family. He can take more time to simply take better care of himself. Working your ass off for all those years can lead to some bad habits, but this is his chance to take his health, his family and his time. I'm thrilled for my Dad on his birthday, but more excited about how his life can evolve over the next year.
I sound like a broken record I know, but the last few weeks have been very hectic. The weekend of April 15, I was fortunate enough to travel to the SEC Women's Golf Championship in Tunica, MS. Coach Freitag was kind enough to bring me along. We host next year, so it was a good opportunity to take notes and see what we should expect in the future.
In case you didn't know, Tunica is more famous for its gambling. We stayed at a casino resort, so of course we were going to find our way to the main floor. I'm not a big gambler. Actually, I'm the type that will go on gambling trips and play nickel slots just so I get the free drinks. It works. Trust me. However, this time I decided to give the game of craps a shot. I should have figured what I was getting into just based on the name of the game. Regardless, I played for a few hours over two nights. At the most, I was up about $40 at one point. That total quickly was erased, along with the money I had brought in. It was fun though, and it made me feel a little more comfortable in a casino. Now I just need to learn how to play the card games.
I've still been feeling the high of being at the Final Four earlier this month. Despite the craziness that transpired, watching the Heels win was such a cool feeling. Since I never saw the broadcast of the game, I was looking for a way to obtain a taped copy. Granted, I haven't owned a VCR in about five years, but I figured it could hurt to have a copy. And then along came this dude on the UNC message boards, promising a DVD copy of the game and a second disc with all of the pre-game, half-time, post-game and Dean Dome celebrations. So I decided to go out on a limb and pay the guy $25 for a copy. Let me just say, it was WELL worth it. The DVD is great quality, and I know it really is illegal to have this, but it is something I can watch years from now and say, "My mom and I were there." Just a cool feeling. So, CBS, if that pisses you off, take it up with someone else.
My buddy, Steve Ekhoff, and his lovely wife, Kim, are in town this weekend for the Music City Marathon, or as I like to call it, The Music City Find Another Way to Work-athon. Ek should be close to finishing the half marathon right about now. I plan on seeing them tonight, but we've got a double header of baseball vs. LSU today. We were supposed to play game one yesterday, but the weather caused some problems. The DH won't be too bad though. It is great baseball ... one, a storied program and another which is just in the beginning of its true prominence. So after the long day of ball, it'll be time to hang out with friends and enjoy some cold beers and good stories.
Speaking of Ek, I'll be traveling up to Illinois this summer with Flippen and Ward. We'll stop off and hang with Ek in Champaign while we are up there, and then make our way to DeKalb and Chicago. I really am looking forward to the trip. I've got some smaller trips planned this summer, most of which evolve around work, but that will be a vacation. Not to mention, I'll spend some time in the car with some good buddies.
I'm also trying to talk the family into making a Nashville trip this summer. Everyone seems to stay busy over the summer, and I hate to say this, but I guess now is the time in life where Mom and Dad have to start planning family vacations and around the kids. Crazy, I know. It is an odd role reversal. I mean, Mom and Dad still will have plenty to do, but Sis and I are the ones with the careers now. Again, VERY SCARY. But hey, it's life.
The next time I write may be after the SEC Track and Field Championship, which we host May 12-15. That is going to be a long week. Pray for me.