We've got an easy basketball game tonight vs. App State. Yeah, sorry Ward and lil newp ... but i fear your Mountaineers will not be able to handle our guys. We are 10-0, and only three of those wins have been by less than 20 points. I'm not sure if that is a good thing or not.
My flight leaves at 8am tomorrow, so the lovely cab company is picking me up at 6am. Damn this heightened security. I knew I should've driven. Oh, did I meantion I'm a total idiot? I go and purchase my ticket on Expedia, a connecting flight out of Atlanta, that puts me into Raleigh around 12:30. Had I been smart for just once in my life, I would've checked Southwest and realized they fly out of Nashville to Raleigh, DIRECT, for about $50 less. Ugh. I'm a moron. I've always enjoyed learning the hard way.
So I do want to wish everyone happy holidays. This is such a special time of year for me. No, it's not just because I get to take some days off ... it's because I get to be with my family and some of my dearest of friends. I have so many fond memories of Christmas as a child. This is easily my favorite holiday. The trees, the lounging with family, the dressing up for Holiday parties, the chill in the air ... when I lived in Illinois, the snow. It's just nice. Maybe one day I'll be able to share my silly appreciation of this holiday with a family of my own. Sounds totally lame, I know. But that is something I do look forward to one day. Taking kids out and purchasing the old Christmas tree, loading the car up with presents and going to see family ... ok, I'll stop sounding dumb. What I meant to say was, so where my holiday hoes at?
I would like to take a brief moment to thank all of you that read, and even those that don't. I feel so extremely fortunate that God has blessed me with the friends and family in my life. For all of my friends in the world of athletics, I would not be where I am with out your guidance and support. Regardless of how little an impact you feel like you've made, I have learned something from each and every one of you. My Athens friends ... I spent 5 wonderful years (HEY, that's TWO degrees over five years, not just one) in what I consider to be the best college town in America. In that time, I met so many wonderful friends, people who really helped to shape the Jay Lowe that I've turned into. Were it not for you all, I'm not sure how my adolescence to adult years would've ended up. BP ... BP really just started out as "the boys," but when I think about those times, I have to think of our girls too ... Karin, Kacie, Scottie ... That entire crew was so special, and still is to me. We've grown apart in miles, but I feel like the love and adoration we have for each other continues to grow each day. I miss you all dearly. Family ... I would be lost without you. Mom, Dad and Marian ... I cannot wait to see you. It seems like I've been away from the "nest" for so long, but I miss you all each day. Mom and Dad, you have been overly supportive with me in my pursuit of dreams. I hope that someday I can possibly thank you the way you should be thanked. Marian, you grow more and more into a beautiful woman each year. I feel honored that we have remained as close as we have. I hope that continues as we both grow older.
Excuse the cheese today, but I'm feeling overly anxious to get home and celebrate the holidays.
So to properly wrap up 2003, I feel like I should give a brief recap of the life of Jay Lowe:
As years pass, many things remain the same. Family surrounds you. Work overtakes you. Friends laugh with you. Hearts change around you. Life moves on. As life moved on for Jay Lowe this year, he found himself in yet another new setting. As Lowe continued to work on his career and his heart, God willing, he found himself back in the southland. An unexpected jolt to his life, the last part of 2003 was filled with excitement, cautiousness, anxiety and growth. As he packed his bags in DeKalb, IL, Lowe left behind a great deal of friends. He also left behind two women who touched his heart. One, who wasn't ready for it, at least not with Lowe. One who was. After agonizing over his heart and his career, Lowe ended yet another relationship with a beautiful and incredible woman. Some say "you'll know it when it hits you," and Lowe hopes they are correct.
As new challenges lay upon the horizon, Lowe's 2003 couldn't have been better. As family and friends remained an everyday part of Lowe's life, he made the next step in his career path. A step he wasn't expecting to make for another few years. Alas, opportunity knocked and Lowe answered. It is with this determination and motivation that Lowe looks forward to yet another year, another birthday and more time spent with the ones he loves.
So that is it for 2003. I head home tomorrow, and I will return to Nashville on December 30. Looks like my good friends Bob and Caroline will be visiting me in the Music City for New Year's. Guys, I have no idea what we will be doing ... but I will come up with something fun.
Be sure to check back here at jaylowe.com on January 2, 2004, for the 2003 jaylowe.com Awards. Just to give you a reminder of how this awards show shakes down, please check out the 2002 edition.
I wish you all a wonderful Holiday Season. Enjoy time with your families, and for those traveling, be safe. May 2004 be even greater for you than 2003.
Thanks for reading.