Friday, March 25, 2011

Basketball and More Basketball

SHEWWWW!  I have luckily had a few days off before the next game.  I will certainly require a nap before tonight's 9:45 game starts.  It has been a hectic week in basketball in my part of the world.  Game one was witnesses by most of around here on a big screen in a conference room on campus.  Morehead State beat University of Louisville in a last second shot.  Immediately after the shop, the whole campus erupted in screams and car horns...it was so exciting to see a hardworking little team bring down the big "RED" giants from across the state.
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It is such to good feeling for the underdog to prevail every once in a while.  This was one of the biggest stories in Morehead history (yes, we are serious about basketball around here.)

Move to High School sports.....Adam Wing and the Rowan County Vikings played in the final game of the staet tournament.  THIS is the first time in RC history that a team has even won a game in the state tournament.  WAY back in 1987, the team went to the state tournament and we were out of school  as we took busses and such to Lexington to cheer on our team.  We lost in the first round but it was still thrilling!

Anyway, spring back to the present.  This game was certainly a thriller.  The team is run by a sophomore (also the quarterback of the football team) while his dad dies his hair green and plays his trumpet in the pep band.  Rowan County and Christian County were well matched and ended up in OT.  SHEW!  I don't do OT well.....at the risk of being called a sore loser I will close saying....we were robbed of the 3 that would have won the game not needing the second OT to finish up!  Anyway, there are no replays in high school basketball so the mighty Vikings went home in 2nd place. I have the picture to prove my point but it is after noon on Friday and I don't really have the energy to show it to you......

The favorite CATS have won since the disappointment game and are playing again tonight.  I wonder how many times this week my grandmother has given her take on the upcoming game with Ohio State and Duke's loss or said,"Look how many empty seats there are"  (I say it too).  I say the same as always,"Go Cats and STEP UP DARIUS, YOU ARE THE MAN!" 


To the two or three non basketball fans that may be reading--I am not sorry but will try to come up with something to interest you all after the ballgame.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Our Family has had DEATH.

The words of a 7 year old.  His first grade teacher asked him how he was and his reply was,"Our family has had DEATH." That is it...beginning to end. A few weeks ago, our sweet neighbor was killed in a freak accident.  It just doesn't seem real.
  Every time I see a black truck on our road, I am so tempted to raise my hand to wave--knowing it is HIM. 
I worry about the neighborhood animals now that WE don't have HIM.
I wonder if my husband will be as happy HERE without HIM.
I wonder where the men, or THE FORKERS, as I call them, will continue to hang out and not lose that...
I worry about his wife of 25 years, BUT, am comforted when she laughs about funny stuff he did or said or is OK doing things a little different than HE would have done it.
She is getting good at saying....I CAN.... to people that feel she needs taking care of.....
I knew she was a tough chick before this and have not been disappointed! 

My wonderful grandfather died 2 days after my neighbor.  It was not a huge surprise as he was old and in poor health.  I choose to remember him the way he was 25 years ago...
He loved the Lord, my Mema, his children and grandchildren and Kentucky Basketball! He was a witty man with a dry sense of humor and was loved by many.  When I was a little girl he bought us white sand for our sandbox every year.  It didn't remain white very long due to the proximity to the red Virginia clay!   He took us to amusement parks and rode the log ride over and over and over....  He let me ride the lawn mower with him and he sang,"Delta Dawn."  I wonder now how he even knew the song..it wasn't exactly his genre of music! 
He loved my grandmother and was a wonderful example of a good husband. I will never forget (as long as I live) the time my sister and I and my grandparents went clothes shopping for my grandmother.  She was shopping for underwear (shhhhh, don't say it out loud).  Granddaddy and I rode the escalator about 10 times and he spoke to all the mannequins and shook their hands after commenting on their outfits.  We were about half way across the womens lingerie department when he found a HUGE pair of women's underwear--he picked them up and said very loudly,"Dorothy, Dorothy how about these?"
--and held up the underwear.  She was so embarrassed and said,"STANLEY" (as she did about a million times in their 65 year marriage.  I miss you granddaddy.


 
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