Yep! It’s another Friday!
I’m listening to “Willie’s Roadhouse” music on my Dish … Waiting for news about Scott’s gall bladder removal today.
We can’t wait in the hospital anymore so Kathy took him to a hospital on the other side of Tucson.
And then she went to work because it was closer to there that here at the house.
So, I’m staying busy with the things that I do. Reading, watching the news and listening to music.
So, here’s one for you while we’re waiting:
I hope you like my Ray Charles version … Just click on the title!
Here’s a sound track I made for Scott (click on his name below)
Have a nice day!
I was up at 4am this morning, getting the things done and prepared to be done because I had to
go out to Marana (20min North) to help change out Brian’s water heater for the 2nd time in 3 weeks.
Something happened to the drain plug area, and it wouldn’t hold water with it’s plastic plug and receiver.
My first Covid shot was yesterday and I felt good except for some area soreness in the needle poke area.
So I went out, pulled out the bad water heater, took it town town so Brian could get the warranty and
a new water heater. (he upgraded)
We figured out that the water heater that Crystal bought was not the water heater she received! It was one
model down, therefor the plastic parts.
Anyway, 2 1/2 hours after we started, the fire was burning in the new one!
I went home, did some chores, went to the bank, and sat down.
Next thing I know it’s 3:10pm.
Somehow, I got up and got the dishes into the dishwasher and hit the start button and realized that yesterday, the
guy in the medic tent at the VA told us we might get a bit drowsy and blah today.
I’m fine, Brian’s got hot water at his house, my arm is a little sore and my nose is running. Ugh (allergies)
The cold wind is blowing the dark bottomed marshmallow clouds from West to East. … the next storm for Texas?
Anyway, have a nice day.
I’ll do better tomorrow.
I’m going to take a nappy!
2nd cup of coffee:
From there, we got this far:
One day, I took Brian and Scott to the little park near hour house.
We spent an hour hitting off the tee and live throwing, and decided to find somewhere else to practice throwing as others wanted the back stop for their kids.
At some point, I placed a glove in a bush and stepped off 30 feet, and challenged Brian to knock that glove out of the bush with the promise that I would buy him a brand new bat.
I didn’t have the money for a new bat, but that kid fired that ball and knocked that glove out of that bush.
I was amazed and tickled!
But now I had to find the money for a new bat.
I did find the money, and rewarded him with that new aluminum bat.
For years, Brian and Scott had the best equipment available to the point where, when they went up to bat in high school, their bats never left the plate.
Each kid would hit, lay the bat down on the way to first and the next kid would pick that bat up.
One school even tried to steal that bat from our ‘visitor’ dugout at their school.
We caught them trying to throw a tarp over it at the end of the game.
I replaced that bat at least four times through warranties and purchases. Over $200 a piece at that time.
Brian continued to play ball into his thirties until he got too worn out and injured but he batted 427 in high school and received both the offense and defense awards for his senior year.
Scott pitched college ball and at one time was on the highway billboard in Duluth to advertise for the summer league.
There’s much more to this story, but what I’m saying is: give them an open door to do their best at what they love.
We played ball 11 months out of the year here in Tucson.
So may wins and defeats, ups and downs … just like life!
P.S. I never asked them to play … they just started and never quit, and are still that way about everything they do.
All four of my kids drive ‘it’ forward.
I didn’t have a dad around, but putting that glove in that bush just seemed the right thing to do. … Take the Challenge!
My nature. It just seems the right thing to do! rdd
That photo: Lyle, Hank, and Julian Bue … my grandad and 2 of his kids … Hank and Julian are in the South Dakota baseball hall of fame.
Of course you have stories. Of course my other two have been successful!
Why did I tell this story? Because, looking back, I am amazed, as it flew through my mind this morning at second cup of coffee.
Brian’s pinned scar from when he snapped his upper arm in two during a throw from center field, after pitching hard for 6 innings while playing adult civilian summer league. … tough ball.
Have a nice day!