20200810 - Up in the am and L at work and I got on the PC in the living room to approve time and get the week started.

20200809 + Slippery Pick

20200809 + Up nice and late and got set up on the back porch. L out shopping with Nicole and Lena. I got the boys up and D helped me get the big old white car started, J vanished, G fixed the tarp roof on the playset before heading out with his friends. I spent a lot of time on the details of G's baseball options and made many calls to future and past coaches and the other dads. L came home and we chatted for a bit and then crazy Dave showed up and we hung out on the back porch for a couple hours catching up. D brought the gun he made out to show him and then he headed over to a friends new apartment to help them put some furniture together. G and his buddies showed up with soap from the dollar store and made another slip and slide, they are fun to watch while chatting and sipping beers. Dave left and I continued my eval process to pick a baseball team for G. L&I got some feedback from him and went ahead and signed him up with the Arsenal USA Ohio team. It is a bit out of the way and may not have all the bells and whistles we were looking for, but he will be playing with a group of about 5 friends that all have great families, so it should be good. In for the night and watched a bit of TV with L until J&D got home and headed to bed.

20200808 + Visit and Light

20200808 + Up in the am and L made chicken and rice for Lilly as she hasn't been eating... I hung out on the back porch a bit and planned the weekend. G got an offer from the tryout last night so now we have to decide where we are going... L ran to the store, D helped me start the generator and sliced his fingernail pretty bad.  When L returned she patched D up and I headed over to Penn' and we re-evaluated the pergola and wiring job. We headed to Home Depot, He got a stack of stuff and I got a stack of stuff for our projects. We headed back to his house, with a stop to pic up my prescription, and had some lunch. Gma&paW called, they were at Creekside with Russ & Nancy so I headed home and LDJG&I walked to meet up with them. We hung out at the Barrel & Boar for a bit and then walked over to Cold Stone. It was a nice visit and not to terrible hot. Took some teaxts and a call about G's baseball for next year. Russ & Nancy headed home and Gma&paW stopped by the house to have me look at a PC issue. Got that fixed and they headed out. LD&I headed over to Mallonn's and got to work on the electrical project. Some of the steps were harder than expected, but we stuck with it and got everything connected. When we flipped the breaker it didn't trip and we were in business. We had dinner there and hung out admiring the new lights a bit before heading home. More calls and texts about G's baseball to finish out the day.

20200807 + 4th Tryout

20200807 + Up in the am and L&D at work. I took my PC on the back porch with Lilly this morning and did some things and had a call with Jason, Rob and Lonie. It was a meeting to tell Lonie that he won the 'DataField Quarterly Outstanding Associate Award'!!! He was very surprised and honored. We chatted for a bit and then I headed in and got J&G up and then on to more work. I spent the day on the back porch getting things done and then G and 3 of his friends showed up. They wanted to get out tarps and soap and make a slip and slide, so they did. I watched from the porch as the boys set the tarps up, knew they way they were doing it wouldn't work, but let them try it and when the first boy slid and went under the second tarp they quickly made the adjustment and were off slipping and sliding. They had a blast and it was fun to watch. J took off to be with friends, L got home, D got home, I finished my day and then G&I headed downtown to Berliner for another baseball tryout. G did great in the field and ok hitting. I sat with Chris Bowman and we chatted the whole time about how everything went down and future possibilities. G&I headed home, stopped at Wendy's to get some dinner, saw one of J's buddies working there. Home and ate and then L&I watched a show before heading to bed. J got home from poker and told us of his winnings.

20200806 + 3rd Tryout

20200806 + Up in the am and L headed to work for meetings and a trip to the dentist to get her broken tooth looked at, she is getting a crown on 8/21. I got on some calls and did email. J headed out to skateboard with some friends and I got D&G up at noon. G got an offer from the TNT tryout last night... Spent the rest of the day at the desk. L came home and told me of her schools plans to start up and it is sounds like it is going to be a challenge... D&G went hitting a bit int he afternoon and when I got done G&I headed to Big Walnut HS for his tryout with the Arsenal. Jason, Clint and Cory were there with their boys and a they brought a couple other kids to and the Gahanna boys dominated the tryout for the second night in a row. The guy that runs that Arsenal program told G 'I haven't seen anyone at any age play short like that for a long time.' The 15U coach asked G if he wanted to play up and the 14U coach said 'Your son is an an amazing short stop. We were all just watching him and everyone was like look how smooth his hands are, and I was like forget his hands look at his feet and how he just glides to the base.' All the boys got offers before we left. We headed home and swung through Cane's to get G some dinner and then home to eat. My phone went crazy with folks texting about the tryout and we think we're all going to the Arsenal, but G has one more tryout tomorrow. L&I stayed up and watched 'White House Down' before heading to bed.

20200805 + 2nd Tryout

20200805 + Up slow and L busy doing things. I did some email in the living room and then got the boys up and headed to the office. D&G went to pick up Luke for some hitting practice. J hung out around the house until he left to hang out with some friends. Finished my day up and G&I ran out to the Gahanna varsity baseball field for a tryout with TNT. G was happy a bunch of his buddies were there and he did really well tonight. I hung out with the dads and we are formulating a plan to try and keep the 4-6 boys together. Would be a good group of kids and all nice parents. After tryouts Jason and Luke came to our house and we chatted about possibilities and had some pizza on the back porch. Jason also talked to D about helping with his 17U team next year.

20200804 + 1st Tryout

20200804 + Up in the morning and D went in to my work for some training today, L got a strange call from the G's Principle, prompted by the Superintendent, about a TikTok video G and some of his friends posted... L&I got things cleaned up and the account deleted and G wrote a little report today about the subject so he knew why it was not a good choice... I headed to the lab to have blood drawn and then at the desk the rest of the day. Finished up my day and G&I headed downtown to Berliner for a baseball tryout. G was one of the smallest kids out there. He did great fielding but not good at bat so he did not get an offer... Home and hung out with L working on Booster stuff and then took a bunch of calls and texts trying to arrange baseball tryouts and a team for G next year.

20200803 + 1st Boosters Zoom

20200803 + Up slow in the am not wanting to go back to work. L up and out on a walk, cleaned up and picking up groceries while I get caught up on email. It was a long day of catching up for us while we get back in to the groove of working and being at home with things we have to get done. As the day ended everyone but D gathered at the table for dinner and we had a good meal. After dinner Andy showed up and we got the Zoom meeting set up on the back porch. Tom & Bill swung by for a beer and to chat until the meeting started. We have 30 folks join us online for the first ever Boosters Zoom meeting, it went very well. After the meeting Andy hung around and we chatted about baseball and how crazy all this is. In and wrapped up for the night and to bed late.

20200802 - Cleaning Up

20200802 - Up late and L was cleaning everything. She cut my hair and then I got started putting things away and cleaning things up from the trip. D is feeling good today, J headed to a friends to workout and G had a couple buddies over to go on a bike ride and hang out around town. I got a ton done and D ran G to a friend's house for the night and swung by and pick up dinner on the way home. J home for a bit and LDJ&I ate together and caught up a bit, it was nice. After we ate D headed to his room and J headed to a friends for the night. L&I watched some TV together and I finished up a couple more things. Got a late call about baseball, things are still in flux...

20200801 + Rushing Home

20200801 + Up early and got the car, rack on the back and loaded up. We headed out without a trip to the beach and got up the road. We got D on the phone. And he sounds much better today and is up and out getting his prescriptions filled. We stopped at the giant strawberry for an ice cream treat and some peaches.

Back on the road, L drove some so I could arrange some baseball tryouts for G. I got quite a few things lined up and took over driving just as we crossed the VA state line, and yes I missed the 'Welcome to Virginia' picture, which gave L great pleasure and reinforced her 'it is not as easy as you think' comments for years... We drove and drove only stopping 1 or 2 more times and pulled in tot he hose right at 9:00 PM. I checked on D, helped get things unloaded, and then got on the phone about baseball. About 11:00 PM all the calls were over and L finished up cleaning and D was OK and everyone, except Lilly, is home and safe. Hit the bed and crashed hard.

20200731 + Relax Then STRESS!

20200731 + Up in the am and L down to the beach. I hung back and checked on D, he had a minute clinic appointment and they said strep throat or mono... but not enough to of the symptoms a to test for COVID-19. I woke the boys up, had a margarita for bfast and headed down to the beach to sit in the surf with L and cover myself with sand. We checked back in with D and he hasn’t got his prescription yet. The boys showed up about 1 and got a little wet but didn’t stay long. G&I stayed out and caught a couple more waves before heading up to the pool to swim for a bit. L brought the rest of the stuff up from the beach and G&I helped her get it to the room. We got cleaned up and then JG Larson and I walked 1.3 miles down through the heart of MB to get to Mount Atlanticus, a huge putt putt place. We played all 36 holes.

While we were playing I got a call from L that D had gotten worse and couldn’t swallow at all, hadn’t eaten and was planning to go to the ER... I scrambled and got ahold of my buddy Terrill the ER Dr. and made arrangements for D to meet up with him at baseball tryouts. The boys and I finished our game, D and Terrill met up and Terrill sent D to the hospital that he works at. We walked back and got to the room about the time D got to the hospital. Terrill had called ahead, had a room, IVs and test waiting for D. D walked in, was taken to his room and hooked up with no wait. Took a couple baseball calls and seems G’s team is defiantly done and no chance of putting together another Gahanna team... checked in with D and he’s been stuck and tested and getting filled with fluids for a couple hrs. L&I put in an order at Scatori’s, a cute yummy Italian place we found last year and ran out to pick it up. Back to the room for a feast and reviewed the statistics from the week of putt putt: 8 courses, 144 holes, 35 hole in ones and I hung on to my title!. Had a couple more baseball calls come in. Checked back with D, he came back negative for strep and mono so it is just tonsillitis, Terrill said it could be any of a dozen things causing it. We got D tested for COVID while he was there, he didn’t like that. After 2 bags of fluid, steroids and a bad of antibiotics D drove himself home. I stayed with him until he got home and made himself some food and headed to bed. I relaxed a bit from what started out as a relaxing day and ended in an incredible ball of stress. Got myself to bed late.

20200730 + Crab Legs & Fireworks

20200730 + Woke up for some reason at 6:15... the weather app said sunrise was at 6:21 and L for whatever reason was awake too so we went out on the balcony and watched the sunrise. I went back to bed for a couple hours. Up and the cleaning lady here an hour early so I had to rush the boys around and get them up to clean up their mess. I headed to the beach and met L under the umbrella and got some things done on the phone.

The boys showed up eventually and didn’t do much before heading back up. I caught a couple waves on the board and then then got some sand in my eye so L&I carried everything back up. J and Larson walked down to the main part of Myrtle Beach and hung out a bit. The boys got back and we headed to North Myrtle Beach to Boardwalk Billy’s for a good meal on the patio. We took a walk and looked at all the boats in the harbor and all had crab legs! On to 36 holes at my favorite putt putt, Mayday Golf. I won the first round and J won the second, L waited in the car. On to Barefoot Landing so I could get beef jerky and the boys went through a ton of shops. Back to our home and we walked to Ben & Jerry’s for a late night treat. Back to the room and LG&I watched Gemini Man. We had to stop the movie a couple times to go out on the balcony and watch the fireworks some guys were setting off right outside out balcony. They came up to the 8th floor and exploded right in front of us, so cool. I had a couple calls about baseball next year trying to arrange a spot for G.

20200729 - Waves, Glider & 18 Holes

20200729 - Up in the am and headed out to the parking garage to get some cash. Then to the beach where I got L&I an umbrella and chairs from the lifeguard. We hung out on the beach and chatted with another couple from OH for a bit and then relaxed until the boys came down. We hit the waves for a couple hours and got some good rides. We headed up to the room and in the late afternoon headed out to Surfside Beach and Dagwood’s Deli where we got a huge glider to sit on outside and had a feast. After dinner we headed to Gilligan’s putt putt and played 18 holes. It was a very hard course but I held on to my win streak by one stroke. Back in the car and to Pelican’s for a shaved ice treat before heading back to the room. L&I got a movie, Holmes & Watson and watched it with G and gave D a call to check in on him.

20200728 + Bocci Champ

20200728 + Up a bit earlier today and got myself around and headed to the beach where L had gotten us on of the umbrellas put up by the lifeguards and it was lovely. We hung out in the shade chit chatting and relaxing watching the surf and the people. We hung out on the beach and the boys eventually showed up Bringing us sandwiches and beer. We hung out a bit longer on the beach and then headed in to the room. After a short break JG Larson and I headed across the King’s Highway to play 36 holes of putt putt at Captain Hooks. All of us got 2 hole-in-ones over the 2 courses! G&I tied for the first round and G ran away with the win for the 2nd round. We stopped at the store on the way back to the room and got more pop and margarita mix. L had dinner ready for us and we ate and headed down to the beach for a round of bocci ball where I won again! Back to the room to finish off the night.

20200727 + 1st Full Day

20200727 + Up nice and late and went down to meet L on the beach. She had a nice spot picked out for us and we hung out in the shade and relaxed. We headed in to the water to cool off and then sat in the surf just watching the waves and people for a long time. The boys showed up around 1 and got the boogie boards and caught amazing waves, best we’ve ever seen, that carried them to the beach every time. L&G headed to the pool and J & Larson kept riding waves. Up to the room for a short break. JG Larson and I headed to the Lost Mine putt putt for a free round, comes with our resort, and played 18 holes where J got a hole in one and I got 2 back to back!  We stopped at a beach store for supplies on the way back and Larson got screwed on a Bluetooth speaker, but traded it in on a smaller speaker and headphones that he screwed G on by selling it to him. Hahahaha. On to the liquor store where I got the boys a bucket of margarita mix and some tequila and vodka for L&I. Back to the room and L made us some dinner. After a bit we headed back to the beach where L&I played bocci ball, she beat me, and then the boys hound for a game that we played until it was so dark we could barely see the ball. I beat the boys and they were furious! Back to the room to finish off the night. A very fun day!

20200726 - How Many Asses?

20200726 - Up and got the boys around and we got on the road. Our first stop was a little place called ‘South of the Boarder’, a huge conglomeration of giant animals and wild colors on both sides of the road with a store for everything, just across the SC boarder. We took some photos and got back on the road. We were getting hungry so J found us some food and we ended up getting Hardee’s and eating at a little park in Conway. Not too much farther and we were in Myrtle Beach. We got to the resort and checked in. We got upgraded to a 3 bedroom ocean front on the 8th floor and L and the boys went but and were all smiles as we walked in, this place is beautiful! Oh and there is amazing ocean right out there! We got unpacked and L&I watched JG and Larson run in and play in the ocean from the balcony. After a bit we headed down, checked on the boys and then out for groceries. We swung by a CVS for a glasses strap and then to Zaxby’s to pick up dinner. We called D and he’s doing ok. One last Stop at Food Lion and they brought the groceries and put them in the car for us. We headed back to our place and the boys helped L get the stuff up to the room as I parked the car. We all ate and then G&I headed out to a beach store where we found some slick bottom booth boards and other goodies. Back to the room and we all headed to the beach. G tried out the new board and said it was way better, J and Larson headed towards the boardwalk and L&I took a walk down the beach. We all met back at the room where I got the xboxes online and then LJG&I  played some euchre that ended with J&I victorious and L in her room mad at us. The boys got some ice cream and other treats and headed to their rooms for the night. 

20200725 + Hotel Change

20200725 + Up super early and on the road. We made great time and with our new E-ZPass zipped through WV and made it to Skeeter’s for some dogs in Wytheville in great time. We took a quick stroll down to the world's largest pencil before hitting the road again.

Down the road a couple hrs and we found the US  National White Water Center. We parked a mile away and walked through blazing heat to find the oasis of amazing rapids and zip lines and obstacle courses. We walked all the way around the place to get some ideas of what we wanted to do. L was NOT having any part of the white water and the boys only wanted to do the obstacle corses so that’s what we did. The boys ran their brains out and had a blast. L&I tried a couple things too. It was a lot of fun and a beautiful place.

Back in the car and on to the world’s largest rotating metal head and the bronze bulls. Sweaty and hot we made it to our hotel and the pool was closed. UGH! So we looked for another hotel on our phones and were about to give up when we stumbled upon a water park just down the road. We went to check it out and L found out it was a members only place, but somehow sweet talked the ladies at the desk and got her and the boys in for free! I headed back to the hotel and checked in before heading back for a quick swim. After our swim we too our stuff in to the room. L was having no part of this place (it was definitely a smoking room at some point and the smoke detector was beeping)! I found us another place but it was another hour down the road... We packed back up, went across the road and got some carry out and headed further south. We got to the new place and it was amazing! Exhausted from a long day on the road we all crashed.

20200724 - Instructor

20200724 - Up in the am and D was already gone to work. Roger Wright stopped by for a chat with L&I. I headed in to the office and tying up any final loose ends. J headed to work. L&G mowed and then went to Academy to hit some balls. I finished my day up and then got to packing for vacation. L made sure J&G were packed and gave D last minute instructions on watering as he headed out for the night. J and Larson finally home and we got things packed up. L&I to bed and let the boys stay up as long as they wanted so they can sleep in the car tomorrow.

20200723 - Running

20200723 - Up in the am with a problem right out of the gate... J left for work I headed to the store to get an E-ZPass and L headed in to her work. Home and got the E-ZPass set up and then did a couple things and headed over to the office. Met up with CB for a bit and then swung by the Scout shop on the way home. Home and processed all the Scout awards and finished up my day. L ran Lilly over to Gma&paB's. Rob the Scoutmaster stopped to pick up the awards. J home from work and then went hammocking with some friends. G's friend that was going so we spent a lot of the day looking for another friend to go. I finished more stuff up and L&I watched some episodes of 'Space Force' before heading to bed.

20200722 - Errands

20200722 - Up in the am and on the PC. D at work early and L ran some errands after getting J&G up and rolling. I had an incredibly busy day tying up loose ends and finished a bit late. D home and right back out. J home and right back out. LG&I had dinner and then G&I headed out to pick up some auction wins. Home and went through our treasures and then on the back porch to make final arrangements for the trip until the skunk smell overwhelmed us. In and and up late for not sure what reason. Lilly sick a couple of times throughout the night so not much sleeping.

20200721 + Wet Old Dog

20200721 + Up in the am and L gave Lilly a bath and I headed in to the office trying to organize, complete and turn things down for next week to be easy. Had some baseball parent drama over the day that concerns L&I but whatever, it is kids baseball, not going to sweat it. Had dinner on the back porch with LD&G, J swimming with some friends. Spent the evening looking up things for us to do no vacation and planning.

20200720 + More Ball

20200720 + Up in the am and L had dropped G of at XC and taken Lilly on a walk. I got on the PC and L got D up, he was late for work. Bill stopped over to get his car and chat about baseball. I headed in to the office and got to work.  G home from running and J home for a minute before heading to work. I called my buddy Dave and wished him a happy bday and we talked for over an hour, good times. Finished up my day and L&I ran over to Dublin to watch D play some more baseball.  Home and relaxed, got to bed in good time.