Monday, July 28, 2014

Summer Recap Part Two

This summer we decided to finally pay a visit to one of Kimberly's high school friends who lives in Ohio. So we drove up to Circleville, OH and spent a couple of nights with Deb and her family. It was a nice visit, our first ever to Ohio. We went to the Pickaway County Fair, tooled around Circleville and had a very nice time. 

One night we drove thirty miles north to Columbus to catch a Crew game. They just happened to be playing our FC Dallas. I had wanted to see Crew Stadium which is kind of legendary in American soccer circles since it was the first stadium build specifically for soccer. Lamar Hunt, the Crew's owner at the time, was taking quite a risk. But now almost every MLS side boasts their own grounds. 

We had great seats but had to take cover a few minutes before the game started due to a storm that rolled in. We waited for an hour before being told the game was cancelled. We later found out the match was cancelled because an off-duty fireman was struck by lightning in the parking lot moments before game time. He survived. Bummed that we didn't see a game but glad everyone was okay. Crew Stadium is a cool venue and they treated us well despite our FC Dallas gear. 

We enjoyed our brief visit to Ohio before heading out to New York. 

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Summer Recap Part One

It's been a great summer so far and I haven't blogged much in the past month. So, not that you care, I'll recap in bits and pieces. 

The AP Reading in Salt Lake went well. Always good to see the Wolfpack (pictured above at a typical dinner moment). After seven years these guys have become some of my closest friends. I've made some other great friends over the years including my Wolf Gang (an offshoot of the pack, pictured below). 

These guys are the best. All these friends and more I've made over the past seven years are what keep me coming back year after year. That and the Five Diamond hotel I've been lucky enough to stay in...The Grand America. 

Yeah, I plan on SLC each year now. Hopefully the invites will keep coming. 

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Sunday, June 08, 2014

School's Out!

I have to admit that I am happier about the arrival of summer than I have been in years.  

Monday, June 02, 2014

Soccer Night

Soccer night at FC Dallas with Mr. C and the muchacos! 

Tuesday, May 20, 2014


This post has no significance except for the fact that it's my one-hundredth post of the year. And there's ten days left till summer. And I'm listening to the album Way Out West by Sonny Rollins. 

Monday, May 19, 2014


Another shot from Saturday's game. Dallas 'Till I Die!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Soccer Night

It was a beautiful night for soccer last night at Toyota Stadium. 20,000 of us were treated to temps in the mid-seventies. Unfortunately the match against Chivas ended in a tie but that's better than a loss. Great place to watch a game. 

Friday, May 16, 2014

The Gold Album

I will miss these guys. Good luck, class of '14. 

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

The Last Days...

The Last Day of the FSA Dynamo. Last Saturday the league had trophy presentation ceremonies for each age group. It was a bittersweet day knowing that the Dynamo are breaking up. Four of the members are going all in for Academy soccer and leaving the Rec league altogether. The coach is giving up the reins since his son is one of those moving on. JDW wasn't really interested in Academy at this point. I was asked to consider coaching but my son wants to give baseball a shot in the fall. Most likely the other boys will thrown into the league draft and scattered to new teams. 

My son was one of three left from the original Dynamo. They played six seasons together (not including indoor seasons). That's three years. We had a great coach and great parent support. Players transferred to our team because of the Dynamo's reputation...not for winning...but for being a good, supportive team. I will miss those Saturdays on the soccer field.

But we are giving baseball a shot. My son's been dying to try it. We've been playing catch almost every night the past week. And my son says if he doesn't like baseball he'll go back to soccer. Being a baseball fan and having played as a kid I'm excited as well. But still, just a little sad about moving on from the Dynamo.

Go Go Dynamo!