Friday, March 26, 2010

#56 New Day for Auburn Men's Basketball

Auburn University hired a new men's basketball coach this week - Tony Barbee. Tony is an Indianapolis native and attended Indy's North Central High School and the University of Massachusetts. Auburn is building a new basketball complex, so there are lots of exciting things going on down on the Plains. Women's basketball had a resurgence last year, new digs beginning in fall 2010, and a new men's coach with a hope of better things to come for the men's team.

War Eagle!

Monday, March 22, 2010

#55 Airport Fiasco

This posting is to serve as a reminder and an example to all travelers to pay attention to what flight you’re supposed to be on. (What is the saying? "If I can't be a good example, at least I can serve as a warning to others.") I flew to Virginia last week for work and knew that my connecting cities were different coming and going. I failed to pay attention to what city I was flying to on which day. How did this happen? Well, I went to the correct gate. My flight was to leave at 6 a.m. Around 5:30 they called for a flight to Dulles. My two connecting cities were Chicago and Dulles. I gave the guy my boarding pass and it didn’t scan. He tried it a couple more times with no success so he tore it apart and I boarded the plane. I thought nothing of it until the plane landed in Dulles. I looked at my other boarding pass and it listed a departure time from CHICAGO at 7:20 a.m. It was currently around 7:30 a.m. I didn’t panic – I was fairly close to Virginia after all – and was able to get another flight to my destination. The bummer was I had to wait 4 hours in Dulles for the next flight. This was totally my fault, but how can an airline let someone get on the wrong flight? And what are the odds that the two cities I was flying to on different days had flights that left from the same gate at almost the same time? Oh well. For some reason I wasn’t supposed to go to Chicago.

#54 St. Patrick's Day

I will take advantage of any excuse to be silly. For the past several St. Patrick’s Days I have worn (at one time or another during the day) a green beard, complete with leprechaun ears. A former co-worker, Denise (who also possesses the joy of doing fun, sometimes silly things) brought the beard to work one day to dress up our office dog. (I feel another posting coming on about Champ!) Anyway, Denise left our office and I am the proud keeper of the beard.

A few co-workers and I decided to walk downtown to watch the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade. It was a beautiful day for a parade! What made it even more fun was that the 5-year old son of another co-worker was walking in the parade with his school. I made a sign with his name on it to cheer him on. Michael is in there somewhere...

I wore the beard to and during the parade. While walking to the parade, someone noted that I was receiving strange looks. I told him that I get strange looks every day because of my height! What difference does a beard make?

#53 Megan17

Megan turned 17 two weeks ago. We had a small family gathering at my brother's house. My gift to her was a pair of rain boots. I found a cool pair on that are black with white peace signs.

I have rain boots and find that they put a different spin on rain. I don’t remember wearing rain boots as a kid, but as an adult who doesn’t like getting her shoes and pants wet, they come in handy. I feel kid-like (more than usual) wearing my boots and feel the urge to jump in puddles.

In February Megan and I drove to Lexington to watch the Auburn Lady Tigers play the Kentucky Lady Kats. It was pouring rain by the time we arrived. We had to park further away than we thought. Megan had worn her American Eagle suede moccasins, which are very cute, but not good in the rain. By the time we got to the coliseum her shoes and socks were soaked. Hopefully her new rain boots will come in handy for any future rain storms. Peace, Megan. And Happy Birthday!

Monday, March 8, 2010

#52 Smart Car?

These cars may be good for the environment, but they are death traps! I think you'd get hurt if you got hit by a bicycle!

I could actually straighten out my legs in this car, but I think my feet were near the headlights.

#51 Flower and Patio Show

Last Friday night I went to one of the Indy flower and patio shows, this one at Lucas Oil Stadium. It was decent, not as big as the one at the fairgrounds, but tickets were free so I can't complain. We had lots of fun and even made some new friends.

Meet Floyd from Cloverdale. He was one of the vendors. We spotted him and thought he was adorable and then he made his way over to me. If only I was about 30 years older... I met another tall vendor at the dip stand (you know those awesome dips where you add mayo and sour cream and you stand there and dip pretzel sticks in there) who loved my height too. He wasn't as old as Floyd, but was out of my age range, and married. Why is it that older men think I'm awesome but I can't catch a break from guys my age?

Sunday, March 7, 2010

#50 Allyssa DeHaan

For those of you not up on your NCAA women's basketball players, Allyssa DeHaan plays for Michigan State and is 6'9". Several people have told me that when they see her play she reminds them of me. We're both tall, thin, dark-haired centers.

I attended Saturday's semifinal games at Conseco Fieldhouse and watched Iowa defeat Michigan State. During one of the timeouts, a promotion for the Big Ten's "Big Life. Big Stage. Big Ten." tagline played on the big screen featureing Allyssa. She talked about being one of the NCAA's top shot blockers and that she loved being tall. "Short is cute. Tall is beautiful." I should have a bumper sticker made! :-)

Thursday, March 4, 2010

#49 Comments at the Gym

While I was getting ready at the gym the other day, a woman walked by me and said to her friend, "In my next life I'm going to be tall."