Friday was my birthday. I completed my 56th orbit of Sol. That works out to 20,819 days, or 684 months, or 2,974 weeks. Something close to half a million hours, depending on what time I was born and what time of day on Friday we’re talking about.
It was a day like any other day. I got phone calls and Snaps from the absent kids. Oldest Son said he’d get my birthday present out in the next couple of days. When he said that last Christmas, the present was him coming down to visit for a few days. We’ll see.
Kids took me out to dinner at a local brewpub several of us have been wanting to try. Food was great. Service was fair. Our server was very pleasant, but the food took a while to come out. Definitely worth going back for.
Saturday, Middle Son took me up to Tulsa for the Tulane-Tulsa game. My mom and two of her three siblings attended Tulane, so there’s quite the family tie there, just like Michigan. I had to miss the Lee Greenwood concert after the ball game so I could make it to rehearsal on time. Such is life.
I don’t own any Tulane gear or anything in the right shade of green, so I wore my Saints jersey since Tulane is in New Orleans. I knew we’d be in the sun all day, so I grabbed a Michigan ball cap to avoid a sunburn on my scalp. Middle Son is a traitor, so he wore his Ohio State beanie. We got more than a few weird looks in the stands.
It was my first college football game in a long time. I attended a couple of games at Marietta, but I was working for the college then. Other than that, I think the last game I got to was the 1984 Sugar Bowl in NOLA. I don’t recall why Dad bought tickets that year, but given that it was in New Orleans and so much of Mom’s family was still in the area, it was a no-brainer to attend. Michigan lost, but it was still an amazing experience to be in the Superdome. New Year’s Eve in the Big Easy was pretty neat, too.
On second thought: I think he bought season tickets for the 1985 season, because I distinctly remember being in Ann Arbor for The Game one year with Dad, and it’s played in Ann Arbor in odd years. I may or may not have rushed the field after the win.
The Michigan-Rutgers game was on B1G Network which we don’t get here, so I wouldn’t have been able to watch it. It was a night game too, and I was at Nutcracker rehearsals for part of it. I was pretty happy with the final score, though I was nervous at halftime.
It was, to say the least, an interesting weekend in college football. Number 3 Georgia beat top-ranked Tennessee. Fourth-ranked Clemson lost to an unranked Notre Dame. Number 2 Ohio State struggled against an unranked Northwestern. I can’t wait to see the newest rankings. At this point, the only undefeated teams are Georgia, Ohio State, Michigan, and TCU. My dad would also be very excited.
Nutcracker is coming together nicely. We’re doing four shows this year, with two in Wagoner and two the following weekend in Tahlequah. This will be the first time we’ve performed at Tahlequah with our new backdrops instead of the projection scenery we’ve used in the last few years. It’ll be interesting to set up.
I took quite a few pictures and videos at the game, so here’s a small sample.
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