Day 298, Virginia III..

Have you read enough about Friday yet? I told your there was lots to write about. This will be the last post about Friday. Tomorrow I will write about Saturday and Sunday.  The reason we went to Charlottesville, Va. was not to visit a farm. You might not believe that. We did indeed go to see four of the best men’s college lacrosse teams in the country play. When we got to UVA and started looking for a parking spot near the stadium it became clear that something more than lacrosse was going on. After we found a parking space and walked up the field complex we saw that the ACC was having it’s  Track and Field Championships at UVA at the same time. There were people and athletes everywhere.

The track and field championship was free to get in. The mens lacrosse championship was ten dollars for Friday night and ten dollars for Sunday’s championship game. While we waited for the will call window to open we went into the track meet to have something to do. The stadium and the track complex are next to each other. There are no gates or fences between them. If you had known this you would have gone a little early and watch some track and field and then walked over to the lacrosse stadium and watched those games. We live and learn.

We sat on the grassy knoll right on the 50 yard line. They have a bleachers on one side and a grassy hill on the other. Everything is general admission. The games were excellent. Unfortunately the home team lost in the second game.  Both games were broadcast on ESPNU and ESPN3. My DS1 said he saw us on the sidelines of one of the games. We have them saved on the DVR. We might watch some of the games during the week especially if the reruns continue.  Food and water/soda/Gatorade were available for purchase during the game. There was no alcohol allowed in the stadium.  Water was 3.50 a bottle. We wished we had brought some in with us from the car.

After the game we drove back towards the house getting off an exit early to do some grocery shopping. We needed a few things for the morning.  After our grocery shopping we continued to drive back to the farm. There are very few street lights out there in rural Virginia.  I am used to living here in New Jersey where there are too many street lights. After we got back to the house my DW went to bed and I wrestled with the alarm (as written about in part two). One of the ways I attempted to quiet the alarm was to put black electrical tape over the motion sensor in the bedroom. Note to self: that does not work.

Here are some pictures from the game. I also shot some video during the second game. That can be seen by clicking here.




Day 298 Catch up time..

Sunday night here in New Jersey. It has rained all day. Probably the first measurable rain in two or more weeks. It would just happen to be the day of the ACC Men’s Lacrosse Championship in Charlottesville, Va. We stayed on a farm about 25 minutes from the stadium for the weekend. We skipped todays final game as it is has been raining since dinner time Saturday night in Virgina.  We were not sure if the they would even play today with the weather being so bad. My other concern was the four hours that I would have to spend driving on 95 north in the rain, in the dark. We decided to skip the game and drive home in the rain, in the daylight.

Through the magic of science we were able to “watch” the second half of the game during the drive home. If I had though of it, we could have watched the entire game. When I was in Florida in January I used a charging cable and an app to provide internet from my cellphone to my laptop for two weeks. We used the same programs today to watch the second half of the championship game. I did not watch the game on the laptop, I was driving. My DW watched the game. I listened to the play by-play which we played on the speakers in the rental car. Not quite like being there, but drier than being there for sure.

Writing about today is getting ahead of myself. I “wimped out” for the last two days because I was tired and the internet connect was lousy. Yes, in hindsight, I should have used the wire and my phone like Florida.  So sit back and we will re-visit Friday..

Friday morning in New Jersey was bright and clear. We had packed the night before so we just had to load the car and go. I was ready to leave and I could not find my car keys. Hmm, auspicious start. I found my keys in my van where I had left them Thursday afternoon after going to the lacrosse field with DS1. I had failed to completely turn my car off so it was…dead. Yep, battery was dead. Is this like strike two or what?

I moved my DW’s van in place and got the jumper cables out of my car. I hooked the cables up to my dead car. Then I went to hook the cables up to her car. I placed the hot (red) from my car on the ground (black) of her car. As I went to attach the other clamp, the clamp sparked and I looked at what I was doing. I reversed the clamps and my car started up. I dodged that bullet. I have probably jumped 50 cars in my lifetime and never made that mistake. Dammit, I must be getting old.

I left the car running after waking DS1 up and asking him to shut it off in an hour and leave the key in the house. He shut the car off on his way to work and seeing another key of the key chain figured that it was the house key. He decided to lock the house. Whatever possessed him to do that?  He does not flush consistently or turn off the lights when he leaves the room. As you can guess, that was not a door key. At some point Friday evening after work he slid up a screen and climbed into the house. Yikes! All this excitement and we have not even gotten to Virginia yet.

That ends tonight’s part of the saga. These pictures are of the therapy dogs which visited the campus of Marywood University on Friday. Thank you DS2 for the pictures. Enjoy!







Day 293, Having that travelin’ jones..

In this context, the travelin’ jones is the deep-rooted desire to travel. See Lynard Skynard’s – “You got that right”.  The travelin’ jones is taking us to Charlotteville, VA for the weekend.  As you have probably figured out, we are lacrosse fans. Two of our children played in hight school and one played in college. I play once a week with an over (any age, just show up) league on most Monday nights. I also have the opportunity to play in two national tournaments a year.  The time I spend on the lacrosse field is time where the entire world stands still. No problems, no phone calls, no texts, nothing. Just me, my equipment and 100 yards of grass or turf.

As fans of the game we watch college lacrosse on tv either live or via the DVR most weekends in the spring.  The ACC conference is having their tournament this weekend in Charlottesville, Va on the grounds of the University of Virgina. We are going down Friday to watch the semi finals. On Sunday afternoon is the championship. The teams in the tournament are among the best in college lacrosse. The games should be as good or better than the national championship on Memorial Day. How is that for some hype?

We are staying in a two bedroom/two bath log cabin about 25 minutes from the field. The home we are renting for the weekend costs about as much as a hotel room with more space. It is situated on the grounds of a horse farm. That should be interesting as long as the wind blows in the right direction..  We are looking forward to a few days away before the kids come home from school.  Looking on the internet there are lots, and I mean LOTS, of things going on in the greater Charlottesville area this weekend. It must be a band weekend because I saw information about four or five college/municipal bands performing this weekend. Add to that the winery tours, brew pub tours, walking tours… Quite the list. Here is a link to the website.

My DW worked a full day. She came home, had a quick dinner and then went back to work for five hours of ACLS training. She has three more hours tomorrow night. I was a bachelor for dinner since she was working and DS1 was working. He delivered a calzone to the house for dinner. He also went fishing on the beach today. His catch is in a picture below. DS2 is now officially a Psychology major. The paperwork went through today. DS3 gave blood at school. They also had pet therapy day at his school. This is where they bring dogs and some cats and let the students visit with the animals. It sis supposed to help the students that miss the family pet.

Tonight’s pictures are varied. The captions will tell the tale. Enjoy!