Woke up yesterday (Saturday) morning feeling as though we were about to land in Oz (not the prison-based HBO series, silly … the 1939 American musical fantasy film), what with those winds. Turns out it wasn’t enough to pick the house up from its foundation, but it sure was enough to dissuade me from shooting outdoors.
So with Candi and Joe Dziezanowki’s anniversary event happening yesterday evening up Route 4 a piece, I needed to get to the gym and find a rebounder, STAT (as they say on General Hospital) … Noah was at Matty’s, Mason was disinterested and Rosie can’t catch, so my kids were out. So I called on one of the great 10-year-old athletes that I know, up-the-street Jake Sherman, and he was all over it.
Jake is one of those kids who you see throw a ball once and you know he’s a jock. Football. Baseball. Basketball. Probably water polo, if he wanted to. The kid is good. So this rebounding thing was only going to be a challenge if he got bored.
But he didn’t, and with a quick water break every 100, we buzzed through 1,000 in just a hair under an hour and 20 minutes at the Epsom Central School gym. Thanks, Jake.
Then it was on to Joe and Candi’s place, where the two of them celebrated their 20th anniversary with a bunch of musically inclined friends, and us. It was spectacular, and yet another chance to marvel at the guitar skills of not only Joe and Candi, but their high school senior daughter Hannah and high school freshman son Lucas.
Now, I’m inclined to overstate musical ability just based on my own tune-ineptitude, but even I recognize that there are different levels, and the Dziezanowski kids are way, way, way on the EXCELLENT side of that spectrum. Yikes. It was an absolute blast, and our own kids didn’t want to leave … but we finally yanked them away a little after 10. Here’s kinda what it looked and felt like:
And the happy ending of today’s American musical fantasy is this: There was no wind this morning, so we blissfully made 1,000 in the driveway, bringing the total to 475,007 down, 524,993 to go to 1 million made foul shots.