I love the Bean family — there, I said it — for a variety of reasons. At the top of that list is their authenticity … then a bunch of other things having to do with loyalty and family and, yes, comedy. These are funny people, people.
I also love the support they’ve shown for our free throw shooting project, having traveled with us, joined our board of directors and rebounded and rebounded and rebounded. Yesterday, a few of those Cool Beans rebounded some more, once again bringing the competitiveness that each times spurs us to be faster than the last time. And along with that competitiveness, they brought a friend, Baily Ellsworth.
Baily is an eighth-grader, which makes him a classmate of Seth Bean, which makes him a “senior” at Epsom Central School. He’s also a jock. I’m told he runs circles around most on the soccer and football fields, and he’s also a member of the ECS basketball team. As to genetics, his older brother just finished up as the quarterback of the local high school football team. Baily is also apparently a good Samaritan, because he showed up yesterday willing to crane his neck for an hour and a half to help raise money for wounded Veterans.
And like the Beans, he wanted to be fast.
Prior to yesterday morning, our fastest time for 2,000 made foul shots was an hour, 26 minutes and some change, and Jim Bean, Seth Bean and Baily were ready to best it. I know this because they told me so, but also because about 20 minutes into our shooting, we were already at 500 and I felt ready to fall over. They know how to push, these Beans.
Seth, meanwhile, was having some issues with a stiff neck (our signature malady), so Chandler Bean and Noah (not-Bean) filled in for a few minutes here and there to give him a break.
And then, in what seemed like the snap of our fingers, it was over. Two thousand made in … 1:22:40.
Then came the rain and winds, and a Patriots win in the Chicago snow, and a brief power outage, and a very sound sleep … and this morning a drizzly but mild start, good for 1,000 more in the driveway — landing us on 548,507 down, 451,493 to go to 1 million made foul shots.
Thanks, Beans. Thanks, Baily.