December 28: Happy birthday, Nick

28 Dec

For whatever reason, I always remember that December 28 is Nick Maynes’s birthday, even without that handy Facebook reminder. Nick was a high school classmate (Newport ’85) and is a Gulf War veteran. He’s a guy with three kids and, at least in the few times that I’ve actually seen him in the last 25 years, has a smile permanently etched on his face. Nick Maynes is a great man. That’s all I’ve really got to say about that.

So happy birthday, Nick.

As for the shooting, well … Some days, you just wake up without a plan, and it pretty much stays that way throughout. You have your coffee, you do a few dishes, you do a little shoveling (and driveway scraping) …

… you pick up Mason’s pal for a play date, you say goodbye to The Beautiful Heth and Rosie as they head out for a matinee of “Tangled,” you pick up a few fake logs to burn in the the wood stove, you bring Mason’s buddy home, you watch Noah play a little NBA 2K11 on the Playstation, and all of a sudden it’s 5 p.m. and you still don’t have a plan.

That “you,” by the way, is actually “me.” And that “me” finally got his act together, sort of, as TBH built dinner. That’s when I decided that I’d just see what the driveway would bring. It brought 200 in a seemingly very, very long time in the cold and wind.

Then it was dinner time, then time to take Noah and Mason to the Pembroke-Merrimack Valley game in Concord. By the time we got back, the wind had died down, so dressed in big boots and snow pants, the next 800 went a whole lot more smoothly than the first 200 had. And guess what? We just crossed the 57 percent mark, at 570,007 down, 429,993 to go.

Back inside now, for the last half-hour or so of Nick Maynes’s birthday, and I’m just about to come up with a plan for tomorrow.

I think.

For more on Hoops For Heroes, with a goal of 1 million made foul shots and $1 million raised for the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, visit or contact Dave Cummings at 603-554-7855.


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