Dave is now a vegetarian, he avoids sugars and white starches, and has not touched a drop of alcohol for many, many years. Needless to say, he is in great shape and he is an inspiration to this old happy-hour denizen to shape up. We had quite a laugh talking about hanging out one night after a game at a team parent’s house pigging out on bologna tortillas and beer.
We also reminisced about all the things that go along with Little League coaching...the drafting process...the endless practices...the player car pool services...the occasional discipline actions...the heartbreaking plays...and the overbearing parents. One giant undertaking was treating the whole team to a Padres game on “bat night.” Think about having 6-7 kids crammed into your car on the way home and each one has at least one bat. That is just asking for trouble!
Of course, out son and his family were here and we had a great visit and dinner, even though cooking for a confirmed vegetarian was a challenge. I made my world-famous meatballs for the carnivores and TGW made three-cheese stuffed shells for “The Kashi Guy.” We really also enjoyed visiting with his friend, Margie, who he met while running a race in Michigan. Dave is still in San Diego and she is still in Michigan but, who knows, neutral territory may be in the future for them both.
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