I just couldn’t figure out how to eliminate some of these photos so I am going to just do a special two part version of my Friday Feet post. Because we are basically a day ahead these images (except for the one above) were taken yesterday when we went to St. Francis College to play football with the “kids”. These actually ended up not being kids but 17-24 year olds that have lived and breathed soccer-football since they were born.
I never could have imagined how we would be able to connect with the kids and these guys at St Francis and other places just by setting down some goals and bringing a bag of soccer balls. People came from all over the place to play soccer with the Mzungus (the white people), not just from the local schools but from all over the city. From what I hear they are putting together a team in Buloba to play our guys some 4 full 90 minute games over Saturday and Sunday afternoon. It has been so amazing to see doors being opened by God that probably never would have been before just because of a common language of a soccer game. It has never mattered that we don’t speak the same language when the soccer game is the connection.
I have a ton of images I want to post but for today I’m going to do my traditional feet post but I can’t wait to post others. Earlier today we went to Buloba and put up rain catch systems for some “houses”, which needs it’s own post. The rain catch systems are vital and one house we installed I saw a 65+ year old lady carry a 50 LITER container of water by herself that both Jason and I had trouble lifting (we did carry it for her, that was too much to watch). Tomorrow we are headed back to Buloba for Center Day, which is when all the sponsor kids from all the schools come to Buloba Church for a meal and bible study and other things. I’m REALLY looking forward to finally getting to meet Jonaita, our sponsor child. Stay turned for part 2, sorry the pics might take a while to load but I am doing this on a cell connection from African lol.
This first post is from the soccer field when this enormous storm came and no body was going to leave. The only reason they stopped playing was because there was pretty strong lightning around the field. The second post coming up is just feet, that’s it. I wish I had taken a photo of the guys from Buloba who played with no shoes on. Some even played with flip flops (and were great).
My wife and I in days past were quite active paddlers. We spent about 5 or so years kayaking all around the country in between conventions (our work), and because we were always traveling we were able to kayak in some really neat places. Just to name a few, we went out to the caves in Lake Superior near the Apostle Islands, the slot canyons at Lake Powell in Arizona, coastal surf in the North CarolinaOuter Banks, rivers and lakes from Ohio to New York, and out to the great Columbia river in Oregon. Only problem, for me, was I never did like my particular kayak (the Dagger Cortez 16.5), for various reasons, but I never could get comfortable on a long paddle.
Since then we have tried to find different outdoor activities that we could both enjoy together, but never really found anything we both equally liked (other than sailing, which we might do again some day), so we decided to go back to kayaking, but with shorter, lighter, smaller, less expensive, kayaks we can just throw in the back of the truck and take to the nearest body of water (like Chewacla which is only a few miles away). Anyway, below are some of our previous paddling trips, wish we had time to go back to some of these great places.
These below were all shot with film so they are a little grainy, HDR high res images are in order soon.
I love walking around in the heart of Auburn sports on campus. For the basketball game today we parked in the Jordan Hare Stadium parking lot, as many do, and I shot this photo as we walked by the stadium. Directly across the parking lot is the new $92.5 million Auburn Basketball Arena being built while the older Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum which opened in 1969 sits to the left and directly across from the baseball field, Plainsman Park. A lot of history and tradition in one small place, and a lot new history being made.
Auburn played a great game today and finally came out on top right at the last few seconds of the game. It really could have gone either way at the end and the Vols did get off a last second shot at the buzzer and it just didn’t drop. The season is getting very close to March where it will wind down and give way to the crack of Baseball, and this team has managed to win games they shouldn’t and loose games they should win.
Basketball this year has been as enjoyable as always but I am really looking forward to the opening of the new arena when we can pack the house for a basketball game and at least look like we have some support for our basketball team. There was a lot going on in Auburn this Saturday and I am glad I was able to spend some time with Deb and my parents as well.
A very busy week coming up starting tomorrow and some exciting new things coming towards the end of the week.
Today we went to see the #6 Auburn Tigers vs #10 Tennessee Vols basketball game, which drew an all time record crowd of 12,067 fans. This was the largest crowd to see a basketball game in Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum ever in its current configuration. Listed as a maximum as a 10,500 feet arena, it was certainly the largest crowd I have ever seen at a basketball game here in Auburn, and oh, did I mention, it was the woman’s basketball team.
This was actually the first woman’s basketball game we had been to in all the years of going to games, and at a time when the men’s basketball team is lucky to have a crowd of 5,000 show up, the woman played a fantastic game, shot well, made free throws, and overall totally impressed the over 12,000 people that showed up for the game.
At the beginning of the game that had a moment of silence for Kay Yow, the North Carolina State’s Hall of Fame women’s basketball coach who won more than 700 games died on Saturday of breast cancer at the age of 66. The first photo was of one of the woman holding up the warmup shirt they all wore today that said Kay Yow. It was a great game that left the Auburn Tigers still undefeated for the season with a 84-68 win.
This was an extremely busy week again but today is finally Friday and time for Friday Feet. Today we drove out to Chewacla State Park to ride our bikes on the trails (paved that is). Is you live near Auburn this is a great gem right out of town, has a nice river, waterfall, and fishing lake. Along with a very nice route around the river, there is a bike trail just at the entrance of the park which is a popular running and biking spot. It was nice to get some exercise outside now that we are deep into winter, but it ended up being about 70* today and made for a nice bike ride.
We stopped at the lake to sit on the swing, which made for my Friday feet post today. I was able to work a little panning technique into the shoot today with Deb on the swing. I love the effect of motion but it isn’t all that easy to pull off and make it look half way decent. You can do this in a number of different situations, I just forget to give it a try sometimes.
No body else has jumped on the Friday Feet bandwagon yet, but I have found that it has forced me to look at different ways to do this weekly (short) shoot. It isn’t that each Friday has to be something spectacular, it just keeps me thinking about how to keep creating original ideas. It helps to have a nice mild day in winter.
Another thing that Scott and I like to do is go to sporting events. These include, but are not limited to, all major league sports, minor league baseball, and college sports of all kinds. We planned this trip so that we could catch a Florida Marlins vs. Houston Astros game in formerly “Joe Robbie” stadium. This is a stadium that I have always wanted to visit.
It was so hot during the game (mid-day game) that we left after about the 5th inning. You can see from the photo that 90% of the stadium was empty right from the beginning of the game. Heat and a “not so good team” were probably the main reasons for this, but we enjoyed the game none the less.
After we left the game and went back to the hotel to freshen up we found a little place on the ocean to eat dinner called O’Mallys Ocean Pub. The dining was outside, with a live band and the tables were about 50′ from the crashing waves. Magnificent!
While we were on our trip to the keys we decided to get serious about finding Scott a bike so we could ride together. We decided to take the “scenic” route home to Alabama through Daytona in order to pick up new bike bells for each other. There is a legend that goes with these bells and they are supposed to be given to a rider by a friend. We picked out our bells in Daytona at a place called “Hot Leathers” (hmmmm) and purchased them for each other, had a spectacular lunch at Johnny Rockets overlooking the ocean (one last time) and then it was back on the road for home.
After arriving home we wasted no time in finding a bike on eBay for Scott. We picked it up the next weekend and have been riding together almost every day since. Here are some photos of the proud new owner of a Honda Nighthawk 750 in the rare blue color.
Loaded Up on the Trailer
We loaded the new bike up on the trailer after Scott took it around the neighborhood for a test ride. The bike is in great condition and although it has a lot more power than my Honda Rebel, they ride great together.