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As you may know, Lovely Daughter is once again on the High School Tennis Team. She's playing the #1 doubles and has done exceptionally well. I believe they've only lost one match so far. It's a blast to watch her. One thing that L.W. and I noticed during her last match is that she's just so "nice". Someone hands her the ball--"thank you". She's just well mannered and good natured. And a good tennis player. I would have taken more action shots, but apparently I was distracting. L.D. is not always so good natured toward her loving parents--she gave me the "stink eye".
As the years wear on, we're less excited about the first day of school. I think this is the first year (her Senior) that we didn't get a picture of L.D. on her debut. But, I managed to get a picture of the homegirls completing their first project. It was a diagram of the respiratory system for their Anatomy and Physiology class. Appropriately, they named him "Gil". They also fashioned a working model from an old garden hose and some balloons. Next, they'll audition for the remake of MacGyver.
Even in her gimpiness, she has managed to create a new masterpiece. Lovely Wife has devoutly battled through the swelling and the pain to bless our new children's program--Kidstuf--with a set that should last the whole year. It's durable, yet lightweight. Solid, yet easily moved. It's a testament to her ingenuity and creativity. Just dig the picture of the dog
Well, the day has finally come. All the hard work, the studying, the saving has finally paid off for Lovely Daughter. She has pulled together all her money and is ready to buy her first car. We hadn't searched particularly long. Only about a week really. We hadn't searched particularly hard. We've only driven about five cars. But when you know it, you know it. We found it on Autotrader and immediately thought it was a typo. A '96 Grand Am with only 39k miles? Surely not. But it was true. The car is immaculate. L.D. knew it was the one. We even managed to talk him down a few hundred dollars. It is beautiful inside and out--nothing less for the beautiful L.D.
Tonight marks the end of the 90th season of The Muny the nations oldest and largest outdoor musical theatre. We've been season ticket holders for several years, but this was the only performance I've been to this summer. L.W. either took Lovely Daughter or one of her "Hen Friends" to the others. I hear Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat was really good. I wish I would have seen it instead of Les Miz. I wanted to like it, I really did. I tried very hard. But, it was just so dark. And slow. And long. When Lovely Wife asked me if I wanted to leave at halftime I took her up on it. Next season, I'll go to something lighter and happier.
ManHead has been so busy working hard this summer that I have taken a certain amount of delight in feeding him when he returns from his daily toils. A growing man needs a light after work snack. Alas, this is the last afternoon meal that I'll prepare for him this summer. He's done with the summer job and back to school early next week. He's looking forward to it MUCH more than we are, but we're very happy for him. This year, he's staying at the Delta Chi house. Like I say, he's looking forward to it MUCH more than we are.
Did I tell you that I'm coaching an Upward Soccer team this year? I have a 3-4 grade boys team called The Inferno. We're looking like a pretty strong team. If you've never heard of the Upward program, you should check it out