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wherein we learn it isn’t done with a computer video game…

Adam: I just learned that I’m terrible at being a police officer.

Me: So, what are you now?

Adam: I’m a criminal.

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wherein we find the boys playing together in an online computer game…

Computer Games

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wherein we learn that everyone is accountable.

The little league Braves are practicing their fundamentals. The boys are focused and the coach is providing instruction while hitting balls to them in the field. The coach is at the plate and the bat is in his right hand. In his left is the ball and with a flick of the wrist the ball is aloft. In a fluid motion, he grasps the bat with both hands and loads his swing as the ball begins it’s descent. He then launches into the swing, his hands guiding the bat to meet the ball. But the bat fails to make contact and the ball falls to the ground with a soft thud. For a moment the field is silent. Then a heckling voice is heard from left field as Adam yells, “STRIKE ONE!”

Strike!

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Well, today was the BIG day! Pack 280’s Pinewood Derby! The boys were pretty excited to put their cars to the test…

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…especially ultra-competitive Adam, who is all business. Alex, on the other hand is just chillin’

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Our Den 1 Tigers had seven cars competing today…

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Each group of boys, Tigers, Wolfs, Bears, and Webelos, raced against each other in several three-car “heats” to ensure fair competition. The individual scores are then totaled to determine the winner in each group. Each of the Tigers raced in three heats.

Adam raced against his Den-mates…

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then Alex…

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…and in one race, Adam and Alex ran against each other…

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So, how did it end? Alex took 3rd Place and gets to advance to the District Pinewood Derby in March!

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Alex also took 1st Place in “Design”…

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While Adam took 2nd Place in “Design”…

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The boys had a great time and were very proud of the work they did on their cars and seeing their efforts brought to fruition at “The Derby”…

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…and although Adam was a little bummed he didn’t place, he learned a great lesson in sportsmanship, as did many of the scouts. In the end, that’s really what it’s all about.

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Happy

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Merry Christmas

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There’s a song by Kenny Loggins called, ‘Celebrate me Home’. It’s about a man (Kenny, I suppose) who returns home for the Holidays to be among his friends. They play music and sing. For the man, the music recalls memories of home when he’s away. Kenny sings,


Please, celebrate me home
Play me one more song,
That I’ll always remember,
And I can recall,
Whenever I find myself too all alone,
I can sing me home.

So, what’s the point? I originally heard this song in 1977 and had a copy of Kenny’s album of the same name. At the time, ‘Celebrate’ didn’t have much impact on me (my favorite song from the album was ‘Lady Luck’). However, I would rediscover this song almost 10-years later. In 1986, I was living in Colorado Springs and on my first Air Force assignment. Until this time I was never more than 2-3-hours from home, so it was easy to return for special occasions like Thanksgiving and Christmas. Now, I was 1,500-miles from home, which is no easy drive. In December 1986, I was spending my second Christmas away. Although I had a family of my own (my son was less than a month old), nostalgia was tugging at me, then I heard ‘Celebrate’ on the radio and the song took on a whole new meaning.

This year we’re spending Christmas with my folks and extended family. And although I can ‘count on being gone’, for the next few days you can ‘Celebrate me Home’…

Celebrate me Home

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wherein we learn the designation is really a matter of perspective…

Adam: Dad, Alex did [ … ]
Me: Adam, don’t be a tattletale.
Adam: I’m NOT a tattletale. Alex is a tattletale.

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Alex wrote himself a reminder in his planner to wear his “field trip sh*t” to school today. Don’t get excited, he meant field trip SHIRT. I just thought it was funny.

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Art Linkletter always said, “kids say the darndest things,” well, let’s not forget the written word because sometimes they write the darndest things, too. 🙂

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Everything Alex plants grows. Everything.

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