It’s 8:15 pm and Eliot and I have turned in for the night. We made it exactly 15 minutes after we put the boy down. Eliot’s reading “The Complete Joy of Home Brewing” while I type. I expect to look over and see the book resting on his face in a few minutes. It’s been a long weekend: BBQs, mother in-law birthdays, the cat and the visiting shih tzu’s worrying each other, and Alter G-ing.
Our first annual summer BBQ was a success. There was grilling, and coolers full of beer, and kids running around laughing. There was even some bocce ball playing. (Italian-American BBQ.) We decided to hold it at the park down the street in the end, so we’d have access to a big grill (ours is fit for the grilling needs of a family of elves), and the neighborhood pool. Our neighborhood is old and the park and pool are shaded with large live oaks. There used to be a cute pond with ducks and fish behind the pavilion there, but it’s mostly dried up in the drought. It has more of a cesspool look to it now, and there’s a sign warning that while fishing is okay, you’d best not eat anything you pull out of the water. It’s hard to imagine who would need a sign like that to keep them safe. I mean, even in its less sludge-like state, the pond looked like it might house four-eyed fish. And some of the ducks were mangy. (The others had unfortunate tumors.)
John was presented with an award to thank him for his efforts at creating a such a fine community of ultra trail runners here in San Antonio. (I know not all of you were here, or got the very last-minute invite this year. This will be rectified at the Second Annual Heart of Texas Rockhoppers BBQ.)
I couldn’t feel more blessed to know these folks. You should come run with us. You’ll feel the same. No promises about toenail awards though. John is pretty special.
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