Quite a Weekend
By Jason Harrod
I turned 43 yesterday. That number is by no means a landmark, a benchmark, or any other kind of mark for that matter. Unless of course you view the passage of time as some sort of blemish on humanity. I do not. Birthdays to me are really just another day; my birthday at least. It really is not an important date. I don’t like a party thrown for me – I do like parties, though, as long as I am not the focus or guest of honor. Speaking of parties. This weekend is huge.
First and foremost this weekend marks a passage, a rite, coming of age, marquis-type event; my eldest child, my son, will become a teenager. Serious sh.., man. Serious. My youngest child will also be turning 10 next Tuesday, and her 10, yes 10, month softball season begins this weekend with a pitching clinic that we will mash in between all of the weekend’s festivities. This weekend also has some other items associated with it that are of some importance in certain circles. The Super Bowl. Yes, I like football. I played football for 10 years. And I will watch the game. No, even though I am from Norcal I am not a 49ers fan. Sh.., I don’t even think they will win the game, but I will be pulling for them as long as they are not playing the San Diego Chargers (my team) – they are not. There is one other event of some significance, and while it in no way compares to the events that involve my spawn, it surpasses the Super Bowl in my book. The cyclocross world championships. On US soil. For real. How cool is that? I assure I will be watching that live, streaming from wherever I have to to be involved. I honestly wish I could be there but, given my life, my family, and the fact that all four of us have birthdays in the span of eight days, that sh.. just ain’t happening. Next time. Maybe.
Okay. Since I have made my bold prediction regarding the Super Bowl winner – the Baltimore Ravens – I will attempt to prognosticate the winners of the world championship cyclocross elite men’s and women’s races. First, the men. Okay, I will pick two: the likely winners and my long shot choice. The men: Neils Albert as the likely winner and for my long shot … Julien Taramarcaz. And now for the women: Katie f’n Compton as the likely winner and Sanne van Paassen for my long shot.
Well, there you have it. In a nutshell we are looking at one action packed and fun filled weekend, one for the books even. So, if you are feeling old remember age is a state of mind. If you are feeling busy, you probably are, but just think of all that you are accomplishing. And if you are stoked to see how this weekend unfolds, I am walking with you brothers and sisters. I am walking with you.