Spring Things

Spring is here. No more snow, the flowers are blooming, the bees and butterfly’s are flying, the pollen is in the air, and the days are warmer. Winter wasn’t all that bad, except for some really cold weather and some snow storms. Now that I am able to get out of the house more often I have been busier than during the winter. I have been going to the gym more often, and taking more walks with Max.

Easter season has been busy with an egg hunt for the kids, our 65 annual Maundy Thursday service, Pizza/Movie night, and Easter Sunday Service. I have also become addicted to college basketball. A friend of mine who is an ODU season ticket holder took me to two ODU Monarch basketball games at the Ted Constance Convocation Center and now I am hooked on college ball. I watched almost every game during March Madness using either the ESPN app or the NCAA March Madness app. I was hoping for Wisconsin to take it all but at least they beat Kentucky.

Baseball season is almost upon us and I hope to take in at least a few Norfolk Tides games. We are having our annual family picnic at Woodstock Park in Virginia Beach April 26th. I am looking forward to seeing all my family members. The family has been constantly growing and we have become quite a clan.

On the tech. front, I bought a new HP Stream 13 laptop from Best Buy. It has a 13 inch touch screen, 2 GB of RAM, a 32 GB SSD, card reader, USB ports, and HDMI out port. It is running Windows 8.1. So far so good. I also bought a Netgear Range Extender to extend the range of coverage for our WiFi. It works amazingly well. Did I mention I bought a Raspberry Pi Model B to play around with? I also have a new wrist watch from Fossil. I love it.

Well, enough for now. I think it is going to be a great Spring. I’m getting refunds on my State and Federal taxes, my Social Security is coming in now, and I am on Medicare and a new medical plan with Aetna Blue Cross Blue Shield. All is well.

God is good all the time and all the time God is good.

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ODU Basketball Game

A friend of mine from church recently invited me to an Old Dominion University basketball game at the Ted Constance Convocation Center in Norfolk, Virginia. He had VIP tickets which got us VIP parking, free food and drinks in the VIP lounge, and great seating. ODU had a record of 17-4 and was playing against the Charlotte 49ers who had a 10-12 record.  I have not been ever been to a college basketball game but have watched a lot on TV.

The Convocation Center is a great forum for basketball. It is a modern facility with all the amenities you could want. After parking we went to the VIP lounge and had some light snacks and some great sausage and hot dogs. Once we went inside I was amazed at how great a setup they had for the game. I was really impressed. There were probably 5,000 people in attendance along with the dancing group, cheerleaders, and band.

For the first half we sat up top at one end of the court. It was a great overall view of the action. For the second half we moved to our VIP seats down low mid-court. Those seats were even better. You felt like you were part of the game. It was a really exciting game to watch and Charlotte gave ODU a tough game. But in the end ODU won 61-57. I would really like to go back again soon. It was the most fun I have had in quite a while. If you live in this area I highly recommend attending one of ODU’s home games.