I am not a sports fan at all. I mean people who play sports are fine with me and I love the ambience of a feetsball Saturday here on The Planet Ann Arbor and I even like when the superbowl is on TV back in the background of my life. But I don’t seriously watch sports and only have a vague idea about what the rules are, etc.

But. Waaaay back in the day, Daytwa won the world series the same year my first child was born and and and… A Tiger wife (his first name was Marty, remember him?) was actually in the hoosegow at the same time I was having her first baby. We certainly didn’t get connect in any way shape or form. I’m gonna guess she had a nice private room and I remember a nurse in *my* room telling me and my roommate that he had rolled up in a limo with a huge number of roses he had sent his wife.

I was only mildly interested in all of that even though I had been uncharacteristically absorbed in the Tiger’s season that fall. But really? Roses? I didn’t get those from the GG for giving birth and I certainly didn’t want them. Roses? What? Help with diapers and baths, etc.? The GG had all of that stuff down. Being from a big family he knew what to do.

A couple of things I remember about that time include…

1) A work friend of ours was not connecting with the GG (who was his boss at the time) on the day I wanted to get outta the hoosegow. All of a sudden, our colleague showed up in my ROOM! Why? Because his wife had delivered her 4th baby that morning.

2) The GG rolled up in front of the hoosegow with one of our Ford Fiestas and a nurse did not allow us to put her in the back seat alone. She was right and I knew it and I got into the back seat next to our first newborn baby. I have no clue what ever happened to the baseball guy and his fam but I don’t think he lasted very long with the Tigers.

So there is Kobe Bryant. I don’t follow basketball at all but his name is a highly recognizable name and I am terribly sorry about his demise not to mention his daughter. Jeebus. I have been watching news stories about this mostly via Twitter and am waiting for things to settle out a bit. My boss’s boss lives in California and apparently a friend of his was mountain biking and was the first person to encounter the crash. Jeez.

One Response to “Helicoptering”

  1. Margaret Says:

    I grew up a non-athlete in a very athletic family, so I learned a lot about sports and enjoy watching them most of the time. (just not to excess or too seriously) I’m one of those people who won’t get into a helicopter–just not enough safety redundancies in them, IMO. However, it does sound like this crash was probably weather related. I’m so sad for all those families. 🙁