I Was Bad Today

karenpengo.jpgI switched from boots, ski jacket, ski band, and scarf to Chacos, tank top, sun hat, and sunglasses. Sunscreen? Skin cancer be damned. We all need a *little* bit of sunlight! And I went off to Ypsi to watch the co-captain of the Grand Blanc Girls Track team run and do the high jump in a track meet. Folks, that co-cap’n is none other than Pengo Janetto Cookie Tester Penguin Hoosh! Er, except an ill-timed lunch/dog-gate snagging expotition caused us to miss some of the jumping. Sorry Pengie 🙁

I used to be a darn good runner and jumper when I was a kid. I could beat most of the kids in my neighborhood, including some of the older boys. I was never one of the popular kids but I was always picked pretty close to first for any sport that involved running or jumping. I’m still a pretty good sprinter if you’re talking about a very short distance. But watching those kids run around that 400 meter track multiple times just made me feel tired today. The fastest runners are amazing but I’m always most impressed with the steadfast determination of the kids who are are going to be last and know it and keep going anyway.

I didn’t really know what was going on most of the time although Karen did her best to keep me on track. Hmmm, I’m rather punny today. 😉 As if it wasn’t enough to have Hello Kitty and my Flash game rolling around in my head, I was actively distracted by people-watching. The kid with the wheels in the bottoms of his shoes. The guy with “YOU BIG DUMMY” and a picture of Redd Foxx on his t-shirt. Say what? Multiple women with shirts that said “Fubu.” Anyone know what that means? I know what wetsu means.

The Grand Blanc girls did a great job and although I don’t think Pengo was first in anything, she was up near the top. Me? After being outside all day, I’m hot, tired, sunburned, and very aware that this is Pengo’s last year in high school. As of June 8th, all of the kids in our little branch of Fin G4 will officially be adults. Next fall, both of Karen’s kids will be at MooU and mine will be in California and Senegal. Initially, I hedged a bit about attending this meet, thinking I had too much homework to do. But I quickly came to my senses and realized that there was no way I could miss it. Go Grand Blanc! Go Fin G4-ers! All of you, not just the ones in Grandroobly’s little branch of Fin Family Moominbeach.

3 Responses to “I Was Bad Today”

  1. Pooh Says:

    FUBU = For Us, By Us. I bet you were thinking it was something much worse!

  2. Webmomster Says:

    The “High Jumpers” (Megan, Andi, and Janet) placed first as a team, even though Pengo didn’t clear 4’9″ (which occurred during said badly-timed expotition) – but, sheesh, absolutely NOTHING was going on in the high jump pit, and no sign that anything was going to get started up again in the forseeable future…and the sun & heat’d finally gotten to me so I was getting icky-ish and needed to *do something* before “icky-ish” turned into full-blown “ICKY”.

    I was amazed at how incredibly BAGGY (oversized, whatever) some of the teams’ track uniforms are. You’d think they’d want to cut back on the coefficient of drag by wearing something more form-fitting…

  3. Jay Says:

    Thanks for the picture posting – both of you look great!