Hesitating to post this, even as a diary, but here goes. Saw my first game at Crisler since '84, but what a game. Down and back in one day, took some of the kids, much of the snowy drive in 4x4, going around and through other vehicles like gates on a slalom course. But what a day, what a memorable, meaningful day.
1. The Basketball Game - So yeah, that was I think what Brian/Seth call a 'rock fight', but we won. Short story, if this was a hoops UFR, would be Refs -10; Michigan Free Throws negative...., well, how much numbers are there in the world? Put that number in after the '-' sign. Then multiply it. I would add that Gopher guard Mason is alleged to have actually made more shots than he took. Thats unpossible, but we're checking the tape to verify.
2. The Ushers - I think I am finally getting it about the ushers. You know how we go to the football games and they introduce those guys with X years of service? Well I talked with some today. Scanner Blue introduced us to his work-mates and they must have to go to some kind of smile/customer service boot camp. All businesses should send their staff to the same camp. I met one guy, Herb, who had been working Crisler for 45 years. That's a lot, right? Well guess what. He's been working football for 70 years. Not a typo, 70 years. Many of us won't live that long. Can you imagine the love and committment to Michigan to do that for 70 years? The dude is 90, and when folks started showing up he was doing all the stuff all the other ushers were doing. Will any of us even be concious at 90? I'm going to guess that those type of folks get married and stay married, don't switch jobs too much, and their kids come home at the holiday, glad to see them. We could all use some of what those ushers have.
We met Phil, he's the floor supervisor, uber friendly. Actually let the twins high-five the players going into the tunnel. To a 10 year old, that's almost like touching the hand of a diety.
Then there's Scanner Blue. We have barely said 'hello' this afternoon and he's handing the kids a bag o' swag that'll cause covetousness and wrestling matches to break out in the XM house for the next month. Awesome stuff. There were flags, key chains, lights, posters, even a knit cap from the U of M Cancer Center - which has become my new winter cap. Fatherhood has its privileges. Did you know Scanner is a U of M engineering grad that decided to become a high-end, interior trim carpenter? In the building trades that is considered art work. He's in SE Michigan, look him up for your next building project.
3. The MgoCommunity - The real reason I write this is the MgoCommunity and its unique nature. Where else on earth can you have a thread about astrophysics right next to one asking for advice about expressing your dog's glands, next to a 'Wife Day' thread? There are so many smart and kind people here. At the game robf and I were texting (we left after the game, failed to meet this time, I blame myself), Scanner was making sure we were taken care of (spoiled us rotten), a frequent Mgoblog lurker, we'll call him Larry, stopped by to say hi, and we even got to meet Seth. Seth seems to be as cool in person as he is in print. Someday I'm going to corner him and pepper him with questions, but luckily for him, today was not that day.
But what about the more important stuff? What about the occasional thread where guys/gals need help, prayer, a job, a ticket, advice for getting into school? This is the place for that. What about the incredibly personal stuff, the stuff that takes your breath away - remember Brutus and his wife this fall? There's been threads that included great help for things like depression or cancer or how about that thread yesterday, the one where a long-time lurker, infrequent poster, had an OP about abuse that was as thoughtful and well-worded as I've ever read.
Unlike virtually every other message board you've ever visited, there's real people here. Its kind of like your weekly Saturday morning basketball game with the same group showing up. Sure, one guy doesn't pass, another keeps taking 3's like he's going to make them and never does, and none of us are as fast or jump as high as we used to. But you know what, these are also the same people that will pull their truck up to yours and jump you battery b/c yours won't crank, and buy you breakfast after the game b/c you 'forgot' your wallet. Contrast that with when you go play hoops at some big-city court. Every foul is an argument, some break out in fights. That's because of the anonymity, the attitude that they'll never see that guy again so who cares, take that ball, argue the call, start a pushing match.
I know I value this community and try to treat it like a Saturday morning basketball game. There are so many people here that are worthwhile folks. I guess it'd be a good thing to keep in mind once in a while, might help us with the tougher topics. Besides, you might need your car jumped someday and the blogger you are being snarky to might be the one whose got cables. Heck of a day, heck of an MgoCommunity.