Grandma's 90th

I'm pretty fortunate to have at least one grandparent at this ripe old age of almost 30. And even more fortunate to have a 90-year-old grandmother who still gets around and tells stories from years ago as if they had happened yesterday. In the middle of December 2012, I flew to my hometown of Houston, TX to celebrate the birthday festivities of Lena Mae Starghill at the Kashmere Multi-Service Center. This place, nicknamed "the Center", is a place where she regularly goes on Tuesdays and Thursdays to "play checkers and tell lies." But on December 15th, it was a place filled with family and friends she'd come to know after 50+ years in the neighborhood. Happy Birthday G-Ma!


New Year, More Basketball

I rang in the new year (the 3rd and 4th of the month technically) with back to back days of basketball. I don't think it gets any better than that. I was in on a practice session with the Monterey Trail Mustangs of Elk Grove, CA full of drills, drills and more drills. Just when I thought the drills were over and practice was winding down, the basketballs went on the rack and out came the sprints. I guess it all paid off because the Mustangs walked away with a 14 point victory over rival Florin High School the very next day.