Wednesday, February 16, 2011

The Games of Life

My brother asked me to go to the KU game Saturday with him, but I told him I’ve grown accustomed to sitting in my chair watching my big screen tv (32”) and had to pass on the offer. At home, I can get up from my chair to get me a something to drink, eat or go to the bathroom without having to fight off huge crowds. And I can watch replays. I’m lazy like that, but just on game days. A few years ago, this tribal council guy asked me to go to a KU game against Southern Cal and the seats were in the 8th row and I turned him down too. Just call me crazy or somebody who can't recognize an opportunity. I know my living room doesn’t have the atmosphere of Allen Field-house, but I’m a creature of habit. We schedule our day around KU games. If it’s a Saturday and they play at 3pm, we get our grocery shopping and paying bills out of the way, so we can be home watching the game on schedule. And if we can’t be home and we are at a gaming venue, I try and situate myself to where I can watch one of the television monitors. I’m still thankful they asked me to go to the games, but I guess I’m no fun.

Speaking of fun, my grandson Nyeh Washkeh must be having some fun because he told me yesterday he was going to be a daddy and that will make me a great grandfather (or misho in our language, so now I will be a great misho). I’ve always thought the world of my grandchildren and now it’s time to spoil another one, but this time is will be a great-grandchild. I give thanks for this time in my life where me and the great grandmother can see this new baby come to our home and reservation.  It oughta be fun.  When Pat ko shuk, my youngest grandson was a little guy, I would change his diaper and my wife about fell over.  I guess she never ever expected to see me do that.  I also would sit with him and watch "Shrek" and this movie about horses and he wanted to watch them over and over and we did.  I suppose age has softened me up abit, but not much.

Oh, let me have a tangent here. KU lost the other night but I remain a dedicated fan. I went to bed mad, woke up mad, went to work mad, but I will get over it. They will correct the mistakes and improve for the Big Dance and it is true that it isn’t over until the fat lady sings and I haven’t heard her kicking any tunes out around here.

Not to sound like a damn hypocrite, I thought about driving to the first game of the regional and even though it’s against my accustomed life-style, I thought about buying a couple of tickets from scalpers and watching a game. If I can’t obtain a ticket in this illegal fashion then I would go to the nearest casino and come home the next day. Those are only thoughts at this time and not necessarily the way it will work out.

Chuck Lorre, who regularly adds messages to his end-of-show vanity cards, included one after Monday's episode that said this:

"I exercise regularly. I eat moderate amounts of healthy food. I make sure to get plenty of rest. I see my doctor once a year and my dentist twice a year. I floss every night. I've had chest x-rays, cardio stress tests, EKG's and colonoscopies. I see a psychologist and have a variety of hobbies to reduce stress. I don't drink. I don't smoke. I don't do drugs. I don't have crazy, reckless sex with strangers. If Charlie Sheen outlives me, I'm gonna be really pissed."

So there it is!

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