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Sunday, January 27, 2013

Harlem Globetrotters

The Cub Scouts offered a fun outing for us this week.  We got to go watch the Harlem Globetrotters at FHSU.  Our first great surprise was where our seats were located.  We were four rows up from the floor behind on of the goals.  My wheelchair couldn't exactly climb up four steps, so Eric and I got to sit on the floor at a table that wasn't being used.  That gave Azure a great place to get down and under the table which was completely closed in the front--so he just got to take a nap and avoid the craziness of the weekend.

Even if you're not a huge basketball fan, you would have had a great time.  There is a basketball game being played (sort of) with a lot of showmanship activities--long shots, slam dunks, balls being rolled on shoulders fancy ball handling tricks, even a player standing on the basket.
There were also several time-outs during which contests were held and audience members were engaged in the action.  The entire game was set to awesome music--some current and some from my era.  :)


Halftime consisted of inviting all audience members out on the floor for a dance party to YMCA.  Our daughter joined right in.  Our son waited until the song was almost over to ask his dad to come dance with him.  They missed out!!  :)

Autograph time was well done.  After the game a rope was run around the court and the players stood a various locations to keep the line sort of in order.  I wasn't going to tackle the crowd, but the player directly in front of me was Flight Time (who I remembered from the Amazing Race).  So, Azure and I made the attempt to join the line.  Well, I am here to tell you it was worse than managing the crowd at Wal-mart on Thanksgiving evening.  :)  We were fighting all the people trying to leave the arena and not head to get autographs.  So, we gave up and went back behind our table.  Later, I could see my daughter getting close to Flight Time, so I tried it again.  It was much more manageable now and when we got to the front of the line, staff let us under the rope and into the court.  He walked us behind the players and would tell them we were there.  Our daughter got the rest of the autographs on her basketball in record time.  We girls decided we like "rock star treatment" the wheelchair gets.  Check out this website to see some more perks from living with a wheelchair.
The boys were going around together and got all the autographs too.

Probably the biggest perk of the whole evening for me was recognizing Flight Time.  Somehow I knew immediately when they came out for warm ups, that I had seen him before.  He and Big Easy were on the Amazing Race and I fell in love with them there.  They were among my favorites and I loved getting to watch them race.  Funny how my brain works.  I can't remember much of what I need to in day to day life, but I sure can remember Flight Time and Big Easy and that they were on Amazing Race.  Come to find out, the kiddos fell in love with Big Easy when he was on Kicken' It.
Guess that's just way more important for me to remember than say to take my vitamins.  :)  I'll never understand how a brain works. 
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Thanksgiving for today
469.  Baptism
470.  Obeying Christ's commands
471.  Paper Cutter
472.  Finding what you need right when you need it
473.  Increased independence
474.  Bartering Power

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