For 25 years my Sundays in the South were just like the Shenandoah song. I would relax at my nice home, pet my dog on the head, kiss my wife, laugh with my girls, and grill something on the patio grill. All the while sipping ice tea and listening to smooth music.
Sundays in 2015….
I wake up and make a pot of coffee. Turn on ESPN and start watching college basketball. My team, Arkansas Razorbacks, sputter against Kentucky in the SEC Championship game. I then watch the Rockets barely skate by the Clippers… Both of the girls invite their “boyfriends” over. SO my little two bedroom apartment with no grill is overrun with testosterone. I crack up thinking how the boyfriends struggle to talk to me. Their mouths are dry and they stutter their words. But they try. That’s all I can ask.
The kids all take my larger car to the pizza store to buy takeout…
My new girlfriend who has touched my heart brings me a “care package”. A home cooked Italian meal with all the fixings! salad, garlic break, and a little pastry of desert. I can not believe how lucky I am. This kinda thing does not happen to 45 year old opinionated divorced fathers.
Everything is just smooth…. Then Fred the Wonder Dog throws up on my ottoman.
My new Sunday in the South… I wouldn’t trade it for anything at the moment.
Summer of 1991. I am a few weeks away from turning 21. Living in Nacogdoches, Texas and attending Stephan F. Austin State University. I spend most of my summer days listening to the Houston Astros like I posted here. T and I are in love.
Chicago Bulls and Michael Jordan just won their 6th Championship. The entire world is learning who Michael Jordan #23 is. The greatest and most competitive basketball player to ever set foot on a court.
I love Michael Jordan. Watching him on the court is, still to this day, the best I have ever seen. I imagine there will be nobody better.
Gatorade just decided to offer Mike 13.5 million as their 1st athletic sports star.
Gatorade decides to run a commercial called, Be Like Mike. The song in the commercial is from the movie, The Jungle Book. I still whistle it in my head…
Watching Jordan sitting in his red shirt during the commercial just laughing still brings back fun memories. To me that commercial scene shows that Jordan was human. He had fun. He laughed.
After Jordan made the last second fade-away jumper to win the game.. He runs and jumps up pumping his fist. That scene, that game… will always be etched in my brain. Amazing.
This weekend during the NBA All-Star Game it will be the 50th Anniversary of Gatorade and they will release the original Be Like Mike advertisement that has been digitally mastered.