How I spent my summer vacation, by Chasing Checkers

Remember those essays you had to write on the first day of school? Well, this fall is my first fall in many many years where I’m not in school (yay Master’s degree completion) but I guess I still wanted to write an essay.  So here you go.  How I spent my summer vacation.

I must begin by saying thank you to the police, fire, medic and rescue workers who risked their lives 13 years ago after the senseless acts of violence done to America. So many innocent lives were lost… mothers, fathers, sons, daughters. Everyone I know was impacted in some way by the terrible tragedy, and I hope we never face another day like September 11, 2001.

I don’t have a very traditional career. I have one theater job that consumes me nine months of the year, and I supplement that with a great deal of freelancing. This summer, instead of taking most of the three months off, I picked up not one, not two, but three new part time jobs. One starts in the coming weeks, and two others consumed me this summer. Needless to say, my crazy life got a whole lot crazier, but I wouldn’t trade it for a “normal” career!

I still did what I could to enjoy my summer “vacation.”

  • I cheered the LA Kings onto their second Stanley Cup championship. I’m pretty sure it’s because I knit a pair of LA Kings socks and painted my toenails purple, something I failed to do in 2013 but did in 2012. So to all the Kings fans out there, you’re welcome. I brought them luck.
  • I checked a huge thing off of my personal bucket list by not only visiting the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, but seeing my favorite band play there on a tour after a nine year hiatus. Needless to say, Nickel Creek was magical and a dream come true seeing them perform together again.
  • I ran miles of feeder cable. I’m a tie in electrician in the summer, and at about 2000 feet of 4-0 a show, I ran a lot of cable for more concerts than I can count or remember. It was fun, and a new adventure.
  • I spent three weeks on the beach at Windy Hill. My grandfather built a family cottage in the 1940’s, and it has hardly been updated, but it’s home, and I’m grateful I get to spend time there, and the beers consumed on it’s porch (Coronado Brewing out of San Diego, CA is a new favorite!).
  • I knit something that won Best of Show at the NC Mountain State Fair. It heads to Raleigh for the State Fair next month, so keep your fingers crossed I get another ribbon and a $10 payout for my effort (that should cover the cost of one craft beer at a game, right?).

So, now that summer is over, I guess I should focus on what the fall and beyond holds for me. Hockey season is right around the corner, and I’ve had the Checkers on the mind a great deal. The team is going to be a very different one than previous seasons. A new yet-to-be-named captain, and at least one new alternate. Lots of new faces, but a handful of returning ones too.  I am excited to see how a very new team can create the chemistry of past seasons.

There are many players I will miss seeing on the ice, but change is good, and can be exciting. I am anxious to see how the season unfolds.

 

So, Checkers fans, who are you most anxious to see in action this year?

Who are you going to miss the most from last season’s team?

How do you think the Checkers will fair in 2014-15?

Who do you have your sights on for the new captain this season?

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