Catch up – May 2001

I apologize for not keeping this completely updated, but here is a summary of a couple of happenings.

First, my niece Isabel celebrated her second birthday this past week. She’s growing very fast… too fast, I think. She and her sister are getting bigger as they grow (which is typical for infants and toddlers, I suppose).

I also got a chance to catch up with an old classmate of mine recently. We had the opportunity to discuss some problems with the world, and he reintroduced me to my guitar (I hadn’t played it in a while). He taught me a couple of things, so now I’m practicing. The scary thing is that he wants to continue teaching me, and I want to continue to learn. Scarier yet, I want to get a new electric guitar.

I’ve also been practicing my golf swing. I had my last lesson tonight, and I really learned a few more things about driving a ball. I was amazed at how much I’ve improved since my first lesson (yes, there have been days where the ball didn’t cooperate with me). Soon, I will be hitting the links.

Finally, I received my Wood Badge beads. Wood Badge is an advanced training for Boy Scout leaders. I completed the practical portion of it in a week (it was a three weekend training campout), and finished the “ticket” portion almost two years later (right near the end of the allotted time). It only took an additional two years for me to finally receive my beads (which is worn as part of the official uniform). I was really happy to see one of my patrol members there (one of my “classmates,” so to speak). They were awarded to me during our troop’s court of honor and pack’s crossover. We also had a Scout reunion (boys, leaders and family), which really turned out very well. Next year, our Boy Scout troop celebrated 30 years, so we have already agreed to hold another Scout reunion.

Speaking of scouts, I will be camping with them at the Milwaukee County Zoo in a couple of weeks. We will be demonstrating Native American Lore. It should be a really good time for all that attend.