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Reflections of an amazing day

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Reflections of an amazing day

I’m so proud of myself! I finally figured out how to download pictures from my Android smart phone to my laptop. It’s no secret that I’m tech challenged. And it isn’t about age: old timer, good friend and fellow myeloma survivor, Gary Petersen, gave me a tutorial at a patient dinner meeting on Tuesday.

Check out this revealing selfie of me trying to figure out how to get email on my phone at last Saturday’s tailgate celebration:


Celebration? I had just watched the University of Wisconsin football team lose a game they should have won. They didn’t execute when it counted. Their opponent, the University of Iowa Hawkeyes, seemed a bit over-matched. But they hung together as a team and persevered. I watched the players after the game. You would have thought they had just won the Super Bowl! They even ran celebrated as a team with their friends and family in the south end zone.

The now 5-0 Hawkeyes have that intangible “it” this year. I don’t think they’re good enough to go undefeated–or even win a Big Ten championship–but who knows? Dedication and teamwork can overcome a lot.

I was disappointed that the Badgers didn’t win. But I was inspired by how hard the team from my new home-away-from-home played. Pattie and I are die-hard fans. But we weren’t going to let the loss ruin a memorable day.

Friends and family stopped by our tailgate before and after the game. Pattie’s sister and husband, Mary and Tom, drove up from Florida to be there:


They got the coveted, “we drove the most miles,” award. But they didn’t travel the farthest. Gary Petersen flew up from Atlantic Beach, Florida, to go to the game with his daughter, a fellow University of Wisconsin grad who lives near Madison. Other friends drove over three hours to be there. Seeing everyone enjoy a perfect, fall Midwestern day brought me indescribable joy.

A group of us spent the afternoon together before going out to dinner together. It was a long day, but I felt good. I wouldn’t have changed a thing. OK, maybe one thing. Did our quarterback really have to fall down and fumble on Iowa’s goal line, one yard away from the winning touchdown?

The best part of the day? Sharing it all with my lovely wife:


I’ll admit these photos aren’t the best. I’ll get the hang of taking pictures with my phone. I miss my camera! I shared in an earlier post how I clumsily dropped and broke it while we stopped for lunch on the way from the airport.

RIP little Nikon.

Feel good and keep smiling! Pat