As I am getting older, I am becoming more and more of a morning person. It doesn’t help that I bust my tookus every day with some great folks lifting and sweating our way through that hour.
From time to time, we all catch the most interesting conversations on the train to work, or in an airport, or especially while traveling. New York City blogger Rafi D’Angelo caught a conversation we would love to hear more of on public transportation—between two scruffy, rough-around-the-edges blue-collar working dads heading home. As soon as he heard Pat and Charlie’s conversation going somewhere interesting, Rafi grabbed his phone and hit record. This is what he caught:Guy 2: No more kids for you two?Guy 1: No, she figures we’re both getting too old for a baby.Guy 2: How is your boy anyway? Haven’t seen him in awhile.Guy 1: Oh John’s good, pitching this year varsity.Guy 2: He’ll definitely have the girls hanging around him now.Guy 1: Yeah if he had any time for them.Guy 2: Focused on baseball?Guy 1: Focused on boys.Guy 2: You’re shittin me!Guy 1: I kid you not. Came out to me and Mary Ann bold as daylight last year.Guy 2: Well I’ll be damned! I’m not supposed to know it but I overheard Patrick Junior tell his sister he might be gay not two months ago.Guy 1: We all saw that coming though.Guy 2: You’re the second person to say that. How’d everybody see it but me?Guy 1: It was just a feelin Pat. He was always a little soft, ya know?Guy 2: I guess you’re right. But damn Charlie, we both have gay kids. What do we do now? Both our sons are gay.Guy 1: We don’t do anything. We let em be gay and if some kid calls em a faggot we go to their house and raise hell with the parents like normal.Guy 2: Well I guess John and Lucinda won’t be getting together like we thought awhile ago.Guy 1: Guess not. **long pause**Guy 2: Hey Charlie, you thinkin what I’m thinkin?Guy 1: I was for about half a second then it got weird and I started thinkin about somethin else instead."By that point I was holding back a little tear," Rafi writes. "but they changed the conversation to something about a building code. I thought about posting the video but I don’t know how to blur people’s faces. Still, I thought this little exchange should be broadcast to the Internet." Welcome to the 21st century, America. This is family.
I ask the American commentators, please stop announcing that Landon Donovan is the “all-time U.S. leading goal scorer.” He is not. With 57 international goals, he’s not even in the Top Five. The all-time U.S. leading goal scorer is Abby Wambach, with 167 goals, followed by Mia Hamm (158), Kristine Lilly (130), Michelle Akers (105) and Tiffeny Milbrett (100). In fact, Abby Wambach is the all-time leading goal scorer in the world, among all soccer players, male or female. (via World Cup Soccer Stats Erase The Sport’s Most Dominant Players: Women)
After realizing I wasn’t leaving Atlanta in my allotted 5 year plan…I decided it was time to embrace a few Atlanta traditions and begin the ATL bucket list. And so it begins: my first (and likely only) peachtree road race. I am in Heat D which is spectacular! I’ll start before 8 and before it gets too hot!
Everybody knows relationships change over time. But I didn’t anticipate my BFF friendships to evolve so significantly as we moved from our 20s to our 30s. It might just be me or it might be something more universally experienced—either way, I felt something shift. Perhaps the biggest change is the amount of time we spend together. In my early twenties, all we had was time. Whether they lived in another state or just down the road, we saw each other constantly. And we’d take trips together: Vegas, LA, Miami, AC, Newport, Dewey, Richmond. We used any excuse to hang: birthdays, job promotions, new boyfriends, it being Thursday. My high school BFFs and I did beach trips. We’d talk for hours and hours. We’d discuss work, the future, guys, the good ole days of high school. We’d laugh about life and sometimes we’d cry about it too. I’d meet my college BFFs in NYC or Baltimore and catch up over cocktails. We’d sneak out back for an obligatory …
This.is.so.true. I am not even 30 and it’s already begun.
And I saw two guys wearing suits and daft punk like helmets. Has anyone else ever seen something like this? Or is Daft Punk really floating around my office?