Back in the Swing

By: Jason Colthorp
By: Jason Colthorp

Random thoughts from the vacation and the first day back.

I realized something on vacation-- my daughter A.J. is turning out just like me.  At the home we were staying at in Falmouth on Cape Cod, there was a huge barbecue Saturday with 70+ people (most of whom I didn't know). I was roaming around mingling until I felt the need to do the hourly "locate my kids" thing.  I came out to the deck to find my 5-year old entertaining four strange adults.  Singing... dancing... telling jokes-- basically Shirley Temple with a sugar rush.  The one lady-- a retired school teacher was ready to take her back to South Carolina with her.  She was a great lady, but I was a little worried we might have to practice the "Stranger! Stranger!" routine when we got home.  Apparently not.  She had already told them how she was great at it-- biting and all.  And she showed off one more time on me.  I was half proud, half pain as I played the stranger, grabbed her arm, covered her mouth-- and she took a nice chunk out.  So, young Alison Jule was putting on a show like the little ham she is.  Kind of like her dad.


This Olympics is one of the most exciting ever and I haven't seen a second of it.  Well, I saw the U.S. runner pull up in pain and start crying, and some non-medal swimming, but that's it.  Everyone keeps telling me how great it is-- the Phelps medal show and the Jamaican runner from Krypton-- and I haven't even seen highlights.  I guess it's because we were doing so much I didn't tune it in.  That and if you ask someone in Massachusetts to turn the TV off a Red Sox game you get a cup of clam chowder tossed in your face.


Back to work today was an adventure.  I went right down to air time for my story at 6-- somehting that hasn't happened in a long time.  I was looking for some generic drunk driving video-- soemthing that should be easy to do.  I finally found some at 5:55 and next thing I know I'm running down to the studio.  As soon as I caught my breath David was tossing it to me.  The excitement was dulled by waiting around until midnight for the 11, which I promptly bumbled my way through.  Nice.  At least the boss is off all this week and didn't see it.


When I got my first tattoo last winter, I was a little afraid I would want another... then another... then another... then I'm Tommy Lee.  Lately, my wife and the other two we got inked up with are clammering for #2.  And I'm kind of coming around.  So, what do you think?  The other shoulder?  What should I get?  No suggestion is too dumb.  But don't be silly and say get a "Good luck in Houston, Adela" tattoo.  I already got that one on my backside.

I'll get into that bombshell in a later post.

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  • by Jennifer on Sep 2, 2008 at 11:44 PM
    Dang, Jason, ever heard of spell check?
  • by Tammy Location: Newsroom on Aug 21, 2008 at 04:11 AM
    Oooooh somebody might not be getting a second tattoo!
  • by Jason Location: Newsroom on Aug 20, 2008 at 02:18 PM
    Nice, Wally. The kids are still talking about your crazy recipes that maybe I'll share here. For others reading-- Wally and my kids concocted about three different recipes involving crazy leftovers plus sugar and lemons-- and he ate it! Much to the girls' delight. Your fixation with properly running windshield wipers during a rainstorm are also high comedy. "Are you considering the enjoyment of your passeng-uhs who would like to see the road? It's very danger-uhs not to have those running." "I have them on, Walt!" "They're on int-uh-mittent, Jason!" I am still laughing... let's do that again next year!
  • by Kevin Location: Kiawah Island, SC on Aug 20, 2008 at 06:42 AM
    Welcome back. Thanks for the information on how you're doing. Let's talk about that 2nd tattoo when I get back.
  • by Wally Location: Cincinnati on Aug 19, 2008 at 07:43 PM
    Love your blog, Jason. You are a wonderful writer. I had a ball with you, Julie and your daughters. You are a very lucky man. BTW, the exact quote is,"I would like to raise a jah to the 2004 World Series Champion Boston Red Sox!" Walter Cronkite would not have edited out the heart of the matter. And I would like to contribute my favorite things heard during the past week-" If you go any faster, that would just be a horror" and "Now, that's a recipe!" and "Fifteen threes". Hope all is well with you, and give all your lovelies a hug for me.
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