Flatt-Out Awesome Weekend

By: Jason Colthorp
By: Jason Colthorp

A couple of days ago, I thought this would be the relaxing weekend. Boy, was I wrong.

I've been waiting all summer for the weekend where I just chilled at home and did nothing.  I thought this might be the one, but as the weekend drew near, I realized that would not be the case.  One thing after another kept coming up, but it turned out to be a blast and here's the blow-by-blow.

10:15 a.m. - Soccer Game
As coach of my daughter's Under-10 team, we hit the field ready to roll after a 5-0 win last week and the girls ready to paint some more fingernails.  It doesn't happen as we fall 3-2, but Leah scored a great goal to lessen the pain.  It was her second of the year.  Plus, the girls played hard and had fun.  On top of that, after the game, I got a hug from my 5-year old who had just come from her soccer game.  She said they won 4-1.  I asked her if she scored a goal.  She said yes.  She scored all four.  Rock on, Pele.

3:30 p.m. - Notre Dame vs. MSU
After mowing the lawn and getting the kids ready to spend the night at their aunt's house, I settle in to watch the first few minutes of the game.  As you know, it ends well for the Spartys, even though I had to listen to most of the game on the radio.  That's because we had to leave at 5 for the...

8:00 p.m. - Rascal Flatts Concert featuring Taylor Swift at the Palace of Auburn Hills
Taylor Swift opened and was OK.  So many people tell me how great she was when they saw her, but I'm sorry, she was underwhelming.  I was entertained, but her voice was drowned out by the music several times, there was feedback when they tried to boost her mic a few times and she didn't hit the high notes all that well. 

She finished strong though, with her latest hit, "Shoulda Said No" and also really brought the house down with "Tim McGraw."

Then came Rascal Flatts.  In a word-- WOW!  Gary LeVox (lead singer) was awesome.  It seemed effortless the way he belted out every Rascal Flatts hit, making them sound even better than on they do on the CD's.  Yeah, that's what I said, he sounds better in concert.  Unbelievable voice that just rocked the place in person.  The stage was incredible.  It formed a perfect square, with many risers with stairs going to them throughout, and video playing on each square and behind the band on the main stage.  Maybe the coolest part of the show was a moment when some fan lifted their little girl-- maybe 6 years old-- on stage and LeVox grabbed her hand and never stopped singing as he walked all the way around the square stage with her.  They'd stop and he'd get her to wave every now and then, which erupted the crowd with cheers.  I think the song was "Take Me There."  Then at the end as I'm walking out, I run into Greg Adeline from Channel 6 and his brand new wife of just a couple weeks.  They looked happier than normal-- which is pretty happy-- but I don't know if it was because of the awesome concert or the fact he is a newlywed and still happily married.  Give it time.  Anywho, two couples who know what marriage is really about-- me and Julie and another couple are still talking about how sweet that show was.

8:00 a.m. - Club Championship
My second golf match in The Emerald Club Championship saw me trying to recover from a night of drinking at Rascal Flatts and getting to bed around 2 and teeing it up early.  I played a great guy who I hadn't met until that day.  It's match play, which I had never participated in until my first match-- which I won 1-up.  That was against the local dentist who is pretty good, but didn't play well that day and neither did I, but someone had to win.  On this day, I played much better, but so did my opponent.  He may have been 20 years my senior, but he didn't play like it.  The lefty knocked in a handful of 5-10 foot par putts to keep the match close and on hole 14 he caught me to make the match ALL SQUARE.  Number 15 at the Emerald is a Par 5 dog leg right off the tee.  I hit it good with a cut and it was right down the middle, 198 yards from the green.  I focused hard on a 5 iron and hit it good.  When it stopped rolling, it was 4 feet from the pin.  I knocked it in for an eagle to go 1-up, but Ron, my opponent, came right back with a great shot on the Par 3 16th to square the match again.  On 17, another Par 5, I managed to get up and down for a birdie and go up again and on 18, we were both about 12 feet from the pin in regulation.  Ron was forced to be aggressive and it ended with me winning 2-up and shooting 79-- which is good for me.  So, I'm off to the semi-finals of the First Flight tournament and the funny part is, if I win my next match, I could be playing my neighbor for the title if he wins his match.

1:30 p.m. - Hike for Hospice
After a quick picnic in the driveway with Julie and the kids, I took the girls to Hawk Island Park in Lansing for the 7th Annual Hike for Hospice for Sparrow Hospice Services.  I just had to make a few announcements and introduce Michelle Wiseman (Sparrow Hospice Director) and MSU Goaltender Jeff Lerg, who kicked off the 5K event.  I got choked up at least 3 times just talking about how important Hospice nurses and the services they provide are and what it meant to me when my mom died.  These people are angels.  The hospice nurse who was with my mom and us in her final days was phenomenal.  Their services are priceless and events like the one Sunday are so important to helping people who may not have insurance get hospice care when they need it.  Leah, A.J. and Meg (Leah's buddy) all had a great time on the inflatables and the playground.

4:30 p.m. - Soccer Pictures
After a stop home to get in our soccer uniforms, it was off to St. Johns High School for team pictures.  No drama, just a couple quick photos and we were out of there.  It was nice to get home and put my feet up and watch the Lions game for a few minutes until they got down 21-3.  I was in and out of a nap when the phone rang.  It was Julie.  Dinner at the Knowltons-- load up the kids and get over here.  God help me, this weekend will never end. 


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