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MY FIRST—AND ONLY—SNOW TUBE RIDE
Members of the Monte Holland family went snow tubing at Hidden Valley (Southwestern Pennsylvania on the Laurel Ridge) on December 27. My grandson Marcus, 7, helped me document that visit: click on Snow Tubing
Part 1: The Holland Family . The following relates my first and last snow tube ride.
A snow tube ride became a part of my bucket list, and was accomplished before I ever had a chance to write it down.
I decided I should try one ride if I was going to write this piece. Of course I had to be color coordinated, so chose the yellow tube. As I stepped onto the conveyor belt I almost lost my footing, and I was approaching the top of the hill I wondered what kind of a nut I was.
However, it was too late to change my mind—the only way down was via snow tube.
At the top I quickly snapped a couple of photos before sitting down.
Then the worker gave my tube a gentle shove.
The ride was (more…)
HUGS, SPORTS, AND TOUCH BANNED Part 1
Life evolved….through chemicals touching one another and forming liaisons…Although we tend to ignore touch, it’s not only basic to our species, but the key to it…*
I recall playing tag, dodge ball, and other sports while attending Whipple Elementary School in Portsmouth, New Hampshire—712,000 moons ago.
In all those moons I never considered (more…)
PITTSBURGH PENGUINS PRACTICE HOCKEY
Monte W. Holland
Consol Energy Center: Pittsburgh, PA
Early Saturday morning a friend and I ventured to the Consol Energy Center in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to watch an open-to-the-public Pittsburgh Penguin practice. A few thousand people gathered there with us.
Yes, practice! The hockey players were separated into Group A, Group B, and Group C. At 9:00 a.m. we watched group Group A practice. At 10:00 a.m. Group A played a game against Group B. At 11:00 a.m. Group B practiced.
Finally, at noon players in Group C began to arrive. First, there were cheers for Arron Asham and Matt Cooke as they came down the tunnel. Then Sidney Crosby appeared and the arena broke loose in a standing ovation—a standing ovation for showing up to the first day of practice!
However, Sidney has been out of the game since he experienced two concussions in January games. Some people, including myself, wondered (more…)