Sweet Tradition

It’s been a busy couple of days for me here in the Dallas metroplex. The weather has been so two-faced this week that I’ve worn shorts and a scarf/glove combination all in the same week. It’s been so foggy the past couple of days that it reminds me of “Hound of the Baskervilles” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Frankly put, I love it. 

The week has been full of great times with my girlfriend and productive time spent on video editing and minor web updates. Tonight was another great addition to the week with a sweet tradition taking place.

You see, most families have their major and minor traditions. A lot of those revolve around holidays or family vacations. Growing up in an Army family where we moved all the time, there are really only two established traditions that I can remember. One was that every time we moved and hit the road again, we always made it a point to stop and eat at a Cracker Barrel. The other is based around my father’s love for the Portland Trailblazers.

The one sport that was big in my home growing up was Basketball. My father played in high school in Newport, OR and brought a love for the Blazers into our home. Now that I’ve reached an age where I choose where I live and who I follow, I still get drawn to the Blazers. My dad and I will stay up late texting and calling each other as the Blazer games come on TV. I think, for me, it’s become more than just a basketball game. It truly is something that I can share with my father and hopefully something my son will be able to share in with us as well. 

So to cap off the night, the Trailblazers won over the Phoenix Suns 124-119. Brandon Roy had 52 points and my dad sent me a text saying “MVP.” Oh sweet tradition.

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~ by Ryan Rijken on December 19, 2008.

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