02 September 2010

Slice of Life: Burgers, Beer, Crabs, Family & Friends

Often times, as I write this blog, it is easy to get frustrated with the absurdity that is the news today.  While our freedoms are attacked from the death by 1000 paper cuts mentality that is the .gov establishment, it is hard to find quality time to just forget about things for a while.

So, while I was busy the prior weekend catching a boat load of fish with the wife and my parents, I didn't think twice about my blog, or politics.  (Ok, maybe that's a lie, I probably did).  Over this weekend, I repeated that opportunity while planning a little cookout with some family for Saturday night and then again on Sunday with some friends for crabs and beer.  Living in Maryland may have drawbacks, but the perks are sometimes worth the payout. 

Family is great.  They don't have to understand you to love you, and if they are like my family, the endless ribbings are a challenge unto themselves.  A few beers and shooting the breeze for an evening, while catching a bit of my Ravens in preseason football was a nice distraction.  No thinking needed, just enjoying life without all the worries.

I'm also fortunate in that my wife else enjoys my side of the family (like I, her's) and that she gets along so well with the younger generation.  The cousin offspring of my older cousins is the ripe age for rough play and hard sports, and I was envious that my bum knee kept me from returning the favor from decades ago.  Oh well, it'll be healthy again, and the next time there is a family sporting event, I'll be out there.

As we head into the Labor Day weekend, most of us will visit friends and family.  Use it as a good distraction.  Try to avoid politics and the upcoming election if you can.  Trust me, it will do you some good!

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