700 miles of rugby

Yup …

Madison to Milwaukee to Elkhart, Indiana via Chicago.

Up at 5:30 a.m. your time (6:30 local). 27 girls from all different teams forming one team and going undefeated as co-champions of the Midwest U-19s Select-Side Tournament.

Elkhart to Milwaukee via Chicago with a stop for Panda Express and Starbucks Iced coffee drinks.

Milwaukee to Rockford, Illinois to catch the social tailend of a rugby tournament. Exhaustedly trying to fall asleep at 11 p.m. Getting maybe two hours of sleep in a cozy two-person tent on the hard ground with the neverending sounds of partying until 6 a.m. Rain. Jimi Hendrix blasting again at 6:30 a.m.

Denny’s french toast. Meeting important people you hope to impress while still wearing the clothes you coached in yesterday. Hoping they liked you as much as you liked them.

Driving home to Madison only to find yourself on a rural Wisconsin highway in the middle of a Tornado warning and your mother telling you to “Get off the Road!” even though where you are, it’s sunny.

Driving 80 mph home white-knuckled thanks to the frightening black clouds on either side of you, despite being in the patch of sun. Getting home and being thankful that today wouldn’t be the first time you saw a tornado.

Napping hard for two hours. Waking up to watch “Signs” on tv. Being thankful there isn’t an alien locked in your pantry and leaving the extra glass of water by your bed anyway. Going back to bed.

And now going back to the workweek.

Weekends … you gotta love them. More to come. I’m catching back up in a bit …




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2 responses to “700 miles of rugby

  1. John Birch

    Hey – I’ve seen a tornado! Two or three in fact. Did you know we get more per square mile here in the UK than anywhere else? Okay not very BIG ones (they occasionally throw a bit of grass around) but still tornados. Technically.

    Okay not that exciting to you lot, but we in this little island were definately at the back of the queue when the interesting natural phenomena were being handed out, so you have to make the most of these things.

    {Hey – I won an award on Friday night! Made dragging a carload of U15s across to Suffolk seem worthwhile. And what if they did start playing rugby on the dance floor at 1am. Where the ball came from I’ve no idea…

    So you weren’t the only one bleary eyed…)

  2. Blondie

    John – Going by your description, I have seen swirling winds pick up debris.

    But a tornado is hand of god type phenomena … honestly, I was driving along waiting for the storm clouds circling above me to start reaching out to the ground and destroying all in its path …

    Congrats on your award!

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