Saturday, August 13, 2011

A Sports Kind of Week

This has been a sports week for Kalisha. It started on Monday morning when we went to Anderson, Indiana for the Indianapolis Colts training camp. We had attempted to go for the last two years, but something always got in the way of our plans.
Kalisha packed her lunch the night before and gathered up anything that she might want signed and the Sharpies. We went to the early practice which started at 8:30, hoping it would be a little cooler.

We had never been there before and didn't know what to expect. We arrived at 8:15, but learned later that we should have been there at 7:15 so she could have her hand stamped. Only the first 100 people get a stamp and only stamped people get into the autograph tent after practice.
Kalisha was excited to see all of the players she knew on the field; especially Joseph Addai. We had been told that some of the players come to the fence after scrimmages to sign autographs, so I found Kalisha a spot on the rope and told her not to move. The first one to come over was Donald Brown. Kalisha was a little timid about not getting pushed out of line, but by the time she found out that Dallas Clark and Reggie Wayne were signing also, she was 'holding her own!' She got both of those autographs, but sadly, not Joseph Addai's. As we were riding (golf cart for handicapped knee) past the autograph tent and she saw Joseph Addai in there, she almost jumped out of the cart. Maybe next year; we will arrive earlier.

The next sport for the week was baseball. Kalisha was allowed to pass out the programs for a Tin Caps baseball game. The management never uses volunteers, but a very nice man named Michael allowed her to do it one time. She did an excellent job; greeting everyone coming through the gate, smiling and talking. She enjoyed it and it was a great experience for her.

She really needs a job in customer relations somewhere. I think she would be a perfect greeter at Wal-Mart. After about a week, she would know every customer's name. However, Wal-Mart won't hire her, because thay say that their greeters have to be 'security' also. I believe that if someone tried to steal a DVD or CD, Kalisha might wrestle them to the ground.  HA!

She ended her week with a shouting match with her 16-year-old niece. I'm not sure it was a sport, but from the reports I got, it could have turned into a segment on WWW. Thankfully, it didn't.

One last funny thing....when I had my knee surgery, my son-in-law in TX sent his gel ice packs. They are really good ones and quite large. As I said, Kalisha packed her own lunch for our trip. When I grabbed her "Colts" cooler from the trunk, it almost took me over backwards. I asked her, "What in the world did you pack?" I discovered that it wasn't the food she had packed that was so heavy; she used one of those medical ice packs to keep her food cold. Pretty smart, I guess, if you don't have to carry your lunch bag too far!

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