Kid’s Activities = Free Time For Me?

My oldest son, who is 7 years old, is getting involved in a bunch of extra activities like soccer and now cub scouting. These activities require me to race home from work, skip dinner, and take him there. This is done at least three times a week. I have no problem taking him there and I am glad he is involved with activities other than Legos and video games. Sure, I would like dinner when I get home. Or take my shoes off. Or have a beer. However, this is not always a bad thing.

Take cub scouting for example. This is his first year and I take him every Tuesday for an hour and a half. I could always drop him off and take off like other parents, but at what cost. As soon as I get home from the meeting place, I have 20 minutes to relax and turn around. Not really worth it. So, I end up sitting in my car and read a book, listen to my iPod, play the Nintendo DS, or set up my disc golf basket and practice in the field by the church.  I could also go up to the bar which I used to live by. This is usually some nice down time after a stressful day in the office. Otherwise, I’d be at home fiddling with some stressing home project, chores, or noises that occur inside my housing structure.

What makes this wrong is the cub scouts are always looking for parents to become leaders. So, while they are short-handed with male leaders, I am sitting outside enjoying my peace and quiet. Why won’t I volunteer? That’s a post/rant for another day.

Family-less Weekend

This weekend I will be without any family. My wife and children are venturing back across the state for a family reunion. That leaves me all alone for a weekend of beer, Musikfest, disc golf, and playing video games in my underwear. It also allows me to blast my music late at night and at 6AM in the morning to piss off our whacked out neighbors. I think I will be playing some sort of FPS hooked up to the surround sound.

It’s kind of cool, but it sucks as well since my wife is going to miss the Stone Temple Pilots concert tonight. No big deal since I didn’t pay for the tickets and is being sponsored by my employer.

Of course I can see some of my family by going to my aunt’s picnic on Saturday but I have a disc golf tournament and picnic to attend.

Maybe I’ll call off Monday and take advantage of another quiet day at home.

My Biggest Disc Golf Weekend Coming Up

This weekend is the third annual Soltstice Tournament up at Hickory Run and Francis E Walter Dam, a cross-town event. I’ve been in the previous two and I can’t wait for this years. The weekend is full of camping, parties, friends, prizes, cigars, and more. The event is put on by the Bearclaws and my buddy Mike Solt. He is stringing together a nice list of successful tourneys, especially this series. Each year, the player’s and prize packs get bigger and bigger.

I am heading up there early Friday to help set stuff up and any last minute preperations, plus get a practice round in. Now there is a random doubles match that evening at one of the courses. So, now that is 2 rounds on Friday and 2 on Saturday. That is the most I have ever played within a 48 hr window. I guess this is gearing me up for Sportsfest weekend down at my home course, Lehigh Parkway.

I’m sure there will be practice baskets at the campgrounds for some putting challenges.

The last two years at this tournament, I walked away with some sort of prize, so I hope to keep the streak alive. Just like Richie Klinger is hoping to keep his streak alive and winning all three Solstice Pro divisions. The first year I walked away with Closest to the Basket (which those in my foursome will not forget the path I took) and last year I one a portable basket from the raffle. This year I want first place in the rec division.