We have a vacation coming up. Soon, we’ll be heading down to South Carolina for a week or so to bask in the sun, play some golf, and generally relax. This comes rather early for Randy and his new job, but we scheduled this back in December, I think. One of the perks of Louise working for Toll Brothers are the many vacation properties the company has scattered around the country that they make available for the employees.
Last year, we stayed in one of the Hoboken properties in a condo space we couldn’t recommend enough. It showed the the much maligned home builder does know how to do it right when they so choose. Soon, we’ll experience the Toll Brother’s golf resort experience, and we expect a similarly posh, relaxed environment.
Randy’s taking a book he recently purchased at the Philadelphia Athletics Historical Society during a Phillies Meetup event last Saturday. Frank Deford’s The Old Ball Game: How John McGraw, Christy Mathewson, and the New York Giants Created Modern Baseball. Randy’s growing baseball geekdom has begun to surprise even him. Though almost always a baseball fan in general and a Red Sox fan in particular, the recent burgeoning fascination with the national pastime has begun to take even him by surprise. Now in his fourth year as a fan of the Phillies and the owner of a partial season ticket plan, the Garbin household now just seems to enjoy two seasons per year: Baseball and Not Baseball.
Our little girl doesn’t yet know the meaning of the infield fly rule, but she does wear her Phillies dress more often now. We bought that for her last spring, but she still fits in it. Her growth rate won’t break any records, but she did finally top 36 inches last month.
We wonder how we’ll survive the overnight car trip to South Carolina with her in the car. These days, of course, most families seem to have their dvd-equipped mini-vans at their disposal, giving their children the experience of long drives in their living rooms. So much for all the road trip games we used to play. We don’t have such a car, but we do have a Mac laptop that can function the same way. On the other hand, we didn’t have the same safety regulations that today strap kids into the car like astronauts, severely restricting their movement. Who can blame parents for wanting to zone out the kids with the whole Disney cartoon library.
Yikes. We have to get a new movie up here soon!