Stupid escape

I haven’t posted since I was in Lakin last Saturday. It went downhill pretty fast since my last post.

Sadly, Norton’s season ended with a loss to Lakin in the sub-state semifinals. However, the biggest loser wasn’t the team. It was me.

I quickly packed up and left Lakin after the Bluejays’ loss. I did not stick around for the final, where TMP defeated Lakin to advance to the state tournament this weekend in Emporia.

I should have stayed at Lakin to say goodbye to everyone. It was rude to Cailtyn, her teammates, and especially her mom. I was scared I would be an intruder, since Clark, Chelsea and her husband Sam were there. I felt it were best if Peggy talked to them and not worry about me. I also wanted the girls to be able to weep in peace. Ending a season is very hard, especially for the seniors. Peggy told me I read too much into it. I’ve heard that a lot from Crista. Yet I keep doing it.

Instead of doing the right thing, I sped back to Garden City as fast as I could. I had the idea I would get to Buffalo Wild Wings before Game 6 of the National League Championship Series began.

Horrible move.

I saw an open barstool and was about to sit down when a rude Nebraska fan told me he was saving the seat for an invisible friend who was supposedly going to show up at some point.

That set me off.

I was pissed. Why didn’t he tip the barstool over or otherwise put something of his on the seat so he could reserve it? That’s what I like to do when I know Robb and Dawn are coming. Even better, I’ll write their names on a Post-It and affix it to the stool. Now if it’s busy, I won’t reserve a seat; I don’t like denying other patrons the chance to sit down.

This guy, though, didn’t understand common courtesy. I was beyond pissed I was STEAMING at this guy. I screamed a couple of expletives at him on my way out. Then I completely melted down in the car.

I was happy to get out of Garden City Sunday morning. The hotel was fine. But if I don’t have to see that Buffalo Wild Wings again, fine by me. I don’t have a reason to visit Garden City in the near future to begin with. It may be closer than Wichita, but it certainly isn’t easier to get there. Kansas City isn’t that much farther.

I didn’t use the CPAP machine Saturday night for the first time in nearly two months. I went back on it when I got back to Russell. I was afraid it would negatively affect me on the drive home, but it didn’t. I won’t take that chance again.

My contacts were irritating the hell out of me Sunday morning. Thank God I had my prescription sunglasses with me to drive home. I went straight downstairs when I got back to Russell at 12:40.

The first three days of the work week have been pretty  much standard operating procedure. The workload will drop starting next week as many high school football teams conclude their seasons, and the cross country season ends with state meets. No local teams are playing in state volleyball tournaments, so that’s a relief.

Thinking about a trip to Kansas City. Got the rest of the day to think about it.

About David

I am a sportswriter for a group of weekly newspapers in small towns across northern Kansas. I grew up in New Orleans, went to college at LSU and wandered in the wilderness until Hurricane Katrina finally put me on the path to my current job.

Posted on October 26, 2016, in Norton HS, Personal, Uncategorized and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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