Friday, May 25, 2012

Fatty foods, fireworks, a few beers, and fun = Memorial Day Weekend....but a tragedy has struck

I hadn't planned on writing a blog today, but I'm in such a great mood, that I thought I would write a few sentences.  Plus, I'm sitting at my new kitchen table watching UFC fights while my Dad, and my two dogs (Maddie & Saytii) are snoring away like crazy, so it's left me with realizing THATS what this weekend is all about.  The perfect time of year when the wearther is awesome (well it was 91 degrees here in Moneta....a TAD toooooo hot), family and friends get together to grill out, bust out the swimming pools, get out the fishing rods, break out the fireworks, and crack open a cold one (diet coke for those of you who don't drink).  I'm feeling at great peace, knowing that my brother will be here in a few hours from New Jersey, and glad that my special lady ;) Joana landed safely in Romania a little earlier.  Glad my sister and brother in law are having a blast with my niece Natalie.  Yes, it all seems that life couldn't be better, right?.....
Last night I received a phone call from my brother in law (Steve) that a terrible incident occured in Fayetteville, North Carolina yesterday that saddened both of us.  We both worked for the Fayetteville SwampDogs in 2004 and 2005, which is an amateur baseball team located in the heart of NC.  While we both have mixed feelings about the time we spent there, 2 men that we were very close with there are battling for their lives right now.  Coach/Owner, Darrell Handlesman & Operations Manager, Mark Wilderman were involved in a gas leak explosion at the SwampDogs stadium Thursday morning.  Both are still in "serious condition" at UNC Hospital. 
Now, I've always been a firm believer in keeping personal lives off of facebook, blogs, twitter, etc....but this has become national news.
Darrell and Mark were very good friends of mine, and I ask all of you to say a prayer for them both, and especially their families during this very difficult time. 

Please everyone have a great Memorial Day Weekend, but please be SAFE!

Always Keep Smiling!


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