Sunday, June 27, 2004

Cruel Summer: Damn. I'm sick again. What is going on? I got over a cold just as my trip to DC/Chicago began a couple of weeks ago and now I have another one. This has to stop. There are a couple of possible culprits; one is my Reston crew, who were in Ann Arbor for the annual Lloyd Carr Women's Football Academy. They may have brought some exotic virus with them from the Virginia suburbs. I also visited a new health club the other day and they are known to harbor all sorts of creepy crawlies, including some that my poor little immune system wasn;t prepared for. Ah well, the only course of action available is to drug myself up and ride it out. How bloody annoying is that?

I suppose I should explain what the Lloyd Carr Women's Football Academy is. For those of you not up on college football, Lloyd Carr is the coach of the University of Michigan Wolverines. Each year, he holds the Women's Football Academy in support of the Coach Carr Cancer Fund. Approximately 500 (participation is limited) women from all over the country get together and break up into teams and are coached by the actual UofM football players and coaches. Then, after a catered lunch, they get to barrel out of the tunnel into Michigan Stadium -- the Big House -- and scrimmage right on the actual football field. What a good time. I could only watch but there were moments when I wanted to jump in there and play.

The women involved in this are not athletes, for the most part; many aren’t even what you might call physically fit. I would guess ages ran the gamut from teenagers through seniors, with the average age probably in the 40s. They are all just Michigan football fans having a great time. Highly recommended if you are looking for a good time in support of a worthy cause.

And speaking of Chicago, my travel essay on my DC/Chicago trip should have been done by now, but it's not. As you probably know, my first novel, Apple Pie has found a new publisher. I moving a manuscript from one publisher to another, errors can occur in the translation. As such I have been spending my free time proofing Apple Pie for what must be the thousandth time. And I'll have to do it again to verify that all my corrections 'took'.

Still, I should have DC/Chicago up soon. And I should be over this cold soon. Then maybe, just maybe, I can start enjoying the summer.

(BTW, my land line voice mail is FUBAR. I can see that I have messages waiting but I can't retrieve them. Thank you Talk America. So if I have been ignoring your call, I haven't. Try my cell, or email me.)