Over the weekend, I spent a lot of time with my son's Scout troop. We left the house at 6p Friday and got home at about 6:30p last evening. We had a lot of fun... boys being boys... 10 mile hike in the John Bryan State Park... lots of time at the Air Force Museum... and then snoring form the back seat on the way home. Among the laughs and steps and meals together, I realized I have it pretty good. We had 4 leaders and 11 boys and we got along fairly well. Certainly the cabin we stayed in was primitive and sleeping on a wooden floor wasn't exactly like my bed at home, but we survived. I've got mud and dirt in places in my car that I'm not I'll ever be able to clean up, but it reminds me of the horsing around en route to the next stop. I also know that, if given the chance, these young men step up and help out on projects they should and even initiate others for assistance. In a world of negative news, I am encouraged.
I also reminded this morning of the fine co-workers I have. On a day when most people will be talking brackets, sports director Matt McCoy is there with insight and facts, stats and opinion on who got the good draws and who got screwed. Add to that fact, Matt is a good family man and a consistant performer at the radio station. He says yes when asked to step up and almost always delivers a great job, right down to the end. Morning news anchor Ken Stevens is as good as they get. Besides joining me every fifteen minutes or so on the air, he offers a solid sounding board for ideas and helps me when I'm unsure about which is a bigger, more pertinent story. I'm pretty sure my success would be less if it were not for these two men.
Despite the often changing nature of information from our nation's capital, this is still the greatest nation on earth. Rob Portman can change his stance on gay marriage, the president can keep pushing to spend money we don't have, and there can be the daily scandals form pretty much anywhere, but I still think I'd rather win here than anywhere else. I guess I believe in where we've been so much that I'm willing to cut the now and the future a little slack. So many great people have given their all to make sure the USofA survived... I just feel like if we needed to, we'd pull ourselves up by the bootstraps again and get 'er done. .
I know Monday's can be kind of tough on people, and I won't kid you, I'm pretty beat after the Scout campout weekend, but when I stop and think about it... overall, I'm in pretty good shape.