School was the primary focus of our time in February, followed closely by the Olympics. I have always been a fan of the Olympics, but became even more so when I was a volunteer at the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City. I worked in the Athlete’s Lounge at the Delta Center (at that time), the location for figure skating and short-track speed skating. I was fortunate enough to work with Apolo Anton Ohno almost every day! And here we are…eight years later…and he is still an Olympics celebrity! Ryan and I stopped everything we were doing when Apolo had an event. We celebrated when he won each additional medal, and were disappointed when he crashed or was disqualified. We also enjoyed watching skiing, snowboarding, and the other sports. We went into a little bit of withdrawal when the Olympics ended, but watched considerably less TV!
Our cub scout pack meeting for February was celebrating the 100th birthday/anniversary of the Boy Scouts. I talked about things that were happening in the country 100 years ago, and then we had a special guest speaker who has been involved with scouting for over 50 years! He has a fun collection of scout stuff from the past 50 years, so he talked about the changes in uniforms, awards, books, etc. He spotted Ryan in the front row with all of his arrow points and called him up as a "helper." He had no idea that Ryan was the cubmaster's son! He just saw the long line of arrow points and called on him, pointing out the long row of arrow points. Of course, Ryan loved it!After our guest speaker finished speaking, we played a couple of fun birthday games and then had birthday cake. I think it went very well.Ryan and I had a wonderful experience in February, due to the generosity of a lifelong friend. My friend Curtis has season tickets to the Jazz games, and his seats are just a few rows behind the Jazz bench. He was unable to attend a game one night, and gave us his tickets!Curtis is also involved with several philanthropic organizations, including some with Thurl Bailey, former Jazz player and current Jazz commentator. Curtis not only gave us his tickets, but made arrangements for us to meet Thurl during the game. We also met Pace Mannion, former University of Utah player, who is now a commentator with Thurl Bailey. When we went up to the area where they broadcast, there was a crowd of people around watching and hoping for an autograph or a picture. Curtis told us to walk right up to the security guard, tell him that Curtis had sent us, and he’d let us in. He did! We had fun taking pictures on the set and getting autographs. The crowds waiting were very jealous, and we felt like VIPs!Ryan was also thrilled to find out that Thurl was number 41 when he played for the Jazz…Ryan’s number this year on Jr. Jazz!