February 16th, 2007

Back to Normal

I watched the Arizona-USC game yesterday evening with my father-in-law, who is getting closer to his pre-hospitalization mobility and is actually acting a lot more lively than he had in months. Recovering from a near-death experience has clearly made him think harder about what he can do to stay healthy, which is great to see. I'm delighted to have my sports-viewing companion back home. Although he does tend to make the same points over and over again, they are generally good ones. And, when it comes to the Wildcats' inability to get defensive stops and the astonishingly poor decision-making demonstrated by their point guard -- remember the Elite Eight contest against Illinois, anyone? -- it's easy to understand why he would repeat himself, since that must be what Lute Olson is doing too. "If he didn't have white hair before tonight, he'd have it now." The best part of the evening was "watching" the Cal-Oregon contest on my laptop by keeping it set for the auto-refreshing Pac-10 scoreboard. My father-in-law kept asking me how things were going. And then, when I raised my arms in the air, he smiled and said, "So they pulled one out." I'm happy the Bears won, of course, but far happier that he was there to be happy for me.