Another long week had ended. Your Government has achieved great things. I have successfully survived another trip to Oklahoma City and am back at home. My entire family, including my beautiful daughter, Faithful Pup Scout, and Macy the Hamster, are all together again. Life is good.
We actually had big plans for the day, but the weather forecast changed things and we elected to not follow through. Unfortunately, the weather didn't cooperate and the day is looking pretty nice so far. But it's too late now to go back to our original plan.
Today is the 2013 Maryland Lighthouse Challenge. My daughter, Melody, and I did the challenge back in 2008 (I think). The challenge consists of driving to about a dozen designated lighthouses throughout the great state of Maryland, where patches may be collected for each one. Some are open and can be climbed to the top. It's actually very interesting and it creates a unique opportunity to see the lighthouses which might otherwise be closed to the public. Anyway, the Challenge lasts two days, giving ample time to see them all.
We had planned to participate in the challenge, but with heavy rains forecast for the entire day on Saturday, we decided on Friday evening not to do it, since it isn't nearly as much fun when it's raining. But, so far, the forecast is wrong and we certainly could have enjoyed many of the lighthouses this morning. We'll probably try again tomorrow, but we won't be able to hit all of them, as we had hoped.
Football season hasn't been very enjoyable so far. My Pittsburgh Steelers have struggled, mainly due to injuries, but also due to some pretty pathetic offensive play calling. The Steelers brought in Todd Haley to coach the offensive last year and the results have been poor, overall. Hope may be on the way with the return of my favorite Steeler, Tight End Heath Miller. He was the Steelers MVP last year, and the leading receiver on the team before a severe knee injury ended his season. He's back this week and may be just what the Steelers need to get back on track. They take on the Chicago Bears tomorrow evening, so the challenge is big. I'm thinking the Steelers get back to their winning ways.
In the meantime, the Pittsburgh Pirates, who are on the verge of making it into the playoffs for the first time in 20 years, had a devastating loss last night, losing in 10 innings to the Cincinnati Reds, tying the two teams in the wildcard standings. The Pirates had a the lead going into the 9th, but allowed the Reds to tie it up. The Reds then scored in the 10th to win it. With just over a week left in the season, these kinds of losses can be crippling. I'm hoping they can right the ship. I can't handle all of this negative sports news.
However....The Maryland Terrapins have a big game today in Baltimore against West Virginia. The Terps have won all of their games so far this season, but this will be their biggest test of the year. Of all of my teams, the Terps are the most surprising, and I'm hoping they'll be able to keep up their early season success.
So we're off to make the best of our Saturday. Lunch with some family we haven't seen in a long while, followed by a wonderful church service at Grace Community Church.
Life is good.
Have a great Saturday, everyone!