I've mentioned before my "appreciation" of tall women, and I was reminded of this today while attending the women's basketball game at the University of Maryland. Maryland played Virginia Tech and beat them soundly, which was nice to see. It was the final game of the regular season, and the Terrapin's final game as a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), as Maryland will be joining the Big Ten Conference beginning next season. Anyway, it was a nice win for the Terps, and they will be playing in the ACC Tournament next weekend, and will more than likely be playing in the NCAA Tournament beginning the following week.
Now, I know what you're thinking, and, no, I'm not going to "declare my love" for the young women who were playing in today's game, all of whom could be my daughters. And if you've been reading this blog for a while, you know that I have been down this road before and have declared that any age difference more than, say, five years really doesn't work for me. The generation gap is too great.
What I DID notice was the large number of very tall coaches on the Maryland staff. My goodness, there are a lot. And I found myself wondering just how I might be able to meet them. I'm a bit of an introvert, in case you haven't heard, and it really is just too hard for me to meet any new women. That said, I can't guarantee that any of these women fit my age criteria, since our seats at the game were just too far away to be able to guess. And, of course, I should know better than to even be thinking about trying to meet women who are very much "out of my league", as they say. I have no clue if I'd even like any of them, either, since I can't even guess what their personalities are like. Knowing their head coach, Brenda Frese, they must be good at what they do. She's very successful at her job, and her staff would have to be good.
I was thinking about the games I used to attend at Maryland back in the 90s. My buddy, Darrell, and I began attending the Lady Terp's games regularly since tickets were fairly cheap and the games were sparsely attended. It was next to impossible to get seats for the men's games, but games at old Cole Field House were a blast, regardless of who was playing. It was then that I started following the career of the lovely Bonnie Rimkus, a 6'4" center for the Terps. I was a bit enamored by her, partly due to the fact that she was a mini-celebrity, partly due to her being from Pittsburgh, my home away from home and possible future home, and partly because she was so tall. I ran into her on campus several times, and though we never had any conversations of any substance, I really liked her.
She was a really good basketball player, too. She was arguably the Terp's best player and always seemed to be playing hard, and I rooted just as hard for her. I really didn't ever think she and I could be together, but it was fun to think about. But once she graduated, she was gone. I really didn't have a way to track her whereabouts, and didn't try. I kind of forgot about her. That is until today. After observing the wonderfully tall women on the Maryland coaching staff, my thoughts returned to those days of watching the Terps play at Cole. And Bonnie. And tall women.... And here I go again. Full circle.
Oh, well. Bonnie, wherever you are, thanks for being who you are and where you were at the time I knew you. Best wishes & blessings.
And to tall women everywhere... Thank you!