Hammock

May 26, 2018

My neighbor up the street has installed a very nice outdoor leisure time joy enhancement device a.k.a. hammock. It has been raining here in Charlotte the past few weeks. He solved the problem. Does damper his view but he’s dry at least.

Owen

This might be easier on another format but some of these pictures will not fit into a square.

The beautifully imperfect sidewalk

Our new house. Will share more pictures in another post.

The walk to the park.

The Elizabeth Lane Elementary School where the most walkable park is. Where Henrik will be starting in July or August, still need to go thru orientation.

Hanna, not giving up the smiles.

Owen

Monday, March 26, 2018

We are officially home owners in Matthews, North Carolina. Charlotte. Linda got Henrik and Hanna off to school this morning and they both settled in nicely into their new class rooms, teachers and friends.

Linda and I drove to the attorneys office uptown and signed paperwork. Interesting and cool tidbit, unique opportunity, we met our sellers. They are also named Brown, no relation but a very nice couple, lived in the house 18 years.

While waiting for the deed to be registered, Linda and I had a nice lunch. Toured our local YMCA. Went back to pick up our keys and then off to pickup the kids from school, who each had a very good first day.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Took an Uber to meet the moving truck, who arrived ten minutes early. Linda got the kids to school for their day two. The boxes keep coming.

Kids seem to be doing great at school. They are bonding with their teachers and getting to play outside a lot.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Unpacking all day. I am spending the morning rebuilding my shelving in the garage so items stored there will have their home back. Things are starting to get in shape but the journey is long.

Met a neighbor. This is a going to be fun place to live. Evidently the uber locals call our street Mayberry. We will see.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

More unpacking but making a serious dent. I even setup the horse mats in the garage and got in a set of cleans to push press. After seven days of moving and unpacking, getting under some weight unleashed some serious endorphins.

Linda and I took a lunch break and discovered a very nice Indian restaurant. The owner is from Nepal and an interesting guy. It is great to find so much diversity here.

Took a walk Hanna this afternoon, and met another neighbor. Told me she watched our house being build. She has lived here 24 years. Wow.

Friday, March 30, 2018

Completed 99% of our unpacking and tidying. Mopped and vacuumed. Got lunch at a local spot in the back of a Korean market. Amazing.

This is the last weekday before the great big new routine for me, so both kids and I walked to the elementary school playground and played for over an hour. Had a familiar dinner and bedtime.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Got the baby gates installed and hopped in the car to checkout the local Matthews Library. Fancy place. Kids got in on a great story time and had a blast. Picked out a few books and headed home for lunch and nap and quiet time.

So far, so good.

Week One Observations

  • This neighborhood has so many trees, mostly great big old trees
  • I saw deer run across our street one morning
  • The sidewalks are beautifully imperfect and mostly set back from the street
  • The relative humidity is around 45%
  • The neighbors are all incredibly friendly
  • Evidently your zip code “matters” here? Will get back to you on that one
  • To some folks, not all, a perfect lawn is really really important
  • There is a constant breeze
  • The sound of our screened in porch reminds me of my grandma’s house in Arkansas
  • Drivers here on the neighborhood side streets are ridiculously nice and courteous. Main roads not so much

Owen

Saturday, March 24, 2018

This is the Brown’s first official day as residents of North Carolina. Technically we do not close on our house here until Monday, but we’re here.

Back in Maricopa, AZ this morning, the grown ups woke at five a.m. and even though we have been at this for what feels like months, there was still no less than an hour of prep work before our final exit.

I made a coffee run at six. The kids were up at 6:15 and 6:40, and we were out the door by 7:15.

Good thing because it took over an hour and a half to check in, get Linda and the kids settled, return the rental car, and get back on the shuttle, and to go thru security.

The flight was smooth. Both kids did very well. Got dinner and groceries and made it to our three day rental house (VRBO) without incident. I can hear the rain hit the roof of the house as I write this. We are staying in the same vacation rental house when we visited in late January. Seems fitting.

  1. Kids start their new school on Monday morning
  2. Close on the house later Monday morning
  3. Our stuff delivered on Tuesday morning
  4. Thanks to great friends our cars are scheduled to arrive on Tuesday as well
  5. Spend the first night in our new home on Tuesday night
  6. Taking the week off work to get settled
  7. Back to work on Monday, April 2. For Linda it’s business as usual. For me, It will mean driving to an office for the first time regularly in eight years

Here’s my wish, for our luck to hold, for things continue to go as planned. In offering I give a haiku.

Nearly flawless trip

Warmest weather for the rain

New chapter to write

Owen

Every Coach’s Dream, A True Story about Dixie Youth Baseball in Three Small Towns, by Harold A Brown

Chapter 18: All-Stars & Epilogue

Find satisfaction in the struggle.

All-Star selection can be such a political process and often unfair to the kids. Coach was not going to be the head coach of the team. That was an honor won by Coach Bennett. He would do a good job with the boys that he wanted on the all-star team.

Each coach presented what he thought were worthy choices from all the teams and then Coach Bennett would make a case for those he wanted. There was much discussion but little changed. Lajuane made it for his defensive skills, Rocket because of his bat and arm. He hit .613 for the season and won five of six games on the mound. Marty made the team because of his bat and Owen was chosen because he was the best catcher in the league. He hit for an average of .394 and had an on base percentage of .623.

Jimmy, Teddy and Darrell certainly were worthy choices for the team but did not make it. Coach made no excuses for them not making the team. They would have to find satisfaction in the struggle, it’s just part of growing up. Into each life some rain must fall.

Nolensvelle Red finished the regular season with a 9-3 record as did College Grove. The Red team had an overall record of 13-3 and College Grove finished with a 11-5 overall record. Rockvale finished the regular season 8-4 and overall 10-6. Nolensville Blue finished the regular season 2-11 and 3-13 overall.

This all took place in the summer of 1987 with a group of youngsters that bonded into what could easily be called every coach’s dream.

The end.

Epilogue

What is contained in the series of eighteen posted chapters has been the entirety of “Every Coach’s Dream, A True Story about Dixie Youth Baseball in Three Small Towns”, the book my Dad wrote about one of his favorite baseball coaching experiences.

I feel he wrote this book just for me, but it is my hope you feel he wrote it just for you.

Throughout the experience of reading the book, preparing each chapter in WordPress to share, rereading each chapter as it posted, and seeing your reaction and interest, I decided to take a few next steps.

If you want to print the book yourself to read, I added a few buttons at the bottom of each post, one of which is Print. I am also considering looking into setting up a printed version so let me know and we may pursue the paperback book option if there is enough interest.

I am moving my family back to the southeast early 2018. I will be planning a team reunion after we are settled. If anybody would like to help please let me know. Charlotte, North Carolina is much closer to Nolensville than Phoenix, Arizona.

After seeing the reaction to the book I decided to include the wisdoms from each chapter in one place here. Some of these wisdoms have hit me very hard over the last few months, even though they are each lessons my Dad began teaching to me since the day I was born. My Dad, always teaching.

18: Find satisfaction in the struggle.

17: The more you learn the more you realize how little you know.

16: Youth looks to the future and old age looks to the past.

15: Life isn’t about saving, it’s about scattering.

14: See the ball, hit the ball.

13: Life is about how we handle imperfections.

12: Things that matter the most should not be placed at the mercy of things that matter the least.

11: Understand the past, Respect the future.

10: Always get even with those that help you.

9: What you become depends on decisions not conditions.

8: You can learn from everyone.

7: We have to learn as we go.

6: The strength of the individual is team and the strength of the team is the individual.

5: Will our experience be a friend or foe?

4: The real challenge comes from within.

3: Life and dreams do not exist apart.

2: They felt good as a team.

1: The higher your expectation the greater your achievement.

I hope you enjoyed!

Sincerely,

Owen W Brown