Thursday, October 24, 2013

License to Dream

Almost everything is in place now.
The boats at Sunset Gondola are ready and waiting in their slips.
Gondoliers from eight different operations are ready and eager to compete.
There's a gondola hooked up to my truck, parked in front of my house,
once I get some coffee into me, I'll tow her to Huntington Harbour and add her to the fleet for the 2013 U.S. Gondola Nationals.

John Kerschbaum and I were talking the other day about how we thought we would do in some of the rowing events, and I told him that we were like lottery ticket holders: we could win, lose, who knows what will happen.  I once heard someone say that buying a lottery ticket was buying a "license to dream".

Qualiying rounds begin at 2pm.
Until the oars hit the water, there's no telling what the outcome might be.
There are at least thirty different rowers dreaming thirty different versions of how things will turn out at the award ceremony.

Win or lose, I can't wait to see how it all unfolds.
Really, I'm just thankful to be able to take part.

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