It’s been over a month since I have last posted on here. So much has happened, and I just haven’t taken the time to sit and reflect on what has happened, you know? I don’t like to do that, it makes me feel busy busy busy work work work, and I for one like to kick back relax, and enjoy the world around me.
Summer Sevens has been going on. I’ve only participated in 2 tournaments so far, one in Vegas, one in Santa Barbara. Vegas was a blast. Stayed in the Luxor, never done that. the pyramid is an odd one to stay in(and dangerous I would imagine.) We played in the Kings Bracket which is the second best bracket. We were matched against the runner up from last years Aces Bracket(the best bracket), Tempe Rugby Club. Sadly, we lost to them. We did well but they pulled away at half time. And unfortunately, do to the way the tournament worked, we could only make 9th place at best if we lost our first game. We pretty much blew out every other team we played, I think including 2 shutouts. I might be wrong. I had a couple good games, with some good runs, and of course put on a pie facing clinic(one of which lead to a very long try). In the end, we won the “losers” bracket which put us in 9th which sucks but is kind of nice. It wasn’t very close the rest of the day for us. Tempe lost in the Semi final I believe to eventual champions.
Santa Barbara is a tournament that I love playing. I’ve played there twice now, and It was the place where I scored my first ever try. Last year our team won the social side, and we aimed to do the same again this year. This time around we split up into two teams: Open Side, and Social Side. Open division is a more competitive division compared to Social. I played on the Open Division side. We were matched up with Last years national sevens championship team, Belmont Shore. Belmont is one hell of a team, and they pretty much whooped us. Next we played the Santa Barbara Grunions, and we mopped the floor with them. I myself managed to score 2 tries(I’ve just shattered my previous scoring records for sevens which was 1 try all season, twice) against the Grunions. One came from an interception(a move I’m well know for doing while playing touch rugby), and then another on a break to the outside complete with 2 pie faces met with much cheering from the boys.
We next found ourselves in a must win situation against Kern County. Kern County has some big boys, and they brought it. The match was really close going back and forth, the last play of the game came from an interception from Brad who ran it back for a bit before being caught by 2 Kern county players, but he managed to dish the ball out to me and I ran as fast I could scoring the game winning try.
In the playoffs, we found ourselves matched against, get this: Mexico’s Olympic Rugby/National Sevens Rugby Team. No joke, the Outlaws get their first international test against Mexico. Unfortunately, Mexico beat us. They are shifty and fast and like to run stunts and they won. I think eventually Belmont Shore won. Our Social side also made it to playoffs but lost in the semi finals as well, partly due to some of the worst officiating I have seen, but those are the breaks.
The next thing that happened was Libby and I went to Yosemite. Now, I have never been to Yosemite before, and let me tell you, if you haven’t been you gotta go. The Valley is beautiful. It’s so inspiring there. It’s just so nice. I will have to post some pictures soon. We went up on Thursday(7/15) to stay with my friends Justin, Sarah, and Gonzo at the Housekeeping camp right next to the river. It was a primo spot. Justin, Sarah, and Gonzo had hiked Half-Dome Thursday, and that had kind of wiped Gonzo and Sarah Out. Justin however was game for another hike, and because Half Dome requires permits on Fridays-Sundays, we decided to Hike the Upper Yosemite Falls trail(“It’s only like 3.6 miles”). The trail is pretty tough, maybe because I’m not much of a hiker, but it’s steep with probably a billion switchbacks. When you reach about the halfway point, you get an absolutely beautiful view of the falls. It’s really stunning. We eventually hiked to the top, which actually was kind of a let down visually, but now I can say I hiked to the top of the 6th tallest waterfall in the world.
After Yosemite I found out that my Grandmother had died, exactly 2 months after her Husband, Pumpy. It was very sad to hear of this, and crazy to think about how just over 2 months ago, I still had one whole set of grandparents alive, and now, I do not have any grandparents left. It’s very saddening. I don’t know too much of my Grandmother other than she was a sweet woman and quite the fighter. She developed alzhiemer’s in her late years, which made her life much tougher, but she was a tough woman. The last 2 years I would say have been riddled with problems. A cold that developed into pneumonia and other things, my parents had prepped me of her death for quite some time. At least 3 times since 2008 I was told she probably wouldn’t live to see tomorrow. I feel like that is why this news hasn’t hit me as hard as when Pumpy died. I loved them both very much, but I had done plenty of bracing for Grandma’s death which is what made Pumpy’s death so startling because he seemed to be just fine. I guess Pumpy just needed to go get everything ready up in heaven for Grandma, and it didn’t take him long to do it, so I guess I can take comfort in the fact that the two of them are reunited again. May you both rest in peace. I love you both so very much, and was so glad you both got to meet Alice before you had to go.
We’ve arranged to go back east to Upstate New York(apparently WAY upstate because most people I talk to from NYC have no clue where it is) to Pulaski which looks to be about 50-100 miles east of Toronto, for a Memorial for them with friends and family. Almost a Wake I guess it would be, just to look back and remember the couple who were so dedicated and in love with each other for over 65 years.