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For all the other things that happened in this month that I spent wandering the Southeast the wedding is obviously the greatest. Without a doubt in my mind nothing is but a distant second. However, just as much as the wedding stands alone, so too does my time with my grandparents before anything else registers in as a distant third.

Ever since I was a child I have admired both of my grandparents more than I can possibly state. I look around myself and I see an amazingly healthy family (physically and emotionally). If my aunts, uncles, parents, cousins and brothers are the fruit of this tree than you’re looking at the roots in the picture above. I’d like to think that if the term of “The Greatest Generation” wasn’t already coined then perhaps my grandparents would have inspired me to think of it.

I think that it was when my Mom’s mother passed in the summer of 2006 that I realized how fickle time is. I suddenly realized that there were stories that I had never heard from my grandmother. There were things about my grandfather, who passed long before I was born, that I hadn’t learned that I probably would never get a chance to.

I regret now not taking the opportunity that I had to get to know my grandmother better. She was a horticulturist, an author, a crazy woman, a political maverick, a single mother, she could speak to any animal she met and there will never be another person to walk this planet that will be anything like her. I can say that with absolute certainty.

With that in mind I resolved that I would take the opportunity that I did have with my father’s parents and, at some point, glean as much information from them as I possibly could. What would I do with that information? I’d like to say that I will write a book but I can’t guarantee it. I know for a fact that I will take it and store it and use it to better myself. If someday I do write a book about the two of them, I would call it Jim and Norma and this following passage, in some form, will be a part of it.

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So, following Sweetwater I was off to visit my grandparents in Asheville, NC. To accompany was one of my best friends, Kevin Anderson. I lured him into the trip with promises of disc golf, bromance and mountain conquering. I’d like to think that I didn’t disappoint.

Here are my favorite memories of the trip.

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So, as you may be able to tell, the last month has been the greatest month in the history of awesome (a phrase that I am totally borrowing from a dear friend). There is no way for me to encapsulate in a single post everything that has gone down in the last month. So I’m going to break it up and get it all out that as best as I can. I think this is going to be the format in which I do it.

Sweetwater Co-Ed Classic

One of the great things about Ultimate tournaments is that you never know what you’re going to get. Even if you’re playing with a team that has some consistency on its roster (i.e. a club or college team) the simple absence or presence of a single person can completely change your team dynamic for the worse or for the better.

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