The Pagosa Springs High School boys varsity basketball team was warming up. I wanted popcorn. As I surveyed the gym, I noted that not very many people had it. The mother in the concessions said, “The popcorn machine is running real slow.” Maybe I could eat some at half time.
The boys were running their drills in an easy, 70 percent of effort sort of way, shoes squeaking on the wooden floor, exchanging inside jokes. Multiple basketball bounces echoed in response to coaching direction. I watched a flutter of little girls running up and down the court until they landed on their parental designated bleacher seats at my feet, giggling and squealing because a boy was chasing them.
My people were there, too. Mabel Robinson, her son Ed and daughter-in-law Karla walked in front of my husband and me. Mabel is 92, loves girls’ basketball and came to watch our Pirate girls mop the floor with their opponents. She used to play guard in high school. Judy Kramer came to watch the boys play, league champions last year. Jan and Scott Johnson brought their grandsons, Jordan, six, and Alex, four, for big fun. Jan said not only is it a pleasure to watch our Pirates systematically eliminate all competition, but it is fun to watch the parade of people, the girls watching the boys watching the girls.
There is something for everyone at these games. Scott relayed Alex comes for the popcorn and was sorely disappointed when the popcorn machine was “running slow.” I know his pain. I only got popcorn because my coworker Heidi Martinez was leaving and she gave me hers.
Behind us sat a clan of Luceros. Uncles, aunts, cousins, grandparents, parents and a nephew filled a section in support of the brothers Zach and Kain, numbers 11 and four. Zach and Kain are the Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul Jabbar of the Pirates Showtime. With their grace and cold technical ability, these two alone are worth the $4 admission price. The team and the crowd will miss the Zen master Zach when he leaves for CSU next year, yet I have no doubt that Akin will continue the legacy with his deadly three pointers and intuitive positioning.
Basketball hasn’t changed that much from when my dad coached basketball back in the day or when I was a statistician in high school. The shoes squeak the same, the whistles and buzzers and the hot gym are the same. The other team is the enemy and we are in fact the champions.
The best parts of Pagosa Springs were in the house that night — parents in the concession stand hustling snacks to pay for the program, little boys chasing squealing little girls, our team trouncing their team and my people showing up to support yet another generation of confident, excelling youth.
Thank you, Bob Scott, for your interesting and lively presentation, for your patience and for the free pens.
We have emergency boxes of snacks and easily prepared “meals” for a suggested donation of $6.50 in our office. The emergency boxes were designed for use in case of power outages or inclement weather. They are also great for winter travel in your vehicle.
We have a senior bus that runs on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Please call me, Jodi, at 264-2167 for details.
Activities at The Den:
Friday, Jan. 28 — Geezers 9 a.m.; Stitchin’ in the Kitchen 10 a.m.; Book Club 10:30 a.m.; Gym Walk 12:30 p.m.
Monday, Jan. 31 — Gym Walk 12:30 p.m.; Canasta 1 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 1 — Gym Walk 12:30 p.m.; Piano Music by Michael Monk 12:45 p.m.; Meditation for Healing 1 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 2 — Kim Vernon — “Valentines Day Crafts” 12:45 a.m.
Thursday, Feb. 3 — Closed.
Friday, Feb. 4 — Geezers 9 a.m.; Stitchin’ in the Kitchen 10 a.m.; Gym Walk 12:30 p.m.
The Archuleta County Senior Center Newsletter is now available on Archuleta County’s website: http://www.archuletacounty.org/Seniors/seniors.asp. Look it up.
This week’s menu
Suggested donation for older adults age 60-plus is $3, kids 12 and under and guests $6. Our meal program is partially funded through the Older Americans Act, United Way, Archuleta County, Town of Pagosa Springs and other contributions and grants. These funds help support the cost of the meal which is approximately $9.75. Please note our menu is subject to change. The salad bar begins at 11:30 a.m. with lunch served from noon to 12:30 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 28 — Corned beef and Swiss grilled rueben sandwich, green beans, coleslaw, peaches.
Monday, Jan. 31 — Chicken fajita, lettuce and tomato garnish, cilantro rice, pinto beans, grapes.
Tuesday, Feb. 1 — Beef stroganoff, egg noodles, orange spiced carrots, beets, mixed fruit, whole wheat roll.
Wednesday, Feb. 2 — Chicken fried steak, garlic mashed potatoes, white country gravy, seasoned California vegetables, apple, biscuit.
Thursday, Feb. 3 — Closed.
Friday, Feb. 4 — Sloppy joe on a bun, mixed vegetables, salad, brownie.