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Where I've Been

By RD Heldenfels Published: February 20, 2006

Over the weekend I saw some of the Winter Olympics, a bit of the NBA all-star game and a good dose of the Weather Channel. That's about it. Life did not let me near a TV set most of the time.

On Saturday morning, I was up at 4:30 a.m. to deliver my son to a show-choir bus due to depart at 6. Then it was back to the house to pick up the bride and hit the road for Columbus, where the show choir was competing in the Teays Valley festival. We were at the festival until about 6:30 p.m. Then we hit the road for a quick dinner and a trip back home. The closest I got to TV during that period was seeing videos of the choirs performing.

Sunday brought an array of obligations, especially because of the way Saturday had filled up. My most vivid memory of the day involves running frantically across a parking lot, trying to catch blown-away papers that we needed to photocopy for another school event. They were duly retrieved, although it took a little time to pull one out from under a parked car. The other big task of the day was learning a new skill -- wrapping raffle baskets in plastic, tying bows and shrinking the plastic with a hair dryer. (Younger son was in charge of the shrinking.) The TV was on for Olympics and basketball during that time. Neither was engaging enough to break our concentration on the baskets.

And today, from morning to mid-afternoon, younger son and I were at the University of Akron for presentations to potential applicants. We gathered information, toured facilities, made note of the small size of the rooms in the residence halls. (I think back to my college days and wonder how I ever lived in such a space. Of course, I've spent more than 30 years since then in the accumulation of stuff.) Interesting time, with the occasional nod to TV.

A notable one: When we toured one residence hall, a parent asked about the size of the laundry facility and how busy it gets. It varied, the guide said. ''When 'Laguna Beach' is on, all the washers are full, because everyone stays in to watch.''

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