I have lived in Southern California now for a little over 13 years, and can count on one hand the number of visitors from other states that I have had.
Two weeks ago, I got an email from a long time family friend informing me he and some family members would be in the area for a few days. Would I be interested in meeting up with them?
HECK YA! There is nothing like having visitors from home!
The reason for the visit was a college swim meet. Peter, a student at University of California- Santa Cruz was participating in the Pacific Coast Swim Conference and trying to qualify for the NCAA Championship, to be held in Houston in March.
Peter’s mom and dad, grandmother and great uncle, two sisters and best friend were in town to watch him compete against other swimmers from Biola University, California State University- Bakersfield, University of California-San Diego, Chapman University, Loyola Marymount University, University of Northern Colorado, Pepperdine University, Seattle University, and Texas-Permian Basin.
The first full day they were in town, Peter swam well enough to qualify for further heats. I met up with them afterwards for dinner. We went to the restaurant “Green Fields”, a first for me.
The restaurant is an all you can eat Brazilian barbeque. For one price, you can eat anything you want from the hot sides bar, and a cold salad bar. Waiters roam the room with skewered barbequed meats, carving off chunks of 14 different menu items.
Tonight I made it to a meet. Peter was competing in the 50-yard freestyle, and the 50-yard freestyle relay. Winning first in his heat in the individual freestyle, and second with his team in the finals of the relay, he and his teammates qualified for the championships in Houston!
Good luck, Slugs!