I knew it was bound to happen. I just thought it would be different. I took a tumble off a horse—but it wasn’t even my horse. I think it should have been my horse.

During a visit up north to my daughter’s house for Easter, I went riding with a friend of my daughter’s. My granddaughter was in front of me in the saddle, and we were just meandering through a meadow when the saddle started to slip.  There wasn’t a thing I could do except throw myself off holding my granddaughter in front of me so I would land on my back with her on top. I don’t remember thinking of how to accomplish such a feat. In fact there was no time to think at all.

However, my plan worked perfectly, and other than my neck being a little sore, we are both fine. I had the wind knocked out of me and Delaeny was scared. I think the horse was as scared as we were. Needless to say, we walked back to  the house.

Falling off a horse, even in a meadow of wildflowers, is not something I want to make a habit of. I did convince my granddaughter, who is 4, to ride again. She isn’t afraid of horses, but has declared she will only ride my horse “not that horse,” that we fell from.

During the weekend, I had an opportunity to do an e-mail interview with Ryan Hall, who is headed back east for the Boston Marathon. His answers are thoughtful and from the heart. He is busy training for the marathon, and he has an extra highlight thrown in. On Saturday, April 18, Ryan will be at Fenway Park. He will throw out the first pitch for the Red Sox game against the Baltimore Orioles, ironically the team that drafted Ryan’s father years ago.

You can read the story on Page A-1 of this week’s issue.

I also received a copy of a Navy scrimmage report on Kriss Proctor. According to the report, Big Bear alum Proctor “looked calm and collective going through his option reads, not only running the ball effectively himself but distributing the football to fullback Kevin Campbell and Vince Murray with excellent precision.”

The report, which was posted April 4, went on to say that Proctor’s consistency with the offense has given him a leg up in the competition ladder for backup quarterback, according to coach Ken Niumatalolo.

Also on my radar this past weekend was the report about major league baseball teams offering deals on tickets during the downturn in the economy. Baseball game tickets are already lower than other professional sports, averaging about $25 a ticket on the low end compared to $79 for football and $49 for hockey.

However, one stadium and team offers tickets based on the closing numbers on the DOW. For example, if the DOW closes at 8250, tickets the next day are $8.25. Not a bad deal. Even if the DOW were to skyrocket and jump above 10,000 again, a $10 ticket for a baseball game is still affordable.

Personally, I’m looking forward to the spring season with the Big Bear baseball and softball teams playing at home. There’s nothing better than hanging out at the high school watching the home teams in action. See you there.

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