December 10, 2023

It's Going To Be A Spectacular Christmas


It's Going To Be A Spectacular Christmas

Todd Swank's Diary Entry for December 10, 2023

On Sunday night, we went out with our old pals, Ted & Marcia.  They're such good people.

They took us to a concert at River Valley Church called "Christmas Spectacular".  I have to agree with the title.  It was pretty spectacular and made me excited for Christmas!

We were pretty impressed with the whole place.  The stage, the lighting, the decorations, and the production all seemed extremely professional.  I was blown away with all of the camera equipment they had capturing the event.  We sat behind this guy.  He was on a special wheeled cart on a track and another guy pulled him back and forth all night long.  They weren't messing around!

The singers & musicians matched the professionalism of the crew and put on quite a good show.  They said all of the singers were members of the church which means their choir must be phenomenal!

On Wednesday night, we headed to downtown Minneapolis to cheer on the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Miss Sheri joined me at the game which made me happy.  She sometimes holds my hand while we watch and that makes me feel pretty darned special.

We were there to see the Wolves take on the San Antonio Spurs and their new #1 draft pick, Victor Wembanyama.  The 7 foot 4 inch Frenchman is quite the sight to see.  He rises so high above the basket it sometimes appears like he doesn't even have to jump to dunk the ball.   The Spurs are currently on a 16 game losing streak, though, so his height doesn't seem to be helping them that much.

We've got a pretty tall Frenchman of our own.  Rudy Gobert is 7 foot 1 inch and has been absolutely dominating the league.  The Wolves are currently riding the NBA's best record at 17 and 4.  A year ago everyone was criticizing the Wolves for trading for him and giving up too much, but it really seems to be paying off for them this year.  There's even MVP talk for him which makes sense because he dominates under the basket on both sides of the floor.

Chris Finch was named the NBA's Coach of the Month because of their success.  They were 13-2 in November which is a Franchise record best month.  I've been a Wolves fan for about 30 years and sat through a lot of lousy seasons so it's nice to see them start getting some accolades. 

I don't know what Anthony Edwards threw in Daishen Nix's hair, but I hope he realizes that paybacks are a word that rhymes with Witch.

I bet Jaden McDaniels just said "Naz Reid".  Just a Guess.

If I could read Karl Anthony Towns' mind, I bet he's thinking "OMG!  That is Alex Rodriguez sitting in the seat directly behind me!"

We've always had a special place in our heart for Karl's dad, Karl Senior, ever since we sat in the seats directly in front of him during Karl's rookie debut.  His wife passed away from Covid a couple of years ago and we've been noticing his fashion is getting more and more hip each week.  Now we just got to find somebody nice to sit next to him in those courtside seats of his.

The Spurs didn't get a chance to break their losing streak against the Timberwolves as the home town team won comfortably by a score of 102 - 94.  It would be great if this would be the Timberwolves year  and see them make a deep run in the playoffs.  It's probably best to not get ahead of ourselves!

On Friday night, I met my old buddy Tim Ashland out for dinner at JL Beers in Burnsville.  It was great getting the chance to catch up with him for a couple hours.

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