Today is John's birthday! He turns 55, and he is using the senior discount already. LOL Seriously...we have reservations for tonight at a swanky, five-star hotel (BAHAHAHAHAHA), and there is a senior discount for anyone 55 or older with valid ID. Well, just so happens he is 55 today and he has a valid ID. So we're getting a room for $53, tax and all. (See. I told you it was a swanky, five-star hotel.)
I truly feel like I should send Billie a thank you card because she brought him into this world and helped to make him into the man he is. I've said it many times before on my blog, and I'll continue to say it, but I know how very blessed and fortunate I am to have him in my life, and I thank God each and every day...several times a day...for putting us in the same place at the same time. My life is so much better because he is a part of it.
So many words can be used to describe John. Kind, considerate, compassionate, funny, hard working, dedicated, loving, outgoing, goofy, determined...I could go on and on, but I think you get the idea. I can truly say that I have nothing bad to say about him, and when I do, it is in complete jest. Sure, I get frustrated with him because he can be quite stubborn (as is everyone in his family!) but I also appreciate that about him.
Today is also GAME DAY! Five years ago today, Alabama and Florida played at Bryant-Denny. It was on John's 50th birthday, and we did a surprise party for him. He knew I was planning on having a cake at the tailgate, but he had NO idea what was really in the works.
A couple of weeks before the game, Susan called me and asked if I was free to talk without John overhearing. I went to put laundry in because I knew he wouldn't hear me. She said that Tim had an idea but he wanted to run it by me first, so she put him on the line. He asked if I would be offended if we had a Hooter's party, complete with the Hooter's girls. I said I definitely would NOT be offended and that I loved the idea. He arranged everything, but for two solid weeks, I had to lie, lie, lie about the plans for the tailgate. Originally, we had something else planned (don't remember what) so Susan and I came up with a plan. We said they were going to do a Boston butt and bring all of the fixings. John still kept trying to plan things, so the lies just kept growing. Amazingly, I managed to keep them all straight (I am NOT a good liar AT ALL!!!!!)
The day of the game, I was so excited I couldn't sleep. At 4 AM I was wide awake, so I went on and got up. We loaded up and were on the road before daylight. hahaha The Hooter's girls and their manager were getting there about 11, so about 10:15 or so, Tim told John he needed to go purchase John's present (some Gentleman Jack) and said for John to ride with him. They went to the Campus Store and took care of that, and that and then Tim decided they needed to run to Publix for something else (cigars, maybe??) While they were in Publix, Tim called Susan to see if the girls had shown up yet. They hadn't, so Tim faked a call of nature and ended up spending about 10 minutes in the Publix bathroom. (We still laugh until we cry whenever we talk about this.) He made another call, but they still hadn't gotten there. Finally, Susan called him and told them they were there, so Tim and John were able to head back.
John kept trying to tell Tim where to turn so that they could get back quicker, but we wanted them to come in a certain way. Tim managed to do things his way. Right before they got to our spot, Tim told John to look at him and close his eyes. Only a man confident in his sexuality would tell another man to do that. I'm not sure John had any idea what to expect. LOL
He was totally surprised, and he loved every minute of the day. I had emailed some of his buddies from high school, and they all came over, so he got to see and talk to them. It was probably the BEST tailgate we have EVER had. Some Florida guys came by and asked how we got the Hooter's girls there. We explained what was going on to them. One of them looked at me and said, "You must be a great wife."
As fun as the tailgate was, the game was even better. I have never heard BDS as loud as it was that day. I don't think the crowd ever stopped yelling whenever Florida was on offense. I think that helped tremendously, too, because we soundly beat Florida 31-3. The only downside was that this was the game that ended Tyrone Prothro's football career as a player.
I'm hoping for a repeat game tomorrow, minus the injury. I think the stadium will be just as loud, if not louder than it was in '05. I know the Florida players will be ready to redeem the December loss, and I'm sure my guys will be ready to defend their win. I think it will be a hard-fought game, and I just hope that the good guys in CRIMSON come out on top. I'm confident that they can and will.
I guess that's it for today. Have a GREAT football Saturday, and